Here is a little more about the man and his ideas.
Basically there are two points of view and ways to perceive ballroom dancing as social phenomenon. The first defines it as sport, the second considers it as art. And only a few notice that in this kind of activity there is another component, without which the joint dancing of two people is not only impossible, but also deprived of its charm and meaning. For Max Arkhipenko, Ballroom Dancing is human relationships in all its psychological diversity.
However, he did not immediately come to this vision of dance. The initial reason for his interest in the psychology of dance was that he began his dance career quite late, at 21. In Russia (where he comes from) athletes very often end their sports career at this age. As a novice dancer, he had to compete with superbly trained professionals. Needless to say, it was extremely stressful. At some point, he realized that it was impossible to succeed in dancing without defeating his own fears and solving his psychological problems. By this time, he had a Ph.D. and a belief that he could find answers to his questions in the field of science. In 2012 as a result of cooperation with the leading dancesport magazine of Russia "Stars over the Parquet", a series of articles on applied psychology of dance was published. It should also be said that, 8 years before in 2004, Max Arkhipenko had published a textbook on ballroom dancing, designed for dance teachers and self-learners, the goal of which was not only to represent complex theoretical material in a more accessible form, but also to comprehend dancesport as a social phenomenon of modern of life. Before moving to the United States, Max spent nearly two years teaching professional dancers in China. Meeting with the unique culture of this country and a completely different (in comparison with Western culture) perception of dance (especially sports dance) gave a new impulse to his psychological research.