Aliona Vilani

Aliona Vilani is a Russian-Kazakhstani professional dancer and was born on 1 May 1984. Vilani started learning ballet when she was five years old, and moved to Russia to learn ballroom dancing at age 11. At age 13 Aliona Vilani moved to the United States and joined the Kaiser Dance Academy in Brooklyn, New York. […]

Robin Windsor

Robin Windsor is a British professional latin and ballroom dancer, born in Ipswich, Suffolk. He was born on 15 September 1979. Robin Windsor grew up in the Spring Road area of Ipswich and went to Clifford Road Primary and Copleston High School. Robin Windsor has been dancing since he was three when his parents took […]

Natalie Lowe

Natalie Lowe was born 15 August 1980 and N.S.W , Sydney Australia. She is an Australian professional dancer and Ballroom expert. Natalie Lowe is a four-time Australian Dance Champion. She joined Seven Network’s Dancing with the Stars in 2004, partnering athlete Matt Shirvington She then partnered Ian Roberts, and won the 2006 series with AFL […]

Artem Chigvintsev

Artem Chigvintsev was born on 12 June 1982 at Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union. Artem is Russian professional dancer specialising in Latin dancing. Artem’s parents took him to dance classes from a young age. His mother loved dancing and wanted Artem to be involved with something that would keep him from hanging around on […]

Pasha Kovalev

Pavel (“Pasha”) Kovalev was born on 19 January 1980 in Komsomolsk-ne-Amure in Siberia. He is a professional Latin and ballroom dancer. Pasha Kovalev started dancing at age eight. In 2001 he moved to the United States with his professional dance partner Anya Garnis and settled in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In 2008 he moved to […]

Karen Hauer

Karen Hauer, 30, who was born in Venezuela and grew up in New York, first found fame on the US version of So You Think You Can Dance. Karen Hauer, is replacing Katya Virshilas in Strictly Come Dancing Series 10. Karen has worked with singer Jennifer Lopez and is a former World Mambo Champion. Ms […]

Brian Fortuna

Brian Fortuna is an American professional ballroom dancer, choreographer and instructor. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. Brian’s parents have nationally ranked titles in ballroom and Latin dancing.  He started dancing at the age of four at his mother’s studio. He was the North American Top Teacher in 2004 and 2005, during which time […]

Hayley Holt

Hayley Holt is from Auckland, New Zealand and is a dancer/snowboarder-turned-TV-celebrity. She started learning ballroom and Latin American dancing at the age of seven and competed until the age of 19. Hayley was the 1998 NZ Ballroom Dancing Champion and placed 19th in the Blackpool Rising Star Professional Ballroom Competition, and was sixth in the […]

Darren Bennet

Darren Bennett (born 14 February 1977) is a professional dancer. Him and his wife Lilia Kopylova has a successful career in professional latin dancing, competing nationally and internationally. They give private lessons in their home studio at Sheffield, England. In November 2005 Darren and Lilia won the British Championships for Professional Latin, coming first in […]

Kristina Rihanoff

Kristina Rihanoff is a Siberian-born mambo specialist, a world champion professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and author. Kristina won the South African International Latin Championship (2005-2006), was the runner-up in the US National American Rhythm Finals (2003-2005), also the runner-up in the Open to the World, Mambo Championship (2003-2004), and was a Semi-Finalist at the Open […]

Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole is a ballroom dancer specialising in Latin American dancing. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He won the Strictly Come Dancing series one with news reader, Natasha Kaplinsky. He has been a judge on three seasons of New Zealand’s own Dancing with the Stars. He has been dancing since the age of […]

Aleksandra ‘Ola’ Jordan

Ola is a Polish-born Latin American specialist. She took part for the first time in Strictly Come Dancing in series 4, with DJ Spoony. Ola and her husband James have been dancing professionally for the last four years. Ola’s favourite dance is the samba and outside dancing she does yoga. Polish-born Aleksandra (Ola) is a […]

Ian Waite

Ian Waite is a professional Latin-American dancer, who started dancing at age 10 and is a former European Youth Latin American Champion. Since 2004 his dance partner has been Camilla Dallerup. He has 12 competition wins between 1998 and 2001. Camilla and Ian were placed 2nd for Latin American at the 2005 UK Closed Championships. […]

Lilia Kopylova

Lilia Andreievna Kopylova (born 18 June 1978) is a professional dancer born in Moscow, Russia. She has been competing as an amateur since July 1997 and as a professional dancer with her husband Darren since May 2003. They both have achieved significant success in the Professional Latin style of dancing, both nationally in the UK […]