Stars of the past, present and future

April 8-9, 2016

Hammerstein Ballroom

New York, NY




Dance Legends will be on April 8 & 9, 2016 in New York City and will feature show dances by legendary ballroom dancers, both past and present. Our venue, a historic opera house, held 3,000 people last year. This year, we will once again have performances by current Latin & Ballroom finalists and champions as well as Legends who are no longer competing.

Below is a partial list of performers for Dance legends 2016. Please stay tuned for exciting updates!

Legends for 2016

Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff
  • World Professional Latin Finalists 2001, 2002
  • US Professional Latin Champions 2001-2003
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Runners Up 2004, 2005
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Finalists 2001-2005
  • UK Open Professional Latin Champions 2005
Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko
  • World Professional Latin Champions 2010 - 2015
  • U.S. Professional Latin Champions 2008 - 2015
  • International Open Professional Latin Champions 2012, 2015
  • Dutch Open Champions 2008-2015
  • UK Open Professional Latin Champions 2016
Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova
  • World Professional Standard Champions 2009 - 2015
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Champions 2010 - 2015
  • U.S. Professional Standard Champions 2008 - 2015
  • UK Open Professional Standard Champions 2010 - 2016
  • International Open Professional Standard Champions 2009 - 2015
Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2015
  • World Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2015
  • U.S. Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2015
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2016
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2015
Eldar Dzhafarov & Anna Sazhina
  • World Championship Professional 10 Dance Champions 2012
  • European Championship Professional 10 Dance Champions 2012
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014, 2015
  • UK Open Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014, 2015, 2016
  • International Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014, 2015
  • World Championship Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014
Maurizio Vescovo & Andra Vaidilaite
  • World Professional Latin Finalists 2010 - 2015
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Finalists 2011 - 2015
  • UK Open Professional Latin Finalists 2011 - 2016
  • International Open Professional Latin Finalists 2011 - 2015
Neil Jones & Ekaterina Sokolova
  • International Open Professional Latin Finalists 2015
  • World Professional Latin Showdance Champions 2015
  • Blackpool Latin Showdance Champions 2015
  • World Professional Latin Semi-Finalists 2015
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Semi-Finalists 2013, 2015
  • UK Open Professional Latin Semi-Finalists 2014 - 2016
Andrej Skufca & Melinda Torokgyorgy
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Finalists 2010 - 2015
  • International Open Professional Latin Finalists 2009 - 2014
  • Dutch Open Finalists 2013 - 2014
  • UK Open Professional Latin Finalists 2010 - 2013, 2015
Valerio Colantoni & Monica Nigro
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalists 2015 - 2016
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalists 2015
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalists 2015
  • Dutch Open Finalists 2016
Gerhard Van Rooyen & Amor Kruger
  • World Open Exhibition Champions 2014 - 2015
  • British Open Exhibition Champions 2013, 2015
Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine & Liana Churilova
  • World Professional American Rhythm Champions 2013 - 2015
  • U.S. Professional American Rhythm Champions 2014 - 2015
  • World Salsa Champions

Master of Ceremonies for 2016

Gary McDonald
  • 10-time undefeated US Professional 10-Dance Champion
  • World Professional 10-Dance Champion
  • US Professional Latin Champion
  • Represented the United States in 24 World Championship Events
  • Two-time winner of the South American Show Dance Championships
  • US Classic Show Dance Champion
  • Head trainer for Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in Shall We Dance
  • Co-host of Dancesport Television shows on NBC and A&E with Suzanne Sommers, Debbie Allen and Marilu Henner
  • Featured dancer for Disney’s Oscar-nominated "Enchanted" on the 2008 Academy Awards

Artistic Director for 2016

Taliat Tarsinov
  • Russian Amateur, Professional 10-Dance, Latin, and Show Dance Champion with his wife Marina
  • Represented the former Soviet Union in more than 20 World and European Professional Championships
  • World renowned coach and choreographer for current and past Champions
  • Lecturer at Blackpool World Congress
  • Television choreography credits include numbers featured in Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Ballroom Challenge, Regis & Kelly, The View, and Mexican show Bailando por un Sueño (“Dancing for a Dream”)
  • Choreographer for Champions of Dance (Broadway) and Rhythms of Love (Off Broadway)

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