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 are Legends that performed last year. Please stay tuned for exciting announcements about Dance Legends 2016.

Legends for 2015

Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko
  • World Professional Latin Champions 2010 - 2014
  • U.S. Professional Latin Champions 2008 - 2014
  • International Open Professional Latin Champions 2012
  • Dutch Open Champions 2008-2014
Michael Malitowski & Joanna Leunis
  • World Professional Latin Champions 2008, 2009
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Champions 2008–2014
  • UK Open Professional Latin Champions 2007–2015
  • International Open Professional Latin Champions 2005–2011, 2013, 2014
  • European Professional Latin Champions 2007–2012
Paul Killick & Hanna Karttunen
  • World Championship Professional Latin Finalists 2001-2003
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Finalists 2001-2003
  • UK Open Professional Latin Champions 2002
  • International Open Professional Latin Champions 2002
  • International Open Professional Latin Finalists 2001, 2003
Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova
  • World Professional Standard Champions 2009 - 2014
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Champions 2010 - 2014
  • U.S. Professional Standard Champions 2008 - 2014
  • UK Open Professional Standard Champions 2010 - 2015
  • International Open Professional Standard Champions 2009 - 2014
Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute
  • WDSF World Professional Standard Champions 2013, 2014
  • European Professional Standard Champions 2010, 2011
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Runners Up 2010, 2011
  • World Professional Standard Runners Up 2010, 2011
  • UK Open Professional Standard Runners Up 2010, 2011
  • International Open Professional Standard Runners Up 2010, 2011
Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2014
  • World Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2014
  • U.S. Professional Standard Runners Up 2010 - 2014
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010 -2 015
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2014
Sergey Surkov & Agnieszka Melnicka
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Finalists 2007 - 2014
  • European Professional Latin Champions 2014
  • World Professional Latin Finalists 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
  • International Open Professional Latin Finalists 2006, 2007, 2009 - 2012
  • UK Open Professional Latin Finalists 2006 - 2014
  • Russian Professional Latin Champions 2009 - 2013
Steven Dougherty & Eulia Baranovsky
  • World Professional American Smooth Finalists 2006, 2007
  • US Professional American Smooth Finalists 2004, 2006, 2007
  • World Professional American Smooth Showdance Champions 2007
Jose Decamps & Joanna Zacharewicz
  • US Professional American Rhythm Champions 2007-2010
  • World Professional American Rhythm Champions 2007-2009
  • World Professional Mambo Champions 2007
  • World Professional Salsa Champions 2010
Eldar Dzhafarov & Anna Sazhina
  • World Championship Professional 10 Dance Champions 2012
  • European Championship Professional 10 Dance Champions 2012
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014
  • UK Open Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014, 2015
  • International Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014
  • World Championship Professional Standard Semi Finalists 2014
Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova
  • Professional World Latin Finalists 2009
  • British Open Professional Latin Grand Finalists 2008
  • US National Professional Latin Vice Champions 2008, 2009
  • 11 Times Undefeated US National Amateur Latin Champions 1997-2007
Troels Bager & Ina Jeliazkova
  • Blackpool Amateur Latin Champions 2013, 2014
  • International Amateur Latin Champions 2013, 2014
  • UK Open Amateur Latin Champions 2014, 2015
  • WDC World Amateur Champions 2012, 2013, 2014
Eric Luna & Georgia Ambarian
  • World Professional Cabaret Champions 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • US Professional Cabaret Champions 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Craig Smith & Micheline Marmol
  • 2013 World Professional Exhibition Champions
  • 2013 United States Open Swing Cabaret Champions
Craig Smith
  • 5 time World Professional Exhibition Champion
  • 3 time British Open Exhibition Champion

Master of Ceremonies for 2015

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 2015

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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