Stars of the past, present and future

April 10-11, 2015

Hammerstein Ballroom

New York, NY




Dance Legends will be on April 10 & 11, 2015 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 2015.

Legends for 2014

Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff
  • Ranked #2 in World Professional Latin
  • 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
Massimo Giorgianni & Alessia Manfredini
  • World Professional Show Dance Champions 1997 - 2002
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalists 1999-2002
  • World Professional Standard Finalists 1999-2001
  • European Professional Standard Champions 2001
  • International Professional Standard Finalists 2000-2002
  • World Amateur Standard Champions 1995, 1996
  • Italian Professional Standard Champions 2003
Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko
  • World Professional Latin Champions 2010 - 2013
  • World Professional Showdance Champions 2009
  • U.S. Professional Latin Champions 2008 - 2013
  • International Open Professional Latin Champions 2012
  • Dutch Open Champions 2008-2013
Edward Simon & Michelle Officer
  • US Professional American Smooth Champions 1996
  • World Classic Showdance Finalists 1997
  • US Theatrical Silver Medalists
  • Guest Choreographers, So You Think You Can Dance
Michael Malitowski & Joanna Leunis
  • World Professional Latin Champions 2008, 2009
  • European Professional Latin Champions 2007–2012
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Champions 2008–2013
  • UK Open Professional Latin Champions 2007–2014
  • International Open Professional Latin Champions 2005–2011, 2013
Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Champions 2010 - 2013
  • World Professional Standard Champions 2009 - 2013
  • U.S. Professional Standard Champions 2008 - 2013
  • UK Open Professional Standard Champions 2010 - 2013
  • International Open Professional Standard Champions 2009 - 2013
Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute
  • WDSF World Professional Standard Champions 2013
  • 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 - 2013
  • World Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2013
  • U.S. Professional Standard Runners Up 2010 - 2013
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010 -2 013
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalists 2010 - 2013
Sergey Surkov & Agnieszka Melnicka
  • Blackpool Professional Latin Finalists 2007 - 2013
  • 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
Peter & Alexandra Perzhu
  • United States Professional 9-Dance Champions 2010-2013
  • United States Professional American Smooth Finalists 2009 -2013
  • Ohio Star Ball Professional Smooth Champions 2013
  • United States Professional Rhythm Finalists 2010-2013
Troels Bager & Ina Jeliazkova
  • Blackpool Amateur Latin Champions 2013
  • International Amateur Latin Champions 2013
  • UK Open Amateur Latin Champions 2014
  • WDC World Amateur Champions 2012, 2013
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 2014

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 2014

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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