Stars of the past, present and future

April 10-11, 2015

Hammerstein Ballroom

New York, NY




Dance Legends will be on April 11 & 12, 2014 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 the list of performers for Dance legends 2014.

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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