Yulia was born in Belgorod City, Russia and started dancing at the age of 7.
Yulia captured her first major title at the age of 12, becoming Russian Junior National Champion and she went on to dominate the youth division. After moving to the United States to dance with her former partner Maxim Kozhevnikov, Yulia won many titles including the World South American Showdance Championships and the US Professional Latin Championships. Yulia also placed as a grand finalist in all major world competitions.
The son of famed Italian ballroom coaches, Riccardo always knew that dance was his future and one day he would become the world champion. Riccardo was born in Terni, Italy, currently residing in and representing the United States. Prior to partnering with Yulia, Riccardo and his previous partner were undefeated Italian Amateur Latin Champions and the World Amateur Latin Champions.
Couple's Career Highlights
Riccardo and Yulia are reigning World Professional Latin Champions, as well as current US Professional Latin Champions. They have also previously won the US Open, the Dutch Open, and the German Open Championships.