Stars of the past, present and future

April 8-9, 2016

Hammerstein Ballroom

New York, NY


Dance Legends 2012

The inaugural Dance Legends took place on April 13 & 14, 2012 in New York City and featured show dances by legendary ballroom dancers, both past and present. Our venue is a historic opera house which holds 3,000 people.

Below is the list of performers for Dance legends 2012.

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Legends for 2012

Bryan Watson & Carmen Vincelj
  • World Professional Champions 1999-2007
  • Blackpool Champions 2000, 2002-2007
  • International Champions 2000-2004
  • UK Open 1999-2001, 2003
  • German Open 1999-2005 2007
  • European Championships 1999-2003, 2005-2006
Giampiero Giannico & Caterina Arzenton
Giampiero Giannico
  • World Professional Standard Finalist 2010
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalist 2010
  • US Professional Standard Finalist 2010
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalist 2010
Caterina Arzenton
  • World Professional Standard Champion 2000
  • World Professional Standard Finalist 1993 – 1996, 1998
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalist 1993 – 1995, 1998 - 2000
  • UK Open Professional Standard Champion 2001
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalist 1996-2000
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
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
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
Domenico Soale & Gioia Cerasoli
  • WDSF World Professional Standard Champions 2012
  • International Open Professional Standard Finalists 2006-2010
  • UK Open Professional Standard Finalists 2007 - 2010
  • Blackpool Professional Standard Finalists 2007 - 2010
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
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
Victor Da Silva & Hanna Karttunen
  • World Professional Exhibition Champions 2004 - 2007
  • Blackpool Professional Exhibition Champions 2004 - 2007
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
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 2012

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 2012

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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