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Biography:

 

Slavik Kryklyvyy

 

is a professional ballroom dancer specializing in International Latin. Born and raised in Ukraine, he is currently residing in USA. He and Joanna Leunis were amateur world champions in International Latin. In 2000 the couple took first place in the IDSF World Amateur Championship, the British Open, the ARD Masters Gala, and the IDSF European Latin Championship. After becoming a professional dancer, he won a number of competitions with various partners. His longest and therefore most successful partnership was with Karina Smirnoff, whom he split with in 2005. Kryklyvyy and then partner Smirnoff were featured in the film Shall We Dance. Slavik was credited as the current Blackpool partner of Paulina and as dance instructor. Following the partnership with Karina, he paired with Elena Khvorova. They won second place in the 2006 and 2007 World Championships. He next had a short-lived partnership with Hanna Karttunen. In 2009-2010, Slavik Kryklyvyy partnered with Anna Melnikova, then amateur Latin champion, representing Russia in the international arena. Slavik and Anna were guest competitors as Show Performers. In April 2014, Kryklyvyy reunited with former partner Karina Smirnoff to perform in Dance Legends. Since then, the couple is performing on different events and shows.

 

Karina Smirnoff

 

is an American Ukrainian-born professional ballroom dancer of Greek-Russian descent. She is best known to the general public as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, winning the thirteenth season with army veteran and soap opera star J. R. Martinez. She's also won two runner-up titles, a semifinal title, and several quarterfinal titles. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the "British Professional Final" with three different partners.