Kristina Rihanoff was born in Vladivostok, Russia, where she was first introduced to dance and became a competitive dancer at age of 7. Kristina’s years of dancing experience includes everything from standard styles of ballet, latin and ballroom dance, to American rhythm and theatre arts.
Kristina relocated to the United States in 2001. Since then, some of her competitive dance achievements include; 1st place in the South African International Latin Championship (2005-2006); 2nd place in the US National American Rhythm Finals (2003-2005); 2nd place in the Open to the World, Mambo Championship (2003-2004).
She went on to represent the USA in the world exhibition, The Blackpool Dance Festival, placing 2nd in the Theatre Dance category. These achievements have led Kristina to perform and teach all over the world in South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong , Russia and the USA.
Kristina later joined the US hit TV series Dancing with the Stars on its winter tour in 2007-2008. Less than a year later, her increasing popularity and the public’s admiration for her talent brought her to London. Here she joined the hugely popular British show, Strictly Come Dancing. In her first season, she was partnered with the well-respected political broadcaster, John Sergeant and seven years later she has become one of the show’s long-standing professional dancers. Kristina has been partnered with a range of celebrities from professional sportsmen to James Bond actors, including Joe Calzaghe, DJ Goldie, Jason Donovan, Colin Salmon, Ben Cohen,Simon Webbe and most recently, this year, Daniel O’Donnell.
As a creative, Kristina can work with you on:
· TV and theatre show script development
· Concept storyboard development
· Entertainment and concept development for charity / private / corporate events
· Choreography, casting and concept development for TV advertising, shows and brand campaigns
· Celebrity liaisons for events hosting and entertainment
· Choreography for groups and solo artists
” 30 years of dancing and 7 years on Strictly come dancing gave me an opportunity to choreograph the biggest variety of numbers. Whether it’s a solo or a big production number for a TV show I always strive to create a unique and memorable performance “Kristina Rihanoff