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Kristina Rihanoff – professional ballroom dancer

Kristina Rihanoff

Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: HELLO

“Out of luck in cards – lucky in love,” – said gentlemen of fortune. But there are people among us who are lucky in career and in love too. Professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff is a Lady Luck. She is beautiful, successful and at the same time – very cute and cheerful.
“Dreams come true, but you have to work hard,” she says. Well, and wise too.
Kristina’s way from Vladivostok to the one of the most popular TV shows in the UK “Strictly Come Dancing”, was long.
Kristina was born on September 22, 1977 in Siberia. Her real name is Kristina Pshenichnykh.
Her father, a musician and composer, enveloped Kristina’s home in music, and Kristina fell in love with music and dance at an early age. She studied both Latin and Standard styles, but it was the Latin harmonies and movements that truly stirred her passion. Kristina entered her first dance competition at the tender age of seven, and has never looked back.

Almost ten years Siberian Siren, as she was nicknamed by the British press, danced professionally in America, where she moved at the age of 21. At first she didn’t even speak English. She learned several new styles of dance in the US, including salsa, American rhythm, and exhibition/theater style. She was so successful that she and her partner won second place in the American Rhythm Finals for three years in a row. They traveled around the U.S. and abroad to perform and compete around the world.
Then Kristina moved to London.
“In America, it was interesting, but England is closer in spirit to me. I find it easier to communicate with people in England and understand them, than in America.”
Kristina performs the Argentine tango, mambo, cha-cha, rumba, bolero, and many more.
“My life is salsa”
Kristina’s currently touring with the cast of Dancing With The Stars, and plans to include photos from the tour in her new book for everyone to enjoy.
Kristina has a love affair with former World Champion boxer Joe Calzaghe.
Her official site: www.officialkristinarihanoff.com

Kristina Rihanoff – professional ballroom dancer