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About Kristina

Academy principal/ballet, ballroom & latin dance teacher

Kristina most known to the public for her 8 years appearance as a professional dancer and choreographer on BBC1 TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”. Growing up in Soviet Russia she started dance and drama lessons at the age of 7 and has an impressive dance background, having studied Ballet, Salsa, Mambo, American Rhythm, American Smooth, Ballroom and Latin. This extensive knowledge alongside her natural talent and flair for dance saw her become one of the world’s most accomplished performers at the peak of her competitive career ranking in top 12 in the world in the Professional Latin division.

Since retiring from competition, Kristina has carved a name for herself after appearances on the ‘Dancing with The Stars’ USA Tour in 2007, and it wasn’t long until she was lured to the UK to join the TV phenomenon of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. The UK have grown to love her choreography and well composed routines for both her fellow Professionals and learning Celebrities. With a diverse range of previous partners on the show, she has managed transform these contestants into polished performers in the ballroom, thanks to her exceptional teaching abilities and choreography masterpieces.

BBC report on Kristina winning Strictly in 2010
My Strictly Profile

Kristina’s wealth of experience provides her with the perfect platform to utilise her knowledge and create the ‘’Bespoke Ballroom’’ dance and drama academy in her home town Northampton. Kristina has over 25 years of teaching experience and is well known for her hard work, dedication, skilful choreography and most importantly her patience. Kristina loves working with children and young adults and believes that learning dance and drama improves youngsters social skills, boost confidence and promotes self-expression. Kristina is very excited to partner up with highly skilful and experience teachers and create her performing arts academy “Bespoke Ballroom” and offer dancing and drama lessons to all ages from babies to young adults. In her age appropriate courses, Kristina will bring her extensive knowledge of ballroom techniques and stage presents.

For more information about Kristina visit her official website at www.officialkristinarihanoff.com

Kristina is fully certified and a proud member of National Association Teachers of Dance and International Dance Association Dance Vision.