Winner of Strictly series nine, Aliona is originally from Russia, although she moved to the United States when she was 13.
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Aliona first appeared on Strictly in 2009 when she was paired with Rav Wilding. The couple left the competition in Week Three with Aliona commenting that ''Rav was such a lovely guy; it was such a shame to go out so early''.
I am the pussycat of the Ballroom world!Aliona Vilani
In 2011, Aliona saw success as she won series nine with Harry Judd. When Aliona first joined Strictly she thought the judges were shocked by some of her more modern, risqué choreography. But with her success of winning with Harry, it seems the judges have warmed to her innovative ideas.
At the age of five, Aliona was enrolled in the arts gymnasium for classical ballet and performing arts. She started ballroom dancing in Russia when she turned 11 years old. Soon after this she began making the finals in Eastern European competitions.
In 1997, Aliona was invited to go to the United States to be a member of the Kaiser Dance Academy in Brooklyn, New York. It was here that she started learning Salsa, Hip Hop and Jazz in the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York.
In 2001, Aliona was selected by the National Dance Congress to be a part of the US team in the Ballroom category that competed against the World Teams and won the Amateur Ballroom category for the US.
Aliona moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and has continued competing, dancing in shows and teaching there since.
Aliona loves to draw. She has an art major of excellence in Fashion Design, Costume Design and Painting.
Aliona's also an outdoor type of girl and an avid skier. Her parents met at a ski resort and started her on the slopes at the age of 5, and since then she's skied everywhere from Russia to Colorado.
Her speciality is Ten Dance.
- Aliona Vilani Left in Week 2
- Anton du Beke LEFT IN WEEK 3
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- Brendan Cole LEFT IN WEEK 8
- Erin Boag Left in Week 7
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- Karen Hauer Left in Week 10
- Kristina Rihanoff Left in Week 5
- Natalie Lowe Left in Week 9
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- Vincent Simone Left in the Grand Final