Alec Mazo

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Not to be confused with the similarly named dancer Alec Lazo.
Alec Mazo
Born April 5, 1978
Soviet Union (now Russia)
Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Spouse(s) Edyta Śliwińska (2007-present)
Children 1

Alec Mazo (born April 5, 1978) is a Russian-born American producer. He became known for his participation in the American edition of the reality television series Dancing with the Stars, the first season of which he won with partner Kelly Monaco. He participated in 5 seasons of the television show and 4 DWTS tours.

Early life and education[edit]

Mazo, who is of Russian Jewish descent, has been dancing since he was five years old, and at age twelve, moved from Russia to San Antonio, Texas, and later to San Francisco, where his former engineer mother, Natasha, began a dance school. Mazo began studying dancing there at 16 in order to improve his socialization skills with girls, and to ease his back problems. He later studied computer science, and then cognitive science at the University of California at Berkeley, in the hopes of one day becoming a dance teacher.[1]

Mazo worked as the CEO of the Genesis Dance Sport studio in San Francisco. Expanding the studio into Los Angeles has been one of his goals.[1] He has one brother, Genya, who's also a ballroom dancer and has performed on the Dancing with the Stars tour. Alec Mazo is married to Dancing With The Stars costar and professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska. On October 10, 2013, they are expecting their first child, a son, due in January 2014. [1] The couple welcomed their son, Michael Alexander Mazo, on January 4, 2014.[2] After DWTS Mazo went to Stanford business school to get his graduate degree in business. He currently runs a production company specializing in live stage entertainment and television reality formats.

Career[edit]

Mazo appeared in the 1998 movie Dance With Me. Mazo turned professional shortly before producers of Dancing with the Stars began their search for dancers to star on the show.[1]

Mazo won the first season of Dancing with the Stars with his partner, Kelly Monaco.

Mazo returned to the ballroom on March 19 for Season 4, this time partnered with former supermodel Paulina Porizkova, but were the first couple eliminated.[3] Despite being eliminated first, Paulina along with Shandi Finnessey (Who was eliminated the very next week) Both hold a higher average than a few celebrities who lasted longer than them.

Mazo appeared on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars. Mazo and his partner, supermodel Josie Maran, were eliminated on September 26, 2007, after the first week of competition, making it the second time in a row he was eliminated first.

Mazo competed for the title with partner, Grammy Award-winning singer, Toni Braxton in Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars.[4] After six dances, Braxton and Mazo became the fifth couple to be eliminated from the season.

In Season 9, Mazo was paired with Olympic swimmer, Natalie Coughlin. They were the fifth couple to be eliminated despite relatively good scores and received a standing ovation from the crowd and judges.

Season Partner Place
1 Kelly Monaco 1st
4 Paulina Porizkova 11th
5 Josie Maran 12th
7 Toni Braxton 8th
9 Natalie Coughlin 10th

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

With celebrity partner Kelly Monaco: 23.0

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/ "I Have Nothing" 5 4 4 No Elimination
2 Rumba/ "Hero" 5 6 6 Safe
3 Jive/ "Footloose" 6 7 8 Safe
4 Samba/ "Bailamos"
Viennese Waltz/ "I Got You Babe"
9
No
9
Scores
8
Given
Safe
5 Foxtrot/ "Don't Know Why"
Paso Doble/ "Bamboleo"
8
9
7
8
7
8
Bottom Two
6 Samba/ "Bailamos"
Freestyle/ "Let's Get Loud"
7
10
9
10
9
10
WON
Dance-Off Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Lady Marmalade"
Quickstep/ "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"
Freestyle/ "Get The Party Started"
7
9
8
9
7
8
9
8
9
Second Place

With celebrity partner Paulina Porizkova: 20.0

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Too Darn Hot" 6 6 7 No elimination
2 Mambo/ "La Bamba" 7 7 7 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Josie Maran: 16.0

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" 6 5 5 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Toni Braxton: 22.6

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1A Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Smooth" 7 7 8 Safe
1B Quickstep/ "Blue Skies" 8 7 8 Last to be called safe
2 Rumba/ "I Can't Make You Love Me" 7 8 8 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz/ "Für Elise" 8 7 7 Safe
4 Samba/ "De Donde Soy" 7 7 8 Safe
5 West Coast Swing/ "The Way You Make Me Feel" 7 7 8 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Natalie Coughlin: 22.5

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa/ "1+1=2"
Foxtrot/ "The Best Is Yet to Come"
7 6
8
6 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "I Want You Back" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Rumba/ "In The Air Tonight" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Bolero/ "Better in Time" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Paso Doble/ "American Woman"
Group Hustle/ "The Hustle"
7
No
8
Scores
7
Given
Eliminated

References[edit]

External links[edit]

First Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Kelly Monaco)
Succeeded by
Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke
Preceded by
Tucker Carlson & Elena Grinenko
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Paulina Porizkova)
Season 5 (Autumn 2007 with Josie Maran)
Succeeded by
Penn Jillette & Kym Johnson