Edyta Śliwińska

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Edyta Śliwińska
EdytaŚliwińskaNov09.jpg
Śliwińska at the 2009 American Music Awards.
Born (1981-05-06) May 6, 1981 (age 33)
Warsaw, Poland
Occupation Ballroom dancer
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s) Alec Mazo (2007-present)
Children Michael Alexander Mazo (January 4, 2014)

Edyta Śliwińska (Polish pronunciation: [ɛˈdɨta ɕliˈviɲska]; born May 6, 1981) is a Polish professional ballroom dancer who is starring in the stage show Dance Temptation. She is best known for her appearances on the American version of the reality television series Dancing with the Stars, where she appeared on all of the first ten seasons of the show.

Early life[edit]

Śliwińska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and comes from a working-class Polish background.[1] She took her first dancing class at age 11.[2]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In the debut season of Dancing with the Stars in June 2005, Śliwińska partnered boxing champion Evander Holyfield, with whom she placed 5th in the competition.

For the second season, she was paired with actor George Hamilton, and again came in 5th place.

With the third season, her partner was actor Joey Lawrence, and the couple achieved 3rd place. Śliwińska and Lawrence were part of the first performance tour of the show from December 19, 2006 to February 11, 2007.[3]

For Season 4, she originally had Vincent Pastore as her partner,[4] but Pastore dropped out after a week of training, as he was unable to keep up with the hard pace of preparation.[5] On March 2, John Ratzenberger was announced to be Pastore's replacement, giving Ratzenberger the least time of any celebrity to prepare for the series at the time.[5] On May 1, 2007, Sliwinska and Ratzenberger became the sixth couple eliminated from the competition, with a finish of 6th place.[6]

In Season 5, Śliwińska was partnered with soap opera actor Cameron Mathison. They became the eighth couple eliminated before the Semi-Finals, with a finish of 5th place for the third time.

In Season 6 her partner was NFL player Jason Taylor. They won second place, giving Śliwińska her best finish to date.

In Season 7, Śliwińska and her partner American Comedian and Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross were the first couple voted off. They did not get their chance to show their Quickstep. During practice, Ross suffered an eye injury. Misty May-Treanor had suffered a leg injury in week three of the competition, and since she wanted to show America her Jive, Śliwińska danced it for her on the next night's result show. After week six, Śliwińska temporarily replaced Julianne Hough as Cody Linley's professional partner until Hough recovered from surgery scheduled on October 28, 2008.

In Season 8, Śliwińska was paired with NFL player Lawrence Taylor. They were eliminated in the seventh week of the show on April 21, 2009 with the lowest judged score of 21 and came in 7th place.

For Season 9, Śliwińska was paired with Ashley Hamilton, George Hamilton's son. They were eliminated first making Sliwinska the third professional to come in last more than once along with Alec Mazo (her husband), Jonathan Roberts, and Tristan MacManus.

For Season 10, it was announced on March 2, 2010 that she would be partnered up with soap opera star Aiden Turner. They were voted off in the fourth week of the competition and came in 9th place.

Season Partner Place
1 Evander Holyfield 5th
2 George Hamilton 5th
3 Joey Lawrence 3rd
4 John Ratzenburger 6th
5 Cameron Mathison 5th
6 Jason Taylor 2nd
7 Jeffrey Ross 13th
8 Lawrence Taylor 7th
9 Ashley Hamilton 16th
10 Aiden Turner 9th

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

With celebrity partner Evander Holyfield:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Respect" 5 7 6 No elimination
2 Quickstep/ "It Don't Mean a Thing" 5 4 5 Safe
3 Jive/ "Reet Petite" 5 4 4 Eliminated


With celebrity partner George Hamilton:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/ "Oye Como Va" 7 5 6 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" 8 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/ "La Cumparsita" 7 7 8 Bottom 2
4 Paso Doble/ "Matador Paso" 7 7 7 Safe
5 Samba/ "Conga"
Group Salsa/ "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
8
No
8
Scores
8
Given
Bottom 2
6 Rumba/ "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
Group Viennese Waltz/ "Fallin'"
8
No
7
Scores
8
Given
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Joey Lawrence:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "I Like The Way You Move" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "I Got Rhythm" 10 9 10 Safe
3 Jive/ "Blue Suede Shoes" 8 6 8 Safe
4 Waltz/ "Take It to the Limit" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Samba/ "Freedom! '90" 8 8 9 Safe
6 Rumba/ "Father Figure"
Disco/ "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
8
No
8
Scores
8
Given
No Elimination
7 Foxtrot/ "Singin' in the Rain"
Mambo/ "Mambo No. 5"
10
9
9
9
10
10
Safe
8 Tango/ "The Addams Family Theme"
Paso Doble/ "Sympathy for the Devil"
10
9
9
8
9
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep/ "42nd Street"
Rumba/ "Eternal Flame"
9
10
10
10
10
10
Eliminated, Third Place


With celebrity partner John Ratzenberger:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Chain of Fools" 6 5 6 No elimination
2 Quickstep/ "The Lady is a Tramp" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/ "Libertango" 7 6 7 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "A Kind of Magic" 6 5 5 Bottom 2
5 Samba/ "Love Is in the Air" 6 6 6 Safe
6 Mambo/ "Mambo Swing"
Swing/ "Rock This Town"
7
No
6
Scores
6
Given
Bottom 2
7 Foxtrot/ "That's Life"
Rumba/ "Under Pressure"
8
7
7
8
8
7
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Cameron Mathison:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Moondance" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Mas Que Nada" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/ "The Beat Goes On" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "Theme from Superman" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Rumba/ "I've Got To See You Again" 8 9 9 Safe
6 Samba/ "Magalenha"
Rock N Roll/ "Rockin' Robin"
9
No
8
Scores
8
Given
Bottom 2
7 Quickstep/ "Why Can't I Be You?"
Jive/ "Boy from New York City"
8
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz/ "Hedwig's Theme"
Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Brown Sugar"
9
8
9
8
9
8
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Jason Taylor:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Pride and Joy" 7 8 7 No elimination
2 Mambo/ "Lupita" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Jive/ "I Got a Woman" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz/ "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Rumba/ "You're All I Need To Get By" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Best of My Love"
Country Western/"Cotton-Eyed Joe
8
No
8
Scores
8
Given
Safe
7 Quickstep/ "The Dirty Boogie"
Paso Doble/ "Heavy Action"
10
9
9
8
10
9
Safe
8 Tango/ "Tango Barbaro"
Samba/ "It Had Better Be Tonight"
10
8
9
7
10
8
Last to be Called Safe
9
Semi-finals
Foxtrot/ "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"
Paso Doble/ "El Gato Montes"
9
9
10
9
9
9
Safe
10
Finals
Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Dancing on the Ceiling"
Freestyle/ "Miami"
Quickstep/ "The Dirty Boogie"
8
9
10
8
9
10
8
9
10
Runner-Up


With celebrity partner Jeffrey Ross:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/ "Play That Funky Music"
Quickstep/ "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
4
Did
4
Not
4
Perform
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Lawrence Taylor:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "25 Miles" 6 5 5 No elimination
2 Quickstep/ "As Long As I'm Singing" 7 7 6 Safe
3 Samba/ "I Can't Get Next To You" 7 6 7 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/ "Suite Punta Del Este" 7 5 7 Safe
5 Paso Doble/ "Granada" 6 7 7 Dance off
6 Jive/ "Ain't That Peculiar 7 7 8 Safe
7 Waltz/ "Open Arms"
1960's Group Dance/ "The Clapping Song"
7
No
7
Scores
7
Given
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Ashley Hamilton:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Grace Kelly"
Salsa relay/ "Get Busy"
5
Awarded
6
4
4
Points
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Aiden Turner:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Hungry Like The Wolf" 5 5 5 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot/ "I've Got You Under My Skin" 7 6 6 Safe
3 Quickstep/ "Hey, Soul Sister" 7 6 7 Safe
4 Rumba/ "Live Like We're Dying" 5,6 5,6 5,6 Eliminated


Personal life[edit]

Śliwińska's husband and professional partner in dance competitions is Alec Mazo, who also participated in Dancing with the Stars, winning with Kelly Monaco. They have danced together for over 6 years and have performed together multiple times for Dancing with the Stars results shows in pair numbers. They married on September 1, 2007. On October 10, 2013, they announced they were expecting their first child, a son, due in January 2014. [1] The couple welcomed their son, Michael Alexander Mazo, on January 4, 2014.[7]

As of August 30, 2010, Sliwinska has not appeared on any subsequent seasons of Dancing with the Stars, in order to finish school and start a family with Alec. On her Facebook page she wrote: "After 10 seasons I felt like it's time to think about my future. I'm pursuing my education and looking forward to other projects that perhaps you will hear about, but my main goal is to finish my degree and start building a family."[8] She has the same birthday as Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron.

She describes herself as an atheist.[9]

Professional awards[edit]

  • Emerald Ball Latin Amateur Champion[10]
  • 1st Place - 2001 International Grand Ball (San Francisco)[10]
  • 1st Place - 2001 Holiday Ball (Las Vegas, Nevada)[10]

Acting career[edit]

  • Śliwińska appeared in a Jared's jewelry commercial along with fellow Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Alec Mazo,[11] and Shalene Archer.
  • She also played Ruby Love on CSI:NY on the 13th episode of season 5 called "Rush to Judgment", where she played a salsa dance teacher who was involved in a murder.[12]
  • Śliwińska appeared on the May 13th edition of WWE Monday Night Raw as the dance partner of Dancing with the Stars alumni Chris Jericho during a Dance-Off segment between Jericho and herself against Fandango and his partner Summer Rae.

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 6 (Spring 2008 with Jason Taylor)
Succeeded by
Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson
Preceded by
Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 3 (Fall 2006 with Joey Lawrence)
Succeeded by
Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Preceded by
None
Billy Ray Cyrus & Karina Smirnoff
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Evander Holyfield)
Season 2 (Winter 2006 with George Hamilton)
Season 5 (Autumn 2007 with Cameron Mathison)
Succeeded by
Jerry Springer & Kym Johnson
Mario & Karina Smirnoff
Preceded by
Penn Jillette & Kym Johnson
Belinda Carlisle & Jonathan Roberts
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 7 (Autumn 2008 with Jeffrey Ross)
Season 9 (Autumn 2009 with Ashley Hamilton)
Succeeded by
Belinda Carlisle & Jonathan Roberts
Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas

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