Vadim Garbuzov

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Vadim Garbuzov
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Born 8 May 1987 (1987-05-08) (age 28)
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Occupation Dancer

Vadim Garbuzov (born 8 May 1987 in Kharkiv, Ukraine) is an Austrian dancer.


Garbuzov, being born in the former Soviet Union, emigrated with his parents to Vancouver, Canada at the age of seven in 1994. There he started to dance, and from 2001 - 2003 he managed to win numerous titles in the Junior and Youth category in Latin and Ballroom dancing in Canada as well as in Ukraine. He represented Canada at Youth World Championships, before relocating to Austria in search of a new dance partner.

In 2004 he found with Kathrin Menzinger from Vienna the right girl to continue his career, and they both were very successful in the following years. 2005 the won both the Latin and Ballroom Austrian Youth Championships, and could therefore represent Austria in all three Youth World Championships of the WDSF in this year.They were placed 12th in Latin, 17th in Ballroom, and reached the Final in the Youth Ten Dance World Championship in Antwerp (Belgium) in 2005.

2006 they had to change to the adult age class, and started very successfully by winning the Austrian national Ten Dance Championship, thus representing Austria again at the Worlds Ten Dance Championship im Moscow 2006. Here they reached the semifinal and were placed 10th.

In 2007 Vadim was awarded the Austrian citizenship, but had to interrupt his dance career due to an injury of his partner. He finalized his studies at the "Academy of Sports" in his hometown Kharkiv with a master degree as a Sports Trainer and Dance sport Coach in 2008.

2009 his partner Kathrin Menzinger was fit again, and in 2010 they reached another Final of an important Ten Dance Competition and were placed 6th at the European Cup in Minsk.

In 2011 he started his TV-career by participating in the Austrian version of the BBC-format Strictly Come Dancing, called "Dancing Stars". He teamed up with Alfons Haider,a well known Austrian actor and TV-host.They were the first male Dancecouple in this TV-format worldwide, and so the public interest in Austria and worldwide was rather great. Also in 2001 he starred together with Kathrin Menzinger in the ORF-Production "Starnacht am Wörtherseee" which brought him an entry in the International Movie Database IMDb as a show dancer.

2012 he again took part in the 7th season of "Dancing Stars" in Austria, this time together with the Austrian singer Petra Frey. This time he won the contest, and Petra and he were the "Dancing Stars 2012" in Austria. 2013 he teamed up with Susanna Hirschler, an Austrian actress, reaching the 5th place. 2014 he won Dancing Stars for the second time with his Promi-partner Roxanne Rapp, a young Austrian actress.

In 2014 he also took part in the "New Years Concert" of the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra, performing together with his dance partner Kathrin Menzinger the famous "Blue Danube Waltz" live at the Wiener Musikverein to a worldwide audience of more than 50 million TV-spectators.

2012 they started to compete in the new WDSF format Showdance, reaching the finals of the 2102 and 2013 finals of the world championship in Latin and Standard Showdance.

2014 they turned Professionals, and could win their first title at the European Championship Showdance Latin in Dresden, Germany. They also placed second in the World Championships Showdance Latin and Standard and the European Showdance Standard.

2015 Vadim will take part in the RTL TV-show "Let's Dance", the german equivalent of Strictly come dancing, partnering with the german actress Beatrice Richter


  • World Youth Ten Dance Championship Finalist 2005
  • Austrian Ten Dance Champion 2006
  • World Ten Dance Championship Semifinalist 2006
  • European Cup Ten Dance Finalist 2010
  • European Champion Showdance Latin 2014
  • Vice-Worldchampion Showdance Latin and Standard 2014
  • Vice-European Champion Showdance Standard 2014

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