Vadim Garbuzov

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Vadim Garbuzov
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Born 8 May 1987 (1987-05-08) (age 27)
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 are the "Dancing Stars 2012" in Austria.


  • World Youth Ten Dance Championship Finalist 2005
  • Austrian Ten Dance Champion 2006
  • World Ten Dance Championship Semifinalist 2006
  • European Cup Ten Dance Finalist 2010

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