Kristina Rihanoff

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Kristina Rihanoff
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Westcroft Leisure Centre Grand Opening. Kristina Rihanoff and Ian Waite get involved with the 'Everyone Active Strictly Come Dancing Competition' group warm up.
Born Kristina Pshenichnykh
(1977-09-22) 22 September 1977 (age 39)
Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Occupation Dancer
Television Strictly Come Dancing (2008–15)
Partner(s) Ben Cohen
Children 1
Parent(s) Igor Pshenichnykh
Website

http://www.officialkristinarihanoff.com http://www.bespokeballroom.com

http://www.dotcomcf.org/

Kristina Rihanoff (Russian: Кристина Пшеничных,: Kristina Pshenichnykh; born 22 September 1977) is a world finalist professional ballroom dancer, instructor, choreographer and author.[1][2] She has a degree in Tourism and Hospitality; after finishing public school she studied with St Petersburg Branch of Modern Humanitarian Academy which has several colleges around Russia including Vladivostok.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of two engineers, Rihanoff was born and grew up in Vladivostok, Russia, and started taking dance lessons from aged 5. Her parents divorced when she was aged 12, during the time when the breakup of the Soviet Union was occurring. Living with her mother, aged 15 she became a part-time dance instructor to help the household budget, earning in a day what her professionally educated mother could earn in a month.[3]

Dance career[edit]

Aged 21, she was asked to become an instructor to Russian dancers based in the United States. She also undertook displays and instructed on dance classes in the evenings. She developed her career over the next few years through a combination of teaching and performing, in the United States as well as choreographing shows in China, Hong Kong and Japan.[3]

Continuing her professional dance career, she gained 1st place in the South African International Latin Championship (2005–2006), 2nd in the US National American Rhythm Finals (2003–2005), 2nd in the Open to the World,[4] Mambo Championship (2003–2004), and was a Semi-Finalist at the Open to the World, Blackpool Dance Festival in 2007.

After being partnered with American professional Brian Fortuna, she has performed in the UK with Robin Windsor since 2011.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Rihanoff competed as a professional dancer in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. She was partnered up with political broadcaster and author John Sergeant.[5] On 19 November 2008, Sergeant announced that he would be withdrawing from the series, leaving them in seventh place.[6][7][8]

Rihanoff returned to compete for the show's seventh series in 2009, in which she was partnered up with professional boxer Joe Calzaghe.[9] The couple were eliminated on week five of the competition, landing in eleventh place.

Rihanoff returned to compete for the show's eighth series in 2010, in which she was partnered up with musician and DJ Goldie. The couple were eliminated on week two from the competition, landing in fourteenth place. She took part in and won the show's Christmas Special in December 2010, partnering with actor John Barrowman.

On 15 June 2011, Rihanoff was announced as one of the professional dancers that will be returning to compete in the show's ninth series.[10] She was partnered up with Australian actor and singer Jason Donovan.[11] The couple reached the final of the competition, and finished in third place.

On 23 June 2012, Rihanoff was announced as one of the professional dancers that will be returning to compete in the show's tenth series. She was partnered up with actor Colin Salmon.[12] The couple were eliminated on the fifth week of the competition, landing in eleventh place.

On 1 June 2013, Rihanoff was announced as one of the professional dancers that will be returning to compete in the show's eleventh series. She was partnered up with former England rugby player Ben Cohen.[13] The couple were eliminated on the ninth week of the competition, landing in eighth place.

On 1 June 2014, Rihanoff was announced as one of the professional dancers that will be returning to compete in the show's twelfth series. She was partnered up with Blue singer Simon Webbe.[14] The couple reached the final of the competition, and finished as one of the runner-ups.

On 23 April 2015, Rihanoff was announced as one of the professional dancers that will be returning to compete in the show's thirteenth series. She was partnered up with Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell. They became the third couple to be eliminated from the competition, leaving in thirteenth place.

Performances and results[edit]

Series Celebrity partner Place
6 John Sergeant 7th
7 Joe Calzaghe 11th
8 Goldie 14th
9 Jason Donovan 3rd
10 Colin Salmon 11th
11 Ben Cohen 8th
12 Simon Webbe 2nd
13 Daniel O'Donnell 13th
With celebrity partner John Sergeant
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Phillips Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "Come Away With Me" 5 5 6 6 22 Safe
3 Tango / "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" 3 6 6 7 22 Safe
5 Samba / "Papa Loves Mambo" 2 4 5 5 16 Safe
6 Paso Doble / "Concierto de Aranjuez" 3 6 6 6 21 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "I Wanna Be Loved by You" 3 5 6 6 20 Safe
8 Cha Cha Cha / "Twist and Shout" 1 3 4 4 12 Safe
9 American Smooth / "True Love Ways" 5 6 7 7 25 Safe
With celebrity partner Joe Calzaghe
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
1 Tango / "Cite Tango" 2 5 5 4 16 Safe
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Chain Of Fools" 2 5 5 4 16
3 Paso Doble / "Livin' on a Prayer" 3 5 6 5 19 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Feeling Good" 3 6 6 5 20 Safe
5 Jive / "Rock This Town" 4 6 6 5 21 Eliminated
With celebrity partner Goldie
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "TiK ToK" 3 6 6 5 20 N/A
2 Foxtrot / "The Business of Love" 6 7 7 6 26 Eliminated
With celebrity partner Jason Donovan
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Gimme Some Lovin'" 8 8 8 8 32 N/A
2 Foxtrot / "Why Don't You Do Right" 8 8 9 8 33 Safe
3 Tango / "I Will Survive" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "I Want It All" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
5 Quickstep / "Bewitched"[disambiguation needed] 9 9 10 9 37 Safe
6 Rumba / "Killing Me Softly" 6 81 7 7 28 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Iris" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
8 Jive / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
9 Charleston / "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
10 American Smooth / "Singin' in the Rain" 9 9 9 10 37 Bottom two
11 Samba / "Blame It on the Boogie" 8 9 9 8 34 Safe
Argentine Tango / "Assassin's Tango" 10 10 10 10 40
12 Tango / "I Will Survive" 9 10 10 9 38 Third place
Showdance / "Dancin' Fool" 10 10 10 10 40

1 Jennifer Grey temporarily replaced Goodman as a judge for week 6.

With celebrity partner Colin Salmon
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "I Got You (I Feel Good)" 4 7 6 6 23 N/A
2 Viennese Waltz / "Kiss from a Rose" 6 6 6 6 24 Safe
3 Argentine Tango / "GoldenEye" 7 7 6 6 26 Safe
4 Salsa / "Superstition" 5 7 6 6 24 Bottom two
5 Foxtrot / "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" 6 7 7 7 27 Eliminated
With celebrity partner Ben Cohen
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Love Me Again" 3 5 6 6 19 N/A
2 Waltz / "What the World Needs Now Is Love" 6 6 7 6 25 Safe
3 Rumba / "Make You Feel My Love" 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
4 Salsa / "Hard to Handle" 8 8 8 7 31 Safe
5 Quickstep / "I'll Be There For You" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
6 Paso Doble / "Supermassive Black Hole" 7 8 9 8 32 Safe
7 Jive / "Jump, Jive an' Wail" 4 7 8 7 26 Safe
8 American Smooth / "Fallin'" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
9 Charleston / "No Diggity" 6 7 7 7 27 Eliminated
With celebrity partner Simon Webbe
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Jive / "Good Golly Miss Molly" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
2 Tango / "Sing" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
3 Rumba / "Take My Breath Away" 4 6, 71 6 7 30 Bottom two
4 Charleston / "My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz / "Somebody To Love" 7 7 7 7 28 Bottom two
6 Paso Doble / "Poison"[disambiguation needed] 6 7 8 8 29 Safe
7 Quickstep / "I Got Rhythm" 7 9 9 8 33 Safe
8 Argentine Tango / "El Tango De Roxanne" 8 10 10 10 38 Safe
9 Salsa / "Let's Hear It For The Boy" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
10 Waltz / "Edelweiss" 9 10 10 9 38 Safe
11 American Smooth / "Heartache Tonight" 8 9 9 9 35 Bottom two
12 Samba / "I Like To Move It" 6 8 9 7 30 Safe
Foxtrot / "My Guy" 9 10 10 9 38
13 Charleston / "My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)" 9 10 10 10 39 Runners-up
Showdance / "A Little Less Conversation" 9 10 10 10 39
Argentine Tango / "El Tango De Roxanne" 10 10 10 10 40

1 Donny Osmond appeared as a guest judge for week 3.

With celebrity partner Daniel O'Donnell
Week # Dance/song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" 4 6 7 7 24 No Elimination
2 Charleston / "Let's Misbehave" 5 6 6 6 23 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Summer Nights" 4 6 6 5 21 Safe
4 American Smooth / "Fly Me to the Moon" 5 6 6 6 23 Eliminated

Live tours and stage productions[edit]

Rhianoff has been taken part in the Stricty Come Dancing Live Tour from 2009 to 2015. In 2009 she performed with fellow professional dancer, Matthew Cutler and filled in for Lilia Kopylova at one show, partnering Julian Clary.On the Strictly 2010 tour, Rihanoff was partnered with Series 4 Champion Mark Ramprakash. They danced the Salsa and the Argentine Tango. On the Strictly 2011 tour, Rihanoff was partnered with actor Jimi Mistry, they danced the Foxtrot and Paso Doble. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 Rhianoff reunited with her dance partners from the television series, Jason Donovan, Ben Cohen and Simon Webbe, respectively. Rhianoff and Webbe went on to win the overall tour in 2015.

In 2012 Kristina and Robin joined fellow professional Artem Chigvintsev and former Strictly contestant Kara Tointon for the first 'Dance To The Music Tour'.

Other projects[edit]

In Summer 2015, Rihanoff and Windsor took part in the Touring Theatre Production of Puttin' On The Ritz,[15] as well as Dance Weekends around the county.[16]

Rihanoff choreographs a number of professional and commercial dance works. These have included both Burn the Floor and Dancing on Wheels, which she choreographed with Fortuna.[17] She has also choreographed dance routines inside the television commercials, including those for St Tropez suntan lotion, Panache bras and MeMeMe Cosmetics.[3]

Rihanoff has written a book entitled The Art of Dancesport Makeup for newcomers to Ballroom dance competition, a subject that she studied extensively in Russia.[1] Rihanoff participated in the 2008 Weakest Link 's Strictly Come Dancing special. Kristina's weekly column in Best Magazine during each Strictly season has proved hugely popular. Kristina regularly appears in the mainstream media including Hello Magazine, Heat Magazine, OK, Best Magazine, Let's Talk etc.

Kristina has appeared in the Celebrity Version of Mastermind, with her specialist subject which was Patrick Swayze. Kristina has also appeared on The Hairy Bikers Programme, cooking the Traditional Russian Dish Borscht.[18] Choreographing a couple of UK TV Adverts Including the BT Commercial and also Aviva Insurance.

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

On 5 January 2016, Rihanoff became a housemate in the 17th series of Celebrity Big Brother. On Day 3 she announced, in the house, she and boyfriend Ben Cohen were expecting a child, and that was roughly 3 months into her pregnancy.[19] The pair were dance partners on the 2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing and at the time Cohen was still married to his former wife Abby.[20] On 19 January 2016, Rihanoff became the third housemate to be evicted from the house having received the least votes to save, spending a total of fifteen days in the house.

Charity[edit]

Kristina has her own children's charity called The Dot Com Foundation [21] helping children deal with risky situations, whether it be violence within the home, to confidence building.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kristina Rihanoff Bio". Retrieved 2005-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Michael Wentink and Kristina Pchenitchnykh Blackpool Results". Retrieved 2005-06-23. 
  3. ^ a b c McGrath, Nick (12 October 2013). "Kristina Rihanoff: 'I don't know how my family in Russia would survive without my money'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  4. ^ "Holiday Dance Classic 2005 Results". 
  5. ^ "BBC - Strictly Come Dancing - John Sergeant". Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "BBC faces backlash over John Sergeant's shock exit from Strictly as MPs call for viewers' boycott | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Entertainment | Sergeant quits Strictly contest". BBC News. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  8. ^ Foster, Patrick (2008-11-20). "The music had to stop says John Sergeant: if I'd stayed there would have been "murder on the dancefloor"". The Times. London. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  9. ^ "2009 SCD". Walesonline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  10. ^ "BBC - Press Office - New professional dancer joins Strictly Come Dancing 2011". bbc.co.uk. 
  11. ^ "Jason Donovan". Strictly Come Dancing. BBC. 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing: Full line-up confirmed". BBC News. 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "BBC One - Strictly Come Dancing - Ben Cohen". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  14. ^ "BBC One - Strictly Come Dancing - Kristina Rihanoff". BBC. 
  15. ^ "Puttin' on the Ritz". theatreroyal.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Anton Du Beke - Erin Boag -Trent Whiddon -Kristina Rihanoff". donaheys.co.uk. 
  17. ^ "BBC - Dancing on Wheels - About the Show". bbc.co.uk. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "Kristina Rihanoff makes a BIG announcement | Day 3 | Celebrity Big Brother". Huffington Pose. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  20. ^ "Kristina Rihanoff makes a BIG announcement | Day 3 | Celebrity Big Brother". bigbrother.channel5.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  21. ^ "Welcome". Dotcomcf.org. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 

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