Paul Killick

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Paul Killick
BornUnited Kingdom
Other namesPaul John Killick
OccupationBallroom dancer, choreographer, television personality

Paul Killick is a British professional ballroom dancer and an International Latin American Dance Champion. He appeared in the first two series of the television show Strictly Come Dancing.[1] Killick specialises in Latin dance and has won international titles including The World Cup, World Trophy, World Masters, World Series, Universal and British Professional Latin American DanceSport Championships. Killick is also a choreographer, coach, television personality, dance judge, world-class adjudicator and the owner and director of the Arthur Murray International flagship studio in Beverly Hills.

Professional dance career[edit]

Early in his dance career, Killick was invited to join and study at the famous Royal Ballet School in London, but chose instead to enter into the world of competitive Ballroom and Latin American Dancesport. Killick went on to represent Great Britain in DanceSport throughout the world in the divisions of Juvenile, Junior, Youth and Amateur. Killick won the title of World Amateur Latin Champion 1993,[2] dancing with Inga Hass.

In 1994 Killick began dancing professionally with Oksana Forova. He began to dance with Vibeke Toft in 1996, and they became grand finalists in all major competitions.[3] In October 1998 Killick began dancing with Karina Smirnoff, and again became finalists in all major competitions.[4] This partnership ended in July 1999.

Killick then teamed up with Hanna Karttunen. They danced together for five years and were consistently ranked as one of the best couples in the world.[5] Together they won numerous world titles including United Kingdom Open Champion, International Champion, World Series Champion, World Masters Champion, Dutch Open Champion, United States Open Champion, Asian Open Champion, Kremlin Cup Champion and four time British National Champions.[6]

Killick received the Ballroom Dancers' Federation "Most Outstanding Contribution to Dance" honour in both 1994 and 2004, and has won The World Cup, World Trophy, World Masters, World Series, Universal and British Professional Latin American DanceSport Championships on six occasions. Killick represented Great Britain throughout his career, and has won European, British, United States, Canadian, German, French, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Austrian, Italian, Dutch, Czechoslovakian, Hungarian, Polish, Scandinavian, Russian and South African Latin American DanceSport Championships before he retired from competitive Latin dancing in 2004.

Killick also has had the honour of dancing for the Royal Families of Monaco, Japan, Denmark, in addition to the Prime Ministers of Germany, Finland, and Russia.

Television, stage and screen[edit]

Killick not only played a role in the development and creation of the phenomenon "Strictly Come Dancing" on the BBC in the UK, but he also appeared on seasons one and two of the series, as well as its spin-off, "Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two." In series 1 he danced with Verona Joseph, reaching the fourth round. In series 2 he danced with Carol Vorderman and reached the second round.

Killick has also choreographed a number of productions for both screen and stage, including "Unforgettable Boleros" with Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz and Ricardo Montalban for PBS; "Stephen Sondheim 75th Birthday Tribute Concert[7] " at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End; "An Evening of Ballroom Dancing with Paul Killick" at the Cadogan Theatre in London; and more.

Post retirement[edit]

Killick remains active in competitive Ballroom and Latin DanceSport, serving as a world-class adjudicator for a majority of the world's National and International DanceSport competitions. He is a member of the World Dance Council, the National Dance Council of America and the British Dance Council.

Killick was appointed as the Director and owner of the Arthur Murray International flagship studio in Beverly Hills in 2012, lending his coaching and choreography experience to the century old leader in Ballroom dance. Killick serves as both coach and choreographer to many of Ballroom and Latin DanceSport's champions and stars. He also runs his own dance studio in London.

Killick also went on to create world-wide competitive DanceSport events including The Killick Klassik DanceSport Event in Palm Beach, FL, The Killick Royale Cup in Beverly Hills, CA, The World Pro-Am Stars and The World Challenge DanceSport Championships in Hong Kong.

Killick created The Killick Klassik with International Dance Shoes.[citation needed]

Charity work[edit]

As well as his contributions to dance, Killick has also been involved with numerous charities including Childline, Cancer Research UK and Variety Club.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Siblings strictly in step
  2. ^ "Ballroom Dance – Dancesport – Dance CD / Shoes / Dancewear". DanceUniverse. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  5. ^ Programme of 2009 57th International Championships gives complete lists for all events.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Eartha Kitt, Barbara Cook and Imelda Staunton Headline London Sondheim Birthday Gala". 23 October 2005. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014.

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