Strictly's Female Professional Dancers
Saturday, 30 August 2008 01:50
Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff are the two new dancers for series 6

Erin Boag (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Austin Healey)

The IDTA Classic Champion for 2003, Erin is a strong, vivacious Kiwi, who specialises in ballroom dancing. Her professional dance partner is Anton du Beke, also appearing in Strictly Come Dancing.

She has twice made the final of the show in previous series, with partners Julian Clary and Colin Jackson, and last year danced with Willie Thorne.

Erin admits Strictly Come Dancing has changed her life, saying: "The show has opened new paths for me and given me opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise.

"It's great to be respected as a dancer outside of the dance industry and to be recognised in the street."



Flavia Cacace (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Phil Daniels)

Hailing from Naples in Southern Italy, Flavia moved to Guildford in Surrey with her family when she was four.

Flavia was runner-up in the final of the last series of Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner Matt Di'Angelo.

She and professional dancing partner Vincent Simone have been extremely successful on the competition circuit, dancing together for the past 12 years.

They have an impressive list of titles between them, both on an amateur and professional level, and have appeared on Strictly Dance Fever and Strictly Come Dancing as Argentine Tango specialists.

Flavia is really looking forward to being able to teach a celebrity again. She thinks she will be quite patient yet easy to understand.

She says: "'I was thrilled to make the final last year. It was a huge achievement which made me very happy and I'm really looking forward to having another go this series."



Camilla Dallerup (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Tom Chambers)

Camilla is a blonde, Danish beauty with huge charisma who specialises in Latin American dancing. Her parents used to bring her twice a year to compete as a junior in dancing competitions at Blackpool.

She is Asian Pacific Latin American Champion and New Zealand Latin American Champion. Her professional dance partner is Ian Waite, who also appears in Strictly Come Dancing.

This year Camilla's hopes are simple: "to win Strictly Come Dancing." In fact, she says she is "determined".



Karen Hardy (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Gary Rhodes)

Karen was the Strictly Come Dancing winner, dancing with Mark Ramprakash, in 2006.

Before her retirement from the competitive world of dance in March 1999, Karen's partnership with Bryan Watson saw them as undefeated United Kingdom, International, British National, World Masters, Open Italian, Yankie Classic, London Open and Osaka World Trophy Champions of Latin American dance.

Although Karen has now retired from competitive dance, she describes herself as "the most competitive person" – always wanting to be the best in whatever she does, whether it is dancing, teaching or DIY.

She describes winning the show with Mark Ramprakash as "the most wonderful experience ever" and describes him as "a true sportsman in every way".



Hayley Holt (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Mark Foster)

New dancer Hayley is a New Zealand professional Ballroom Champion and this will be her first series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her favourite Latin dance is the cha-cha.

She loves a challenge and is very competitive but she's also cheeky and likes socialising and having fun.

Alongside her dancing career Hayley has a great passion for snowboarding. She has been a sponsored snowboarder for almost 10 years and it has taken her around the world.

"I try to make it fun and be friendly and happy every day. I also have to judge how far I can push the individual and figure out how best they learn. I am chomping at the bit to get started," she says.



Ola Jordan (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Andrew Castle)

Polish born, Aleksandra (Ola), with her husband James, is also once again taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

She and James have been dancing professionally since 2000 and first took part in Strictly Come Dancing series four.

Ola feels her style is "sweet and quiet in the beginning and then I'll be much stronger once I get to know my celebrity. If they need a kick, I would give them that. I'm not afraid to be nasty if that's what it takes."



Lilia Kopylova (Strictly Come Dancing partner is Don Warrington)

Lilia is gentle and softly spoken but below the surface lies a cheeky Russian minx. Born in Moscow, Lilia moved to Denmark and then settled in London in her teens.

Her speciality is Latin American. Her partner and husband Darren Bennett is also appearing in Strictly Come Dancing.

Lilia and Darren train many of the top Junior, Youth and Amateur couples in the UK, including the British Junior champions and No.1 Youth couple in the UK.

She won the third series of Strictly Come Dancing with Darren Gough and last year partnered Dominic Littlewood.

She says: "I'm really looking forward to this year, I did pretty good in my first three series, last year I was out at week five, but this year I'm ready to go!"



Kristina Rihanoff (Strictly Come Dancing partner is John Sergeant)

New to Strictly Come Dancing, Siberian-born Latin American mambo specialist Kristina has danced all around the world and has a pedigree which includes South African International Latin Champion and British Open Latin semi-finalist.

Kristina is a dedicated and vivacious professional dancer, passionate about everything to do with Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Kristina's hobby is professional make-up. She has a passion for making ladies look beautiful on the dance floor and has written a make-up book for ladies in the dancing world.

She believes there is a definite skill in teaching anyone to dance and says: "The main thing is to understand the other person's way of learning. Then, even when the work gets hard, they still feel like they are having a good time and accomplishing something great.

"I want my partner to have a mind like a parachute – open and ready to do anything!"

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