Pixie Lott is an MTV Music award winning and Brit Award-nominated singer and songwriter. She rose to fame with the release of her debut single, Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh) and her second single, Boys and Girls, which both went straight to number one. Her debut album, entitled Turn It Up was awarded 'gold' status and is now a multi-platinum selling album! Pixie was recently awarded a further number one with the hit song All About Tonight. Pixie has written tracks for other artists, including Lisa Hordijk (the winner of the Dutch X Factor) and Alexandra Burke. Lott has also made a number of TV appearances including The Royal Variety Show, National TV awards, Graham Norton, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Most recently Pixie starred in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Kristina Rihanoff is a world finalist professional ballroom dancer, instructor, choreographer and author. Rihanoff joined the professional cast of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and in 2014 Kristina was a finalist with her partner Simon Webb. After seven years, Kristina is the longest serving female professional on the show. Kristina was also the lead in the west end show, Burn The Floor together with Robin Windsor.
Robin Windsor is a British professional Latin and Ballroom dancer, best known for his appearances in the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing. Robin is also known for starring in the successful West End production of Burn The Floor with his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff.
Ray Quinn is a British singer/songwriter and occasional actor known for wowing the public with his boundless talent for singing, dancing, acting and pretty much everything in between. He started out in Brookside, the infamous British soap based in Liverpool. Ray famously went on to come second to Leona Lewis on ITV’s The X Factor in 2006, and he won the fourth series of Dancing on Ice in 2009 and the final All Stars series in 2014. Ray is now back in the studio, where he belongs, writing, singing and recording. With Old Soul, Young Blood, Britain’s youngest and most-loved crooner is back with verve and a whole array of new songs, which are sure to launch him to the forefront of the craft in which he shines - music.
Ray Quinn was born in Merseyside, Liverpool on 25th August 1988 with an insatiable desire to sing and perform from a very early age. Always drawing his inspiration from the greats - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Rat Pack - Ray has always had big boots to fill and, with a thirst for performing, he has pursued music his entire life ever since.
Commercial breakthrough: Many know Ray Quinn as one of the stars of The X Factor in 2006, where he shot to fame for his insurmountable talent and exuberant, lovable personality. As with many X Factor runners-up (JLS, Olly Murs and One Direction), Ray went on to release a platinum-selling album and thus became a household name. Since winning Dancing on Ice in 2014, Ray continues to remain in the public eye.
Gordana Grandosek from Slovania has danced with Trent Whiddon for 8 years and separately for over 20 years. She has been a Lead dancer, dance captain and company manager, along with Trent for the hit stage production “Burn the floor” for 13 years. Performing on Broadway, the West End, Radio city Music Hall.
Gordana co choreographed “So You Think You Can Dance” Australia, and was one of the professionals on “Dancing with the stars” Australia and Slovenia.
Gordana also Co Choreographed the show “Satisfaction on a Dance Floor” and recently choreographed the E*Trade commercial with Kevin Spacey.
Competitive ballroom titles include: Australian Professional 10 dance Champions, 5 time British championship Finalists, German Champion, Dutch Champion, Italian champion, Danish champion, twice runner up International open London, 3 times Slovenian Champions.
Gordana recently performed on the Strictly Live tour.
Trent Whiddon is an award-winning Australian dancer and choreographer. He was a lead dancer and company manager of Burn the Floor for 13 years including the Broadway production. Has choreographed for, So You Think You Can Dance, Satisfaction on a Dance Floor and the E-trade commercial with Kevin Spacey. Most recently Trent has completed touring with the Strictly Live tour after a successful first season on Strictly Come Dancing partnering Pixie Lott.
Katya was born in Lithuania in 1983. At the age of six, her family moved to Israel and Katya started to dance, training in Jazz, Ballet and Modern Dance. At 13, Katya and her family moved to Vancouver, Canada.
Katya competed in and won numerous championships, including being the youngest–ever British Columbian Latin Dance Champion at the age of 16.
She co–choreographed, trained, and danced in the iconic Tango dance sequence from Take The Lead with Antonio Banderas, from which the signature image of the movie was taken.
After watching Katya in that Hollywood film, top Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar asked her to conduct Latin dance workshops across India.
She also performed in Shiamak Davar's stage production, I Believe, which drew more than 60,000 spectators, and had a guest appearance on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (India's version of Strictly Come Dancing)
In addition, she has appeared in popular TV shows, such as Supernatural, Smallville and The Guard
Katya has appeared in three series of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing Strictly and she describes her experience of the show "as being part of a family".
In 2009 she was paired with cricket legend Phil Tufnell and managed to stay in the competition until show nine, despite Phil requiring knee surgery in the middle of the series. Katya really enjoyed working with Phil "I had such an amazing time dancing with Tuffers!"
In 2010 her partner was rugby sensation Gavin Henson – the pair impressed the judges throughout the series and made it to the semi-final.
MShe has also worked on P and O Strictly Come Dancing Themed Cruises for the past three years and On UK Television she has Choreographed on two seasons of BBC1's So You Think You Can Dance.
Katya is thrilled to be partnered with Jared Murillo again on The Puttin On The Ritz UK Tour.
Jared comes from a big family and is one of seven children. He was born in Honolulu in Hawaii and became involved with dancing from an early age.
His family later moved to Utah where Jared was raised for most of his life before moving to Los Angeles, California. During this time Jared found himself competing against the best ballroom dancers in the United States – winning both national and world titles.
He went on to star in major Hollywood movies, High School Musical 1 & 2 and is hoping to bring ''a touch of the West Coast to The Puttin On The RitzTour ''.
Jared also appeared in the US tour of the world-wide TV hit, Glee as a member of the group, Vocal Adrenaline. Bringing a touch of boy-band to the ballroom, Jared is also a member of RnB pop group ''V Factory''.
When he was aged 21, Jared became US Open Swing Youth champion. He loves competition and describes himself as a very competitive person.
Jared Competed in BBC1's Strictly Come dancing with Tina O Brien from Coronation Street.
He is thrilled to be dancing again with his Strictly Come Dancing Professional partner Katya Virshilas in Puttin On The Ritz
When you think of ballroom stars on TV one face, one name jumps out – Anya!
Anya Garnis has truly taken her craft and expertise as a formidable ballroom dancer and exploded on TV, captivating audiences not only in the USA and UK but across the world.
Whether she is dancing with the stars, a professional or even a street hip-hop dancer her charismatic presence never diminishes in her performance. Anya made her name on TV on So You Think You Can Dance USA and she quickly established herself a favorite with the audience and remains so as an All-Star.
Anya's long time dance partner Pasha Kovalev began their dancing in Russia and after coming together to New York they quickly rose to become the US National Latin Finalist.
Anya was in great demand and was invited to perform on the 80th Annual Academy Awards.Soon after Anya was invited back to become one of the first All-Stars on So You Think You Can Dance USA. After performing on the HBO series True Blood, wooing audiences with her smooth Rumba, she was asked to perform at the Emmy Awards.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars asked Anya to guest star on their hit show and with her constant presence on TV she headlined on Broadway in the worldwide success Burn the Floor and immediately after went on the World Tour in over 20 countries.
In 2012 Anya got a role in the feature film Rock of Ages. She starred along side of Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige. Her character Destiny was a charismatic lead dancer. Later in the year she performed as a featured guest star on Dancing With The Stars Live in Las Vegas. Which she helped to cast and create with Creative Director of Strictly Come Dancing Jason Gilkison.
At the beginning of 2013 she appeared on the FOX TV hit Bones. Later in the year she moved to UK to join BBC Strictly Come Dancing. Anya danced with Casualty Star Patrick Robinson. She made her way straight into the semifinal. Being the only pro female standing she choreographed the most memorable routines to date "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "It Had To Be You".
Anya and Pasha are back dancing and performing together. She just finished their 78 UK live tour called "Life Through Dance". Which they choreographed together and it was a big success.
This fall Anya is thrilled to perform in the UK show "Putting on the Ritz" with her Strictly Come Dancing long time friend Robin Windsor. She's also back working with Jason Gilkison in the creative team for "Strictly Come Dancing".
Such is her charisma, vitality, personality and pure excitement she portrays in her performance. It is no wonder why she has been called “An Ambassador of Ballroom”!
Full cast list coming soon.