ALIONA VILANI

Biography: Aliona was a relative latecomer to ballroom world, when she started ballroom dancing at the age of 11. She turned professional eight years ago, and as well as specialising in the Ten Dance discipline (all five ballroom and all five latin american dances in one competition), she also dances salsa, hip-hop and jazz.
  Aliona has also appeared on the US version of Strictly, Dancing With the Stars, and joined Strictly Come Dancing in the seventh series, then took part in both the Strictly Come Dancing live tour and the Strictly Professionals tour. Aliona reached the final of the eighth series and won the competition in series nine with musician Harry Judd. Aliona was due to compete in series 10 with television presenter Johnny Ball, but in training for their first dance, Aliona sustained a fractured ankle, and was replaced by Iveta Lukosiute. Johnny was voted off the show before Aliona was fit to dance again, but she returned to dance in the professional routines later in the series, and appeared in the 2012 Christmas Special. Aliona was not due to appear in series 11, but following the injury Natalie sustained during training, Aliona was recalled and has stayed among the ranks of the professional dancers.
Speciality: Ten Dance
Height: 5' 5"
Achievements: Yankee Classic Rising-Star Professional Latin Champion
Official Websites: http://www.alionavilani.co.uk/
  Follow Aliona on twitter @AlionaVilani

STRICTLY COME DANCING HISTORY

Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
7 Rav Wilding 3 14th Quickstep
8 Matt Baker Final 2nd Samba; Show dance; Paso doble; Viennese Waltz
9 Harry Judd Final Winner Quickstep; Show dance; American Smooth; Argentine Tango
11 Tony Jacklin 2 15th Charleston
12 Gregg Wallace 2 15th Charleston
13 Jay McGuiness Final Winner Quickstep, Show dance, Paso doble

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

Aliona has danced in three Christmas Specials - with Fabrice Muamba in 2012, with Matt Goss in 2013 and with Louis Smith in 2014.