Biography: Russian born Lilia started dancing at the age of four, learning ballet as well as ice skating, and was actually a champion figure skater at just the age of six. But, when she was nine she started ballroom and latin dancing, and won lots of national and international championship titles as a teenager. When she was 19, she was introduced to Darren Bennett, and after just five months of dancing together, they won the International and British Youth Championships. They married in 1999, turned professional in 2003 and in 2004, Lilia became a British Citizen. Lilia joined Strictly Come Dancing in series two, winning the competition in the third series, and although offered a place on the professional dance troupe in series eight, decided not to return. Lilia recently brought the dazzling spectacle of latin dancing to the theatre in the successful stage show Latin Fever in London and touring the UK, designing, choreographing and performing amazing Latin American routines with Darren.
Speciality: Latin American
Height: 5' 3"
Professional Partner: Darren Bennett
Favourite Dance: Rumba; Foxtrot
  • UK Closed Professional Latin Champions
  • South American Showdance Champions 2003
  • World Professional Rising Star Champions 2003
  • World Masters Finalist 2003
  • European Professional Latin finalist
  • Dutch Open Finalist 2003; Italian Open Finalist
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    strictly come dancing history

    Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
    2 Aled Jones 6 4th Tango; Paso doble
    3 Darren Gough Final Winner Foxtrot; Paso doble; Show dance
    4 Matt Dawson Final 2nd Waltz; Samba; Show dance
    5 Dominic Littlewood 5 10th Paso doble
    6 Don Warrington 5 12th American Smooth
    7 Richard Dunwoody 2 =15th Waltz; Cha cha cha

    christmas specials

    Lilia has competed in four Christmas Specials, dancing with Aled Jones in 2004, Darren Gough in both 2005 and 2007, and with Matt Dawson in 2006.