41-years-old, Yulia Zagoruychenko is a retired professional Latin dancer who has remained as the Latin Dance Champion for ten years. Before calling quits she was the World Latin Dance Champion along with partner Riccardo Cocchi.
Starting with a win at the Russian Junior National Champion at a tender age of 12, she has won several championships at the World Professional Showdance, Asian Open, UK Championship, Philippine Star Ball, and Blackpool Dance Festival, to name some.
As of 2022, the Russian Latin dancer has a small fortune of $5 million which she accumulated from the prize money she received from competing in numerous dance competitions over the years. Usually, the prize money for a dance contest lies between $2,500 and $1,800.
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Yulia started her career very early at the age of 11 and taught dancing to kids for little money. That following year she competed at the Russian Junior National Champion and secured a #1 position.
Owing to monetary problems, Zagoruychenko couldn't attend both Ballroom and Latin dancing lessons, so she gave up ballroom at 16.
She ventured to America at the age of 21 and started dancing with then-partner Maxim Kozhevnikov, and became champions at the US Nationals Professional.
Yulia then partnered with Riccardo Cocchi and together they won 2010's World Latin Dance Championship. The pair are rankled #1 in the list of dancers in Professional Latin.
In 2019 they won their 5th consecutive and final US National Professional Latin Champions title at the US Open Dance Competition, after which they announced their retirement in October of 2019.
She was born on 11th September 1981 in Belgorod, Russia to Russian parents. She is of Russian nationality and her ethnicity is also Russian.
The Russian dancer started dancing at the age of seven. As a little kid, her hobby was watching dancers on television and copying their moves. Her mother admitted Yulia to dancing classes where she learned folk dancing.
The 38-years-old Russian dancer is married to her dance partner Riccardo since June 2017. She has cited dancers like Gaynor Fairweather and Diana Vishneva and musicians like Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, and Jose Feliciano to be her inspiration.