In 1997, Aliona was invited to go to the United States to be a member of the Kaiser Dance Academy in Brooklyn, New York. In a TV interview in October 2017, Ball claimed Vilani faked the injury, with Vilani denying the allegation and saying she would take legal advice over Ball's comments.. Russian Aliona is a dance force to be reckoned with!
She also partnered Matthew Cutler in the professional dances. In 2014 Vilani was featured in theatre show Licence to Thrill as the lead female dancer.
Vilani appeared in a short special edition of Strictly Come Dancing featuring Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean filmed in support of the BBC Children in Need charity and shown on 15 November 2013. Vilani returned for the 12th series of Strictly in 2014; she and her partner Gregg Wallace were voted off in round one. Vilani did however return in the final group dance alongside Ball, and later took part in the 2012 Christmas Special, partnering Fabrice Muamba. In April 2010 rehearsals started for the Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Tour in which she partnered Matthew Cutler & two weeks later the opening night started the 12-week tour. Her partner for Series 11 was championship golfer Tony Jacklin but the couple were the first to be eliminated in week 2. Since 2006 she has lived in Los Angeles where she competed, performed and coached. Vilani started learning ballet when she five years old, and moved to Russia to learn ballroom dancing at age 11. In 2001, Aliona was selected by the National Dance Congress to be a part of the US team in the Ballroom category that competed against the World Teams and won the Amateur Ballroom category for the US. Vilani was runner up in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Matt Baker. On June 1, 2013, it was announced that Vilani would not be competing in Series 11. Since 2006, she has lived in Los Angeles where she competes, performs and teaches.  She also appeared on the 2013 Christmas Special, partnering Matt Goss; they scored 35 for their American Smooth. Her speciality is 10 Dance, she is also skilled in Salsa, Hip Hop and Jazz.  Vilani and McGuiness then went on to compete and win the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.
She was replaced by Iveta Lukošiūtė who, with Ball, went on to be eliminated in the first week. Her speciality is 10 Dance, although she is specially skilled in Salsa, Hip Hop and Jazz. They earned a perfect score of 40 from the judges for their quickstep to "Jingle Bells" and won after the judges' and studio audience's scores were combined. Aliona Vilani Born: Aliona Vilani May 1, 1984 Kazakhstan Occupation: Professional Dancer. In 2010 she appeared for the first time on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour where she partnered actor Ricky Groves. https://strictlycomedancing-23x.fandom.com/wiki/Aliona_Vilani?oldid=4137. When Aliona first joined Strictly she thought the judges were shocked by some of her more modern, risqué choreography. In 2009 she appeared three times as a guest professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars in Hollywood. Vilani returned for the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she was paired with professional presenter Johnny Ball. That was all to change, in 2015 Aliona and partner Jay McGuiness became the 13th Champions to lift the Glitterball Trophy after a thrilling Final in the Strictly Ballroom.
Sadly 2014 wasn’t Alioni’s year either as she and her partner, Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace, were the first couple to leave the Strictly dancefloor. Series 7: with celebrity partner Rav Wilding, Series 8: with celebrity partner Matt Baker, Series 9: with celebrity partner Harry Judd, Series 11: with celebrity partner Tony Jacklin, Series 12: with celebrity partner Gregg Wallace, Series 13: with celebrity partner Jay McGuiness, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), "BBC One – Strictly Come Dancing – Celebrities", "McFly star Harry Judd wins the Strictly Come Dancing final – 3am & Mirror Online", "BBC – Blogs – Strictly Come Dancing – Johnny Ball leaves Strictly", 'Strictly Come Dancing': Aliona Vilani 'Taking Legal Advice' As She Denies Johnny Ball's Claims, "Strictly Come Dancing: Aliona Vilani furious after being axed from the show", "Strictly Come Dancing pro Aliona Vilani returns to the show, replacing injured Natalie Lowe – Mirror Online".  Vilani and Judd then went on to compete and win the 2012 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. Aliona Vilani (born May 1, 1984) is a Russian-Kazakhstani professional dancer. A few days following their win Vilani announced she would not be returning to the series. Alas, for the next three series, Aliona's winning streak did not continue. But with her success of winning with Harry, it seems the judges had warmed to her innovative ideas.
Vilani first participated in Series 7 in 2008, where she partnered Rav Wilding: they were eliminated in week 3 following a dance-off with actress Lynda Bellingham and her dance partner Darren Bennett.  Vilani and Baker then went on to compete and win the 2011 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. The following year’s competition was not much better for Aliona. After the competition ended, she turned professional, and remains the youngest dancer in the US to have done so. In September 2015, Vilani returned for the thirteenth series of the show and partnered singer from The Wanted, Jay McGuiness. A training accident in the three-week interval resulted in torn ligaments for Vilani, causing her to at least temporarily retire from the show. Aliona first appeared on Strictly in 2009 when she was paired with Rav Wilding. In 2010, Aliona was partnered with The One Show presenter Matt Baker. She returned in 2011 for the 9th series of the show, where she and partner Harry Judd of pop-rock band McFly went on to win the competition, beating Chelsee Healey in the public vote and coming top in the final judges leader-board. In 2010 she appeared for the first time on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour where she partnered actor Ricky Groves. Vilani turned professional at the age of 17. Aliona moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and has continued competing, dancing in shows and teaching there since. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. She moved to Russia with her parents at age 9 and started ballroom dancing at age 11, continuing ballet. She was replaced by Iveta Lykosiute who, with Ball, went on the to be eliminated in the first week.
Aliona Valeriya Kavanagh (née Vilani on 1 May 1984; Russian: Алёна Валерия Вилани), also known by her stage name Aliona Vilani, is a Russian-Kazakh TV personality and was a professional dancer in the BBC series of Strictly Come Dancing.
On April 14, 2009 she appeared as a guest dancer on Dancing with the Stars in Hollywood. Highest and lowest scoring performances per dance, Vilani first participated in series 7 in 2009, where she partnered Rav Wilding: they were eliminated in week 3 following a dance-off with actress Lynda Bellingham and her dance partner Darren Bennett.. Aliona's also an outdoor type of girl and an avid skier. In December 2015 they won the Strictly Come Dancing final, making her the first professional to win the show twice. In 2001 she was part of the US Ballroom team for the National Dance Congress that won the Amateur Ballroom category. Aliona Vilani was born in Kazakhstan. In 1997, aged 13, she moved to the United States and joined the Kaiser Dance Academy in Brooklyn, New York. Strictly Come Dancing star Aliona Vilani has swapped her Glitterball trophies for an even bigger prize – her first child, HELLO!
 However, on 2 September 2013 it was further reported that professional dancer Natalie Lowe had a foot injury and that she would be replaced by Vilani. Vilani returned for the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she was paired with television presenter Johnny Ball.
Her parents met at a ski resort and started her on the slopes at the age of 5, and since then she's skied everywhere from Russia to Colorado. In 1997, aged 13, she moved to the United States and joined the Kaiser Dance Academy in Brooklyn, New York. On December 20, 2013, it was announced that Vilani will feature in Brendan Cole's theatre show Licence to Thrill in early 2014 as the lead female dancer. Read about our approach to external linking. In 2011 she was part of the US Ballroom team for the National Dance Congress that won the Amateur Ballroom category. Winner of Strictly 2015! At the age of five, Aliona was enrolled in the arts gymnasium for classical ballet and performing arts.
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