Kristina Rihanoff is a world finalist professional ballroom dancer, instructor, choreographer and author. Rhianoff has been taken part in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour from 2009 to 2015. In 2017, she directed and choreographed 39-day tour Dance To The Music. In September 2017, Kristina launched her fashion line in collaboration with Pia Michi.
For all her dancing fans out there, you must read Women Fitness’ exclusive interview with Kristina Rihanoff.
Starting off to learn dancing at an early age of 5, you started teaching dance at 16, an occupation that combined your fondness for children and the hobby that quickly became a destined profession for you. Walk us through your incredible journey and tell us how it all began?
I started teaching at 16, my dance teacher asked me to help him out with little ones 5-6 years olds and I was delighted to do so. As a child I loved dancing so much sometimes I wished I lived in my dance school! It was very fun and exciting world and it kept me away from all the difficulties my country was going through at that time (USSR fell apart). Also my parents divorced at the same time so dancing was my escape from reality.
Teaching kids and helping out my teacher gave me a sense of self worth and confidence. I loved it from a first second. When I also got a little money for assistance I felt so good about myself and that’s when I realised that dancing and teaching dance will be my life.
Being a professional dancer, entrepreneur, model and mother, introduce us to a day in your life. The challenges you face & skills to manage the same?
Like any working mum the main challenge is dealing with guilt when you are away. I understand I’m working to provide for my family but you just can’t help it. I know my friends feel the same and it’s good to talk about it honestly.
However I love what I do and it also gives me energy to carry on.
Before I had a family life was very different. It revolved around Strictly and various tours. I loved my job so much and I was very proud of my achievements in this field. But once I had Mila I understood that that world isn’t for me anymore. I can’t see myself doing a 6 months TV job and being away from my family. It’s just not possible. I don’t want to miss most precious moments with my daughter. Of course I have to work like everyone else but I had to reinvent myself a little bit and do different things now.
I had 2 months national tour of my own production Dance to the music in winter 2018. It was hard to be away but Ben and his mum were incredible. They helped so much with Mila and gave me the courage to do my production. I couldn’t do anything without their support.
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