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Arunas and Katusha retire

Posted on June 5, 2019

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Two of the ballroom world’s biggest stars, Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova have retired from competitive dancing.

As undefeated Professional Ballroom champions, the pair dominated this category for a decade, winning all the major international titles it’s possible to win.

In an announcement read out at Blackpool Dance Festival after the Team Match on May 25, Arunas and Katusha wrote: “Looking back, we find it so interesting and serendipitous that the first competition in Britain for both of us was Blackpool Dance Festival in 1994. Needless to say, it was a step in a very long and successful journey, which brings us to this point tonight.

“When we started dancing together 12 years ago, we never thought that something so magical was even possible… We are very humbled and blessed to have achieved so much success, doing what we truly love…

“We feel that the time has come to end our journey on the competitive dance floor, and put our energy into the next stage of our careers. We are looking forward to this new and exciting chapter of our lives.”

Arunas and Katusha did not dance in this year’s Professional Ballroom at Blackpool, which was won by Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio, who dance for England. For our full coverage from Blackpool, pick up a copy of the July 2019 issue of Dancing Times, which is out on July 2.

Image: Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova at Blackpool. Photograph by Fredric Frennessen

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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