Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko
The fancy lady is, Yulia Zagoruychenko. Originally she is from Russia. She began Russian Folklore ensemble dancing at the age of four.
As a child, she enjoyed watching and copying dancers on TV so her mother agreed to take her to dance classes where she did folk dancing for three years. She then moved into ballroom dancing. At the age of 11,
Zagoruychenko started to teach kids to earn some money which she then gave to her parents. At age 12, she earned her first major title in Russia when she became the Russian Junior National Champion. For financial reasons, she could not afford to dance both Ballroom and Latin and so at the age of 16 she chose to pursue Latin.
At the age of 21 she decided to move to America, and partnered with Maxim Kozhevnikov. Together they became the US National Professional Champions. In the fall of 2007, she began dancing with Riccardo Cocchi.
Zagoruychenko and Cocchi won their first World Latin Dance Championship in 2010, and earned their eighth title in 2017. They are ranked #1 in the world for Professional Latin.
They recently won their 5th consecutive US National Professional Latin Champions title at the US Open Dance Competition. In October 2019 they announced their retirement with their last international competition being the World Professional Latin in Miami.
Yulia takes inspiration from several other forms of dance besides Latin, and even musicians. Some of her inspirations are dancers Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, Diana Vishneva, Gaynor Fairweather, and Donnie Burns. She is also inspired by musicians Jose Feliciano, Tina Turner, Bocelli, Christina Aguilera and the dance companies Pilobolus and Alvin Ailey.
Yulia’s dance partner is, Riccardo Cocchi, an Italian born, 10-time undefeated Latin Dance Champion, with his partner, Yulia Zagoruychenko. Currently, he resides in and represents the United States of America. When not busy competing, Riccardo is available for coaching. He began dancing at age six. Riccardo and Yulia’s short, glitzy dance routine is delightful!