Arina Grishanina was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and started dancing at the age of 5. For the next 15 years Arina was learning her dance skills at the Afontovo Dance Club. At the age of 20 Arina moved to scandinavia to follow her dreams in becoming a dance champion. While living in Denmark, Arina became the Danish Under 21 Latin Champion as well as winning the UK Open Rising Star Amateur Latin and Blackpool Dance Festival Amateur Latin Championships in 2013.
Alexander Chernositov started dancing at the age of 6 in Saratov, Russia. He got into dancing when a girl in kindergarten asked Alexander if he wanted to join her in a dance class. As a junior and youth competitor he represented Russia in National and European competitions. As an Amateur competitor, Alexander started representing the USA, where he became the USA National 10 Dance Champion, USA Under 21 Latin Champion as well as the UK Open 10 Dance Champion.
Arina and Alexander paired up in the middle of 2014 and right away placed amongst the top 16 Amateur Latin couples in the world. In the few years of dancing together, Alexander and Arina have had quite a few achievements:
In the United States:
● USA National Finalists
● Millennium Dancesport Champions
● Florida Superstars Champions
● Tri-State Challenge Champions
● Manhattan Dance Championship Bronze Medalists
● Empire Dance Championship Vice-Champions
● Embassy Dance Championship Finalists
● US Open Vice-Champions
● Holiday Dance Classic Bronze Medalists
● Miami Vibe Bronze Medalists
● DBDC Dancesport Vice-Champions
● WDC World Amateur Latin Finalists (Paris, France)
● International Championship Semi-Finalists ( Royal Albert Hall, London, England)
● German Open Championship Finalists (Mannheim, Germany)
● IDTA Midland Champions (London, England)
● Naples Open Champions (Naples, Italy)
● DansElite Champions (Montreal, Canada)
● London Ball Finalists (London, England)
● Cuba International Finalists (Havana, Cuba)
● Dance Legends ( New York City, USA)
Alexander and Arina have had the honor and privilege to be invited to perform in the heart of New York City, Hammerstein Ballroom at the 2016 Dance Legends event. A show that features only the top professional couples from all over the world.
● Dancing Pros Live: You Pick the Winner (National Tour, USA)
A live show-competition that features world’s finest dancers from TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and International Latin Champions competing with each other on stage. After the couples perform two solos, the audience picks the winner at the end of the show by voting for their favorite duo. Alexander and Arina were numerous time winners of this show, dancing and competing with such amazing dance celebrities as Chelsie Hightower, Benji Schwimmer, Edyta Sliwinska, Oscar Orosco, Ryan DiLello, Gleb Savchenko, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke and Allan Thicke.
● Dance Temptation (Niagara Falls, Canada)
A theatrical dance show that tells a story of young love.
“A masterful dancing show, tons of energy, impeccable dancing, fabulous singing, it makes you wanna dance.”
– Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Skating Champion and Founder of Always Dream Foundation -
Alexander and Arina set quality as their number one priority in the everything that they do:
“AIDA not only provides us with top quality dance shoes, but also makes sure that they take into consideration the specific structure of our feet. This individual approach guarantees a comfortable and healthy experience which is so important for us as dancers.”