Kristers Smits was born in Riga, Latvia and is 17 years old. He’s been dancing since the ripe age of four. While in Latvia, Kristers was nine-time national Latvian champion in Pre-Teen I and II, in Latin and Standard. In 2012, he moved to New York, where he’s lived for the past six years. In his time dancing in the U.S., Kristers has achieved many successful results including: being several time U.S. national Junior I & II champion and Junior II world championship semi-finalist.
Liza Shlimovich was born in Los Angeles, California and is 16 years old. She also started dancing when she was four years old. In the past, Liza’s achievements include: winning Hollywood Dancesport Championships in Ballroom and Latin, winning Dessert Classic in Ballroom and Latin, winning San Francisco Open Dancesport Championships in Ballroom and Latin, being in the final of the Youth category of New York Dance Festival in Ballroom, being in the final of the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships Youth category in Ballroom, and becoming bronze-medalist of Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships in Ballroom and finalist in latin.
Kristers and Liza competed against each other in Junior and then in Youth. Though it didn’t seem possible at first, considering they were from opposite coasts, they eventually made the decision to dance together. They became partners in the summer of 2017. To make the partnership possible, Liza moved to New York so the couple could train, compete, and travel together full-time. Kristers and Liza now compete both nationally and internationally in Latin, Ballroom, and 10-Dance.
If you are interested in meeting them, they live in Brooklyn!
In their time dancing together, Kristers and Liza have achieved many great results in Ballroom and Latin including: