Luda Kroitor

Celebrity Partner: Lincoln Lewis

Dancing dynamo Luda Kroitor returns for her fifth season of Dancing With The Stars after winning last series with partner Luke Jacobz.

Of Russian origin, Luda Kroitor came to Australia at the age of 10. Her passion for dance and choreography was clear at 11, when she started training in all styles of Latin American, Ballroom, Brazilian and Salsa. By the time she was 18, Luda already had become the Australian Youth Latin Champion.

Luda's passion for dance was further rewarded at 19 when she achieved her dream of becoming World Salsa Champion through the IDO World Dance Federation. It was the first time that Australia was represented at the World Championships and Luda took out the title with every judge giving her first place. Since then her career boomed, taking her dancing, choreographing and performing all over the world.

Her television credits include the Sydney 2000 Olympic Closing Ceremony, a featured dancing role in New South Wales Tourism's advertising campaign and winning the ABC's Strictly Dancing Championship. Luda is also a regular choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance.

Luda's hard work, determination and dedication drove her to fulfill her ultimate goal as five-time World Salsa Champion. She still holds the title and a place in world dance history.

Currently Luda stars in and is the co-artistic director of the brand-new stage show 'Dance Dance Dance', which regularly plays in casinos, theatres and live venues across Australia.

Besides dance, Luda has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in human resource management and sociology.