Edyta Śliwińska
Edyta Sliwinska 22
Dancer Profile
Birth Date May 6, 1981 (1981-05-06) (age 36)
Hometown Warsaw, Poland

Partner(s) 1: Evander Holyfield (5th)
2: George Hamilton (5th)
3: Joey Lawrence (3rd)
4: John Ratzenberger (6th)
5: Cameron Mathison (5th)
6: Jason Taylor (2nd)
7: Jeffrey Ross (13th)
8: Lawrence Taylor (7th)
9: Ashley Hamilton (16th)
10: Aiden Turner (9th)
22: Geraldo Rivera (12th)

Edyta Śliwińska is a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.


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Professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and started dancing when she was 10 years old. She became a successful ballroom dancer in Poland and achieved a world-class status representing her country in international competitions all over the world. In addition to that she appeared in several Polish TV commercials and magazine ads. Sliwinska moved to America in 2000 to pursue her dance career. She met her husband, Alec Mazo, at a ballroom dance competition in Blackpool, England, and that launched a successful partnership on and off of the dance floor. They were four time US finalists and represented the USA at many international championships.

In the summer of 2005, Sliwinska appeared on the first season of “Dancing with the Stars,” which became one of the most popular shows on television. She is known for being the only female professional dancer to appear on the first 10 seasons of the show and was the poster girl for the show, appearing as the glamorous headliner in most of its advertising during the first 10 cycles. Season 22 welcomes Sliwinska back since last appearing on season 10, and she is currently partnered with Geraldo Rivera. Her previous partners include Evander Holyfield, George Hamilton, Ashley Hamilton, Aiden Turner, Joey Lawrence, John Ratzenberger, Cameron Mathison, Jason Taylor, Jeffrey Ross and Lawrence Taylor. She performed on the first four “Dancing with the Stars” arena tours and modeled for the DWTS book, DWTS video games, Fitness Videos and Board Games. She was often featured on “Dr. Phil,” “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “TMZ,” “Good Morning America” and “Ellen.” Most recently, Sliwinska headlined a multi-leg 70-city tour of Dancing Pros Live and produced multiple live stage shows for theaters and casinos.

In addition, Sliwinska has guest starred on the CBS hit series “CSI: NY.” She choreographs all her performances and is known for her teaching skills; helping her celebrity partners always achieve their best. She and her partner/husband Alec produced an instructional DVD, “Dancing Like the Pros,” and a fitness DVD, “Fitness with the Pros.” For Sliwinska, dancing is a great passion and a way to express herself. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two year old son, Michael.

Early lifeEdit

Śliwińska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and comes from a working-class Polish background. She took her first dancing class at age 11.

Dancing with the StarsEdit

In the debut season of Dancing with the Stars in June 2005, Śliwińska partnered boxing champion Evander Holyfield, with whom she placed 5th in the competition.

For the second season, she was paired with actor George Hamilton, and again came in 5th place.

In the third season, her partner was actor Joey Lawrence, and the couple achieved 3rd place. Śliwińska and Lawrence were part of the first performance tour of the show from December 19, 2006 to February 11, 2007.

For season 4, she originally had Vincent Pastore as her partner, but Pastore dropped out after a week of training, as he was unable to keep up with the hard pace of preparation. On March 2, John Ratzenberger was announced to be Pastore's replacement, giving Ratzenberger the least time of any celebrity to prepare for the series at the time. On May 1, 2007, Sliwinska and Ratzenberger became the sixth couple eliminated from the competition, with a finish of 6th place.

In season 5, Śliwińska was partnered with soap opera actor Cameron Mathison. They became the eighth couple eliminated before the Semi-Finals, with a finish of 5th place for the third time.

In season 6 her partner was NFL player Jason Taylor. They won second place, giving Śliwińska her best finish to date.

In season 7, Śliwińska and her partner American Comedian and Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross were the first couple voted off. They did not get their chance to show their Quickstep. During practice, Ross suffered an eye injury. Misty May-Treanor had suffered a leg injury in week three of the competition, and since she wanted to show America her Jive, Śliwińska danced it for her on the next night's result show. After week six, Śliwińska temporarily replaced Julianne Hough as Cody Linley's professional partner until Hough recovered from surgery scheduled on October 28, 2008.

In season 8, Śliwińska was paired with NFL player Lawrence Taylor. They were eliminated in the seventh week of the show on April 21, 2009 with the lowest judged score of 21 and came in 7th place.

For season 9, Śliwińska was paired with Ashley Hamilton, George Hamilton's son. They were eliminated first making Śliwińska the fourth professional to come in last more than once along with Alec Mazo (her husband), Jonathan Roberts, Tristan MacManus, and Keoikantse Motsepe.

For season 10, it was announced on March 2, 2010 that she would be partnered up with soap opera star Aiden Turner. They were voted off in the fourth week of the competition and came in 9th place.

On March 2, 2016 it was announced that Śliwińska would return for season 22 after an eleven season hiatus and is partnered with journalist Geraldo Rivera. The couple was the first to be eliminated on Week 2 of competition.

Personal LifeEdit

Edyta Śliwińska is married to her long-time dancing partner dancer Alec Mazo, a native of Poland. The couple welcomed a son, Michael Alexander Mazo, on January 4, 2014. They welcomed their second child, a daughter named Leia Josephine Mazo, on June 18, 2017.

Dancing with the Stars 1Edit

Edyta was partnered with Evander Holyfield. Placed 5th.


Dancing with the Stars 2Edit

Edyta was partnered with George Hamilton. Placed 5th.


Dancing with the Stars 3Edit

Edyta was partnered with Joey Lawrence. Placed 3rd.


Dancing with the Stars 4Edit

Edyta was partnered with John Ratzenberger. Placed 6th.


Dancing with the Stars 5Edit

Edyta was partnered with Cameron Mathison. Placed 5th.


Dancing with the Stars 6Edit

Edyta was partnered with Jason Taylor. Placed 2nd.


Dancing with the Stars 7Edit

Edyta was partnered with Jeffrey Ross. Placed 13th.


Dancing with the Stars 8Edit

Edyta was partnered with Lawrence Taylor. Placed 7th.


Dancing with the Stars 9Edit

Edyta was partnered with Ashley Hamilton. Placed 16th.


Dancing with the Stars 10Edit

Edyta was partnered with Aiden Turner. Placed 9th.


Dancing with the Stars 22Edit

Edyta was partnered with Geraldo Rivera. Placed 12th.




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