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Violetta Afanasieva

Violetta Afanasieva is a breathtaking performer who has taken the art of figure skating to an entirely new, boundary-pushing level. Born into a circus family, her mother was a three-time Moscow junior pairs champion and her father was a graduate of the Russian School of Circus Art. Violetta is excited to bring her extreme skating and acrobatic abilities to this season's BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Violetta competed nationally before retiring from amateur skating at 10 years old to perform professionally alongside her parents in the Moscow Circus on Ice, where she debuted her legendary hulahoops act at the age of 13. This act took her on skating tours all over the world, including the Holiday on Ice productions of "Gypsy/Broadway" and "Xotika" where she met her Canadian husband and current partner, Pete Dack. Since 2000, Afanasieva and Dack have been thrilling audiences with their exotic skating routine that incorporates cirque, contortion and acrobatics.

In 2006 they achieved their ultimate goal when they won the first-ever "Extreme Ice Skating World Champions" title in St. Petersburg, Russia, earning a perfect score from six of the seven judges. Together they live in Peterborough, ON.

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