Jake Davies & Alyona Kalinina
Jake Davies and Alyona Kalinina are a professional Dancesport partnership currently competing in the International Latin and Latin American Show dance divisions.
Jake originally hails from sunny South Africa and has previously lived in London, England, and Istanbul, Turkey, where he appeared in two seasons of the hit television series “Dancing with the Stars”, "The Voice" as well as "Diet on the Dance floor". Jake is also an accomplished dancer and actively competing professional who has placed in prestigious competitions all over the world and taken top honors with his professional dance partner Alyona Kalinina and his many students. Whilst living in the UK, Jake achieved honours in his IDTA and ISTD Licentiate Ballroom and Latin American Professional examinations.
Alyona Kalinina is a professional dancer and dance teacher.
A native of Ukraine, Alyona brings with her a wealth of knowledge, discipline, and experience from Eastern Europe. Alyona completed her formal dance education and training at the renowned National Academy of Dance in Kiev whilst running her very own successful dance studio since 2003. In 2011 she made the decision to move to the UK to partner up with Jake Davies. Alyona was part of season 2 of "Dancing With The Stars" and "The Voice" in Istanbul, Turkey.
Together the successful partnership has gone to achieve some of the following positions:
- 2 times British National Professional Showdance Champions
- World Show dance Finalists
- 3rd place British National Professional Latin
- 3rd place UK Closed Championship Professional Latin
- Top 24 Professional Latin Blackpool Dance Festival
- Professional Latin Finalists at most major USA competitions
- Top 36 UK Open Championship Professional Latin
- Professional Rising Star Champions of numerous USA competitions
- Top 12 International Professional Rising Star Latin
Besides dancing, Jake and Alyona have many other interests and hobbies that may surprise some:
Jake - Is an amazing tour guide and loves to take small groups of people on adventure travels around the world. A part he relishes is organising bespoke luxury private tours and safaris to beautiful South Africa every year.
Jake is passionate about many things but a big one is wine, and as those close to him will tell you, he is somewhat of a connoisseur. Hiking, white water rafting and anything to do with nature is right up Jake’s alley! Interesting fact; Jake finished one of the top 3 chef schools in the world and has worked in some of the best restaurants in London. Jake is an avid animal lover and proud vegan activist and defender of animals!
Alyona- loves art, beauty, fashion, design and anything at all related to it. In her spare time you can find her designing clothes, hand painting custom made jackets and making jewellery. Alyona also supports Jake in all of his adventures and loves to drink the wine that he picks. Lol. She has proudly been vegan, with Jake for many years.
Jake and Alyona were successfully managing and running an independent dance studio in Charlotte NC - Metropolitan Ballroom. Unfortunately COVID severely affected their studio like so many others and sadly had to close their doors.
But like they say- “One door closes and another opens.”
Since having more time on their hands due to COVID, Jake has opened a Vegan restaurant - ‘Oh My Soul’ together with his family in Charlotte, NC.
In less then a year it has become a very successful business and the talk of the town in Charlotte and the greater community. Jake and Alyona put all of their love and hard work into the restaurant which has a big mission- HELP ALL ANIMALS! In between dancing and teaching their wonderful students, you can find them educating and enlightening people about the joys and benefits of a vegan lifestyle, raising money for local animal sanctuaries and serving up delicious vegan food!