Violetta Afanasieva & Pete Dack

2006 World Extreme
Ice Skating Champions

Violetta Afanasieva and Pete Dack

Violetta‘s Bio

Violetta‘s Stats

Birth date
December 21, 1978
Birth place
Moscow, Russia

About Violetta

Violetta was born into a circus family. Her mother, three time Moscow junior pair champion and father, a graduate from the Russian School of Circus Art, were members of "Moscow Bolshoy Circus On Ice" for 25 years. At the age of 5, Violetta joined the Moscow "Lokomotiv" figure skating club and was coached by Tatiana Olegovna Michailova. By 11 years old, Violetta was competing nationally and achieved "Master of Sport candidacy".

A year later she made the decision of retiring from amature figure skating driven by the strong will to perform professionally and joined the Moscow Circus on Ice along side her parents. At the age of 14, Violetta debuted her hula-hoops act in the Russian city Ivanovo.

During 1994, she toured throughout Europe and South America. Later that year, she was invited to perform her act for the far east tour of Holiday on Ice in Thailand, Malaisia and Singapore. In 1995, Violetta performed her hoop number and an aerial number with partners Sergei Novinsky and Sergei Kryvoshokov in Moscow stationary circus on the Vernadskii avenue. In 1996 she was invited to the new Holiday On Ice production, "Gypsy/Broadway", choreographed by Ted Shuffle, to perform her number hula hoops and to skate as a principal adagio pair with partner Sergei Ostrii. After 3 years of performing in Europe, South America and South Africa, she joined another new Holiday On Ice production, "Xotika", choreographed by Kevin Cottam, again as solo hula-hoop and adagio pair. Violetta's dream was to develop an original number involving hula-hoops, adagio and acrobatics with a partner.

She met her future husband and partner Pete on the second year of the "Xotika" tour, when Pete joined the show in Lille, France. After 6 months of training together, they had developed the new act and started traveling and performing in 2001. That same year they became engaged and were married on May 17th, 2002.

Violetta quotes: "I feel very lucky to be able to travel the world together with my husband, doing what I enjoy the most, meeting people and visiting new places."