Russian-born International Ice Dancers Natalia Pestova & Alexei Kislitsyn have impressive credentials, a host of medals and trophies, tv appearances to their credit, bucket loads of personality and charm - and talents which go far beyond the ice arena

Alexei, from Odessa in the Ukraine, began skating when he was 6. In 1981 he was invited to join the Olympic reserve team led by Olympic Champion Ludmila Pakhomova, and from 1983 until 1991 was a member of the USSR National Ice Dance Team. He was Soviet Union Champion (jnr.), Soviet Union Cup Champion, Twice Champion in Bulgaria, Prize winner in France, Poland, Ukrainian Champion many times and holds Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from a host of other National and International competitions. Alexei is graduate of Odessa State University with a degree in Physical Education and Coaching Ice Skating. He is a USSR Master of Sport International Class.

 

Born in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Natalia began skating at the age of 7. By 1991 she had won the the Russian Cup for junior Ice Dancing twice, and went on to become International Junior Champion in Korea and Poland the following year. She also holds Gold, Silver and Bronze medals of many major National and International competitions. In 1993 she took second place in the Russian Cup competition and in the same year was the top graduate of the Olympic Reserve High School in Ekaterinburg with a degree Ice Skating Coach. She holds a Master of Sport.

Natalia and Alexei began skating together professionally in the world-famous "Russian All Stars" ice theatre in 1993 and married the follow year. They have performed around the world in many major ice dance productions. They have consistently won praise from audiences and media alike for their powerful, passionate and skilled performances.

As well as being accomplished ice dancers Natalia and Alexei appearing in 2007 Royal Variety Performance, they have both starred, separately, in the popular television series "Dancing on Ice". Natalia skated with goalkeeper David Seaman in 2006 and with newsreader Phil Gayle in 2007, whilist Alexei won the Spanish version "Desafio Bajo Cero" with Almudena Cid.

Whatever the task, Alexei and Natalia apply the same professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm, whether performing the lead roles in an ice spectacular, using their exceptional talents to train other ice dancers or coaching young skaters at the local ice arena.They are also involved in many other projects both on and off the ice, including photographic shoots for magazine covers; charity work; fashion modelling and choreography.

 

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