The son of famed Italian ballroom coaches, Riccardo always knew that dance was his future and one day he would become the world champion. Riccardo was born in Terni, Italy and currently resides in the United States and represents the United States of America. Prior to partnering with Yulia, Riccardo and his previous partner were undefeated Italian Amateur Latin Champions and the World Amateur Latin Champions.
Yulia was born in Belgorod City, Russia and started dancing at the age of 7. A rising star in Russia, Yulia captured her first major title at the age of 12, becoming Russian Junior National Champion. Yulia's wunderkind status only grew as she went on to dominate youth division. After moving to the United States to dance with her former partner, Yulia won many titles including the World South American Showdance Championship and the US National Professional Latin Championship. Yulia also placed as a grand finalist in all major World Professional Latin competitions. On July 4, 2011, Carnegie Corporation honored Yulia and 44 other exceptional US immigrants as "Americans by Choice". Click here to read the complete press release.
Riccardo and Yulia
Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko began dancing together in the fall of 2007, taking the ballroom world by storm and captivating audiences with their unique Latin style. They ascended to the finals of every major world championship as they together took their first step onto the dance floor.
Riccardo and Yulia's mesmerizing look, incredible technical aptitude, and vivacious dynamism quickly made them a favorite among both fans and judges alike. At the World Professional Latin Championships held in Bonn, Germany on November 20, 2010, DanceSport felt the impact of Riccardo and Yulia's hard work and growth when they took home their first World Professional Latin title. In April of 2011, they captured their second World Professional Latin title in Moscow dancing at the legendary Kremlin ballroom and successfully defended their title at the 2012 World Professional Latin Championships held in Innsbruck, Austria in October 2012.
2010-2012 World Professional Latin
2009 World Professional Showdance
2008-2012 US National Professional Latin
2012 International Championships
2008-2012 US Open
2008-2011 WDC Disney (Paris, France)
2008-2012 Dutch Open
2010-2012 Asian Open (Tokyo, Japan)
2010-2012 Taiwan Open
2010-2012 Indonesia Open
2010-2012 Macau Open
2008-2010 Philippine Star Ball
2009 German Open