Anna Trebunskaya was born and raised in Chelyabinsk, Russia in a family of professional ballroom dancers, so the transition to the dance floor was a natural progression of her heritage. She began her journey as a dancer at the ripe young age of six, winning her first ballroom dance competition a year later. When she was 17, Anna moved to the United States with her parents to further pursue her career as a professional, world class dancer. Anna won her first US title of Amateur Standard Youth Championship in 1997.
In 2000, Anna became a professional competitive dancer and instructor and shortly thereafter moved to California to partner with dancer Jonathan Roberts. From 2001 to 2006 they achieved many high placements in prestigious competitions around the world. Anna was the 2004 USA Rising Star Latin Champion, ranked 6th in the U.S., 24th in the world and placed 2nd in the Blackpool Rising Star Latin championship. In 2006, Anna teamed with Pavlo Barsuk for two years, capturing 3rd place in the Professional Latin U.S. final, 2nd place in the Rising Star Professional Latin UK Championship and 4th in the Rising Star Professional Latin Blackpool Dance Festival.
Dancing with the Stars
Anna made her Dancing With The Stars debut during Season 2, partnering with NFL legend, Jerry Rice, coming in runner-up. For nine more seasons, she was a staple on the show, becoming a fan favorite with her fiery red hair, spunky personality to match, charming sense of humor, and graceful approach to dancing.
- Model Albert Reed (season 5)
- Actor Steve Guttenburg (season 6)
- Mixed martial artist and UFC champ Chuck Liddell (season 9)
- Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek (season 10)
- NFL quarterback and Superbowl XXXIV champ and MVP Kurt Warner (season 11)
- Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (season 12)
- Fashion expert and TV personality Carson Kressley (season 13)
- Actor Jack Wagner (season 14)
- Pop group singer Drew Lachey (season 15 All-Stars)
- Actor, musician Gary Busey (season 21)
Actress/ TV Personality/Host
Most recently, Anna Trebunskaya appeared on HBO’s acclaimed show, The Newsroom, in a co-star role portraying a Russian Airline Ticket Agent. Anna’s acting resume can be viewed on . Anna has brought her world class knowledge of dancing, contagious sense of humor, Russian sass, and joie de vivre to several on-air shows including Maria Menounos’s popular post-commentary web show for Dancing with the Stars, After Buzz. She originally started as a guest speaker and eventually joined as a co-host for seasons 16-19 during her DWTS hiatus. You can also catch her appearances on various television news, reality, and commentary shows. In addition, Anna often hosts stage productions including Ballroom with a Twist and more.
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