EVERY year Strictly Come Dancing sees the professional dancers take to the ballroom alongside the shows star-studded line-up.
One of those professionals is Nikita Kuzmin – and although he may be young, he has enough talent to takeover the dancefloor.
Nikita Kuzmin was partnered with Ellie Simmonds during the 2022 series
Who is Nikita Kuzmin?
Nikita, 24, is a professional dancer, and six-time Latin and ballroom National Champion.
Born in Ukraine, Nikita began dancing at the age of four, before moving to Italy at the age of nine – it was here that he became a six-time Italian Champion in Latin and Ballroom.
However, dancing wasn’t always on his radar – as a young boy Nikita had big dreams and wanted to practice karate like his hero Jackie Chan, but the call of the Ballroom had other plans for the young star.
Aside from joining Strictly in 2021, Nikita is also a former Let’s Dance Germany professional.
When asked about the role, Nikita said: “I’ve always been amazed by the magic Strictly Come Dancing brings.
“No matter what country I have found myself living in, I’ve never missed a chance to watch it.
“And joining it as a professional dancer is my big chance to make some magic on the most famous dance floor. I can’t wait to give it my all!”
In his first season on the show he was paired with Tilly Ramsay, which saw the pair finishing in sixth place.
In 2022 he partnered with Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.
Unfortunately the pair left the competition in week seven, although it wasn’t all tears for the dancing duo as they formed a fantastic friendship during their time on the show.
In the 2022 series, Nikita joined professional dancers Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Jowita Przystal, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones and Kai Widdrington.
Is Nikita Kuzmin married?
No, Nikita isn’t married.
In October 2022 HOAR revealed that he had split with girlfriend and fellow dancer Nicole Wirt.
The pair were often public with their relationship on Instagram, sharing cute couple snaps together.
However, after five years the pair called it quits.
A source said: “Nikita wanted to totally focus on this series of Strictly and decided a while back he wanted to end his relationship with Nicole.
“They had been together for five years and it ended up being a mutual decision.
“Nicole is mainly based in Germany and she is getting busier with work.
“He is totally caught up in Strictly so they decided it was for the best for them to break up.
“Nicole used to stay in London to visit Nikita but it was becoming more difficult with their schedules.
“Nikita only wants the best for Nicole and she feels the same about him.”
Does Nikita Kuzmin have kids?
No, it appears Nikita does not have children.
However in March 2022 he revealed details of his older family members in Kyiv as his elderly grandmother escaped the war-torn city for Poland.
He said about his brave relative: “She had an operation last year and she couldn’t walk.
“We were thinking, ‘How is she going to do it?’ But she just made it. She crossed the border. She just did it.
“We still don’t know how. I think it’s just your instincts, your survival instincts kicks in.”
Is Nikita on Instagram?
Yes he is, and he’s an avid Instagram user just like many of his Strictly co-stars.
As of December 2022, the young Strictly star boasts an impressive 151k followers.
You can follow him at @nikita__kuzmin – where you will find a number of topless beach pics as well as dancing videos and selfies.
He also keeps his followers updated with all things Strictly.