Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony Dovolani

Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony DovolaniThe Star: Marissa Jaret Winokur
Marissa Jaret Winokur is best known for creating the role of Tracy Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, a performance for which she won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. Winokur has since been seen in the Farrelly Brothers film Fever Pitch and the television series Stacked. She just finished filming the series lead in a new pilot entitled Fugly for 20th Century Fox and CBS, and is currently working as one of the leads in the Lifetime movie Betrayals.

The Dancer: Fabian Sanchez

ACHIEVEMENTS:

* 2005 and 2006 World Rhythm Champion
* 2006 PBS American Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion
* 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
* 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion
* Current world and undefeated United States Open champion

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: Albanian
Based in: New York
Status: Retired from Competition

BACKGROUND:
Tony partnered the WWE wrestler Stacey Keibler in Season 2. The couple came in third place. In Season 3, Tony’s partner was country singer Sara Evans. The couple had to withdraw in the middle of the competition for personal reasons. In Season 4, Tony partnered Leeza Gibbons into 9th place.

Born in Kosovo, Tony began folk dancing at age three. When he was 15, his entire family moved to the United States and Tony got the opportunity to attend a Fred Astaire Dance Academy. From that moment on, he knew he had found his passion.

Since that time, Tony has traveled the world and won many championships. Tony also had a featured role in the hit film Shall We Dance and spent time coaching Jennifer Lopez.

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