Strictly Come Dancing’s most successful couple….
are currently the most successful male and female professionals in the history of Strictly Come Dancing, having starred in 6 series and won 7 Trophies between them!
Now, they are known across the globe as Judges for Strictly spin off “Dancing with the stars” – Lilia as head judge on the Turkish version Yok Böyle Dans and Darren as head judge & choreographer on the Middle East version of Strictly.
In July 1997 Darren and Lilia were introduced to each other, competing in their first competitive competition together after just 5 weeks!
Read more about Darren & Lilia’s glittering dance achievements, view photos & merchandise, plus catch up on all their latest news below
Spend the weekend mixing & mingling with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing. Enjoy 3 days of spectacular dance showcases as the Strictly dancers perform up close & personal for a truly intimate experience unlike any other.
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July 2016
Starring – Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova, Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite, Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara plus Argentine Tango stars Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani
Darren & Lilia have attended many of Donahey’s dance weekends, here’s what they think…
‘We’ve had great feedback from a lot of people about your event, it was a fantastic weekend’ Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova
Lilia Kopylova stared dancing at the age of 4, firstly as an ice dancer competing throughout Russia (then USSR) becoming Moscow state champion.
Later after discovering Ballroom and Latin American dancing at the age of 9, Lilia competed at all levels becoming Russian Champion in all grades.
Together they won the International and British Youth Championships, winning every dance. They continued to have a fantastic amateur career winning 4 British amateur championships, 3 UK championships and represented Great Britain at World and European championships until they turned professional.
Turning Professional in 2003 together they won the British Rising Star Professional Championships at their first attempt beating 250 couples to this prestigious title. They continued their success making the final of the Italian & Dutch Opens and World Masters. Within their first year of being professional they achieved a ranking in the top 6 of the World Series. In 2004 they made the final of the World Championships and became members of the British Team.
In July of 2004 their careers changed forever when they were asked if they would like to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing, having been unavailable for the first series they took up the offer and never looked back.
2005 was another amazing year, Darren and Lilia continued with their competitive careers which saw them becoming British National Champions after being placed first in all 5 dances as well as Uk professional Latin Champions, European Professional finalists and member of the British team.
In 2006 they retained their British National title, and in 2007 Darren and Lilia decided to concentrate on their show Career which was now in full swing and made the hard choice to no longer compete at world level.
Lilia dancing with Aled Jones were the fan’s favourites winning the phone vote for 6 weeks but were knocked out at the semi final. Darren went on to present at the Royal Variety Show that year meeting Prince Charles and performing with Michael Buble on stage.
A return to Strictly Come Dancing soon followed, this time not to be outdone, Lilia waltzed off with the title while partnering cricketing star Darren Gough, after which they also went on to win the International Christmas special.
Darren Bennett started dancing at the young age of 6 at his parents dance studio and he soon knew dance was the career he wanted to follow. As a young competitive dancer Darren represented Great Britain at World and European championships quickly rising through the ranks of juvenile, junior and youth being a champion in each level.
At his first attempt Darren dancing together with Jill Halfpenny from Eastenders won Strictly Come Dancing and then went on to win the Champion of Champions dance off. Darren’s third participation in Strictly saw them achieve astounding success with both Darren and Lilia battling it out in the semi-finals Darren with spice girl Emma Bunton and Lilia with Rugby legend Matt Dawson making it again to the final where they were narrowly defeated by Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy.
Returning to Strictly for a 4th time Darren was paired with another Eastender’s star Letitia Dean and after a disastrous start they recovered and Darren took Letitia to the quarter final.
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