She started studying ballet at age five and moved to Russia at age eleven to train as a ballroom dancer.
Partnered with English drummer Harry Judd, she won the 2011 season of Strictly Come Dancing.
Born in Kazakhstan, she later lived in Russia and the United States. She married Vincent Kavanagh and had a child together in 2017.
She appeared in Dancing with the Stars when Donny Osmond was a member of the cast.