RICHARD TONIZZO & CLAIRE HANSEN
Richard Tonizzo and Claire Hansen have been dancing together for 14 years. Richard is from Australia whilst Claire is from Canada.Career Highlights
inishing as Runners up in the Professional Rising Star.
- Amateur Ontario
- Canadian & North American Champions 2008 & 2009
- Runners up - Professional Rising Star – UK & International Championships
- Professional Blackpool & International Quarter-finalists.
- 2017 Canadian Champions/li>
Claire fell in love with Ballroom dancing at 11 years of age. Claire started by competing in International Latin/Standard and American Rhythm Pro-Am competitions in the US and Amateur Standard/Latin competitions in Canada. At age 16, Claire moved to Europe for 3 years and had the opportunity to train under many World Champions in International Standard and Latin styles. A highlight of this period was in 2003, becoming a Blackpool Finalist in the Under 21s Standard Division with her English partner. Claire partnered up with Richard in 2004 and became Amateur Canadian, North American Champions and recently became Canadian Professional Standard champion. Richard and Claire are constantly improving their dancing by taking lessons with many former world champions and finalists from around the world.
Richard hails from Perth, Australia and started dancing at the age of 4. He competed in Standard, Latin and New Vogues Styles. Richard was Junior, Youth & Amateur Standard Champion in Australia, representing Australia at the World Youth Championships. Richard moved to England with his Australian partner in 2003 to train under top English coaches. In 2003 Richard and Claire formed their partnership; Richard moved to Canada in 2004 and has been representing Canada at all major competitions around the world. Recently Richard & Claire have been crowed 2017 Professional Standard Canadian Champions.
Claire wears the Harmony Special shoe and Richard wears the Freed Modern Flex shoe and the 6692S.