Henry Byalikov partners with Diana Nyad.
Henry’s dance career began at 9 years of age. His talent soon was made apparent when, at the age of 11, he became Australian Juvenile Graded Latin Champion. As he honed his craft he acquired many prestigious accolades, such as Undefeated State Adult Latin and Ballroom Champion, and South Pacific Champion.
When he turned 18, Henry appeared in his first Australian TV show, ABC’s Strictly Dancing. At 22, he competed in the first season of Channel 10’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance, where Henry’s unique style and versatility was tested, and he placed in the top 4 males in the country. Following So You Think You Can Dance he joined the Australian version of Dancing With The Stars to appear as a professional. Henry was the first in that particular season to receive perfect 10s in the 4th week.
He was then invited to represent Australia in the couple’s category for NBC’s Superstars of Dance in Los Angeles. Henry and his partner Giselle received Bronze for Australia. In 2010, Henry took part in the US version of So You Think You Can Dance as a guest partner, and received rave reviews from Nigel Lithgow, Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman.
Henry was hand-picked by Australia’s leading contemporary ballet choreographer Graeme Murphy to perform as a principal dancer in his brand new contemporary ballet company, Graeme Murphy’s Suite Synergy 2011. He was also a featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, as well as rehearsal dance partner to the lead actress.
The end of 2011 brought him back to The Trocadero Dance Palace for the Sydney Festival in January 2012, and he was later featured in the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards Opening Ceremony, which aired on the Australian television network Channel Nine.
Henry is looking forward to return to USA's Dancing With The Stars Season 18.