Polish-born Edyta Sliwinska rose out of a difficult, economically trying background (and a working-class Eastern European family), with the singular goal of establishing herself as the world's preeminent Latin dancer. Sliwinska reportedly gravitated to dance as a corollary of her deep-seated love of music. Shortly after establishing herself in the professional arena, she was tapped by ABC to participate in the network's blockbuster competitive reality series Dancing with the Stars, and she went on to became the only participant to dance in the first five consecutive seasons. Her celebrity partners included Evander Holyfield, George Hamilton, Joey Lawrence (with whom she came in third place in the third season), John Ratzenberger, and All My Children actor Cameron Mathison.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Partnered with boxer Evander Holyfield in Season 1, actor George Hamilton in Season 2 and actor Joey Lawrence in Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars.
- Married to Dancing's first-season champion, Alec Mazo, with whom she runs a children's dance studio in San Francisco.
- Was originally paired with Sopranos star Vincent Pastore for the fourth season of Dancing, but Pastore quit the show after a week because it was too physically demanding; he was replaced by Cheers star John Ratzenberger.