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Full Name: Driton Dovolani
Dance Style: Latin
Season 16 Partner: Wynonna Judd
Born in Pristina, Kosovo, on July 17, 1973, Driton “Tony” Dovolani began folk dancing at age three in his native Albania. At age 15, his family moved to Stamford, Connecticut, where Tony attended classes at a Fred Astaire Dance Academy. He went on to become a professional ballroom dancer, competing in the American rhythm division.
A force to be reckoned with on the DWTS dance floor since Season 2, Tony has won one Mirror Ball trophy (with All-Stars partner Melissa Rycroft) and come in third twice (with Stacy Keibler and Melissa Rycroft).
Tony made his big-screen debut as Latin bad boy Slick Willy in the 2004 Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez movie Shall We Dance?
Now retired from professional ballroom competition, Tony has opened a chain of dance studios, Dance With Me Studios, with fellow DWTS pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Tony and his wife Lina have three children: a daughter named Luana and twins Adrian and Ariana.
- 2005 and 2006 World Rhythm Champion
- 2005 and 2006 United States Open Rhythm Champion
- 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion
2006 PBS America’s Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion
- 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
2006 Emmy nominee for Outstanding Choreography for a Season 2 episode of DWTS
Performance Roundup on DWTS
Season 2: Stacy Keibler (Finished 3rd)
Season 3: Sara Evans (Finished 6th (wd) )
Season 4: Leeza Gibbons (Finished 9th)
Season 5: Jane Seymour (Finished 6th)
Season 6: Marissa Jaret Winokur (Finished 4th)
Season 7: Susan Lucci (Finished 6th)
Season 8: Melissa Rycroft (Finished 3rd)
Season 9: Kathy Ireland (Finished 14th)
Season 10: Kate Gosselin (Finished 8th)
Season 11: Audrina Patridge (Finished 7th)
Season 12: Wendy Williams (Finished 10th)
Season 13: Chynna Phillips (Finished 9th)
Season 14: Martina Navratilova (Finished 12th)
Season 15: Melissa Rycroft (Finished 1st)
Season 16: Wynonna Judd (TBD)