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Alec Mazo
Alec Mazo S4
Dancer Profile
Birth Date 5 April 1978 (1978-04-05) (age 46)
Hometown Gomel, Soviet Union

Partner(s) 1: Kelly Monaco (1st)
4: Paulina Porizkova (11th)
5: Josie Maran (12th)
7: Toni Braxton (8th)
9: Natalie Coughlin (10th)

Alec Mazo is a former professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.

Early Life[]

Mazo was born in Gomel, Belarus, just 50 kilometers from Chernobyl, Ukraine into a Jewish family. He has been dancing since he was 5 years old. At age 12, he immigrated from the Soviet Union to San Antonio, Texas, and later to San Francisco, where his mother Natalia, opened a dance school. Mazo helped run the school to make ends meet. His family moved from the former USSR as refugees, with nothing in their pockets.

Education and Personal Life[]

He studied computer science, and then cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley. After DWTS, Mazo went to Stanford University to get his Alfred P. Sloan Masters in Management. He ran a production company specializing in live stage entertainment and television reality formats. He produced live stage shows for casinos and executive produced a 70 city live stage tour in collaboration with Troika Entertainment (producer of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Annie).

When he was a teenager, Mazo worked as the CEO of the Genesis Dance Sport studio in San Francisco. Expanding the studio into Los Angeles has been one of his goals. He has one brother, Genya, who's also a ballroom dancer and has performed on the Dancing with the Stars: Live! tour. Alec Mazo is married to his long-time dancing partner, dancer Edyta Śliwińska, a native of Poland. The couple have a son, Michael Alexander Mazo, on 4 January 2014 and a daughter, Leia Josephine Mazo, on 18 June 2017.


Mazo appeared in the 1998 movie Dance with Me. Mazo turned professional shortly before producers of Dancing with the Stars began their search for dancers to star on the show.

Mazo won the first season of Dancing with the Stars with his partner, Kelly Monaco.

Mazo returned to the ballroom on March 19 for season 4, this time partnered with former supermodel Paulina Porizkova, but were the first couple eliminated. Despite being eliminated first, Paulina along with Shandi Finnessey, who was eliminated the very next week, both hold a higher average than a few celebrities who lasted longer than them.

Mazo appeared on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars. Mazo and his partner, supermodel Josie Maran, were eliminated on September 26, 2007, after the first week of competition, making it the second time in a row he was eliminated first.

Mazo competed for the title with partner, Grammy Award-winning singer, Toni Braxton in season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. After six dances, Braxton and Mazo became the fifth couple to be eliminated from the season.

In season 9, Mazo was paired with Olympic swimmer, Natalie Coughlin. They were the fifth couple to be eliminated despite relatively good scores and received a standing ovation from the crowd and judges.

He is currently an investor and a general partner at DGA Capital, investing in the capital markets.

Dancing with the Stars 1[]

Alec was partnered with Kelly Monaco. They placed 1st.



Dancing with the Stars 4[]

Alec was partnered with Paulina Porizkova. They placed 11th.


Dancing with the Stars 5[]

Alec was partnered with Josie Maran. They placed 12th.


Dancing with the Stars 7[]

Alec was partnered with Toni Braxton. They placed 8th.


Dancing with the Stars 9[]

Alec was partnered with Natalie Coughlin. They placed 10th.