About Henry Byalikov
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’. Later as he turned 22, he competed in the first season of Channel 10’s hit show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, this is where Henry’s unique style and versatility was tested. As a result, he placed in the top 4 males in the country.
Following ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ he joined Channel 7’s hit TV show ‘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 the exclusive Australian team, in the couple’s category, for NBC’s TV show ‘Superstars of Dance’ in Los Angeles. Henry and his partner Giselle received Bronze for Australia.
After this, Henry joined Jason Gilkinson's dance company ‘Burn The Floor’, commencing his engagement with in January 2009 from San Francisco, and completing his season on Broadway, in New York.
Whilst in San Francisco, he was to be part of an exclusive group from 'Burn The Floor' making a demonstration on the popular US show ‘Dancing With The Stars’.
In 2010, Henry took part in the US version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ as a guest partner. He was given the choice by the production team to compete, which he accepted and was successful in the initial round, with raving reviews by Nigel Lithgow, Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman. Unfortunately, he was unable to compete due to visa expiration.
In 2010, Henry completed a full time ballet course finishing with a distinction in both the Royal Academy Of Dance Examination and Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy Assessment.
During Henry’s time as a full time ballet student, He featured in a stage production called ‘The Trocadero Dance Palace’ for the Sydney Festival. He performed to tens of thousands and was so well received that he was asked by the Director of the show Mr Kris Stewart to be a part of the next Trocadero which would take place in 2012.
He featured in the commercial advertisement of CBS’s “Live to Dance” to be aired in Australia for the leading cable network, Foxtel.
Henry was hand-picked by Australia’s leading contemporary ballet choreographer Mr Graeme Murphy to perform as a principal dancer in his brand new Contemporary ballet company ‘Graeme Murphy’s Suite Synergy 2011. Henry’s impact in the production was well received with such reviewer statements exclaiming him as a “Fiery Flamenco Star”, “Henry’s Byalikov, whose powerful intensity of focus and dramatic use of footwork, upper torso and arms ...”.
Owing to Henry's desire to be the best he can be, he diversified himself and went on to perform in the ensemble for the workshop of 'King Kong' the musical. A Global Creatures production he was very excited to be apart of.
Following the "King Kong" workshop, Henry was a featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, as well as rehearsal dance partner to the lead actress. This was another production he was very proud to be apart of.
The end of 2011 brought him back to ‘The Trocadero Dance Palace’ for the Sydney Festival in January 2012. This time the performance was to a much bigger audience and was acclaimed by many including one reviewer that spoke about Henry’s dance career and accomplishments as, “Henry Byalikov has never put a foot wrong...”.
Henry then featured in the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards Opening Ceremony, which aired on the Australian television network ‘Channel Nine’.
Most recently Henry is looking forward to return to perform in USA’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 18.
Best of luck!