Born in Lithuania, Katya moved to Israel at the age of 6, and then to Vancouver at the age of 13. Once she started dancing, her rise to the top of the competitive dance world was swift. In 2001, she and her partner won the Canadian Latin Dance Championship, and competed on the world stage in St. Petersburg, where they were ranked 20th in the world.
When casting began for the feature, Shall We Dance, starring Richard Gere, she was a natural choice for one of the dancers in that film. Bitten hard by the acting bug, she began taking classes, and was soon booking gigs on such projects as Smallville and Reefer Madness. Katya has just wrapped a guest lead on the upcoming pilot for NBC/Universal, Underfunded, and will be seen in a recurring role on the new series, Alice, I Think.
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