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Tony Dovolani Biography

Birth Name:
Driton Dovolani
Birth Place:
Prishtina, Kosovo, Albania
Professional ballroom dancer, reality cast member

Fast Facts

  • Started Albanian folk dancing at the age of 3
  • Was inspired by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly films as a child
  • Moved to the U
  • S
  • as a political refugee from his native Kosovo in 1989
  • Trained as a teen at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Connecticut
  • Coached Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere for the 2004 film Shall We Dance, in which he also had a small role
  • Among his titles: 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion; 2005 and 2006 World Rhythm Champion; 2006 PBS American Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion; and 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
  • Enjoys playing golf in his spare time


  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated


  • Ariana Dovolani -- Daughter
  • Luana Dovolani -- Daughter
  • Adrian Driton Dovolani -- Son
  • Trendelina Dovolani -- Wife