Bringing Ballroom to Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Backyard
There's a whole lot to love about "Dancing with the Stars": celebrities, glittery costumes, live music, zany judges...we could go on. But one of the most lovable aspects of the show is getting to witness the journey of each (previously) non-dancing celeb. It's easy to get sentimental about the idea that anyone can dance.
Three "DWTS" pros--Tony Dovolani and brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy --are committed to spreading that philosophy beyond the show's set through their chain of Dance With Me studios. Last spring, we caught up with these ballroom boys in their SoHo studio, where they told us about their unique system of instruction that blends each of their individual styles.
And now the trio is celebrating the opening of their sixth Dance With Me studio, in Fort Lee, NJ.
"I am ecstatic to open our sixth studio...this one in my own backyard. I literally live down the street. I can't wait to give my neighbors and friends a chance to experience what we're so passionate about," says Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The three joined Mayor Mark Sokolich and other dance enthusiasts in a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday. Check out these pictures from the event, courtesy of The Star-Ledger:
Mayor Mark Sokolich and Maksim Chermkovskiy cut the ceremonial ribbon. (Alex Remnick/The Star-Ledger)
A reporter speaks with Maksim (right) and Valentin (left) Chmerkovskiy. (Alex Remnick/The Star-Ledger)
Of course, it wouldn't be a dance celebration without a little dancing! Guests were entertained by dance instructors Vladimir and Amanda. (Alex Remnick/The Star-Ledger)
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: