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)
A few weeks ago, we told you about the All Star cast for Season 15 of "Dancing with the Stars." Well, there's more news from the Land of the Mirrorball Trophy: The star/pro pairings have been announced!
And the list has raised a few eyebrows. Interestingly, five of the 12 All Star contestants are going to take the floor with their original partners. Does that give them a bit of an edge over their freshly-paired competitors? What do you think?
Here's the full list:
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Pamela Anderson and Tristan McManus
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
(As we mentioned in our last "DWTS" post, the 13th cast member—either Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan or Kyle Massey—is being chosen in an online vote, which ends August 24.)
See how this all plays out when "DWTS" premieres on Monday, September 24!