Hey, if you haven’t seen all the coverage of Derek co-hosting LIVE! With Kelly at Pure Derek Hough in the last few days, be sure you do so. Heidi has bunches of super cool screen shots of Derek and Kelly. She’s posted some extended versions of the show as well. A MUST SEE for your Saturday and if you are in need of a Derek fix!
Now that the season is over, I thought it would be more fun if everyone had a chance to use their lolz skillz on some funny or interesting screen caps from the show. I captioned the first two, but don’t let that stop you if you’ve got something better. :-) Lay it on us in the comments (make sure you tell us which pic the caption is for, just in case) and in a few days we’ll pick the best one – by “we” I mean me, John, Courtney and Vogue. If you can’t think of more than one, tell us all – no limit on captions.
Would you like to celebrate and bring in the New Year with Karina Smirnoff? If so, and if you live in or would like to visit New York City, Karina is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash at the Bowlmor in Times Square not too far from where the ball drops. Below are a few details. You can read more and see pics of this hot new hot club at Joonbug.com. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
To add to it all, Dancing With The Stars Champion Karina Smirnoff will be hosting this years NYE bash at Bowlmor Times Square— you don’t want to miss it!
A ticket includes:
•A 5 hour premium open bar
•A world renowned DJ spinning sets of hip hop, dance, 80′s and rock on a state of the art sound
•Festive NYE party favors
•Champagne toast at midnight
•Live NYE 2012 countdown
…and a joonbug.com photographer present to capture all the merrymaking (and mischief making) one night can handle. Your very own paparazzi!
Bergen.com interviewed Maks sometime during last season about his life and career up to this point. Maks also dished on his dance studios and how they came to be. Be sure to read the interview in full at the link, but, I thought this take below was cool where Maks explains his love for dancing and teaching it. He also talks of his future plans including wanting to have a big family one day. Fun interview for the Maksimistas and Maksimistos out there!!
Asked if he derives more pleasure in teaching dance or actually getting out on the dance floor and performing a cha-cha, samba, foxtrot, paso doble or rumba, Chmerkovskiy pauses.
“Getting on the dance floor and dancing is something I do, and it’s mine,” he explains. “It’s me and myself, and it’s about self-expression – and you can’t beat self-expression. But teaching dance, first of all, gave me a trade. And, ultimately, that’s what led to Dancing with the Stars and all the opportunities since then.
“I also love the fact that I started teaching,” he says. “There’s something amazing about seeing the result of your work, especially since the results have to do with a human being. Because I started so young, right now, 17 years later, I have kids who were students and are now adults themselves. I taught them when they were 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 years old. Now they’re in their mid-20s, and I know that I helped change their life and made it better, that I created an artist. That’s an incredible achievement. So you can’t compare the two. I love to dance. I love the center stage. I love the audience. I love the response, especially when it’s a good response. But teaching is just a whole different pleasure.”
Striking while the iron is hot, or as Chmerkovskiy puts it, “pushing to reinvent myself on pretty much a daily basis,” he’s fast becoming Chmerkovskiy Inc. He writes a regular blog and lends his support to Dance Team USA, which promotes dance activities for kids. Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production of La Reve, which he choreographed, continues to pack ‘em in. And in the works are additional Dance With Me studios (in Los Angeles, Vegas, Connecticut and Miami), as well as several endorsement deals, TV show guest spots, hosting a Ukrainian version of the British game show called The Cube, and more.
“What do I want to do long term?” Chmerkovskiy says. “I want to make a difference. It’s a very exaggerated phrase, and I can’t really specify. After that, number one, I want a family. I want a bunch of kids. And my long-term dream, which I see very vividly – and I say this with caution because I know it’s extremely romantic – but I see myself on my lawn with my wife, a bunch of kids, a bunch of grandkids and a bunch of bulldogs running around. My lawn is very big, my house is a castle and my life has been phenomenal. Everyone is happy, everyone is taken care of and …everyone is dancing.”