As you might have read earlier, Dancing With The Stars’ Anna Trebunskaya is currently on tour with the cast of “Forever Tango”. This week, she traveled to Richmond, VA. WRIC News was able to catch up with her to ask her on the show. They also ask her about Dancing With The Stars and if she knows who her partner is yet. Anna starts out by saying that everything you hear is probably 99% not true and it will be the biggest kept secret until the reveal on Feb. 28th. The dancers don’t know anything and even whether they will be on the show or not. After that, they talk of “Forever Tango”. Anna even gives a Tango demonstration. She’s so cute as always.
More New Interviews With DWTS Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, See Them Dance In “Forever Tango” (Videos)
Would you like to see Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dance in “Forever Tango”? Thanks to Corine’s Corner You Tube, below is some video footage and a fun interview. Dancing With The Stars is mentioned in part of it. When asked, Karina says no one knows for sure who is coming back for the next season.
Stay tuned to this spot. We hope to post their interview with The View a little later.
UPDATE: Thanks to Jimmbboe, below is Maks and Karina on The View today! Too fun!!
Here is coverage from The View directly. Hot hot!
UPDATE2: Mmmm mm, more dancing. So beautiful! Special thanks to @Storm_Rising at twitter for sending this coverage to us and charlesg315 You Tube.
UPDATE3: Be sure to check out Getty Images when you can. They have pics of Karina and Maks on The View. Beautiful!
Thanks to Broadway.com, here is preview of Maks and Karina dancing in Forever Tango. Thanks to Cheryl c. for letting us know on this…
If you’d like to see some stunning, high quality photos of Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing in “Forever Tango” last night, see Getty Images. They also have pictures of them taken after the show. Beautiful!!!!
Also, here they are after the show greeting fans special thanks to Mayormckinneyavenue You Tube….
ADDING: And check out this cool news….
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What a special treat for dancing fans and fans of Karina Smirnoff and Maks Chmerkovskiy!! The two Dancing With The Stars pros were interviewed on Good Morning America today for their three week run in Forever Tango. Karina looked stunning as always in a black and white lace dress and spiked heels. The women of the cast were wearing the same. Karina says the show is full a lot of passion. Maks talks of how special it is and how he and Karina “have come full circle” (*total awww moment). You can watch their interview in more detail and them dancing with the cast at Good Morning America at this link. Jimmbboe has coverage at his You Tube page (works for International viewers). Hotness!! For ticket information for how you can see the show, see Forever Tango.
Stay tuned. Maks and Karina also did a “Forever Tango” segment for Extra. It will be aired on the show today.
ADDING: The Washington Post has a great article on the show with Maks and Karina as well. Here is a take…
When they dance, there is something effortless about their movement. The slender, beautiful Ukrainian-born Smirnoff seems to melt inside the torso of the hunky, muscular Chmerkovskiy, also born in the Ukraine. They think their intimate past can actually aid the tango, which should be sexy if done right.
“I think it helps. With every dance, you go to your experience, to your emotion, whatever you can relate to. I think with Maks, we both can go to a place where —” Smirnoff says.
“No one’s been before,” Chmerkovskiy interjects with a laugh.
“Exactly. We had our ups and we had the lowest of the lows and we can take that into the dance and make it than much better,” his partner finishes.
“Aside from what transpired, I do have respect for her as a dancer. We went to a bad spot at one point or another but it’s been documented: I’ve never lost respect,” he adds. “I’ve always been looking forward to one day get this out of the way.”
ADDING2: And here they are on Extra with Tony Dovolani. Good stuff….
Karina Smirnoff is not only about to take the stage with Maks Chmerkovskiy in Forever Tango. She’s also been writing a new book. Ok! Magazine asked her a little about what it’s about and here is how she responded.
“It will delve into questions people have often asked which I haven’t been able to answer,” she says. “It’s non-fiction with the stories where the names are a little twisted.”
So is this tell-all going to make Karina a few enemies?
“None of it is bad,” says the dancing pro. “It’s all fact. None of it is horrible. Some of this information is out already, some isn’t. A lot of times I’ve decided not to speak up and say certain things and address certain things and it’s not because I didn’t want to say bit, it’s because I wanted to step back and look at the situation and learn from it. Now that I have I’m ready to share those lessons.”
Karina, who has previously been engaged to baseball player Brad Penny and fellow DWTS star Maksim Chmerkovskiy, says the process of writing the book has made her look at life a little differently.
“The more you talk about it (your life), the more you realize,” she says. “The more you write the more you understand that people’s perception is their reality. It’s an interesting observation. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give it all away but it’s a very eye-opening book for me while I was writing it and definitely for anyone who will read it.”
Cool, I can’t wait to buy this book. How about you? You can read the full article at Ok! Magazine. Don’t miss reading it because there is a brief mention about Karina’s new movie “Across Grace Alley” with Ralph Macchio as well.
By the way, stay tuned. Karina and Maks will be on Extra and Good Morning America on Monday to talk of their 3 week run in “Forever Tango”. They’ll also be on The View on Friday. For tickets, see this link. Here’s a little preview from Forever Tango….
And the rule is, Maks has to listen to her!!! Below is more from USA Today from Karina Smirnoff on her new dance gig and working with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“The rule is he listens to me. And everything I ask for is the Golden Rule,” says Smirnoff. “He’s growing up. He’s becoming a very smart man. So I think he’s going to follow that rule very well.”
The two announced last week that they will perform the sensuous dance at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater July 9-24. The Dancing With the Stars standouts became engaged in 2009 before going through a very bitter break-up.
“Regardless of the personal history we’ve always enjoyed dancing together,” says Smirnoff. “And we’re both excited to do this project. Knowing the passionate history we have, either way it’s going to be exciting to watch.”
Let’s hope it works out. They are a very exciting team to watch indeed!!
ADDING: Be sure to check out the instagram in this tweet. It’s really fun…
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Heads up for those who love to work out! Anna is currently working on a new workout DVD which is based on a series of exercises she developed with her trainer who is trained in ballet and physical therapy. In light of the new DVD, Anna was photographed at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia demonstrating how she warms up to prevent injury. You can view 28 photos of Anna at Philly.com. Each photo is captioned with something about Anna and her new venture. When we hear more on the DVD and when it will be released, we’ll be sure to let you know.
In other news on Anna, she is to replace Cheryl Burke in “Forever Tango” on Feb. 9th. Due to an illness in the family, Cheryl Burke could not perform on that date. For ticket information and to read more, see Broadway World.
Heads up! Cheryl Burke, one of the best “Tangoers” in the world (if not “the” best!) is about to grace the stage again in Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango”. “Forever Tango” will be presented Jan. 19, 2012 at 8:00pm at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino, CA. Here is more from Inland Social. To read more on the show and for ticket information, be sure to see the link.
Created by Luis Bravo, the show’s focus isn’t just on any tango, but on the imaginative, creative and sensual Argentine tango, and creates a showcase for the worldwide dance phenomenon.
The show’s professional dancers create the world famous dance in every imaginable way, while musicians paint a musical picture that “inspires and teases.”
Below is a little movie Cheryl did for Forever Tango last year. You can see her dancing in the show as well.
If only my Dad could travel, I know what I’d get him for Christmas!
We’re going to see some cool promo with Karina Smirnoff and Maks Chmerkovskiy in the next few days as they get ready to take to the stage Tuesday for Broadway’s “Forever Tango”. With that said, check out the New York Daily this morning. The two Dancing With the Stars pros taught some Tango moves to a few of their reporters. There are some cool pictures of them as well as a fun, 2 page write-up! Below is just a little take….
Despite all the hard work that goes into “Dancing With the Stars,” the numbers danced on the show only last around 90 seconds, max. In “Forever Tango,” Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff will each have six-minute solo dances, along with two group dances lasting roughly the same length.
As our lesson began, we couldn’t help but notice how sweaty Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff became after just a few minutes.
“I think the first two rows of the theater are going to be called the splash zone,” Chmerkovskiy jokes. “We’re going to provide complimentary towels.”
First, we learned what’s known as the basic eight-step tango, essentially creating a large square across the floor with forward cross steps and backward cross steps, coming together in position “cero,” with closed feet.
Pretty soon, however, these basic dance steps took a sensual turn. Smirnoff wrapped her leg around Justin’s torso to demonstrate a tango ending stance. While Justin struggled to conceal his delight, Chmerkovskiy drew Molly into a coordinated sliding lunge. He paused with her in mid-air to explain why the right pair of pants is so important to a tango master: “They might split.”
Lots more at the New York Daily. Nice!!
Maks Chmerkovksiy was interviewed on Dancing With The Stars and his new judging gig in India. The Pink Villa also asks him about his win in the United states and if he’s coming back next season to Dancing With The Stars in the US. He won’t confirm or deny. Here is more….
We read somewhere that you will not return on next season of Dancing with the Stars. Is it true? What is the reason for you not returning on the show?
I can neither confirm nor deny this statement.
What are the qualities you are looking for a perfect couple in Jhalak? What will be the parameters of judging them according to you?
My opinion of a perfect couple has changed in the last year because of the experience I have had on Forever Tango. I got to learn Argentinian Tango from the best in the world and these people are fascinating. What they taught me is that Argentinian Tango is not a dance, it’s a state of being and the way they approach dance is the idea of allowing the thinking of the audience as someone behind a closed door who you give a keyhole view to the inside of the room. You and your partner dance for yourself. So, whichever couple is able to get me to feel like I am behind a closed door and I get this little bit of a keyhole thing to look into and I am privileged to witness their dance…that is the perfect couple for me.
Traditional Indian style is so different. There are many styles but the Bollywood driven one is very showy and it has a lot of personality…it is very alive and very fun with a lot of laughter and happiness. It’s about what the couple preferred to show me and so I have to judge them on that. I can’t comment on a dance and say it’s not my cup of tea. I have to comment on a dance and say – You did a brilliant job portraying what it is that you wanted to do. But, here are the things that I think you would need to do in order for this performance to be better. And that’s how I approach each couple and which judge I choose to be. I want to be a fair judge – I want to be someone who offers advice and not only offers criticism.
You won the Mirror Ball trophy after doing 13 seasons of Dancing with the Stars, how did you manage to be so patient and work hard every time?
I never thought it would take me 13 seasons to win it. I have had unbelievable partners. I had people who were head and shoulders better than others. And this is how, the hard way, I learnt what this show is about. It’s not always about the best person winning, it’s about what the audience decide is the best dancer or who they like to be holding the trophy at the end. And you know what? That’s great – that’s what democracy is all about, that’s what power to the people is all about. I disagree with a lot of people’s choices but that must have meant that in the format of Dancing with the Stars, I did not do a good enough job for the audience to also love us, not just love what we danced.
More at the Pink Villa including some new pictures!
ETA: Also, have you seen this new shoot with Maks and Social Life Magazine? Be sure to see some “behind the scenes” below. This is a fun read on Maks and the shoot too. Thanks to @DWTSMaksFans via @ChrisMontanti for the heads up!