Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Pros Val Chmerkovskiy And Tony Dovolani with Z100’s Elvis Duran. Today they did a spot on one of New York City’s most popular radio stations. You can view more pictures at Zimbio.com. Read more..
This is too fun! Check out how Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy teach 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg how to Salsa like Victor Cruz at Dance With The Me Studio’s in New York leading up to the Giants vs. San Fransisco 49ers Playoff game this weekend. Tony also gives his thoughts for why Victor has the dance moves. Val isn’t so sure? He wants to see more. Nicole Volynets gets in on the action too. More below….
Thanks to CBS Local for the video.
If you haven’t noticed at twitter, promotion for Maks 32nd birthday bash in New York City is in full gear. In light of the event which is only a couple of weeks away, Maks did an interview with Kaptur. Maks dishes on everything from Dancing With The Stars, teaching Dance, the surprise guests and more details on his birthday bash (for what he knows and doesn’t know, lol), his friends and family, and yes, his dog Sir Sleep as well. Excellent interview!! Here is just a little take, but, be sure to read the full interview at Kaptur which is well worth the read.
We had to ask Maks: Where does he get his energy?
“I have to admit, this past year has been intense,” says Maks. “Between choreographing, performing on Dancing With the Stars, launching my jewelry line, writing my blog, teaching dance seminars, planning our June Summer Invitational Showcase, working abroad and now planning the upcoming Birthday Showcase, I really haven’t had much time to relax. It was a very action packed year. But there’s two really important things to keep in mind. One, I have amazing business partners and teams around me. I really couldn’t do it all by myself. Two, I was taught to give your all to what you do and to make the most of what opportunities the world gives you. So I do my best to try to do that. Most people who know me know that I work hard and play hard. I always try to fit it all in. But I won’t lie, it felt really good to get away over the holiday break. I closed out 2011 by letting things slow down just a little bit—but not too much,” he laughs.
One thing he will not cut out of his schedule, however, is teaching. What is it about teaching that Maks seems to enjoy?
“Teaching has always just been a part of who I am,” says Maks. “Even as we were developing the Birthday Ballroom Bash story, it really hit home how much teaching is such a huge part of my life. Starting with the Rising Stars Dance Academy, I guess I’ve always enjoyed helping shape and grow others. I taught Val since he was half my size, maybe even smaller. And I have always taken pride in his success because I know just how hard he worked to succeed. I’d been there with Val each step of the way. Don’t get me wrong, Val is successful in his own right. He earned everything he has worked hard for. We’re all proud of him. But it just feels good for me knowing that maybe I helped him become a little stronger. I’ve done the same for Teddy and Nicole Volynets as well as Kiki Nyemchek and about 20 others, who are all like my own little brothers and sisters, my own family. There’s something amazing about helping others and watching them grow up. It feels good to say in some way maybe big or maybe small, that you helped someone else. Through dance, I’ve been able to do that.”
Mak’s Birthday Bash celebration takes place on January 27th. For ticket information on how you can attend, visit Dance With Me Studios.
In case you missed Part 2 of Nancy Grace’s “Dancing Special” last night on her show, here it is in full special thanks to Grinya’s Entertainment.
What do you think? I thought Part 2 was better than Part 1. I loved how they spotlighted the little dancers! They were so good. I loved how they included the full cast of this past season in it in some way, not just the dancers present at Dance With Me Studios with Nancy! I also loved Val playing his violin (and the retrospective with Mark Ballas) and the kiss on Nancy’s cheek from Maks after they danced (they would have made a cool couple to watch last season like he and Kirstie). Great show!!
And again, if you missed Part 1, be sure to see it here.
Great shows!! I hope Nancy will continue to cover Dancing With The Stars in the future. I’d love to see more TV coverage of what goes on at Dance With Me Studio’s as well. Fascinating!!
Just a couple of reminders! Don’t forget to watch the Nancy Grace Show on the HLN network at 8:00pm ET for Part 2 of her “Dancing Special” tonight. If you missed Part 1, be sure to see it here. It was a gas and I’m betting tonight will be too! If nothing else, it’s great for those suffering from DWTS withdrawals. 😯 Nancy tweeted that the show will have “Child dance phenoms” as well….
Tonight! Brand new dancing show w/ child dance phenoms!! http://t.co/5yBb6NHe
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) December 30, 2011
Also, Dancing With The Stars Champ J.R. Martinez is the Grand Marshal of the 123rd Tournament Of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. If interested, you’ll be able to watch the parade go down LIVE on ABC and NBC at 11:00am ET on Monday, January 2nd. If you’d like to watch it commercial free and in 3D, you’ll be able to view it on the HGTV channel at the same time. In the meantime, TV Guide has a little interview with J.R. where he talks on the honor of doing it and why (his answer might shock you. lol). He also mentions Dancing With The Stars and his future plans in acting.
On a future note and if you live or would like to travel to New York, Mark Ballas is giving a one night concert at The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY on January 27th at 8:00pm. You can read more about the concert at Playbill as well as how you can obtain tickets.
Nancy Grace has a new promo for Part 2 of her Dancing Special. Enjoy and don’t forget Part 2 will be aired Friday night on the Nancy Grace Show on HLN at 8:00pm ET.
If you haven’t seen Part 1, you can do so here. It’s fun. I loved it.
Hey All!!! How did your Christmas go? We hope it was fantastic!! 😉 Also, if you happened to miss the Nancy Grace Dancing Special Friday night, you can watch it in full below. Mark your calendars if interested. Part 2 will be shown this upcoming Friday night on Nancy’s show on HLN at 8:00pm ET.
Special thanks to Grinya’s Entertainment for the video above. Be sure to watch that channel closely. Elena Grinenko posts some cool things if you love dancing and her work.
Also, for those Nancy and Tristan fans out there, be sure to see this if you haven’t yet….
Maks has written a new blog today wrapping up 2011 for what he’s learned from a year full of ups and downs. He’s expresses how much love he has for his family, friends, and fans. He mentions how he is going on vacation and then afterwards he will return to New York for his birthday bash at Dance With Me Studios. Below is a take where he mentions a few details and teasers for what he knows and doesn’t know. Note how he mentions inviting his “LA LA land” friends as well. I wonder who that will be? 🙂
This year, I’m really excited because my studios and family have found a way to let me express myself through dance. And they still have found a way to let me bring both my worlds together.
My friends from Hollywood will see my world and where I come from. They will experience a show that they will enjoy and also get to meet my family and then celebrate my bday with me.
And the studios, my creative team, and family have also been doing some planning “behind my back” surprises for me and the fans. I say that and smile because it is actually right under my nose and in corners, here and there when I’m around but too busy to know what they are up to.
So there will be parts of the show that even I don’t know about. I am personally looking forward to seeing what is in store. I trust them to make it fun for us both.
What I do know is Tony and Val have been contacting our La La land friends. So there are some surprises I can only speculate about. I have asked. And on this one, their lips are sealed. So if it isn’t all great, you can blame them not me. LOL!
I also know my family has been whipping out photo albums and videos in spades. I have no idea why anyone would want to even try to go through what they are for this. Because when I say my family has lots of videos. I’m talking about boxes of VHS tapes. BOXES!!! So I just wish them luck. And as I know what is in those boxes, we’ll see how surprised I will be. But I think it’s kind of cute that they are trying so hard for me. And I appreciate them for it.
You can read the full blog here.
Above is a picture from USA Today of Maks and a flash mob surprising The Chew co-hosts this week. This episode with Maks will be airing on ABC today (Thursday). So be sure to tune in if interested. If you miss it, watch this link at The Chew’s official site closely because they will be posting the full episode soon. Below is a little sneak preview…
Thanks to DWTSMaksimFans at twitter for the heads up on the sneak preview. Looks like a fun show for the Maksimistas and the Maksimistos!! 😉
This is so cute. Enjoy!!
Read lots more for what we know of this special coming up Friday, December23rd here.
Thanks to the Tristan MacManus Fans page at Facebook for the heads up on this new promo!
ADDING: And here’s a new “behind the scenes” promo made by Maks and Dance With Me Studios! This is going to be one fun show! A MUST SEE DWTS FANS!
ADDING 2: And yet another and it’s a good one too from CNN: