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DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy Blogs About 2011, Family, Friends, & His Birthday Bash

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.

December 23, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy And A Flash Mob Surprises The Chew Co-Hosts (Photo & Sneak Preview)

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!! ;)

December 22, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS The Nancy Grace Dancing Special Promo (Video)

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:

December 20, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, And Friends Hold Holiday Party!

Last night, Dance With Me Studios in Ridgefield, New Jersey held their holiday party! Dancing With the Stars cast members Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, Teddy Volynets, Nicole Volynets, Daria Chesnokova, and Kiki Nyemcheck all showed up to dance, party, socialize, and take part in the festivities. You can view some fun pictures of them all and their guests at Bergen.com.

December 16, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy Teaches Master Class In New Jersey (Photos)

Last night, Val taught a master class at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Princeton, New Jersey in collaboration with Dance With Me Dance Studios. Looks like the event was a huge success. You can view lots of cool photos with Val and all of the people who showed up here. In interested, Val and Maks will be teaching another class at Dance With Me SoHo on December 17 and 18. For details, visit Dance With Me Studios. Lots is happening currently before and after the holidays.

December 15, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dance With Me Studios Ballroom Birthday Bash Commercial (Video)

As reported to you earlier, Dance With Me Studios will be hosting a big birthday ballroom bash for Maks on January 27th. For ticket information, go to Dance With Me USA. Val, Daria, Teddy, Nicole, and Tony are all on tap to do the event as well. Here is a fun commercial Maks did for it posted today at his You Tube.

How do you like Maks’ hair? I think I like it spikie or slicked back better. LOL!

December 13, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Talks About DWTS, His Dance Studios, And His Dreams For The Future

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.”

December 10, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Friends Dance With Me Studios Ballroom Birthday Bash 2012

On January 27, Dance With Me Studios in New York will be hosting a big birthday ballroom bash for Maks and friends. If interested, you can get ticket information at Dance With Me USA. Tickets range from $75-$200 depending on where you want to sit. What a nice Christmas present for the serious Maksimista fan….as well as fans to Val, Daria, Teddy, Nicole, Tony, and Kirstie who might be attending the event as well.

Speaking of…and according to My Style, Maks intends to focus on his Dance With Me studios in the off season of Dancing With The Stars as well as his new “Maksim” jewelry line which is currently available at JCPenney’s just in time for the holiday season. Of the new line, Maks told My Style, “I like bracelets and leather. I’m into non-denominational rosary beads so that anybody can wear it. We’re doing non-semi-precious metals because it’s more affordable. Nowadays, it’s not about selling a $2,000 diamond. I want to give people the opportunity to purchase a couple things they can enjoy.” You can read more at My Style and see a cool picture of him in his “cold” garb.

November 27, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

More Dancing With The Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy In Canada

MontrealTV in Canada has posted a little news article and video of Maks when he was in Canada this past week to take part in the Salsa Rengue 3 Anniversary. Be sure to see him being interviewed and shimmying it up with fans at the link at the Thursday Club!! They ask him about Canada and why he likes it there. He said he loves the European vibe. He said he use to come to Montreal every Valentines Day when he use to compete. The rest of the video is in French, but, still fun to watch none the less. :)

If you haven’t seen our earlier posting of Maks and this event, be sure to do so here. You can see a picture, link to a video, and read how PureDWTS reader Evaine described the event as she attended it and saw Maks in person. I’m betting she hasn’t come down from Cloud 9 after seeing him yet. Huh Evaine? ;)

August 20, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani Albania Documentary, Ballroom on Broadway, And More!!

Tony Dovolani has had a busy summer like the other dancers. As most of you know, he’s been helping Maks to open their new Dance With Me L.A studio as well as helping with the others. This past week, Tony travelled to Albania and Kosova to help film a new documentary on on his homeland’s culture and to promote tourism with Eliza Dushku who recently became an honorary citizen. According to former Dancing With The Stars contestant and Eliza’s boyfriend Rick Fox they all met up in Prishtine for a Dancing With The Stars meet up and Eliza got a dancing lesson from Tony. Here is a picture from Tony’s facebook of he and some of his friends at a Pub in Prishtine. Tony is all smiles.

Stay tuned. This Sunday Tony and Maks will be hosting a new “Dance With Me Soho” production at the Manhattan Center called “Ballroom on Broadway.” Their students will be performing as well as Val Chmerkovskiy (Maks’ brother) and Daria Chesnokova. For more information, go here.

A special thanks for @Marleneb4 and @Lannatexasgal at twitter for their news tips on Tony in Albania!! And thanks to Heidi too for her help with this post!xx

August 18, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.