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.
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!
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.”
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.
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? 😉
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
Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Tony Dovolani On Returning To Dancing With The Stars, The Dina Lohan Rumors, Their New Dance Studio In L.A., and More
Below is more of Tony and Maks on the Red Carpet for the ESPY Awards. Hollyscoop TV caught up with the two to ask them about Dancing With The Stars. They ask them if Dina Lohan is going to be on the show next Season and they say “Who”? Then Maks says they don’t participate in gossip, but, he doesn’t care if she is on the show. Tony says he wants anyone who “WANTS” to be on the show and they have to be “committed”. Maks agrees and comments that if you don’t want to do the show and you agree to do it, you will just make 20+ million people mad at you (SO TRUE!!!). They also ask Maks if he is returning to the show and with a lot of heart, he said, “YES” and that there was a “special arrangement” (hmmm, I so want to know what this is all about?). The two are super excited about their new dance studio opening in Los Angeles in two weeks as well. Lastly, they ask about about Karina’s wedding and if they are going to attend and Tony completely changes the subject (stupid question and that interviewer knew better as she’s been around the dance circuit for a long time.) Until the Karina part putting Maks on the spot, great interview!!
Kirstie Alley continues to get slimmer and slimmer by the day as you can see from a new Daily Mail picture above. Yesterday, Kirstie was a co-host on The View where she was asked about her weight loss. Kirstie remarked that she has lost 90 pounds with 30 of them being after she started dancing on Dancing With The Stars. She also promoted her diet company “Organic Liasons” saying that “the products helped to give her energy to get her through the strenuous competition”. Here is more from The Examiner of Kirstie’s appearance on The View. She is asked on Maks too which I’ll address afterwards.
Actress Kirstie Alley was the guest host on ABC’s talk show , “The View,” on June 21, 2011. Alley sat in along with regular hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
The first topic was Kirstie Alley herself. Alley has had a public battle with her weight over the past several years. She announced that she has lost a total of 90 pounds. She lost 60 pounds prior to her recent stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” and an additional 30 pounds during the celebrity dance competition. Alley said that beyond the weight loss, the hours of daily dancing changed the shape of her body. The strenuous exercise helped with the weight loss and toned her body, so she looks fabulous.
Kirstie Alley took a few minutes to hawk her company, “Organic Liasons,” saying that the products helped to give her energy to get her through the strenuous competition. The company also focuses on organic living and getting harmful chemicals out of the diet.
Alley was asked whether her relationship with pro-dancer Maks went beyond the professional relationship seen on “Dancing with the Stars.” The dancing couple did seem to have sizzling chemistry, but Kirstie refused to confirm or deny. Make of that what you will.
I can’t believe they asked her if there was something more going on with her and Maks? What if there was? And why is it that people can’t go out with each other without it being said there is something more than a friendship? Anyway, here is Kirstie looking spectacular with Maks as well while attending the “Bad Teacher” premiere in New York Monday night.
Dancing With The Stars 2011 Maksim Chmerkovskiy Updates On His New Dance Studios, Jewelry line, and More!
Maks released a new Blog Video at his You Tube Channel today! He announces he’s back at “Soho” currently. He’s excited about how “exciting” life is at the moment. It’s “fast” and it’s “interesting”. Maks is also excited about his dance studios….especially the new studio opening up in Los Angeles. They are looking at other cities for studio locations too (please scope out DENVER too, Maks and Tony!). Maks also talks of how glad he is that The Bachelor is over and he boldy states he never plans to be a Bachelor on TV ever again. He then thanks all the fans for following and supporting him. He also thanks those who are “not” supporting him because you push and motivate him. Finally, Maks mentions his jewelry line will finally be released to Amazon.com, Endless.com, and a “big retail giant” (which he doesn’t mention which one it is yet) by the end of this week. Great video! Check it out! I’ve never seen him more happy, and excited about life!
Heidi’s Note: It appears Maks deleted the video – someone let me know when he puts it back up and I’ll re-insert it. Maybe his “haters” were attacking him. LOL
Vogue back and here ya go. I hope it’s not deleted again;
Adding; Maks also talked to Access Hollywwod about his dance studios today including the new studio planned for Los Angeles. He also reveals why he loves dancing so much and why he loves promoting it.
“I love dancing. I love what it does and I love promoting it,” states Maks.
What dancing does is shape shift many a body into a toned body of work. Need proof? Just check out Kirstie Alley or other “DWTS” slim-down alum Kelly Osbourne.
“Dancing is a great workout because it requires you to use every inch of your body. Its high intensity and the dynamic rhythmical changes elevate your heart and burns calories faster than regular cardio,” states “DWTS” troupe member, Ted Volynets, who also trains at Dance With Me studio. “The fact that dancing is a FULL body workout results in it sculpting your entire body. You are losing weight and toning up simultaneously. Your core muscles are engaged the entire time, holding your posture strengthens your back, and your legs are always active.”
Yet, for those who feel darn right silly getting on the dance floor, Ted has this advice – “It’s cliche but it’s true: ‘Dance like no one is watching.’ As with anything else in life, if you are caught up with what other people are thinking, you are missing the moment and opportunity to better yourself!”
DWTS 12 – Maksim Chmerkovkiy & Kirstie Alley Dance Again At The “All The Right Moves Summer Invitational”
What a night it was for Dance With Me Studios in New York City for the “All The Right Moves Summer Invitational”. According to Maks and Kirstie’s twitter accounts, great fun was had by all and it was a huge success. So successful, Maks is now hinting of a dancing tour in the future. Wouldn’t that be cool? I’d pay whatever they want for front row seats.
On a plane…..AGAIN! Miss my DanceWithMe family already! Ridiculously proud of everyone for last night! Next stop — 'Dance With Me TOUR'!
— Maksim Chmerkovskiy (@MaksimC) June 6, 2011
ET On-line was also there to cover lastnight’s event. Below Maks explains his dance studios and how there are plans to open them up all across the country. It’s important to get everyone ‘shaking and moving’ and dancing is good for the “health and the soul and everything in between”. Kirstie speaks about dancing as well. They performed an encore (without rehearsing) of their high-scoring Cha-Cha from Dancing With The Stars to Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You.”
Thanks to Pure DWTS reader mzetting, here is Maks and Kirstie’s performance in full. The two are so cute as always! Their chemistry is out of this world. Look at Maks’ smile!;
Below is an interview with Tony from Extra. Not only do they talk about the show last night, Kirstie speaks of her upcoming TV Show and a new movie “Syrup” with Robert Dinero. Maks comments he will never do The Bachelor again.
The opening picture is from the Daily Mail (Yes, this news even hit the UK! And WOW to Kirstie! Doesn’t she look fantastic?!). More Red Carpet pictures of Maks, Kirstie, Tony Dovolani (Maks’ partner in the Dance with Me Studios chain), Val Chmerkovskiy, Daria Chesnokova, Nicole and Teddy Volynets >>>>HERE.