If you go to Red Carpet Crash, you can listen to Karina Smirnoff chatting about Dancing With The Stars and her past partners. She also mentions how none of the dancers know who is coming back for the new season of Dancing With The Stars as first producers have to get the celebrities and then pair them up with the best partner, but, she and everyone is hoping to come back. Lots more at the link including her plans next to dance in Ballroom With A Twist. Great interview! For tickets to see Ballroom With A Twist in Dallas and other cities this summer, see this link.
The White Rock Lake Weekly has a fun article up on Ballroom With A Twist which is set to premiere in Dallas on July 19th. Producers told them “it will feature colorful, sparkly costumes with yards of fringe like those seen on “Dancing with the Stars.” They also said the show will feature “magnificent music and breathtaking performances, pushing the boundaries of ballroom dance while infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest contemporary and ‘hip-hop’ styles.”
White Rock Lake Weekly also talked with Tony Dovolani on the show. He’s looking very forward to visiting and dancing in Dallas especially being how he’s golfed at the Dallas Cowboys Golf Course. He also talked with them about Dancing With The Stars. Here is what he said about his partners, the competition, his career, how long he plans to do the show and more…
He admits that, although he’s had a great time with all of his partners, he especially enjoyed Melissa Rycroft, with whom he won Season 15, Susan Lucci and Leah Remini. He said he respected partners Kathy Ireland and Kate Goslyn, neither of whom ever had a dance lesson. “They were ready to learn and great partners,” he said.
During the three months of the season, the pros don’t get any breaks or days off. Training is intense throughout.
Of course, the longer the stars stay in the competition, the more they practice. “It takes about three week to unwind after a season ends to wind down,” Dovolani explained.
When asked about injuries, Dovolani said he’s hurt his back, toes and knee, for starters. “I do not know one dancer who dances without injuries.” During the season, the dancers endure six to 12 hours of rehearsal every day.
The dancer has become a health and wellness expert who demonstrates how dance leads to fitness, confidence and overcoming health issues.
He has guest-hosted segments of television shows including “Ellen,” the Golf Channel’s “The Morning Drive” and ABC’s syndicated “On the Red Carpet” and “Good Morning America.” He and fellow dancers Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy are partners in Dance With Me USA Dance Studios in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The 40-year-old lives in Connecticut with his wife of almost 15 years, Lina, and three children, Luana and twins Adrian and Ariana. During the season, his family generally comes to town to see the show, but last season he was able to make it home a number of times. “My wife is the best person I know. Marrying her was the best thing I ever did in my life,” he said.
When asked how long he plans to do the show, he said, “As long as they’ll have me. I love the difference it makes in a person’s life and how it inspires others.”
Awww, weren’t we just talking of how we miss seeing Karina Smirnoff pictured at Premieres? Well, here she is attending the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Distortion of Sound’ at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, California. Gorgeous!! You can view more photos at Getty Images. Oh my goodness, I am loving her SHOES!
Cute video. And check out how Karina says she’s shooting a movie in August. WHA? Does anyone know more on this? Or is this video old? Not sure??
Such a cute interview with Karina Smirnoff and Pets WebMD. The Dancing With The Stars pro talks all about her “real partner” in life….her Staffordshire terrier, Randy. I love this dog.
Tell me about your guy Randy.
“He’s an American Staffordshire terrier, almost 7 years old, 95 pounds, and he’s the biggest teddy bear. He’ll look mean, but he thinks he’s a Chihuahua and likes to sit on your lap. When he walks by a mirror, he’ll startle himself, because he doesn’t realize he’s so big. He sleeps with me (taking up 90% of the bed) and only eats with a spoon.”
How did Randy get his name?
“I had another Staffie mix named Tyson after Mike Tyson, when we lived in New Jersey. I love these big, muscular dogs. He was the center of the family. But he got out of the house, ran toward the highway, and got hit by a car. He was only 1 and a half, and after that, I’d catch my parents crying when they were looking at pictures of Tyson. I thought, we got to get another dog. Then I found Randy, who is named after Randy Couture, another fighter. But I’m an only child, so he’s really Randy Smirnoff — the sibling I never had.”
More at Pets WebMD. Thanks to @DWTSGossip for the find.
We haven’t heard too much on Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff lately since she’s been in Russia doing a show and teaching, but, she’s very much out there. Check out these new photos below of her vacationing in El Dorado this past week. Beautiful. You can see more photos at Karina’s Instagram. Stay tuned. Karina will be dancing in Ballroom With The Twist soon. For scheduling, dates, and ticket information for the show, see this post. And Jim, this post is for you!
Hey All! Kristyn Burtt revealed some Dancing With The Stars Season 18 scoop today at her Red Carpet Closet site. She posted an instagram talking of how the show almost paired Peta Muragtroyd and Charlie White up last year. Karina was suppose to be with James Maslow. Also, Sharna Burgess was suppose to be paired with Bruce Jenner originally (which makes me wonder about him possibly dancing in season 19?). Be sure you check out fun fun tidbits here. She cracks me up with the way she did the video too. lol Go Kristyn!!
Karina Smiroff looked so pretty as she was spotted at LAX returning home from dancing in Russia…and happy too! Though too bad they couldn’t ask her some cool questions about dancing, her upcoming gigs with Ballroom With A Twist, etc., or her trip instead of bugging her about rumors on Maks and Jennifer Lopez.
We’re not sure on all of the pros from Dancing With The Stars who will be featured in this show officially, but, pictures at the link show Peta Murgatroyd, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, Tristan MacManus, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff and more as dancing in “Dancing With Desire” in Niceville, Florida on June 19, 2014. All the proceeds from this show will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). If interested in tickets, go HERE. Thanks to Tracey for the heads up!