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Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson And Dmitry Chaplin Light Up The Mohegan Sun

Last night, Kym Johnson and Dmitry Chaplin gave a free dance for some lucky fans at the Mohegan Sun. Gina Scarpa (pictured above with the two dancers) of Reality Wanted sat down with an exclusive interview with the two before they danced. She asks them what they’ve been doing in the off season and how they feel on becoming celebrities in their own right. She also ask them on their favorite styles to dance (I’m not surprised how they answered this, are you? :) ). This and much more below and at the link.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What do you both do during the off season, when you’re not on Dancing With The Stars?
A. Kym: At the moment, we’ve been doing a lot of shows around America. We just came from Florda, San Francisco, I’m going somewhere else tomorrow… we’ve been very busy. I’m hoping to enjoy some of the summer here in America and have some time off soon.
A. Dmitry: Everybody’s teaching. We’ve been dancing. We’re dancers. That’s what we do best. I’m going to be choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance this summer. Louis [van Amstel] will be choreographing as well.
A. Kym: Yeah, we teach and we do shows. We’re always keeping really busy.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You guys are becoming celebrities in your own right. Do people recognize you when you’re out?
A. Kym: Yeah, especially when the season has just been on. The show is so popular and I think that this was the most watched season ever. It’s incredible that we’ve been on for so many seasons…
A. Dmitry: Well, you have!
A. Kym: The fans just love the show. Some of the die hard fans have watched it since day one.
A. Dmitry: Oh yeah. Some of them record every episode and have like, a library of every season. They know exactly what happend five seasons ago.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What will you guys be doing tonight?
A. Kym: We’re going to do three dances. We’ve danced together quite a bit.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Is there a style that you prefer to dance?
A. Kym: He likes more of the Latin stuff.
A. Dmitry: Well, I’m more Latin trained.
A. Kym: I like more the Ballroom stuff. Tonight, we’re doing a tango, cha-cha, and rumba.

June 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Kym Johnson Talks On Healing Up From Her Neck Injury On Dancing With The Stars And More

The Day spoke with Kym Johnson on the phone last week. They talked of how she is healing up from her fall with Hines. She’s doing “so much better now”. Kym plans to keep doing physical therapy over the summer. She’s still dancing too. Her and Dmitry Chaplin are dancing at the Mohegan Sun tomorrow (Friday). They will also sign autographs as part of the Sun’s Reality Check series. You can read more about the event at the link as well as what drew Kym to ballroom dancing.

The video of Johnson being injured in rehearsal was stunning:
“I still actually haven’t seen it myself. But, you know, I’m so much better now. My neck’s feeling okay. It’s actually my shoulder. I tore a little tendon off the bone when I fell on my neck, so that’s what I have to look at now. And that’s what I have to fix up. I’m just going to be having physical therapy, and I’ve got time now to get better.”

When complimented on how easy she made dancing look on her first post-injury show, her response is:
“Well, I did have a few painkillers to get me through it. When the doctors cleared me, they didn’t clear me until Monday to dance that day. … I knew I wasn’t doing anything dangerous where I could hurt myself again. We both decided, let’s do it. I was more concerned about Hines because he knew to dance with me. It’s hard when you have to then suddenly dance with someone else, and that’s what we would have had to do. We both decided, yeah, let’s do it. …

“He was great. He really pulled me through the routine.”

Johnson has partnered with celebs who each had their own level of abilities. She explained the knack of choreographing dances that makes them each look their best:
“The first (celebrity) I had was Jerry Springer. I had to be a little bit more accommodating for the routines because there were a few things he couldn’t do. Then I had Joey Fatone, and Joey’s an incredible dancer. So I changed it up with him. It really just depends on who you get.

“And then with Hines, he just had the whole package. I could do so much with him. He was strong, he was young. Donny Osmond, I would do a lot with as well. He was from a performing background. He was the showman, and we could be very showy with him.

“You just have to adapt to whoever you have. I have done 12 seasons, so you’d think I’d get bored with it, but each season is so different. Whoever you’re dancing with inspires you to come up with different stuff, so you don’t get stale.”

How can anyone not think Kym is show stoppingly beautiful in and out?!! Here’s to Kym continuing to get better from her neck injury!

June 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.