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Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani: Never Letting The Light Burn Out

What a super and touching read this is! If you go to New You, you can read Tony Dovolani’s story in overcoming the darkest circumstances to who he is today. Below is just a sample to get you started…

IT ALL BEGAN THAT FATEFUL DAY IN Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, when Dovolani heard a commotion outside his classroom window. “They threw smoke bombs through the windows, so we went out and protested that we wanted freedom of speech and a republic. But they kept shooting bullets at us,” he recalls. When he returned home from school that day, his father, a political figure in the country and the only one with a diplomatic pass, was advised by the chief of police to leave the country within 24 hours. “We drove to my uncle’s house in neighboring Macedonia where we switched the car plates so that they wouldn’t recognize our car as we drove through enemy lines to the Italian border,” he recalls. From there, Dovolani, his father, his sister, and his brother traveled on tourist visas via Canada to Mexico. By the time they reached the actual border in Tijuana, Dovolani’s father used their remaining funds to get his family across the border while he used his diplomatic pass to cross and wait for them on the other side.

“To this day, this journey has carved me to be who I am, because I know I’m living on borrowed time,” says Dovolani. One of the hardest conversations he says he had was when his father told him to quit school after his first day in order to help the family earn a living. Seeing the despair wash over his son, his father sat him down and spoke of the importance of having his children safe and the opportunities that lay ahead in America. “That was the last time I ever felt sorry for myself,” says Dovolani. “My dad instilled in me values about making the right choices, how our life meant more than the average person because of what we went through and our need to protect it. So I picked myself up and went to work.”

At 15, that work translated into washing dishes 70 hours a week in a restaurant. Within two years, Dovolani graduated from dishes to waiter to managing the restaurant to learning how to be a cook. One day he saw one of the other cooks in the restaurant toss an invitation to a Fred Astaire dance studio in the trash. As a young boy, Dovolani used to watch classic MGM musicals with his father and recognized Astaire on the invitation. “I took it out of the trash can and asked the cook if he minded taking me to the studio as I did not have a car at the time.” Little did the cook realize that he had actually chartered Dovolani’s course: The minute he set foot in the studio he fell in love. “I had done ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dancing back in Kosovo, so when I came into the ballroom, it was like ‘bing,’ a light went on and I knew this was what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life.”

More at New You.

May 29, 2015 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.

Make Your Pro And Troupe Wish List For Dancing With The Stars Season 21

It’s that time again, Dance fans! Question: What Dance pros would you like to see dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 21? Pick only 12 (6 males and 6 females). You can also pick a few Alternatives in case they make the cast a little bigger or in case your main choices don’t work out. Who you would you like to see in the troupe too? Let us know your picks in comments and then we’ll send this post to the Producers in a few weeks.

Ok, here is my Pro and Troupe Wish List:

Females: Sharna Burgess, Karina Smirnoff, Allison Holker, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd, and Elena Samodanova. Alternatives: Julianne Hough, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Brittney Cherry

Males: Derek Hough (but, only if producers won’t manipulate the outcome and they’ll let the chips fall naturally…and that goes for everyone. If not, then make him a creative director instead and let him dance in the Macy’s Stars Of Dance numbers, etc), Mark Ballas, Gleb Savchenko (switch him from Strictly Come Dancing to the US), Tristan MacManus (switch him from Strictly Come Dancing to the US), Sasha Farber, and Alexey Balash (awesome choreographer and dance pro from DWTS Russia). Alternatives: Misha Gabriel, Armen Way

Troupe: Nika Klju, Witney Carson, Misha Gabriel, and Sonny Fredie Pedersen. Alternatives: Paul Karmiryan, Armen Way, Brittney Cherry, Lindsay Arnold

Special Note: We plan to do a Celebrity Wish List very soon as well! So stay tuned!

May 26, 2015 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.

Gleb Savchenko One Of Fans Most Desired Pros, “Peace begins with a smile”, Christmas DWTS Ideas

We couldn’t resist posting this gem of a pic below of Dancing With The Stars pro Gleb Savchenko. He posted this picture at his instagram with this Mother Teresa quote, “Peace begins with a smile”. Isn’t that the truth …especially in light of all the violence in the world today? Good One, Gleb!!!

Also, just a reminder to dance fans needing some Christmas ideas, see the Gleb Collection!! A MUST GET for yourself or any fellow dancer or dance fan!

Lastly, @DANCINGABC aka TPTB, please make this special guy a Pro or a part of the show next season (and the new tours). He’s one of the fans most desired pros and for several seasons!!

GlebSavchenko

December 5, 2014 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.

Your Dancing With The Stars Pro And Troupe Wish List For Season 20

It’s that time again, Dancettes! Time to make your voice heard for the Dance pros you’d like to see dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 20!! I’m not sure these cast wish posts influence the producers, but, sometimes I have to wonder? I picked Allison Holker for the past two seasons (as well as several of you) and last season, we got our wish. So, like in seasons past, let’s do it again. What are your pro wishes for Dancing With the Stars Season 20? Pick only 12 (6 males and 6 females). Also, pick FOUR Troupe Members as well. You can also pick a few Alternatives in case they make the cast a little bigger. Let us know your picks in comments and then we’ll send this post to the Producers in a few weeks.

Here is my Pro Wish List:

Females: Sharna Burgess, Karina Smirnoff, Allison Holker, Emma Slater, Witney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd

Males: Derek Hough, Gleb Savchenko (what I’d give to see this happen), Mark Ballas, Tristan MacManus, Keo Motsepe, Sonny Fredie Pedersen (what I’d give to see this happen)

Troupe: Nika Klju (what I’d give to see this happen), Elena Samodanova (what I’d give to see this happen), Henry Byalikov, Sasha Farber

Alternatives: Brittany Cherry, Jake Kodish, Armen Way, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke

Special Note: We plan to do a Celebrity Wish List very soon as well! So stay tuned!

November 28, 2014 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.

Your Pro Wishes: Which Pro Dancers Would You Like To See Dance In DWTS Season 19?

Thanks to some pro wish talk in my twitter time line alread (Thanks Bridget and Lanna and others chiming in), I thought we better run with it. Question: Which pro dancers would you like to see dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 19? Make your wish list in comments (6 women and 6 men). While we are at it, pick 6 members for the Troupe too (3 women and 3 men). Then in a few weeks, we’ll send this post to ABC and TPTB.

Ok, here is my Pro Wish List:

Women Pros: Sharna Burgess, Allison Holker, Elena Samodanova, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Witney Carson

Men Pros: Derek Hough, Gleb Savchenko, Henry Byalikov, Val Chmerkovksiy, Mark Ballas, Tristan MacManus

The Troupe: Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd, Kym Johnson, Artem Chigvintsev, Paul Kirkland, Armen Way

Oh, that was hard because there are many others pros I love too.

Ok, your turn!! Make your wishes be heard!!

May 22, 2014 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.