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PureDWTS Exclusive: Elena Grinenko Interviewed About Her New Dance Studio And Dancing With The Stars

We recently sent former Dancing With The Stars pro Elena Grinenko a few questions!! We wanted to check in with her to get some updates on her new baby and how she’s doing. Recently, she also opened up a new dance studio in Los Angeles with her husband Rib Hillis called La Ballroom. We also asked her what she thinks of the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Here she is below to tell us about everything. Thank you Elena!!

1. Hi Elena!! First of all, congratulations on your new little one.
Thank you :-)
How is motherhood treating you? Tell us about you and Rib’s new little bundle of joy and what you’ve been doing since we last saw you on Dancing With The Stars!! A lot has happened since then, hasn’t it?
Motherhood is great. I always wanted to experience what people are talking about when they speak of unconditional love and now I can say I totally joined the club. You can not describe it you can only feel it. Our baby boy was born August 19th, he is almost 6 month old and I love him every day more and more. It is amazing to see how fast they grow and react to everything around them, to be part of his experience in this life and help him learn all the new things that he sees and touches it absolutely thrilling.

2. So, we hear you are opening a new ballroom studio in Los Angeles. Tell us all about it and how you were inspired to open it?
Yes, Rib and I opened a studio in Sherman Oaks CA, we actually bought an existing studio with full staff that we kept and students body. It’s like jumping on the train that is already going 60 miles an hour :-) but it’s very exiting. We hope that changes that we making to the studio right now, will bring event more students to the studio and keep the ones that we have there very happy. The inspiration was our baby boy Magnus. When I learned that I’m pregnant, we started talking about opening the studio, because my life consist on traveling suitcases and hotels, which is not good combination for raising a child. I for sure can’t be the seat at home mom, lol. I’m so used to doing million projects and that is why studio sounded like the best solution for us. I can still work and create and at the same time be with my baby boy and my husband, be more of normal family ;-) We also bring him to the studio, Rib jokingly calls Magnus mascot of the studio. It’s actually very exiting to open business with Rib, he is not a dancer, but he brings such ease to the studio, by making it more fun and relaxed atmosphere for students to be in and he has awesome social skills, that I sometimes need to learn, to make it more fun for people to be there, I get to focused on things and to concentrated. So that combination makes us perfect studio owners.

3. Who will be the teachers at the studio? Will you have any dancers from Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can dance who will be helping to teach at your new Studio?
We have 7 teachers on staff, they are all very experience teachers and competitive dancers. As far as DWTS or SYTYCD dancers of cause :-) I think that what will make our studio special, we will always have guest coaches from the shows, it’s like a special tread to the students, to be able to learn from people they see on TV. We already had Louis Van Amstel, Gleb Savchenko and Snow Urbin at the studio coaching.

4. We’ve also heard you’ve had a couple of events at the studio. Can you tell us about them and when is the Grand Opening?
Yes, we run Social parties every first Thursday on the month and of cause our Grand Opening is on March 31st, which we trying to coordinate with DWTS, to make sure all my fellow Pro dances can attend our even after the taping is over. We gonna have full on red carpet event, Pro and students show numbers and of cause a lot of dancing.

5. Will you continue doing the videos after DWTS episodes?
We hope so :-) Now that we have our own location, we probably gonna get back to it this season.

6. What do you think of the new DWTS format and all the changes that are happening with DWTS (ie. new non-ballroom styles, no more live band, etc)?
In the beginning I was not sure, but I actually think it makes the show more interesting, I can’t imagine that audience can watch cha cha over and over again. It’s just brings something fresh and exiting, on the end of the days it called Dancing with the Stars not Ballroom Dancing with the Stars, they can use any style they like. As far as band goes, those guys are great and I don’t want to take away anything from them, they are amazing, but from the dancer perspective, you doing choreography to the record that DWTS producers give you and suddenly on Monday it’s the first time you get to do it with band on the rehearsal and it’s not always sounds the same. AS far as views concern, I think that they wont even notice :-) So I think it’s be ok with no band. But I’m sure everyone is gonna miss them, cause they wore there for so many seasons and they wore fabulous.

You can follow LA Ballroom at La Ballroom Studio at Facebook. Be sure you are following @LABallroom at twitter too for all of the latest news and updates.

March 15, 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.

Elena Grinenko And Rib Hillis Open LA Ballroom Studio, Hold Celebrity Dance Off, DWTS Pros Attend

“We believe that dance is the universal language and therapy, through which people of all cultures, races, languages and back grounds, can express their joy of life and movement. We are all capable of dance and we strive to make everyone a capable dancer.” ~LA Ballroom Studio

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”
― Albert Einstein

Aren’t these some fabulous photos courtesy of LA Ballroom?!! The new studio making it’s mark currently in Los Angeles is owned by dance pro Elena Grinenko and her husband Rib Hillis. Last week, they held a “Be My Valentine” Social Party where they held a celebrity “Battle of the Soaps” dance challenge between Martha Madison & Jim Clark vs Lilly Melgar & Pasha Balykin (see video below!). What’s more, Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess made a showing as well as former pro Louis Van Amstel (pictured above in the first line along with Elena and Rib). To see more fabulous photos, visit La Ballroom Studio at Facebook. Be sure you are following @LABallroom at twitter too for all of the latest news and updates. Also, stay tuned! We have an exclusive interview coming up with Elena for which she plans to tell us more about she and Rib’s new dance studio as well as catching us up on everything she’s been doing since being on Dancing With The Stars!! Fun…I am loving this video….

February 14, 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.

Dance Junkies TV Kicks It Up A Notch, DWTS Emma Slater Interview, And More

Dance Junkies TV is back and this time with a new MAKE OVER!! You’ll notice the new make over straight up from the beginning with new music and a new location at Dance Cafe at Lenique owned by Nick & Lena Kosovich. Stuart Brazell and Rib Hillis interview Nicole Westbrook who is a youtube sensation with her video “the thanksgiving song”. Fan Tiffany serves up drinks ( Oh, I need! :D ) They also interview youtube sensation and choreographer Dejan Tubic who chats with them about dance & sharing it on the web. Last, but not least, they chat with Dancing With The Stars troupe member Emma Slater. They didn’t have time to ask fan questions this time, but, she helps breaks down episode one of Dancing With The Stars. At the end, they all get crazy and do the Harlem Shake. I say, let’s join in. :D Be sure you take this gem in before the show starts or afterwards when you can. Also, CONGRATULATIONS from PureDWTS to Elena and Rib as they are expecting their first baby!

Thanks Dance Junkies TV!! Another fun show!!!

March 25, 2013 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.

Dance Junkies TV Dancing With The Stars 15 Week 5 Pre-Party With Anya Garnis

Hey Dancettes! Elena Grinenko and Stuart Brazell of Dance Junkies TV are back with another Dancing With The Stars Pre-Party. This time dance pro Anya Garnis joins them in discussion as they critique the dances from last week. It’s fun because they feel much like we do on most of the dances. I had to giggle on the part about Louis and Sabrina.

That’s not all! Dance Junkies TV will be featuring a more in depth interview with Anya soon where they ask her questions from the fans..including those from PureDWTS.com. So, stay tuned!

October 21, 2012 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.

Attention DWTS Fans: Need Questions ASAP For New Dance Junkies Interview With Anya Garnis

Hey All!! The Dance Junkies gang will be interviewing pro dancer Anya Garnis tonight and they’d love to have you send them questions for what you’d like to ask her.

As you might know, Anya was on the Dancing With The Stars After Party this past week. She has performed in some of the results shows on Dancing With The Stars. Anya is also a dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. You can leave your questions for Anya in the comments section and we’ll be sure Stuart gets them later before the interview. I’ll leave my questions in the coments section as well. Such a beautiful dancer!

October 18, 2012 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.

Attention DWTS Fans: Need Questions ASAP For New Dance Junkies Interview With Nick Kosovich

Hey All!! Stuart Brazell has written to us asking for questions for what you’d like to know on former Dancing With The Stars pro Nick Kosovich. Dance Junkies plans to film a new interview with Nick TODAY. So, get your questions in as soon as you can and we’ll be sure they receive them.

The Dance Junkies interviews are always special since many of them ask questions directly from the fans. If you’ve never seen a Dance Junkies interview, you can do so here and also get caught up with their latest interviews one of which includes Dancing With The Stars Emma Slater and more.

Ok, see you all in the comments section where I’ll leave my questions!! Also, enjoy these “blast from the past” performances which might even inspire a question or two?

October 3, 2012 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.

Get To Know DWTS Sasha Farber In New Dance Junkies TV Interview

Finally, the interview many of us have been waiting for…Elena Grinenko and Rib Hillis of Dance Junkies TV interviews Sasha Farber!! He answers a few of our questions too from Pure Dancing With The Stars. What a fun and fascinating guy!! I love the bit about his schooling and when he talks about Australia. LOL to him doing everything his Mom told him NOT to do. Thanks Rib and Elena!!! Stuart too. I know you are out there too on this somehow. ;)

If you’ve missed any of the earlier Dance Junkies TV interviews, be sure you see them all HERE.

June 9, 2012 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.

Dance Junkies TV Interviews Sharna Burgess, She Answers Questions From The Fans

Stuart and Elena of Dance Junkies TV have posted their new interview with Dancing With The Stars troupe member Sharna Burgess!!! Special thanks to those of you who asked her some cool questions which she answers too!!! Fascinating! See if you don’t agree.

If you’ve missed their earlier Dancing With The Stars interviews, be sure you check them out at Dance Junkies TV.

THANKS SHARNA, STUART, and ELENA!! EXCELLENT INTERVIEW ONCE AGAIN! xxx

June 2, 2012 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.

PureDWTS Readers: Do You Have Some Questions For Peta Murgatroyd?

If you haven’t heard yet, Dance Junkies TV is going to be interviewing Dancing With The Stars Season 14 champ Peta Murgatroyd tomorrow (Friday). She’s one of my favorite female pros. I’m so excited. :)

As before, post all of your questions in the comments section and we’ll be sure Stuart, Elena, and Rib receive them. Though please NOTE: We ask that you don’t ask Peta on her love life, break ups, or whatever. In my opinion, those questions are getting old, it’s not our place to ask, and really, it’s none of our business. Besides, Peta’s career and personality are fascinating. This is our/your chance to really ask her some deeper questions in getting to know more of her and what makes her “Peta”.

Also, stay tuned for the new Sharna Burgess and Sasha Farber interviews. Stuart tells us “they were great”. :)

Picture above courtesy of Starpulse.com.

May 31, 2012 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.

PureDWTS Readers: Submit Questions For New Sasha Farber And Sharna Burgess Interviews!

Hey Pure Dancing With The Stars Dance Cadets :) , Dance Junkies TV has now booked two new exciting interviews this weekend with Dancing With The Stars Troupe members Sasha Farber and Sharna Burgess and they need your help. This is your chance to ask Sasha and Sharna whatever you wish in getting to know them and their careers better. You know the routine. Post your questions in the comments section for as many as you like (which I plan to do as well) and we’ll be sure Stuart, Elena, and Rib receive them. They’ll try and ask them as many as they can and mention you while doing so.

Again, thanks to all for your fun submissions in the past. You’ve helped to make the Dance Junkies TV interviews some of the best that you’ll find on the pros of Dancing With The Stars. Thanks as well to Stuart, Elena, and Rib for giving us fans this opportunity to communicate with them. Ok, ask away…

May 25, 2012 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.