DWTS Karina Smirnoff Says Tonight’s Dance With Gavin DeGraw Is Right Up His Alley

Karina has been really busy rehearsing for two dances this week, but, she’s found time to blog and keep us updated at People.com. She thinks tonight’s dance will be right up Galvin’s alley. See why below. More at the link including a video and more on her dance tomorrow night with José Carreño.

I thought Gavin did really well with the rumba and I don’t think I have ever seen a celebrity progress at the rate that he has. We are taking it one week at a time and each week there is a huge improvement. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed we make it to the end of the finale, so I can see how far Gavin can take this because he is getting so good and turning in to a dancer.

One of the reasons he is improving is that we come into the studio looking forward to our rehearsals because we are laughing and having a good time. I met Gavin for the first time about three years ago at an event and I thought he was very cute and charming, but now that we are working together I have discovered even more sides of Gavin. He is intelligent, funny and he makes every situation better. We have a great, organic, natural relationship. I wouldn’t change a thing about our dynamic.

This week is rock week and Gavin is a rocker, so I think it is going to be right up his alley. I have some pretty cool tricks for the set up of our tango, which is a perfect dance for us because it’s all about the contrast of love and hate. Gavin is good at being loving as well as the source of my frustration – he jokes around so much that after a while I have to get stern with him.

This week I am also performing on the Tuesday results show with one of the world’s most famous ballet dancers, José Carreño, who is from Cuba….