First off, I’m sorry there’s not a Dancing With the Stars recap this week, but as I promised, I’m sticking to a DWTS theme because I’m just such a big fan of the show. Today, I’m going to profile the people behind a lot of the great choreography of the show: the pros. Sure, it’s called Dancing With the Stars, but some of the professional dancers have become stars in their own right.
First up is the two Houghs that began their careers on the show. Both Derek and his younger sister Julianne started out as professional dancers in 2007, but they didn’t stop there. Though the siblings were raised in a Mormon household in Utah, they traveled to London at young ages to pursue dance. Julianne had instant success on Dancing With the Stars and won her first season with Olympian Apolo Ohno. Derek was a bit slower to bloom on the show, but since then, he has a record number of mirror-ball wins, and he is the proud owner of a 2013 Emmy Award, which is well deserved for his dynamic and emotional choreography. Julianne has transitioned to creating country music albums and starring in movies like Nicholas Spark’s Safe Haven before returning the show to be a judge while her brother has mainly stayed in the world of dance and is still a professional partner. Don’t worry a long overdue review of his book, Taking the Lead, is coming! I haven’t even mentioned that the pair went on tour together recently called Move Live.
Derek’s best friend, Mark Ballas, hasn’t stopped at just being a professional ballroom dancer on a reality show either. Fun fact, before his time on the dancing show, he played an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Having studied dance in London as a kid with the Houghs, Ballas is an amazing choreographer and dancer, and he’s come in first twice. Even last season, he came in third with partner Candice Cameron Bure. Recently, though, he’s also shown off his pipes… his vocal talent that is. His new EP entitled Kicking Clouds was released this September, and overall, it’s gotten really great reviews. However, his singing career started in 2011 with a work entitled HurtLoveBox.
The Chmerkovskiy brothers are probably some of the more famous pros that have come from DWTS, and I dare say that their looks are a bit reason for said fame. Don’t get me wrong, the pair is crazily talented, and I love them both. Just in case you forgot, I met the younger brother, Val, at the end of the summer. Maks, the older of the two, started his career on the show for its second season, and he made his exit after winning his first mirror ball with Meryl Davis last season. Val came onto the show as a professional much more recently, season thirteen to be exact, but he had made multiple previous appearances on result shows and other performances. Currently, Val is partnered with Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish, and the couple is doing extremely well. Let me just say that I vote as much as I can for them every week! The two brothers have also been involved with Ballroom With a Twist and Sway, two traveling ballroom shows, and co-own multiple dance studios called Dance With Me.
Cheryl Burke, who has been on the show since season two, has also made a name for herself outside being one half of a partnership. Though she’s won two seasons of DWTS, she’s had success in other areas. For fans of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, she made an appearance on an episode called “Loosely Ballroom,” where she showed off some of her awesome dancing skills. She’s also made an appearance on What Not To Wear, in which she helped surprise her assistant with a make-over. Her book, entitled Dancing Lessons, in 2011. She’s become one of the most prominent faces of ballroom for the American public, and along with Maks Chmerkovskiy, she was the star of a Dancing With the Stars work-out video.
Honestly, I just scratched the surface on the professionals’ success outside of my beloved Dancing With the Stars, but I just profiled some of the more well-known pros. Other awesome faces on the show are Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Tony Dovolani, Emma Slater, Artem Chigvintsev, and Peta Murgatroyd. Check them out if you get some time! Happy kommenting :)
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