Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Oh Maks...

There are two things in this world I will always love - Dancing & Male Dancers.

For me, a male dancer is the perfect athlete. Strong, graceful, can clear a floor with a single grande jete.

Another thing I am super attracted to are men with a little attitude. Case in point- the egyptian. Include in that list - tall, dark and handsome. Then add a dash of the exotic - translation - foreign/not American born.

Then you tune into my favorite dance show - Dancing With The Stars and boom - Maks stole my heart. ;-)

He is hands down, an amazing dancer. He also is quite temperamental, or perhaps, like so many people I adore, does not have a filter for his mouth. I appreciate that. hahaha..

His name is actually Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Born in the Ukraine in 1980 (makes him one year older than my egyptian,) he began taking dance lessons at the age of four. (I was 5!) Ahh.. good parents. lol

He owns a group of dance studios called - "Dance With Me." How wonderful to live in one those communities and learn. Apparently it is family owned and ran, and that just makes him even more delightful!

(God.. I sound ridiculous..)

You must be wondering why I am writing about Maks today? Well, of course Dancing With The Stars came on last night, and FINALLY his partner, Hope, did so much better. I do not think they will win, and it's not because he has not tried, Hope, unfortunately, is simply not a very graceful dancer. She looks to be tall woman, and God bless tall women, but they tend to look a little, well, awkward on the dancer floor.

Also, I dreamed about the show last night, and felt compelled to write about my favorite male dancer on DWTS.

If you do not follw DWTS, here is basically the rundown of what Maks has done. He first appeared in the 2nd season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars partnered with actress Tia Carrere. They finished in sixth place. The following season, he and partner singer Willa Ford came in seventh place. Chmerkovskiy returned to Dancing with the Stars in March 2007 for Season 4, this time partnered with boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali. They made it to the finals and finished in third place. In Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, he was partnered with Mel B and had his best finish to date; the couple received second place. Chmerkovskiy did not participate in Season 6, although he and former partner Mel B made an appearance for the 100th episode.

He returned for the show's 7th season, this time paired with two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist, Misty May-Treanor. Chmerkovskiy and May-Treanor were forced to withdraw from the competition in Week 4 on October 6, 2008. During a practice for their jive, May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. Her withdrawal gave them a finish in tenth place.

On February 9, 2009, on Good Morning America it was announced that he would be paired with Denise Richards for the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. They were eliminated second in the competition, on March 24, 2009, giving the pair a finish of 12th place. In the ninth season, he was paired with actress Debi Mazar, during which they were eliminated 4th. In season 10, Chmerkovskiy, returning for his 8th season, was partnered with Erin Andrews. They ended up coming in 3rd place during the two hour finale on May 25, 2010.
For season 11, Chmerkovskiy partnered with singer and actress, Brandy. They made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated on November 16, 2010, giving them a 4th place finish. For Season 12, he was paired with actress, Kirstie Alley. On week 3, his leg gave out causing the couple to fall, earning 21 out of 30. The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley The Queen of the Unexpected Mishap; they earned 22 out of a possible score of 30. They made it to the finals and finished in second place.
For season 13, he is partnered with Hope Solo.
**Thanks Wikipedia for giving me that info!

Now.. let me introduce you properly to his dancing!
Here is a little example of his "no filter.." which I totally respect. It also showcases a group dance!

This is interesting.. hahahahahaa...

Part 2 of that -

Finally - Maks dancing..

Who is your favorite professional ballroom dancer on DWTS?

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