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5 things I learned from our Dancing with the Stars interview

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I love watching Dancing with the Stars. It is fun to see how talented these dancers are and how much time they put into their craft. I had the opportunity to watch Dancing with the Stars live a few years ago and it was an really fun experience, so I was excited to have the chance to do a DWTS interview. While I was in Los Angeles for the Nutcracker Event, we had the opportunity to go to Pro Dance LA for a  Q&A with “Dancing with the Stars” pros and “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” mentors Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten and Gleb Savchenko. Pro Dance LA is the dance studio owned & operated by Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova. 


"The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy."

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Our interview with Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten and Gleb Savchenko was so much fun. Seriously, if I were young, I would take up dancing so I could learn from them. I don't think they stopped joking around and having fun the entire time that we were there. I understand that they work really, really hard. But, they definitely make sure that FUN is a huge part of their work. I love seeing their dynamic as they worked together and how much fun they had. Here are 5 things I learned from our Dancing with the Stars interview.

5 things I learned from our Dancing with the Stars interview

  1. It is very different to train adults and children. With adults there’s a lot of pressure because they are in it with them. It is more of a journey together. Whereas with kids,  the trainers are able to kind of stand back and let the kids go on a journey and really help as much as they can without actually being in it. The judges felt it was more rewarding to watch the kids succeed in their journey.
  2.  The trainers get their inspiration during their shows from different songs they perform to and their partners. Each season they have different partners so the inspiration is different.A man and a woman smiling and posing for the camera
  3. Brandon Armstrong was the all-styles dancing kid. He trained in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet growing up mainly. He did ballroom with another pro on the show, Lindsay Arnold. We were ballroom partners but he is definitely more of like an all-styles kid, hip-hop, contemporary, stuff like that. He performed for the first time on Dancing with the Stars when he was only 13. He was in the Junior Competition in season 6. Alan Bersten and Gleb Savchenko both trained most in Ballroom.A man and a woman posing for the camera, with Brandon Armstrong
  4. When asked, When you were talking about children, what messages would each of you give to young dancers who are following their dance dreams? These were their answers: BRANDON ARMSTRONG :  Never give up.GLEB SAVCHENKO : Never give up. Just push forward and you know, anything is possible.ALAN BERSTEN : If you can dream it, you can achieve it.Gleb Savchenko et al. posing for the camera
  5. It is very similar to motivate an adult as it is to motivate a kid. The biggest challenge is that adults are often in their own head and self-conscious where as kids don't know any better and just go out their and try their best. 

I loved how open Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten and Gleb Savchenko. You really could tell that they were passionate about dancing and absolutely loved being on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”. They had a connection with those that they mentor and it really is a priority for them to help their partners do their best. They were all so much fun and shared fantastic stories and advice as part of our interview. We had the opportunity to learn some dance moves from them, but I will share that experience with you at a later time. Make sure and tune into DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS Sundays at 8|7c on ABC and DANCING WITH THE STARS aon Mondays at 8|7c on ABC.
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