Dancing With the Stars – Season 13

The newest season of Dancing with the Stars is underway! Are you watching?  Just for fun, here are a couple of videos of the pros in a different light, in their competition days. 

I ran across this one of Karina Smirnoff when I was looking up some rumba/flamenco.  Now this is a fiery and passionate dance! And their control over every muscle is just breathtaking. The video actually showcases her partner, Slavik Kryklyvyy (that can’t possibly be spelled right?!?), but Karina is spectacular as well.  I admire her now for how she is willing to take a backseat to her Dancing with the Stars partners.  I think she dials down her talent to make the pro the star of the routine, especially in more recent seasons.

Tony Dovolani is really fun to watch in this dance.  I love his facial expression, especially the sideways looks… no trademark bright smile here.  I’m sure it must be fun for ballroom dancers to cut loose from all the traditional moves and be creative like this sometimes. Enjoy!