FILE – In this June 28, 2013 photo, dancers Karina Smirnoff, left, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy rehearse for the upcoming Broadway show “Forever Tango” in New York. Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy, best known for their work on “Dancing with the Stars,” will star in the revival of Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango,” which traces the dance’s birth on the streets of 19th-century Buenos Aires to its more modern manifestations. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — In a sweltering midtown dance studio, two professionals from “Dancing With the Stars” were having the tables turned on them. On this recent afternoon, they were the dance students.
Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were spinning each other around a mirrored room under the watchful eyes of a pair of Argentine tango pros — Victoria Galoto and Juan Paulo Horvath.
“No,” Galoto said at one point, stopping the practice session and grabbing her partner to demonstrate to the TV stars how the steps are to be properly done. “Like this.”
Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy may be former Latin ballroom dancing champions and skilled enough each to be on 13 seasons of “Dancing With the Stars,” but here they are in a race to be Broadway ready with a dance called a “four legged animal with two beating hearts.”
“Nothing applies from what we know,” says Chmerkovskiy, sweat seeping through his tank top. “It’s like trying to be a great poet but in a different Login to read more