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Professionals on 'Dancing' talk about success

The professional dancers on 'Dancing With the Stars' share their stories of success.

September 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The professional dancers on "Dancing With the Stars" share their stories of success.(Get a dance-by-dance recap of all the action in week two of 'Dancing With the Stars.')

"Dancing With the Stars" has only been in our TV landscape for five years. And for the pros on the show, who've always been dancing, the experience has transformed their lives.

"It's been a blessing," said professional dancer Cheryl Burke. "My whole life has changed for the best. It is great to share it with millions. The attention on the art of dancing is well deserved."

"People come up and tell me this is what brought their family together to watch the show," said professional dancer Tony Dovolani. "That's the greatest compliment I could ever receive."

"My life has changed immensely," said professional dancer Derek Hough. "When I first came to Los Angeles, its' been a roller coaster that hasn't stopped. I haven't stopped dancing sine I came here from England."

"Dancing With the Stars has truly changed every pro's life," said professional dancer Louis Van Amstel. "You can brand your own product and have your own projects. You can even produce a show. The doors have opened."

Maksim Chmerkovskiy says that this show has brought ballroom dancing to the masses.

"When I was travelling before for competitions and land in JFK, after giving them my passport they would ask me what I did for a living. I would tell them that I was a dancer. They'd say 'Stripper?' So it was hard to explain. Now when I land and tell them what I do for a living they say, 'Oh my God, you are the guy on that show. I love Cha Cha.'"

The "Dancing" family will be reduced by one couple Tuesday night when the results show announces the latest elimination.

(Get a dance-by-dance recap of all the action in week two of 'Dancing With the Stars.')


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