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'DWTS' pros share what they've learned from their celebrity partners

November 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The "Dancing With The Stars" pros teach their celebrity partners a lot on the dance floor. But along the way, it turns out, the stars are teaching them things, too.

Contestant Tony Donvolani says he's learned how to stop and smell the flowers with help from his celebrity partner, Melissa Rycroft.

"Melissa has a really interesting way of making me realize, like, how to enjoy every second, every moment, savor it," he said.

Maybe that's one reason Dovolani has been smiling his way through this all-star season.

Cheryl Burke says her partner, Emmitt Smith, has been teaching her about dealing with stress and life's pressures. She was 22 the first time they danced, now she's 28.

"I think you've seen a little bit of a change but I still have a lot more to learn," said Burke. "Like today, we were just talking about guys, just in general, and he taught me, you know, some really, he's a really wise man, Emmitt Smith is."

And Val Chmerkovskiy considers his partner, Kelly Monaco, a pretty wise woman.

"Kelly definitely taught me composure, you know, how to be professional in certain situations, how to be honest but at the same time have timing in your word and just, yeah, just how to carry yourself better," said Chmerkovskiy.

Karina Smirnoff says her partner, Apollo Anton Ohno, has taught her the importance of having a positive outlook on life.

"He's always there and very supportive," said Smirnoff. "Even when we have a little fight, which we have sometimes, he makes the first step, comes over and gives me a hug and it's all good."

"Good" is how Derek Hough feels just being around his partner, Shawn Johnson.

"It's just refreshing to sort of have that sort of genuine, pure, innocent, sort of, you know, wide-eyed person around you," said Hough. "It's beautiful."

Each of the remaining five couples will perform two dances Monday night, one of which will feature music from Michael Jackson's "Bad" album. You can catch all the dancing at 8 p.m. on ABC7.


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