First off, I want to thank everyone one who came out to A Day of Dancing. It was so much fun to dance with you all. Hope you enjoy this blog.
Last year we had Pro Dance Camp which was two full days in Palm Springs. It was very successful and the people who came had a blast. But the difference between A Day of Dancing and Pro Dance Camp is that we are bringing it to you. A lot of people are fans of the show and want to be part of something like this but some of them can’t travel. So we decided to do one day of dance and take it to the people in different cities. We researched and picked major cities where people would want to come. During Pro Dance Camp we had a gala dinner and pro dance show for people to see which was very exclusive.
But A Day of Dancing is just as exclusive and super high energy for everyone. We have one full day where you have three different master classes plus Q & A, meet and greet and the opportunity to take private lessons. The last city we were in we had so many requests for private lessons we took seven people instead of five and taught during our lunch break. When you do something like A Day of Dancing, you never know what the reaction will be or whether people will show up or not. With Pro Dance Camp, people came but it was more travel for them. Also, it’s hard for us to take a full weekend.
All of the Day of Dancing events were super successful but also very different. In order to make it work for all levels, I’d first come up with the choreography. For me it’s also a learning process. So, you try to cater what you do to the level of the people who are coming. A lot of the people who came had a lot of good dance experience but some of them never danced before. So you have to go from the very scratch/basics and then go to a certain level for those who have dance experience so they will be interested and don’t get bored. And then you stay in your lane and maybe do one turn or two turns and you have to figure out for yourself while there what is the level of this group of people. So that is why although I have my basic choreography, each city’s class would be a little different. For example, in our last stop at Charlotte, NC, there were a lot of people who were dancers; people from the surrounding studios. They came in and I did a very simple rumba/salsa routine but we got to a different level during the class. Most of them did it but some people who had never danced before also did it. It was very fun. Traveling from city to city, there are different people so you kind of learn with the process.
People in general love dancing. No matter what you teach they will try to learn and also improve their skills. It doesn’t really matter what city it is. I think they are super fans of the show, love dancing and/or come from local studios and they want to do it. You don’t look at it like you want to do a certain dance in a certain city. You look at it as a class. If I was doing a three day event where the same people come in every day, I’d do a little routine and then improve that routine and keep working on that dance. Where in each city, you come in and it’s a one time thing and you have to come up with a choreography for a routine that they would have to take with them.
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As long as I can remember, a dream for every dancer including myself was to open a dance studio and now we have our own space. My wife, Elena Samodanova and I are so excited to announce the opening of our dance studio, Pro Dance LA where we can pass our knowledge of dance to kids and adults. You can learn more about our studio and even try out your first group class for free. Just go to prodancela.com
After many months of searching for the perfect location, we then had to basically gut the inside of the building to make the dance studio that we wanted. We took great care to create a studio that brings the elegance of the ballroom with the practical space for teaching. We are located at 744 N. Fairfax in Los Angeles just up the street from where I do Dancing With the Stars.
Being a pro dancer for more than 25 years, it is very important to me to be able to teach and share knowledge with the younger generation. We were able to showcase some our amazing young dancers at a special recital we had in early June. It was sort of a soft opening to welcome our young students and their families to the studio. Kids of all ages from our Teddy Bear group (ages 3-6) to our kids ages 7-10 and our older kids ages 11 plus performed. There were also some dances with students and their teachers as well as special showcase dances of from our amazing professional teachers.
Our official grand opening/ribbon cutting was held on July 13, 2018 were we welcomed some my fellow DWTS pros along with the press. It was a lovely evening and I was honored to share my dream with everyone. Interviews from Entertainment Tonight and Dance Network are up on my press page. Click here
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After receiving so many requests on social media from people asking for private dance lessons with me or to attend a dance class I am teaching, I came up with the idea for the Pro Dance Camp. This is something that will give an opportunity for fans of Dancing with the Stars to have a unique dance experience. I decided to find a location to bring everyone together in one place and put on this camp.
The camp has a variety of activities so people can enjoy themselves on this weekend away, in addition to having a group or private dance lesson. It’s also so everyone can hang out with us during the weekend.
The workshops will be customized and accessible for all abilities and ages. If you have no dance experience at all or some previous dance training, you can join in, learn and have a good time. Myself, Artem and Alan will be teaching workshops covering different dance styles and techniques. Each workshop will start by us explaining the basics of dance and taking you through the moves step by step.
Attendees will get to know us during the weekend as there will be plenty of time to hang out. The first day will start with welcome drinks and a chance for everyone to socialize. This meet and greet will be a chance for us to introduce ourselves to everyone at the camp and there will be an opportunity to have professional photographs taken too. There will also be a Q & A session so people will get to know all the insider info from DWTS and more. Of course, as mentioned previously there are also the group workshops and private lesson opportunities.
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Looking after your body is important for anyone especially a dancer/athlete. Your body is your instrument for your profession and you have to know how to play it. You have to fuel your body with the right nutrition and the right nutrition is clean healthy food.
It is important in general to be healthy and active but especially for me as an active dancer I have to look after myself not just by exercising but by also by fueling myself with proper nutrition. So, it’s one of those things that, I don’t like to call it diet, but it’s more like a lifestyle. It’s an everyday thing that happens to me. I eat very very clean and I look after what I eat which gives me energy and makes me push through the day to work really hard.
When you exercising and are very active you have to eat a lot of calories but it has to be good calories not those bad calories from sugar and wheat and carbohydrates. But there are good and bad carbohydrates so you do need to eat good carbohydrates to get all that necessary energy but at the same time do not overload your body with bad stuff. So, that’s very important.
Some of my go to snack foods to keep my energy could be a banana or an apple. Apples are full of sugar but good sugar so it doesn’t bring you up then crash you. Obviously, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. And I always have some nuts with me such as almonds. Something that is going to give me a little snack. Also, a protein shake after a workout or when you don’t have time during the day is good.
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I often get asked questions about Dancing with the Stars. This blog hopefully will answer some of your basic questions about the show.
What is the best part of being a pro on DWTS?
I’ve been dancing and competing for so many years. Pretty much my whole life is a dance. Being on the show and being able to create and show the world what I’ve been doing all my life it is a privilege. It’s always been my passion; something I’ve always loved doing and it’s just amazing. I’ve done so many different shows all over the world and one of them is Dancing with the Stars in America. The others I’ve done are Strictly Come Dancing in the UK as well as the Russian and Australian versions of Dancing with the Stars but being in America for the American show is amazing. It’s the number one show in the world. The stuff we do here has never been done before and it’s an opportunity for me as an artist and choreographer to express myself on the dance floor and do something I would not be able to do outside of the show.
How are the dance styles and songs chosen?
Music wise we do submit songs. Each celebrity before the season starts is given a list of questions…what do they like? What is there most memorable year? What is their guilty pleasure? What music do they like? What music would they like to dance to on the show? So, they do submit what they like and when we meet celebrities, I do submit songs that I like but the last say is always by the producers. They always choose the best songs. But when I hear the music I know what dance style so I can say we will be able to do a certain dance style to a song. Or they will send you the song and ask what can you do to this song. So, I may say for example we can do Cha Cha to that song. The input for the music with the style of dance is a mutual thing.
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I’m so happy to be back as a pro on Dancing with the Stars Season 25.
It’s obvious why this show has been on for 25 season. It’s amazing! The biggest show in the world. I’m so honored to be part of it.
My celebrity partner Shasha Pieterse from Pretty Little Liars is such a hard worker. We do 4-6 hours of training each day plus have camera blocking on the weekends. It’s non-stop to train her but she takes it serious and we don’t mess around during training. She’s able to do what I tell her do and goes the full hours of me coaching her.
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And so it begins… another season of DWTS and Gleb is back!!!! This will be his third time as a pro on the US version of the show. Last year he made it all the way to the finals with Jana Kramer and they performed one of the sexiest dances ever to be seen on the show. What will this season bring with a new celebrity? Only time will tell. There are a lot of factors to look at when thinking about the new season and a celebrity partner, but Gleb’s impeccable teaching skills and exquisite choreography will help to make his new partner a true latin and ballroom performer… that’s why he’s a pro.
Gleb’s partner for Season 24 is Erika Girardi who currently appears on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Erika has had a string of dance music hits performing as her alter ego Erika Jayne, so she does have some dance experience and can definitely turn on the sexy, but to see if she can pull off a waltz or a cha cha will have us tuning in each week to find out.
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Following on from his hugely successful 2016 calendar, Gleb promised that his 2017 outing would be more revealing and judging from the cover he’s not lying. The black and white photo shows the hunk pulling down his underpants revealing some serious side bum.
If that’s just the cover, we can’t wait to see what he’s revealing inside! The calendar is available to pre-order now through Celebrity Merchandise by heading over to http://celebritymerchandise.co.uk/gleb-savchenko-official-2017-calendar-pre-order-1947-p.asp
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Gleb Savchenko attends The Grove hosts ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Dance Lab with pros Val Chmerkovskiy, Whitney Carson and Sharna Burgess at The Grove on August 17, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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