Dancing With the Stars dancers expand studio to Town Center Mall
By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Want to learn how to dance like the stars? Now, you can in Boca Raton at the Dance With Me dance studio.
Now you can cha cha, rumba, foxtrot and tango just like the television professionals Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani from “Dancing with the Stars.”
Their 12th location and first in Florida is now open at Boca Town Center at The Terrace.
“We started in 2005 completely unbeknownst to us that Dancing With the Stars was about to become a giant hit,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy said of the Dance With Me studios that he helped create.
“It was a natural progression for someone like me,” he said of opening dance studios.
The first location opened in New Jersey, just before he joined the cast of the popular TV dance show.
“While on the show I continued working with everyone involved,” he said. “We were successful at it.”
He began dancing when he was 4 years old, he said. His parents enrolled him in all types of activities to keep him busy and out of trouble, he said.
“They said the goal was to limit my free time, so I don’t end up getting into trouble on the streets,” he said. “They got me into everything they could.”
He was a swimmer, soccer player, tennis player and interested in sciences in school. But dancing is what stuck for the Ukrainian native.
“When we immigrated to the United States, dancing became the language I knew,” he said. “It made me feel not as much of a stranger as I would have had I not had dance.”
The company has dance studios in six states. All three dancers were onsite at the grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony last month.
“The idea of opening in Boca wasn’t really rocket science,” he said. “We were waiting to come here. We know this community.”
The Boca studio will offer all types of dance lessons including classics like the waltz and modern hip-hop and contemporary styles in both group, private and fitness classes.
Just don’t ask Chmerkovskiy what his favorite dance is—- he doesn’t have one.
“It’s like if you have more than one child and you ask who the favorite is,” he said. “In the moment, you may like one better, but I don’t have a favorite.
Instructors are all well-known dancers, who are hand-selected by the owners.
“There are people who want to dance,” he said. “We are confident that we can come in with a product that people are going to respond well to.”
Chmerkovskiy welcomes new dancers to come in and say hello.
“Come in, say hi and see if it is for you,” he said. “We can’t wait to meet everybody.”
Hours will be Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday: By appointment only.