SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEWS10) – Tony Dovolani is from the ABC Dancing with the Stars TV show in our backyard to provide expertise to some of the Capital Region dance students.
After 21 seasons on the reality show, Dovolani became the National Dance Director for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, a franchise with over 200 locations across the country.
On Monday, he brought a touch of Los Angelos to the Capital Region, offering private dance lessons and a DWTS supervision night to local students at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Saratoga Springs.
“I can bring a new choreography, a new way of learning, maybe new ideas,” Dovolani said. “Maybe challenge them a bit too.”
Dancing with the Stars brought the ballroom world to lounges across the country.
“I used to say that we were part of a secret society before Dancing with the Stars,” Dovolani said.
But the joy of dancing is no secret for Marilyn Terranova, a retiree from the capital region.
“I just thought it would be exciting, and I really like a variety of different coaches,” Terranova said.
Gray and Elizabeth Masko, owners of the local studio, said that Dovolani’s presence in Saratoga is an incredible opportunity for students eager to get insider tips and new choreography.
“It gives them, in a way, the experience of dancing with the stars,” Elizabeth said. “He doesn’t just train them, but he choreographs for their next competitions. “
In the ballroom circuit, dancers compete for local, regional and national titles. Dovolani has won the National Dance Champion title several times in addition to his mirror ball trophy in DWTS Season 15.
“We believe that anyone can be a dancer,” Dovolani said. “I think as a society we’ve progressed, but we’ve lost that physical contact, that expressive side of ourselves, and I think dancing satisfies every part of that.”
In addition to attending the Eve Party with the locals for the 30th season of Dancing With the Stars, Dovolani will teach and share stories from the country’s best dance floors at the Fred Astaire Studio Saratoga Springs.