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Posted: Wednesday December 14, 2011
Tips From Pros: The Chmerkovskiy Brothers of "Dancing with the Stars" to give lessons Sunday in Ridgefield
By Bergen.com

2 p.m. SUNDAY, RIDGEFIELD

DANCING WITH THE STAR DANCERS

Ever want to pretend to be a celebrity hoofer for a day? Professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his brother Val Chmerkovskiy will give people the "Dancing With the Stars" treatment at seminars this weekend.

TELL ME MORE: Maks, a celebrity dancer/choreographer on "DWTS," and his younger brother — who has also appeared on the ABC show — will do hour-long seminars this weekend at their three Dance With Me Studios — in Long Island, Manhattan and Ridgefield. Odessa-born Maks spends a lot of time in Los Angeles these days, but he has a house in Fort Lee and deep roots in the area. In 1996, when he was 16, he and his dad opened Rising Stars Dance Academy, a school for young competitive dancers in Fair Lawn. About six years ago, he and his family turned their attention to adults, launching Dance With Me in Ridgefield, the first of three social-dance studios in that franchise. This weekend, Maks and Val will be teaching a little bit of "everything" at their seminars, Maks says.

QUOTE: "We try to make it entertaining, we try to make it educational, and hopefully, people that are coming in are gonna love it so much they'll stay and become dancers in our studios [where] we have all ages, we have all types. People will come because they saw me on TV or my brother. … They come in after surgery. …Couples come because they want to [work on] the first dance at their wedding. … We have stories upon stories upon stories, but the general principle is that we just promote dancing. It's an amazing activity, a lot of fun. It's very rewarding when you get it. And it's incredible to see people go from pedestrians to dancers." — Maksim Chmerkovskiy

DETAILS: 2 p.m. Sunday (Maks' seminar), 3 p.m. Sunday (Val's seminar). Dance With Me Studio, 685 Bergen Blvd., Ridgefield. $100 members, $125 non-members. 201-941-7797 or dancewithmeusa.com.

— Virginia Rohan

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