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Catching up with Tony Dovolani from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (Includes interview)

In the 20th season of Dancing With The Stars, Dovolani is paired up with veteran actress Suzanne Somers from Three’s Company. “So far it has been great. Suzanne Somers has been just an absolute treasure in many different ways, because she is an icon. She is Suzanne Somers, and you don’t know what to expect when you walk into a room. She has been very kind and very hard-working. She gives me everything she’s got and she comes in with the right attitude. Let’s see where this takes us,” he said.

One of his favorite experiences is being a part of Sway: A Dance Trilogy, along with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his brother Valentin Chmerkovskiy. “That was so much fun. Nothing ever compares to Sway. Literally, the three of us are bringing different perspectives to the stage. You feel like you are watching the evolution of dancing. My act is set in the 1930s and 1940s, where I am wearing a tuxedo and then they go to Val who does more urban and Broadway dances, and Maks does Latin dances. There is no dull moment in the entire show. Anybody that has seen this show has asked us when we will do it again,” he said.

He shared that they performed eight shows at The Space at Westbury in Westbury on Long Island and the fans have attended all eight performances. “People come to all eight shows. They keep wanting to see it again, and that tells me that it’s a good show,” Dovolani said.

Their next Sway show will take place on June 5 and June 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. “It’s going to be action-packed and so much fun. The audience is literally at the edge of their seats the entire time,” he said. “The response that we have gotten has been overwhelming.”

All is well in Dovolani’s family life. “The family has been great and the snowstorms have been very fun. Everybody was complaining about them, but our fireplace is a wonderful thing,” he said with a laugh. “The kids have been a pleasure. Every day brings something new to the table. I have a completely different perspective in life now that I have had kids.”

Dovolani added, “My wife is my queen and my rock. She makes sure that everything happens. My wife is the secret to my success. She is an understanding woman and she makes me great by giving me her support. She is extremely honest with me. I think that is important in any relationship. My wife makes sure that I stay humble and grounded.”

In his spare time, Dovolani enjoys playing golf. “That is my passion, and I enjoy it. Golf keeps me outside and in nature. Both of my girls have picked up golf and they love it. I want to pursue it as much as I can. It is a great hobby and it teaches you how to be a gentleman and a lady in the golf course. It makes you respect the game and it is truly a wonderful sport,” he said.

For aspiring dancers, he recommended they “follow their dreams.” “Do not let anybody tell you different. Being different is the best way to be. There is no such thing as perfection. Keep exploring your ideas, dreams and your creativity,” he concluded.

To learn more about professional dancer Tony Dovolani, check out his official website.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 20,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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