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Review: Gleb Savchenko of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ brings his ‘Salsa in the Sky’ to Edge NYC

On September 5, professional dancer Gleb Savchenko of “Dancing with the Stars” brought his “Salsa in the Sky” event to Edge NYC at Hudson Yards.

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Gleb Savchenko of 'Dancing with the Stars.' Photo Crediit: Markos Papadatos
Gleb Savchenko of 'Dancing with the Stars.' Photo Crediit: Markos Papadatos

On September 5, professional dancer Gleb Savchenko of “Dancing with the Stars” brought his “Salsa in the Sky” event to Edge NYC at Hudson Yards.

On being at Edge NYC, Savchenko remarked, “It feels amazing and surreal. We are on top of the world, it’s one-on-one on the 101st floor of the Edge at Hudson Yards. It has the tallest outdoor sky deck.”

“This will be the first dance class that will be taught here,” he said. “We are going to submit that to the Guinness World Records,” he jokingly laughed.

Throughout his career as a professional dancer and choreographer, Savchenko has appeared in the American, U.K., Australian, and Russian versions of the reality dancing competition “Dancing with the Stars.” Thus far, he is the only dancer to accomplish this feat (appearing in all of the different versions of the shows in different countries).

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Gleb Savchenko of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Photo Courtesy of DWTS Live Tour

‘Salsa in the Sky’

“Are we ready? Are we excited?” he asked the crowd as they were about the start their dancing lesson on the salsa. “Wow, this is crazy. Oh my God. You guys look beautiful, all of you. Thanks for coming out tonight. We are in New York, and it doesn’t get any more beautiful than here.”

Savchenko set up the mood by asking for the lights to be dimmed. “How are we feeling? he inquired. “Are we good?” and the audience concurred with him.

He was able to guide his fans to the salsa dance in a step by step fashion (which involved “tap, tap, step”). He reminded them to move their shoulders, feet, and knees, as well as to “focus on their hips.”

Savchenko underscored that “practice makes perfect,” and rightfully so. He started the movements slow, and towards the end, he went into a full workout mode.

“I’m having fun, especially since I’m here with my favorite audience,” Savchenko admitted about his New York City crowd. “You guys are killing it. Are you feeling good? Should we do it again?” he asked, and the answer was yet another resounding “yes.”

“I love you guys, you are the best,” he told the fans. Savchenko requested that the house lights be turned on so that he could take a group photo with all that gathered at Edge NYC.

“Thank you so much. I’ll see you guys around,” he concluded.

The Verdict

Overall, Gleb Savchenko’s “Salsa in the Sky” dance event was designed for all levels of dancers (beginners, intermediate, and advanced). There was something in it for everybody, and he was able to move the attendees on an emotional level.

Savchenko was able to inspire the audience to move their bodies in a rhythmic way, and that is the true definition of the term “dance.” His zest and passion for his craft was evident throughout the course of the evening.

Savchenko’s “Salsa in the Sky” event was well-received, and it garnered two thumbs up. It is highly recommended that one sees him live whenever he comes to town.

Hopefully, this is a harbinger that he will bring more types of ballroom dances to New York in the future.

For more information on professional dancer Gleb Savchenko, follow him on Instagram, and check out his YouTube channel.

Read More: Interview with Gleb Savchenko.

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Gleb Savchenko of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Photo Courtesy of DWTS Live Tour
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 21,000 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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