LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2014 — How do two former DWTS teachers and former partners in life build a new relationship? They add on a third wheel and continue to dance away. Maks Chmerkovskiy and newlyweds Elena Grinenko Hillis and Rib Hillis celebrated the opening of their new studio on September 10, 2014 with an incredible opening night party, joined by Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani.
The Hillises are the first California regional franchise owners of Dance with Me USA studios, and their kick-off party at the Dance with Me studio in Sherman Oaks, California was a blast. The place was packed with people and sparkled with nonstop fun.
True, the temperature may have soared into the low 100s. But this did not prevent Dancing With the Stars fans and supporters from coming out to party in the Valley. Waves of guests hit the dance floor, making it even hotter and sweatier as the evening progressed.
But no one seemed to mind.
Many of the DWTS Season 19 contestants attended the Sherman Oaks bash, along with previous contestants on the show. DWTS pros are actually extending their brand of dance, charm and elegance to the fans who are now becoming their students. Many stars were indeed impressed with the $7,000-worth of chandelier glitz that hung from the ceiling of the new facility. These 2-tier chandeliers are brilliant enough to illuminate the room for all to dance under, with three of them set precisely in the line of dance.
One of the party guests, Oanh Mai stated, “I’m a fan of DWTS, and I drove two hours one way just to attend the grand opening of Dance with Me studios with my sister, Khan Martinez and her husband Daniel Martinez. This is a wow factor for us. I love the traditional styles yet a classy look of contemporary gold inlaid paint on the walls was just breathtaking to see.”
#DWMSO has a team of investors: Maks Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, Elena Grinenko Hillis, Rib Hillis, Jhanna Volynets and the mastermind founder of #DWMUSA, Aleksandr “Sasha” Chmerkovskiy, the father of Max and Val. Their success in the world of franchise ballroom dancing outside of the popular ABC show has been a driving force behind their longevity, as well as the honored place they hold in the world of dance.
It wasn’t surprising, then, that many “A” list celebrities stopped by Wednesday to show their support, along with all those former and current DWTS contestants.
Among those in attendance were: Leah Remini with her family; Season 19 contestant Lea Thompson and her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev; producer of “Dance My Ass Off” Lisa Ann Walker; owners of LeNique dancewear and former five-time world champion dancers Nick and Elena Kosovich. Other guests included the amazing Peta Murgatroyd (who returns to DWTS Season 19); actress/author Danica McKellar with her fiancé; Val Chmerkovskiy’s former dance partner, the singer/actress Zendaya, along with parents; and boxers Victor Ortiz and super featherweight world championship boxer Diego Magdaleno.
Victor Ortiz enjoyed his tour of the school so much he immediately signed up for classes.
Check out the attached images to get an idea of the kind of photo booth fun enjoyed by friends, fans, DWTS dancers and family.
Amazing PHOTOS TAKEN BY Cornel Stewart http://www.mobilegamelounge.com