Courtesy of Winstar World Casino.
Courtesy of Winstar World Casino.

[dropcap]The[/dropcap] 21st season of the ABC hit series Dancing with the Stars sure was a long and strange one. The season was filled with the dramatic storylines that caused many of the celebrity contestants to drop out of the competition.

Despite the dramatic season, the show remained popular among pop-culture fanatics. And with stars like Chaka Khan, Paula Deen, Tamar Braxton, Kim Zolciak and Nick Carter in competition for the coveted mirror ball, the show’s dancing quality was at a high level. But over the years, the true stars of the show have become the skilled professional dancers who are paired with the celebs. Dancers like Julianne and Derek Hough have propelled themselves into household name status in their own right.

Over its 21 seasons, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has become a fan favorite. Maksim is definitely one of the top dancers and choreographers on the show, a fact that gets lost behind his looks and temperament. Maksim began in season two with Tia Carrere and has captured the hearts of DWTS fans ever since. But this season, the tempered dancer took a break from the show. Despite Maksim’s break, the show still starred a Chmerkovskiy. Paired with Tamar Braxton, his brother, Val Chmerkovskiy brought the heat onto the dance floor this season.

Chmerkovskiy is just one of the many dancers who will bring the rhythmic heat to Thackerville, Okla. (off Interstate 35 at the Oklahoma–Texas state line) when the Winstar World Casino and Resort presents Dancing With The Stars: Live! Dance All Night Tour, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Season 21 runner-up Sharna Burgess headlines the tour with Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, Jenna Johnson, Alan Bersten and many more.

You will feel as if you are a guest on the nationally televised show. In this all-new production, the dancers are freed from the ballroom to perform in a 90-minute, action-packed live show. Audiences will watch exciting and romantic performances, from choreography never before seen on Dancing with the Stars, to some of the most memorable numbers from ABC’s leading entertainment show.

“What’s cool is that it’s not just isolated pockets of dancing, it’s a storyline throughout the show. We recreate movie scenes and famous characters that everybody is familiar with, which makes dancing more purposeful and more interesting for the audience,” Val Chmerkovskiy explains to ABC.

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