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Dance With Me Stamford to Kick Off Dancing with the Stars Season 16 with Gala Party

By Dance With Me Stamford

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STAMFORD, CT - When the new Season 16 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars premiers on Monday evening, March 18th, a group of present and future ballroom dance students, dance enthusiasts and show fans will have the opportunity to party and watch the season premier at Dance With Me Stamford, as well as the other studios in the Dance With Me chain of ballroom dance studios. The studios are home to DWTS professional dancers Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Dovolani brought home the All-Star Season 15 Mirror Ball Trophy dancing with partner Melissa Rycroft. Dance With Me is making a bid to win it for a second time.

The party will begin at 7 p.m. at Dance With Me Stamford, on the 5th floor of 20 Summer Street, Stamford (lobby entrance off Summer Street municipal parking lot next to Maya Riviera entry) with a dance class, demonstrations by the studio’s world-class instructors and refreshments. Participants will view the show – which runs from 8 to 10 p.m. -- on large-screen TVs with open dancing and more partying during commercial breaks.

Admission is $15, which also includes a coupon for a complementary private dance lesson for first-time students, which can be scheduled at their convenience. In addition, to celebrate the season launch, admission for new students is $10, as well as for current students who bring a new student as a guest. For information, visit, and call 203-674-8100 for reservations.

The party will also kick off a “2 is Better than 1” campaign to build local support for the Dance With Me pros. This season Tony will defend the Mirror Ball Trophy paired with well-known country singer Wynonna Judd. Val is paired with Disney Channel actress Zendaya Coleman from the popular show “Shake it Up.” Maks is sitting out Season 16 competition along with several other of the regular pros and will perform on the show in entertainment segments throughout the season.

“Val and I are delighted with our partners and the potential we have with them to bring the Mirror Ball trophy back to Dance With Me for a second year,” said Tony Dovolani. “We thank all of the students and fans who will come to the Season 16 launch parties at the studios and support us through the season with their votes. We hope we also inspire you to try ballroom dancing yourselves and discover the many social and health benefits it offers.”

About Dance With Me Stamford

Dance With Me Stamford was opened in April 2012 by Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and their business partners. With a dance floor large enough for almost 300 dancers, the studio provides an elegant atmosphere for ballroom and Latin dancing.

Crystal chandeliers offer a stunning contrast to the original brick walls and exposed beams of the historic, commercial building overlooking Columbus Park. Music plays over a state-of-the-art sound system.

Dance With Me aims to provide the highest quality experience in personalized dance instruction – one that is relaxing and socially rewarding. The studio offers a comfortable, friendly environment ideal for learning and personal development. The highly trained and professional staff is comprised of exceptional individuals who work together as a team to meet individual student needs and goals. By providing the most personalized service in the industry, Dance With Me not only teaches dance but enriches lives. Dance With Me dance studios are the most modern and upscale in the Tri-State area.

Now numbering four, the Dance With Me chain was launched by founding partners Sasha Chmerkovskiy and Jhanna Volynets. They have been joined by Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Eugene Livshits, who serves as general manager of the chain. The first studio opened in New Jersey in 2005, followed by Long Island in 2008, Soho in 2010 and Stamford in 2012. For more information, visit or call 203-674-8100.

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