The View: Karina Smirnoff & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Heating up the stage in a new Broadway musical, Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were once heating up the stage for different reasons. The dancing partners were engaged to be married just a few years ago, but the relationship fizzled out before they walked down the aisle. Maksim said their show Forever Tango is completely their own. Their chemistry is undeniable and it works that they don’t have to pretend to have some heat.
Karina came to the States from the Ukraine when she was 14 and she didn’t know any English. She said she would watch Friends and Saved By The Bell with captions to learn English. Funnily enough, she later danced with Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) on Dancing With The Stars. She and Maksim have known each other for 15 years.
Maksim got grilled on his rumored relationship with Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton. They were photographed walking out of a restaurant together and the rumor mill began to churn. Maksim said he just took her out for her birthday and they are good friends. He refused to comment on any romantic relationships.
The View: Forever Tango Dance Review
Maksim and Karina said that Forever Tango is about human emotions and the sensual relationship of a woman and a man. They demonstrated the dancing that takes place in the show. Everything from the points of Karina’s toes to the light touch of Maksim’s hands to skilled lifts and turns was full of passion. Move over Dirty Dancing, this takes sensual dancing and romance to a whole new level.
You can see Forever Tango at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York City until August 11 2013.