An interesting article and interview with Edyta:She's still dancing with those stars
Edyta Sliwinska is the only professional hoofer who has appeared on all seven seasons of ABC's popular reality series "Dancing With the Stars." The Poland native, who resides in Los Angeles, has yet to win a season. The ballroom dancer, who has been honing her craft since she was 11, has tripped the light fantastic with actor Joey Lawrence, boxer Evander Holyfield and football star Jason Taylor, among others.
Sliwinska will showcase her footwork when she and her "Dancing With the Stars" peers perform Wednesday at the RBC Center in Raleigh. The leggy entertainer reveals which of her partners possesses the most dancing talent, which celebrity she would most like to cut a rug with, and how she almost knocked comic Jeffrey Ross' eye out while working on a routine.
Q: Do you think you'll ever win one of these seasons? It's not up to me. It depends on who I get to dance with. Is that person a great dancer? Is that person likable enough for people to vote for him? But if I get a bad partner, there's nothing I can do about it. But it's not about winning. I would love to win, but I just love to perform.
Q: Even your husband, Alec Mazo, won while dancing with Kelly Monaco during the show's first season. Were you upset or happy for him? I was really happy for him. When my husband wins, I win.
Q: Were any of your partners great dancers? Joey Lawrence was a great dancer. He had a little experience. He knew how to move. He has a great sense of rhythm, and he's coordinated.
Q: So was he your most talented partner? I think my most talented partner was Jason Taylor since he came in without any dance experience. He has just played football. Jason didn't even dance at his wedding. He improved every week, which is the sign of having real talent. He's tall but very coordinated. Pro dancers are seldom larger than 6-foot-2, and Jason is about 6-foot-6.
Q: How tall are you? Five feet, 6 inches.
Q: Who was the funniest guy you danced with? George Hamilton. He's an older guy. He's known for his comedy. He was making me laugh all of the time. He has incredible energy and a great sense of humor.
Q: You also danced with comic Jeffrey Ross, and you almost impaled his eye. How did you do that? It's true. We were rehearsing one day, and I just poked him in the eye. I have no idea what happened. I injured his left eye, and he was really hurting. It was very difficult for him to dance that day. I think I swung my arm in the wrong direction. They showed the clip over and over, and I felt so sorry for him. I don't want to hurt my partner. It was so bizarre.
Q: If you could dance with any celebrity, who would you pick? I know it's not realistic, but if you want me to pick anyone it would be Johnny Depp. He has an amazing personality, and he molds himself into any character he plays. Just watching him in movies, the way he moves, I think he would be a great dancer.
Q: Do you prefer dancing on the show or on tour? There is a lot less stress on the tour. You're not judged. There is no competition. You go on the road and perform before thousands of people, and you just have fun. There is no mental stress. You don't have to teach your partner new dances. You just dance and hang out in places in America I would normally not go to. It's great seeing so much of this country. I love the tour, but I also enjoy the show.
Q: Will you be back next season? We don't know who will be back for next season yet. We'll find out in a week or two. The new season starts March 9. I hope I'll be there because I've love doing 'Dancing With the Stars.'
Q: It's a great gig for a ballroom dancer. You can't have a higher profile or make more money dancing elsewhere. This has been an incredible opportunity. Ballroom dancing is such a small, limited world. I get to dance in front of a huge audience. We're the most popular show with the exception of 'American Idol.' I couldn't be in a better situation. Link to the article: http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/1378790.html