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    Posted March 8, 2014 by
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    TONY DOVOLANI VISITS NEW HAMPSHIRE

     
    I had the pleasure of meeting Tony Dovolani from Dancing with the Stars at the Women’s Expo in Manchester, New Hampshire today. The hall was filled with hundreds of screaming women of all ages anxious to catch a glimpse of the dancing star. When the music started, he gyrated every part of his body in the spirit of the show, but in actuality, he was quite humble. He talked about his wife and the love he had for his family and how important it was to raise their three children in New England instead of L.A.

    Tony is from Albania and graciously answered questions from the audience. One woman asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. His response was he wanted to be an architect, but after he came to America, he was a dishwasher in a French restaurant. He barely spoke English and only earned $240 per week to support his family. When the cook threw away an invitation to a dance studio, Tony retrieved it from the trash and decided to go to the dance. He fell in love with dancing immediately and the rest is history.

    As a former professional dancer myself, meeting Tony Dovolani was an exciting experience. He has inspired me to attend a ballroom dance tonight and practice some new moves. I know when Dancing with the Stars premieres on March 17 on ABC, I will be rooting for Tony and his new partner, Nene Leakes.

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