Dancing With the Stars' Valentin Chmerkovskiy gives dance, romance advice

Dancing With the Stars' Valentin Chmerkovskiy shows News 12's Elisa DiStefano how to start. (2/6/13)

GLEN HEAD - Looking for something unique this Valentine's Day? Why not try dance lessons? News 12 Long Island's Elisa DiStefano caught up with Dancing With the Stars' Valentin Chmerkovskiy for advice and a private dance lesson.

Chmerkovskiy says a lot of people who come to Dance With Me studio in Glen Head fall in love with dancing. Others, he says, come to get fit while having fun. He adds that ballroom dancing is not just for couples, it can be for singles too. According to Chmerkovskiy, there is a growing number of males joining the studio.

Either way, Chmerkovskiy says dance lessons could be the perfect, romantic date for Valentine’s Day.

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The soon-to-be 27-year-old is not only a star on the hit dancing show, but also part founder of Dance With Me studios. His brother, Maks, is also on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Some of his past partners include Kelly Monaco, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabetta Canalis. Season 16 of the show premieres on March 18.

Click on the gallery on the left for exclusive photos from the private dance lesson. Click on the video on the left or go to Channel 612 and click on News 12 Extra for extended footage from the lesson with Chmerkovskiy.

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