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    ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    Dancing With The Stars - Pro Dancer Competition - ABC.com

    We are putting the future of "Dancing With The Stars" in YOUR hands with our inaugural Pro Dancer Competition. Six professional dancers will compete for the opportunity to be part of the next season of "Dancing With The Stars".

    After each performance, judges will comment on the dances but you, the fan, will vote and decide who will stay and who will leave! Phone lines and online polls will open at the top of each performance show so that fans can vote for their favorites. Phone lines will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show. Online voting will remain open until noon (Eastern Time) the next day.

    Here's how it works:

    Week 1: Six dancers will dance. Each fan can vote up to 6 times during the voting period. The female dancer and the male dancer with the fewest votes will be eliminated.

    Week 2: Four dancers will dance. Fans can vote up to 4 times during the voting period. The dancer with the fewest votes, whether male or female, will be eliminated.

    Week 3: Three dancers will dance. Fans can vote up to 3 times during the voting period. The dancer with the fewest votes, whether male or female, will be eliminated.

    Week 4: The last two dancers will dance. Fans can vote up to 2 times during the voting period.

    Week 5: The dancer who received the most votes will be announced on the show.
    And here's a link to the bios of those competing. Among those are Afton DelGrosso, brother of former DWTS pro Ashly DelGrosso, Genya Mazo, brother of season 1 champ Alec Mazo, and Snow Urbin, who's danced on the DWTS tour, is a SYTYCD alumni, and who's often seen on the town partying with the other pros. This might be kind of fun

    Dancing With The Stars - Pro Dancer Competition Bios - ABC.com

    MAYO ALANEN

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    U.S. Rising Star Smooth Champion
    International Standard Formation Champion in Blackpool
    Rising Star Smooth Champion at the Ohio Star Ball
    Open Smooth Champion at Captial Dancespot

    STATS:
    Style: American Smooth/International Standard
    Nationality: American
    Based in: New Jersey
    Status: Currently competing with Lisa Vogel

    BACKGROUND:
    Mayo was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He started dancing when he was 13 years old.

    Mayo was the recipient of a talent awarded collegiate scholarship, which allowed him to nurture his love for ballroom dance while receiving a collegiate education. He attended Brigham Young University, dancing as a member of their world-renowned formation team.

    After college Mayo partnered up with his current professional dance partner, Lisa Vogel. He moved to the New York area to fulfill his dancing dreams and has since had access to and trained with the top coaches and dancers in the world. Mayo and Lisa have followed in the American tradition with their youthful unique style rising to the top of their division in record time. They are the Open Professional World and United States American Smooth Finalists, the 2008 French Open Champions, and the winners of the 2007 United States Professional Rising Star American Smooth Title, the 2006 Ohio Star Ball Professional Rising Star Smooth Division, and of almost every professional rising star event in the United States in 2006.

    Besides Dancing Mayo has many other hobbies including skiing, scuba diving, soccer and playing the guitar and piano.

    Mayo currently works and trains out of Rogers Dancesport Center in Fairfield, New Jersey.


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    BRENT BORBON

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    Emerald Ball Amateur Open Latin Finalist
    Holiday Dance Classic Amateur Open Latin Finalist
    Ohio Star Ball Under 21 Latin Finalist

    STATS:
    Style: International Latin
    Nationality: American
    Based in: Las Vegas
    Status: Not currently competing

    BACKGROUND:
    Born and raised in Alief-Houston, Texas, Brent began social dancing at 14, after being encouraged by his mother to give it a try. He later found his passion for competitive dancing in High School when he began transferring his past focus from music & martial arts to ballroom, which he now attributes to his fast rise in dancing.

    Working for the Houston Rockets for six seasons as an equipment crew member, Brent was at first jokingly nicknamed "Twinkle Toes" by the players. With practice and persistence, he later surpassed expectations performing at NBA events and half-time shows. He was then lead to perform all over Texas, at events such as the Superbowl Half-Time Show, and programs including "Star Search."

    Brent attended the University of Houston, studying in Kinesiology with a minor in Dance. He can now be found dancing in the Vegas show "Le Reve" at Wynn Las Vegas, where he acts, choreographs, and performs as dance captain. With a continuous rehearsal schedule, Brent enjoys finding any spare time to be with friends & family, hiking, traveling, and playing the guitar.


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    AFTON DELGROSSO

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    National Ten Dance Champion
    Latin Junior Finalist at Blackpool
    US National Latin Finalist

    STATS:
    Style: Ten Dance
    Nationality: American
    Based in: Las Vegas, Nevada
    Status: Not currently competing

    BACKGROUND:
    Born the 6th of 8 children and younger sister to professional dancer Ashly Delgrosso, Afton Delgrosso was raised in Utah where her love and extreme talent for dance were encouraged from a very young age. After becoming a finalist in the Blackpool Junior Latin competition at the age of nine, Afton returned home to her family's dance studio where she has since trained in all styles of dance. Afton's specialty is Ten Dance, in which she and her former partner, Bradley Gregory, became the national champions of in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    Afton has performed in many shows alongside other "Dancing With The Stars" professionals Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas, Lacey Schwimmer and many others. She has competed worldwide in various jazz competitions, and placed 1st in many of them. She performed in the 2002 Winter Olympics and was featured as a principal dancer in the hit "High School Musical". She is currently a Dance Captain for "Le Reve" at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and is the youngest cast member to ever be a part of the group. She also choreographs many of their numbers which have received much critical acclaim.

    When not traveling the world, Afton enjoys volunteering for the cancer society, rock climbing, yoga and other outdoor activities. She is currently a full time student and is planning to get her bachelors degree in sociology.


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    ANNA DEMIDOVA

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    International Grand Ball 10 Dance Champion
    USA Dance National Standard Champion
    2 Time U.S. Youth International Standard Champion

    STATS:
    Style: International Standard
    Nationality: Russian
    Based in: Los Angeles
    Status: Not currently competing

    BACKGROUND:
    Anna was born in Moscow, Russia. She started dancing when she was just 6 years old in an after school program at the local community center, following in the footsteps of her older sister, world champion Katusha Demidova. At the age of Fifteen Anna won the British Open Junior Ballroom Championship and the Ireland Open Championship. After finishing high school in Moscow, Anna moved to New York to live with her sister and pursue her dancing career. She began dancing with Andrei Begunov, with whom she was very successful. After becoming the United States Youth Champions in 2005 and 2006, they represented the U.S. at the World Championships where they made the finals. They also placed 1st at the Ohio Star Ball, Kings Ball, Tri Sate Challenge, BYU Championship and many more competitions in the youth category. After her partnership with Andrei ended, Anna started dancing with Igor Mikushov, with whom she won many competitions such as the Ohio Star Ball, Emerald Ball, Manhattan DanceSport Championship, Tri State Championship, San Francisco Open. They were also Blackpool Under 21 Ballroom Finalists, United Kingdom Open Finalists and International Championship Grand Finalists.

    Practicing and teaching takes up most of Anna's time, but in her spare time she has also taken up modeling, which she has been doing since moving to New York 3 years ago.


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    GENYA MAZO

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    U.K. Amateur Latin Rising Star Champion
    Ohio Star Ball Amateur Latin Champion
    Emerald Ball Amateur Latin Champion

    STATS:
    Style: International Latin
    Nationality: Russian
    Based in: Los Angeles
    Status: Not Currently Competing

    BACKGROUND:
    Genya was born in Gomel, Belarus. He began his dance career at the age of 3 and became the national pre-teen champion of Belarus at the age of 6. Having found his passion for performance early in life, Genya became fascinated with being on stage and performing for crowds of people.

    When Genya was 10 years old his family immigrated to the United States. Due to the lack of popularity for competitive dancesport in the U.S at the time, and the absence of dance schools for children, his parents decided to start a school of their own which would provide for an opportunity for Genya and his brother, professional dancer Alec Mazo, to continue their dance training and presence in the world dance circuit. The family owned studio, Genesis Dacesport, is based in San Francisco and focuses on training children ages 3-18 in competitive dancing. Genya and Alec have been the main instructors at the studio and have lead many of their students to national and international titles.

    Genya has traveled the world competing in various international ballroom championships and has trained with some of the most highly regarded coaches in the world dance circuit. He has won a number of the most prestigious titles in competitive dancing, including the titles of US National Champion, World Rising Star Champion, and International Latin Champion. Genya danced competitively for 23 years.


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    SNOW URBIN

    ACHIEVEMENTS:

    U.S. Youth Latin Champion
    4 Time U.S. Representative to the World Latin Dancesport Championships

    STATS:
    Style: International Latin
    Nationality: Russian
    Based in: Los Angeles
    Status: Not currently competing

    BACKGROUND:
    Millions of viewers enjoyed Snow Urbin as one of the most memorable contestants on "So You Think You Can Dance". She has continued to make her mark in Hollywood, appearing in Madonna's VH1 special, "I'm Gonna Tell You a Secret," and Disney's film, "Enchanted."

    Snow was born in Siberia, Russia. By the age of three she had already enrolled in ballet, modern, folk and jazz classes, with her acclaimed choreographer mother guiding her. Practicing a grueling four to six hours a day, Urbin excelled at Latin and ballroom dancing and began competing in ballroom dance at the age of five. She was already the Russian Juvenile Junior in ballroom and Latin champion by the time she and her dance partner were discovered and invited to train in the U.S. While in America, she maintained a successful amateur career, winning the U.S. Youth Latin championship and competing in the Ohio Star Ball, Manhattan Classic and Amateur Latin Championship. Urbin was also honored to represent the U.S. at the World Latin DanceSport Championships on four occasions.

    Urbin began teaching children at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in New York, where she became a top-ranking teacher. She eventually taught kids at additional schools including the Rising Stars Academy, where she met "Dancing with the Stars"' Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The two became dance partners and also competed together.

    Snow has also been featured in several music videos, such as Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie," with Wyclef Jean; Paul Oakenfold's "Faster Kill Pussycat," with Brittany Murphy; and Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around." In addition she has also appeared in numerous national commercials for major brands. Snow has also been a featured dancer on the "Dancing With The Star" Tour.

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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    very interesting! i wonder when this will air?

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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    I don't know, but it'll make the results show a little more interesting and fun to watch. I wonder if they're ditching the kids ballroom competition? They were going to have it back but I haven't heard anything about it since pre-season. Anyway, I wonder what this will mean for the current pros. Will someone be replaced or are they going to possibly have 14 stars next season?

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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    Julianne has already announced that she is not returning.

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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    Forget the show just go ahead and please pick Snow.

    She was my favorite from season 1 of SYTYCD
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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    Quote Originally Posted by karalott;3414638;
    Among those are Afton DelGrosso, brother of former DWTS pro Ashly DelGrosso
    Afton's a girl. LINK

    I googled all of them and at first glance, she's my pick.

    When are they doing this? During the results shows for the rest of the season?

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    well snow has the upper hand here since people already know her. Unless she screw up or someone else is way better, i think she might be the 3rd SYTYCD alum on DWTS

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    somehow i missed that this was going to be part of the remaining results show! cool!

    i always found the ballroom kids kinda creepy. i won't miss them.

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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    Quote Originally Posted by jacobson00;3414714;
    well snow has the upper hand here since people already know her. Unless she screw up or someone else is way better, i think she might be the 3rd SYTYCD alum on DWTS
    Oh, I dunno. I could go for Ashley 2.0!
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    Re: ABC's Pick A Pro for Next Season

    Okay, I'll admit it - I am shallow! Therefore, I will vote for the hottest guy - Genya Mazo. The show can use more hot guys IMO and he is even better looking than his big brother, Alex. There are enough new girls, bring on the guys. Actually the other two guys are not bad either. I've seen Mayo dance on Ballroom Challenge and he is wonderful, but a little too bland for me. Brent Borbon is a hot Hispanic and moves really well. Of the girls - don't care.

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