There are many ways to describe professional ballroom dancer Tony Dovolani of Dancing with the Stars fame. They would include ballroom champion, master of the dance floor, nice guy and humanitarian. This past Friday, Tony spoke with CYInterview at the press night kicking off his run with the famous Chippendales show, here in Las Vegas. For a limited time engagement, to the end of May, he will be taking over the celebrity guest hosting duties for the show at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. What we witnessed Friday night was a reality TV star who has not lost a sense of reality.
During the show, his interaction with members from the audience was easygoing, fun, nice, laid back and welcoming to all he spoke with and to the few lucky ladies who got to dance with him on stage. A portion of his earnings from his residency with Chippendales will be donated to his charity, the Tony Dovolani Foundation. His charitable organization helps assist families who need funds for their special needs children. For becoming part of the Chippendales family, they presented him with a $5000 check for his charity.
You can see our photo with Tony above from the evening’s events. To hear some thoughts from him on Chippendales, Dancing with the Stars and the city of Las Vegas, you can read some of the highlights and listen to the entire CYInterview below:
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One of the reasons Tony Dovolani joined the cast of Chippendales at the Rio for a limited time engagement was that he gets to donate a portion of his salary to the Tony Dovolani Foundation for kids with special needs. The Dancing with the Stars professional dancer tells us about the inspiration for his charity:
“I passed by this poverty stricken area and I found out that there were several kids that had never gotten a therapy for, you know, speech therapy, physical therapy, any type of operational therapy, any type of therapy that an autistic kid needs. And I realized that, you know, it’s because they don’t have the means, they don’t have the way to get them to the doctors, to the therapists and so on. For me, it’s just like this light popped off in my head and said, ‘You know what? If I don’t do something about it, who will?’ So I used my name and I called up on some of my friends from Mill River Country Club and they all jumped on board in a very big way. In fact, it’s 100 percent donation, which means we don’t keep any of the money.”
It is known that the Chippendales cast of men brings women on stage for different parts of the show. Tony says some of the women in the crowd can expect to dance with him on stage during his residency:
“I’m gonna make them dance the entire way. In fact, anybody that comes on stage with me, they’re gonna get a little salsa and maybe a little cha-cha, who knows.”
Finally, Tony tells us he was one of the early believers who thought Dancing with the Stars would bring ballroom dancing back to a mainstream audience:
“All we needed to do was reformat ballroom dancing and reintroduce in a different way. So obviously it took a few celebrities and it became a reality show that had judges, and characters, and audiences, and audience participation and so on and I guess the formula was just right and it hit home with everybody.”
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