The show is called Dancing with the Stars, but just how far would the celebrities go without the pros on the show, choreographing and teaching the stars how to dance?
The pros are the unsung heroes on Dancing with the Stars and matching the right pro together with the right celeb makes all the difference on who goes home with the mirror ball.
Here are the bios of the pros for Season 11 Dancing with the Stars.
Anna Trebunskaya, 30, born in Russia, is partnered with Kurk Warner. Anna comes from a family of professional dancers. This beauty from Russia won her first dance competition when she was 7 years old. Anna is married to DWTS pro Jonathan Roberts.
Chelsie Hightower, 21, born in Las Vegas, NV, is dancing with Michael Bolton. Chelsie is from this country and was a finalist on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. She performed with Jewel in concert after partnering with Jewels’ Rodeo Star Husband, Ty Murray on Season 8 of DWTS.
Cheryl Burke, 26, Atherton, CA, is teamed up with Rick Fox. Cheryl won DWTS in season 2 with partner Drew Lachey and again in season 3 with Emmitt Smith. Cheryl is known for her choreography talents and has her own clothing line and dance studio.
Corky Ballas, 50, born in Houston, TX, came out of competition retirement to dance with Florence Henderson. Corky’s father owned ad ran the largest dance studio in the world and his mother was a flamenco dancer. Corky is father to DWTS pro Mark Ballas and raised and trained Julianne and Derek Hough.
Mark Ballas, 24, Houston, TX, is partnered with Bristol Palin. Mark Alexander Corky Ballas Jr. has the competitive dance gene running through his blood. He is the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Ballas Hough Band. Mark won season 6 DWTS with partner Kristi Yamaguchi and again in season 8 with Shawn Johnson.
Derek Hough, 25, Salt Lake City, UT, is dancing with Jennifer Grey. Derek and sister Jennifer were raised and trained by Corky and former wife Shirley Ballas. He is an accomplished singer, actor, musician, choreographer and director. Derek won season 7 with current co host on DWTS Brooke Burke, and again in season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger.
Karina Smirnoff, 32, born in the Ukraine, is performing with Mike ‘The Situation” Sorrentino. She moved to the United States with her family at age twelve. Katrina finished in 2nd place with partner Mario Lopez during season 3 and in 5th place in season 4 with Billy Ray Cyrus.
Kym Johnson, 24, Australia, is partnered with David Hasselhoff. Kym won season 9 with partner Donny Osmond, and finished in second place in season 2 with Joey Falone. Kym still lives in Australia, commuting to LA for her appearances on DWTS.
Lacey Schwimmer, 24, born in Redlands, CA, is dancing with Kyle Massey. Lacey’s father is the famous West Coast Swing Dancer Buddy Schwimmer and she grew up dancing. Along with her responsibilities on DWTS Lacey teaches masters dance class in Norway. She and partner Lance Bass finished third in season 7 on DWTS.
Louis Van Amstel, 38, Amsterdam, teamed up with Margaret Cho. Louis received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography. Along with dancing and working as a choreographer Louis is an actor appearing on All My Children and the Suite Life of Zach and Cody. Louis and partner Kelly Osborn placed third in season 8 of DWTS.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 30, born in the Ukraine is partnered with Brandy. Maksim is known as “the bad boy of the Ballroom”. He is ranked 2nd in Latin Dance in the United States. Maks finished in third place in season 4 with Laila Ali and again in season 10 with Erin Andrews. In season 5 he finished in 2nd place with partner Mel B.
Tony Dovolani, 37, Yugoslavia, is dancing with Audrina Patridge. Tony appeared in the movie” Shall we Dance”, and has coached Jennifer Lopez. Tony and partner Melissa Rycroft finished 3rd in season 8 of DWTS.