When Sasha answered questions for our "He Said - She Said" Q and A with Emma Slater, he offered to answer any other questions that we wanted to send along. Here are his answers.
How have things changed on Dancing With the stars since you joined the cast in Season 13?
Since I have joined in Season 13, it has been the most exciting part of my life. I never thought I would have so much support so quickly, and I’m so grateful for every single comment I get, and I will keep trying my hardest to make everyone happy!
DWTS grows every season, with production and dancers and choreography. It’s such an amazing feeling to be part of it, and I think having the all stars was a great idea. It was the best of the best , shame we didn’t see Tristan in as much as we wanted to, but I know he will fire back this season. I love that this show grows every season, and as a dancer you have to be on your game every time!
In one of Tristan’s video Q and As with members of MacManiacs.org, he told the story of a time from Burn the Floor in Atlantic City when you and Damian were in the same number as Tristan and tucked his trousers into his socks – which says made him look like a farmer for the rest of the dance. Do you remember that? And do you have any Tristan stories to share with us?
LOL, LOL, Yes I remember that very well as it was me who tucked his pants in.
I’m known for a bit of a joker, I love to play pranks on people and have fun! :)
Tristan and I have been friends for a long time - more than 10 years, and I’m sure we have done a lot of pranks together. There was once this time when we decided to film an MTV CRIBS in our hotel room - there is a video going round somewhere that is a must see - lol!
How do you think your experiences from Burn the Floor prepared you for a show like Dancing With the Stars?
I was in Burn the Floor for 11 years and have learned a lot from it. I was one of the original cast members that put the show together, and I was also one of the main dancers on Broadway and West End!
And while on Burn the Floor I was the Australian champion and repetitive to the world championships where I was placed 8th in Latvia Riga!
Burn the Floor is a great show and I also worked very hard. I was also a pro on the Australian version and Indian version for DWTS . But there is nothing better then being on a live tv show, and on one of the biggest in America. :) But I do get more nervous on DWTS then Burn the Floor. It’s live and if you make a mistake then that’s it. In saying that, I have never made a big mistake yet. (Knock wood )
Ballroom With A Twist is an amazing show. Could you tell us how it is different from other productions that you have been involved with?
Yes Ballroom With a Twist is a great show and fun to watch and all the dancers are amazing in what they do , also including the singers. We always have such a great time , and I love performing in that show. It’s a high energy show and the audience always leaves wanting more!
What do you see as the biggest challenge for a pro on Dancing With the Stars?
I don’t see a challenge, I see a journey. It is such an amazing thing to watch because the celebrity transforms right in front of your eyes into this amazing dancer by the time you are finished with her!
I love to teach and dance so this is the perfect equation for me. It is a lot of hard work I must admit, but I wouldn’t even call it work because it’s what I love to do!
I think it would be a dream come true If I got to be a pro on the USA version! I watch all the pros in all the season and how passionate they are in their work and I love it!
But in answering your question about what I see the biggest challenge for a pro is – it’s coming up with all the different dancers because each dance has to take the viewers on a rollercoaster, and I always say that each dance you do has to be amazing and each time the viewers hear the same song all they can think of is our dance!
Thank you all for these questions,
I loved them and I hope you all have a great New Year with lots of success and fortune and happiness, and lets make sure Tristan takes home this mirror ball this season!