Back in early May, 2012, Henry Byalikov, dancer extraordinaire and super impact player from the DWTS Troupe, was kind enough to give us a lovely interview. Since then we have kept in touch with Henry, and over the course of the months since he debuted on DWTS, we have made the rather obvious decision (to us anyway) that Henry is one of those amazing dancers, choreographers, and performers that should ultimately be a pro on DWTS (a pro with a celebrity partner). Therefore, we give you The Top 16 Reasons Why Henry Byalikov should be a DWTS pro. Why 16? For those of you who regularly read our blog, you understand that we never do anything the usual way. 10 reasons just don’t seem like enough. And some of you might ask why we’re writing about Henry when this is a Tristan MacManus website? Because he deserves it, that’s why, and we are always open-minded enough to recognize pure artistic genius when we see it. Just as we have enormous respect for the talent and artist that is Tristan MacManus, we also have enormous respect for the talent and artist that is Henry. So here we go!
16. He should be a pro on DWTS because we say so. ABC, are you listening? We run a website, we’re reasonably intelligent, and we have watched DWTS faithfully since Season 1. That should give us some clout.
15. There is nothing that a woman loves more than a true gentleman. It never gets old, and there aren’t enough gentlemen in the world. Henry treats people with respect and kindness, and to top it off, he is debonair, a marvelous dancer, and an all around good guy. We’ve seen enough pros who tend to be a bit gruff with their celebrity partners, and we decided the show needs more pros like Tristan and Tony. Add Henry to that list. He has good manners. That’s just how he rolls.
14. Henry is already a pro; all of the troupe members are pros who have amazing talent and are true artists. Henry really wants to be a DWTS pro with a celebrity partner, and that desire to be a pro and perform in front of millions each week is a huge selling point. In 2009, he performed a demonstration along with other cast members from Burn the Floor in the DWTS studio. Henry said about that experience,” I remember walking into the CBS studios which is where the live/pre-recorded filming takes place and thinking how much of an honour it was to be performing for the show and how much I wanted to be on the show.” We’re convinced, and that’s our reason #14.
13. Let’s face it. Mr. Byalikov is “holy crap” strong. Remember his performance in “All About Tonight” (from the Season 14 finale) and that jaw-dropping behind his back crazy lift with Sharna? We’re still reeling. Can you imagine the lifts he could create for an Argentine Tango? Or a Freestyle? Toss the rules out the window and show ‘em how it’s done, Henry.
12. He looks good in the costumes. Yes, this is Shallow Reason #1, but let’s face it, some of our esteemed pros make less than wise costuming decisions. We were going to list them but we ended up with about 412 examples and then realized that we would be wasting your time – time that would be better spent going back and looking at the way Henry seems to wear any costume with style. Even the Rock Week costume for the Kiss performance and the Bollywood Samba costume somehow worked. Those great lines have to be a dream for the DWTS Costume Department.
11. He has a delicious sense of humor. If you don’t see it, check out our interview with him from May or follow him on Twitter. No offense to any other pro, but some of them should take a page out of the Henry Byalikov book and lighten up. It makes for a more interesting show.
10. He is an innovative choreographer. Remember the numbers he choreographed for Rock Week and Motown Week? Brilliant. Sexy. Fun. He’s also extremely precise, and we are big fans of precision, great lines, and great extension, and along with Sasha and Tristan, we see that in every single choreographed element. Innovative and extraordinarily talented are huge pluses.
9. His leaps defy gravity. Granted neither of us would ever attempt such a thing because we would be dead in 3 seconds or pull something that should never be pulled, but the photos don’t lie. Take a look at Henry’s website, http://www.henrybyalikov.com/. Can any of you do those leaps without breaking something important? Didn’t think so.
8. He does amazing flips, turns and spins, We mean really amazing flips, turns, and spins. Think back to Season 14 and the final pro dance – after we saw how much ground he covered in about 2.5 seconds, and how he performed his role in that dance with such flair, we knew that he was going to be on the short track to DWTS pro status.
7. Henry is wise, insightful, and introspective and says some amazing things, such as this quote from our interview where he discusses the thematic elements of Latin Dance. “Cha Cha is the first time you meet someone, you’re all bubbly, happy, nervous and flirtatious. Samba is sort of like the dating period, when you’ve already chosen your partner in whatever capacity makes sense to you, and is the pursuit of lust. Rumba is the dance of lust, the pursuit is over… Paso Doble is the first argument that may or may not end in death or a passionate display of domination. Jive is the make up after the argument, because we all like a happy ending.” Suddenly, it all made perfect sense. All of that understanding of the emotion involved in dance is something many professionals don’t seem to successfully convey, but Henry understands it and can articulate it, and he projects it into every performance.
6. Henry has a wealth of experience – from DWTS Australia to SYTYCD Australia to Burn the Floor to choreographing for The Great Gatsby to ballet. He’s probably a gourmet cook and CEO of some really big company too because he can seemingly do anything.
5. He has a truly good heart. There is a member of this website (one of the originals from November, 2011) who is a huge Tristan fan but who also adores Henry. When Henry found out how ill she was, he immediately sent his good wishes and has continued to inquire as to her health. For that, he has earned rock star status, and we believe that DWTS needs a resident rock star, so we think Henry should just go ahead and make his permanent reservation for DWTS.
4. He’s really smart. Ladies and Gentlemen, Henry is no ordinary dancer. He stopped competitive dancing at the age of 19 so he could focus on receiving his Bachelor of Economics and Finance university degree. That translates into “muy inteligente”, and the reason we are throwing in a little Spanish is because Henry likes to tweet in Spanish sometimes. We think that’s amazingly cool, and pro dancers need to be smart. He’s articulate, he’s wise, and we like to speak Spanish ourselves too (which has nothing to do with anything). All of this means he’s extremely well-rounded, and that’s what every pro should be.
3. Because he has really great abs. Yeah, we know that’s Shallow Moment #2, but we decided unanimously (all 2 of us) that Henry’s 6 pack (or however many pack) puts everybody else to shame, and there’s always room for some shallowness on the part of the fans. Let’s just say that if we were at a bluegrass music festival, we could use his abs to help with that ol’ washboard sound. Yeah, we noticed, and we think everybody else should too. In fact, they probably already have.
2. Because he can sell a routine, and isn’t that an integral part of being a pro? In his first performance as a pro on DWTS in the Week 2 results show, we started talking about him on our forum because his energy was electric, his passion apparent, and his talent enormous. All of those qualities translate into a performance maven. “Dance With Me Tonight” was his introduction, and he was brilliant. We became a little fangirly (and still are), but he puts up with us for some strange reason.
1. Because he just might be the most fan-friendly pro on the show. He treats people well, he knows how to say “thank you” and says it on a regular basis, and he is just the breath of fresh air that DWTS needs.