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Ted Volynets: Student - Dancer - And Reality TV Star on Season 13 Dancing With the Stars

Michael Mecham
Date Published:
January 1, 2012

Ted Volynets began dancing at the age of 11. He studied under Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy. Four times a week he would make the hour and a half drive to their studio and then back home. Ted has competed in ballroom competitions all over the world. He made his television debut in 2009 on the MTV reality show “Made.” Television aduiences apparently like him so much, he came back as part of the professional dance troupe on “Dancing With the Stars.”

In 2009 Lisa DePace wanted to be “made” into a latin dancer. With a lot of practice and some help from her all-star partner Ted, she was able to turn that dream into a reality and show off her new dance moves in front of an audience.

In his final year at NYU majoring in economics, Ted got a call asking him to be part of the “Dancing With the Stars” professional troupe. “I was literally four weeks from graduating when I got the call to come on the show,” Ted said in an interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, “so I had to withdraw.”

Ted still plans on finishing his degree, it’s just going to take a little longer than four weeks since he has to take classes during breaks in the show. Since being on the show he has been able to spend time with coaches Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy and friend Kiki Nyemchek.

“One of my favorite performances ever was Mark and Val’s “Toxic” duel.” Ted said in his Wetpaint interview. Another of his favorite experiences on the show included being able to perform with his coaches and friends in an all-male pro number. “I don’t get to dance in a number with Val and Maks and everybody at the same time often. That kind of brought me back to when Maks used to fly us out to Vegas and we’d do performances at the casinos.”

In his interview with Wetpaint, Ted said that what he wants more than anything is become one of the competing professionals on “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s competed around the globe amd “made” a teenage girl into a latin dancer. Ted’s next stop may just be among the “Stars.”

Issue: Jan/Feb. 2012