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Kiki Nyemchek & Ted Volynets Recaps Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars With American Dancer

Michael Mecham
Date Published:
January 1, 2012

USA Dance members Christopher “Kiki” Nyemchek and Teddy Volynets just finished their second season as part of the Dancing With the Stars professional troupe. Both Kiki and Ted trained under Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy who are two of the professional competitors on the show.

American Dancer had the opportunity to talk with Kiki, who told us how his 15 years of ballroom competition helped prepare him for DWTS and what makes the show worthwhile for him.

American Dancer: You have been to competitions all over the world. How has competing helped prepare you for Dancing With the Stars?

Kiki Nyemchek: Competing is pretty much like performing for an audience and for the cameras except at competitions you have judges looking at your technique and everything else to give you a score. I’m not saying there’s less pressure [on the show] but there’s a different feeling on TV. At a competition you have to be pretty much perfect every time. It’s the same on TV, but you only have one shot and you just do what you can.

Previous troupe members have become competing pros of the show, would you be interested in doing that as well?

Eventually I would. That is the goal for the show, so if the opportunity came, I don’t see why not.

If you were to become one of competing professionals, is there a specific celebrity you would want to have as a partner?

Not really. I’m really open to anyone. I’m not picky. As long as they are willing to work hard and want to succeed, I’m really open.

Do you have a favorite Dancing With the Stars memory?

Not to sound cliché, but the whole experience has been great. I got to do it with some good people and some good dancers. I have some good friends on the show that I got to work with. I’ve known Maks and Val since I can remember, and I’ve known Ted for a while because we trained together. He’s like a brother. The whole thing has been a great memory.

Issue: Jan/Feb. 2012