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Limzy Wei: Flowergirls

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Malaysian artist Lim Zhi Wei adorns her watercolors entitled “ Flowergirls” with real flowers, to a stunning effect.

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Guardian Angel Who Helped Maks Chemerkovskiy Dance Again Against Grim Odds

Thanks to Lynette Alice

Everyone  knows Maksim Chmerkovskiy  as a dancer, but few know that not only was he expected never to dance again at age 12, but that it was a ghostly encounter, a guardian angel, that helped enable him to. One of Maks’ favorite past times is skiing and sledding.  Maks was in a severe sledding accident, after which doctors told him there was a high chance he’d never walk again, and certainly never dance again. He flew, full speed, into a metal pole, shattering his femur bone of his right leg. He was told by doctors, that in even the best case scenario, that he’d have to walk with a cane for the rest of his life. Maks was devastated, because the doctors made it very clear that he needed to get his dream of dancing out of his head. When all was said and done, he had a titanium rode put in his leg to put his femur back together, and was walking with crutches. He had lost 90% of the use of his right leg.

Thankfully, Maks’s dance partner at the time had a grandfather who was very influential in their city. He took Maks to an upscale rehabilitation center, Upon arriving, Maks was sent into a room to meet the person he would be training with. The room was very dim, much like a gym room. There was nobody there when Maks went in. Out of the shadows came a woman who introduced herself as Maria. She appeared to be in her 60’s. Even at Maks’ young age, he was twice the size of Maria and she was not the therapist he had in mind to get him back to dancing again. It was at that point, that Maks’ s drive to recover started to dwindle a little. He thought to himself, “there is no way I will ever recover”. He got a very weird feeling, because the entire environment was not what he was expecting or used to. The only thing he remembers, is her bending his injured leg, as he lay on his stomach. This went on for two and a half months. When therapy came to an end, he was walking on his own, without any aid from a cane or crutches, and he was even back in rehearsal! He wouldn’t even tell anyone on his surgical team, because he didn’t think they’d ever believe he’d beaten the odds they gave him. He wanted to shock them.

During his first competition after the horrific sledding accident, Maks and his father gave tickets to all of the doctors that worked on him, to get him where he was at that point. They had no idea why they were there, because they were not expecting him to ever get back into competing after the accident. Once he and his dance partner stepped out, with their numbers on their backs, and started dancing, everyone that Maks invited was in tears. He even made the finals of that competition! Unfortunately, the one person Maks really wanted to be there, hadn’t attended - his therapist Maria. Since she was obviously unable to attend, Maks and his father went back to the hospital to deliver her flowers and thank her for getting him where he was. Maks went up to the receptionist and asked where Maria was. She looked at him as if he was crazy, telling him there was no one by the name of Maria that worked there.

It wasn’t until Maks was in his early 20’s that he found the missing pieces of this puzzle. He and his mom were looking at old pictures of when Maks was a baby. She told him he was named after his great grandmother…Maria. Even not being much of a believer of any kind of faith at that point, Maks felt it. He felt the connection. The Maria that worked on him in the hospital  was his great-grandmother that had passed away. His mom agreed with him, and told him that’s what his family had thought as well. After seeing a picture of his great-grandma, he immediately saw the resemblance between her and the Maria that helped him heal from his sledding accident. Even being a realist, Maks knew it was true. It happened. It happened to him and he was there, and Maria had been there with him. She had helped him get back on his feet and beat every odd that was stacked against him.

Shortly after moving to the United States in 1994 with his family, when Maks was still in his teens, he opened up his first dance studio, with the help of his father. Even at such a young age, his father knew he was destined for greatness. Together they opened Dance With Me Studios, . His brother Val is also a very huge part of the team, and a talented dancer in his own right, holding 2 world titles to date. Also part of the team is long time DWTS friend and fellow pro dancer Tony Dovolani. Maks and his team are looking to expand to the west coast in the future. Maks co-choreographed “LeReve" and founded Rising Stars Academy, a dance studio that is focused on children and the pursuit of competitive Ballroom Dance. He does tons of charity work as well, even when he’s at his busiest, including Dance Team USA, a non-profit educational and charitable organization dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and training future DanceSport participants. It is most popular among Eastern European families.

His past partners on DWTS all have praise for him as a teacher and person, which goes to show what an amazing guy he truly is. He cares about people and wants to teach them to be the best they can be. That signifies a true winner, and tells more about him as a person and winner, than any headlining news or mirror ball trophy ever could.

Maks  is living proof that perhaps everything happens for a reason and that you should never let anything, especially a doctor’s diagnosis, sway you from striving to live out your dreams. If you have a passion for something, share it with the world. If people say you can’t, strive that much harder to show that you can! That’s why we are all here, to share with the world, to make it better in some way and let what we do help, teach, inspire and touch even one person’s life. Maria must be very proud of the person that Maks has become.

Video clip of Maks from part 1 of Celebrity Ghost Stories, 2010. Unfortunately part 2 is nowhere to be found.

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Happy birthday to my favourite ballerina Aurélie Dupont (15 January), one of the most versatile, musical, refined, sensitive and artistic dancer I have ever known. 

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Paris Opera corps de ballet in Lacotte’s Paquita
Photo © Jacques Moatti

Fyi, Lacotte’s Paquita grand pas tutu for corps has two colours for the top (blue and red). Blue top version here


Paris Opera corps de ballet in Lacotte’s Paquita

Photo © Jacques Moatti

Fyi, Lacotte’s Paquita grand pas tutu for corps has two colours for the top (blue and red). Blue top version here

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If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.
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