Forever Tango: Smirnoff & Chmerkovskiy extend their engagement

"Dancing with the Stars" duo Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have extended their engagement in Luis Bravo's international entertainment/dance show Forever Tango for a second time, and will now remain with the show through to 18 Aug 2013.

Originally scheduled to appear in the show for three weeks only from 09 - 30 Jul 2013, the couple previously announced a two-week extension.

The return engagement of Forever Tango opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre, it's original Broadway home, on 14 Jul 2013, wfollowing previews from 09 Jul 2013, where it is playing a limited engagement through to 15 Sep 2013.

The show opened to mixed reviews: A half-hearted, monotonous stab at exploiting the broad appeal of tango (Record); I am no expert on tango, but I sure had a swell time (Newsroom Jersey).

Karina Smirnoff, a mirror ball champion and star of "Dancing with the Stars" was born in the Ukraine and grew up in New York. During her professional career, Karina won five U.S. National Championships, earned titles at the U.S. Open, Asian Open and U.K. open and was ranked #2 in the world. She has starred and contributed choreography for Broadway's 'Burn the Floor,' music videos, awards shows and films. Karina recently starred alongside Marsha Mason in the film "Across Grace Alley."

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has contributed his expertise and choreography skills to 'Le Rêve - The Dream' at Wynn Las Vegas, Broadway's B'urn the Floor' and various television projects. His success led him to launch one of the nation's leading Latin and ballroom dance studios, 'Dance with Me,' which has four locations across NY, NJ and CT.

The show currently features special guest vocalist and four-time Grammy Award-winner Luis Enrique, who will remain with show through to 18 Aug 2013. As previously announced Grammy-Award singer Luis Fonsi will join the company from 20 Aug - 01 Sep 2013.

Created and directed by Luis Bravo, Forever Tango has been seen by millions worldwide since its inception in San Francisco in 1994, where it played for nearly two years.

Forever Tango originally opened on Broadway 1997 where it played at the Walter Kerr Theatre from 17 Jun 1997 through to 05 Apr 1998, before transferring to the Marquis Theatre where it ran from 15 Apr - 02 Aug 1998. The show was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Choreography. It returned to Broadway to play a limited four month engagement from 20 Jul - 28 Nov 2004 at the Shubert Theater.

Forever Tango is described in the press notes as,

Music, drama, culture, a way of life. The popularity of tango has exploded all over the world. Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango is a feeling that you dance. A story is channeled through the flick of the leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot, and the arch of an eyebrow. It's passionate, yet melancholic. Tender, yet violent. You dance it with somebody, but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. Sixteen world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and the eleven-piece Forever Tango orchestra will leave you breathless.

Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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