Stars dancer shakes up in Perth classes

Carmelo Pizzino is now teaching dance in Morley. |Picture: Andrew Ritchie   d446804
Carmelo Pizzino is now teaching dance in Morley. |Picture: Andrew Ritchie d446804

HAVING danced with some of Australia’s leading ladies, former Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Carmelo Pizzino is back on the dance floor in his hometown.

Teaching at The Performance Company Morley, Pizzino said though he was missing the show already, he was happy to be back in Perth.

“I am missing the show, especially after seeing Bindi (Irwin) win, but it was time to move on,” he said.

“Settling in to Perth took a little while.

“I remember getting off the plane with seven suitcases thinking what am I doing? But it is the best choice I’ve made and I’m absolutely loving it.”

Pizzino said he was loving teaching students in his hometown and was particularly enjoying teaching bridal couples, who were perfecting dances for their special day.

“They’re doing some crazy stuff out there,” he said.

“They’re doing costume changes, we’ve done James Bond themes, the whole Dirty Dancing thing, we are doing flash mobs and I’m really enjoying creating that moment with the couples.”

As for his favourite memories of the show, Pizzino said it was all about his dancing partners. “I got to dance with 10 beautiful women,” he said.

“I speak to some of them on a daily basis and one of my biggest moments on the show was dancing with Lynne |McGranger – she was an absolute star.

“I don’t care if I get a partner who can’t dance as long as they give you 110 per cent and they want to do it – and Lynne, Kylie Gillies and Kerri-Anne Kennerley were just devoted to the show.

“It was special for them, which made it special for us.”