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Ten’s Dancing With The Stars saw Miguel and his dance partner Megan be the first couple eliminated from the competition after performing a heart-felt tango from The Greatest Showman. 

Miguel Maestre is a Spanish-Australian iconic chef who is famously known for TV shows such as Miguel’s Feast, Miguel’s Tropical Kitchen and Boys Weekend, and co-hosting the lifestyle television series The Living Room. 

Despite Miguel’s amazing knife skills, he was surprisingly cut from the competition after two dance performances. Megan admitted that coming from a leader in his industry in the cooking world, he would return home to his family, feeling disappointed as a dancer. 

“He went home and felt so useless. So, he cooked his family the best dinner they had ever tasted because he wanted to feel good about himself.”

“He was definitely out of his waters,” explained Megan. 

The training regime involved a combination of gym work, dance basics and choreography for both the week coming and the week after.

“Miguel would be up at 4:45am in studio at 6am and he would bring me a coffee,” she laughed.  “We would have a warm up, start with basics of the Latin and ballroom dancing, sit ups and then choreography.”

Dancing With The Stars casting process involved Skype interviews where Ten paired up celebrities with dancers based on their personalities. Megan, after lots of online investigating of celebrities in her area that could be a potential match for her, she had no idea that her partner would be chef legend, Miguel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY NIGEL WRIGHT. 2019 DANCING WITH THE STARS S1 EP2 CHANNEL TEN.

“I said to put me with someone funny. And, I was way off, I thought I had the Honey Badger!” 

“I am so glad I got Miguel, he is so much fun,” she continued. 

This was Megan’s first time on Dancing With The Stars after achieving great success in the Ballroom and Latin world. Twice, she was chosen as a first and second Australian representative to go to the World Ballroom Championships. Since leaving competitions, she has travelled around the world, touring the hot Latin theatre show Burn The Floor for the past eight years. 

Dancing With The Stars has been one of the most scary but exciting experiences of my life. I am used to dancing with professional dancers and it is completely different but it is also rewarding in many other ways.”

“I have been able to watch him fall in love with dance and I did not expect that it would be the best part of the experience,” Megan told Dance Writer.

PHOTOGRAPH BY NIGEL WRIGHT. 2019 DANCING WITH THE STARS S1 EP2 CHANNEL TEN.

Forget apples, safe dance practice will keep the doctor away!

Social media is arguably altering the perception of what is achievable in dance. Young dancers are copying movements from Instagram and performing them without regard to harm or hazard. According to a Melbourne based dance instructor and qualified doctor Lisa Ellis, dancers can still be as flexible as they possibly can be by following a safe dance procedure.

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