The votes are in. For Dancing With the Stars, that is. Glee star Amber Riley has gone home with the mirrorball trophy—along with her trusty partner, five-time champion professional dancer Derek Hough. The question isn't how they won (just Google their freestyle dance for an answer to that). The question DWTS fans must now face is: Now that the 17th season has come to a close, how are we going to get our Dancing With the Stars fix?
If you're anything like me, watching Dancing With the Stars just whets your appetite for the real thing. So here are some creative ways to dance like a star in your real life.
1. Take a DWTS Cruise
Want to dance up your next vacation? Holland America is offering a variety of cruises into 2014 designed on the theme of Dancing With the Stars. Each cruise includes a selection of pros and stars from the TV show—dancers currently lined up include Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus, Sabrina Bryan, and Carson Kressley—as well as opportunities to improve your dance skills. Check out the full schedule here.
2. Learn from the Pros
Some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars offer classes in their own cities when the show is off air. If you're in the New York area, one such option is Dance With Me Studios. For a limited time, they are offering dance seminars taught by such DWTS faves as Maks, Val, and Tony on select dates during the month of December. Call a location near you for more info: Soho NYC (212-840-3262), Glen Head, Long Island, NY (516-656-9500), Fort Lee, NJ (201-941-7797), and Stamford, CT (203-674-8100).
3. Connect with your Local Dance Scene
But by far the easiest and most economical way to live up your inner dancing diva is to plug into your local dance culture. Look up what dance classes and dance nights are available in your city or town. While private lessons are usually available for about $80-100/hour, group dance lessons can be as cheap as $5-10, and it's not uncommon for salsa and swing nights to offer a free lesson before a night of social dancing.
Remember, everyone starts as a beginner at some point; but if there's something that Dancing With the Stars teaches us, it's that, with the desire to learn, anyone can dance.