Monday, September 21, 2009

POP CULTURE (TV): “Dancing with the Stars” Warsaw Connection

The popular reality Ballroom dance show – Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC tonight with a double Warsaw connection.

Born in Poland’s capitol, Edyta Śliwińska is the only professional dancer to appear on all nine seasons of the series, where she is known as much for her daring costumes as her dance moves. Edyta left her native Poland in 2000 to pursue her dream of becoming a world famous Latin-style dancer. She settled in San Francisco and partnered with Alec Mazo, who later became her husband.

Polish-American model and sometimes actress, Joanna Krupa was born in Warsaw and moved to Chicago with her family at the age of five. She has appeared on magazine covers including ENVY, FHM, Personal, Inside Sport, Stuff, Steppin’ Out, Teeze and Maxim, in which she was named the “Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World” and has appeared in Playboy. Krupa has also been a lingerie model for Frederick’s of Hollywood. PETA’s “Id Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” campaign featuring Joanna became a monster phenomenon.

– S.K.