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I just want to address the judges right off the bat. Carrie Ann had absolutely no right to call me over and try to spank me. What is she, my mother? Their job is to give constructive criticism to the celebrities. The show is not about me. I want everyone to understand that I am not trying to jump out and take the spotlight. I'm there as a mechanism that is used to get the celebrities better. That's my job. I'm a teacher. I try to do my best every minute when I'm on the show. Whether they agree with my teaching style or not is completely irrelevant. Everybody fights. Everybody has arguments. There has never been a couple who has never fought. I'm no different.
Having said that, I really don't understand why I'm being highlighted. There's absolutely nothing that the judges can tell me that will ever change me as a person. Their opinions mean nothing when it has to do with what I am and what I should be. When they comment constructively on my partner's dancing, I will address it and will work on those details. I have a 17-year coaching career, a franchise of studios and thousands of students from age 5 to 50 who can vouch for me as coach. I don't understand why Brandy's performance is not being commented on. Why highlight my teaching method? I was actually surprised that Len gave us an 8 because from what he said, it sounded like it was going to be a 6. I haven't spoken to them and I don't plan to because again the show is not about me. I didn't sign up for their opinion. Their opinion is supposed to be about Brandy. At the end of the day, we dance together and we're judged together, but the focus should not be on me. I don't understand where this is coming from. It's a very weird beginning of the season.
As for the package, I'm not OK with it. I've been bullied in my childhood for being a dancer. I'm the first person to say there should never be any physical violence or abuse of any kind. To portray me as a physically abusive person? Why would you do that to anyone? There's a very thin line between "Maks the Bad Boy of Ballroom and "Maks being abusive." I don't need anybody's approval. I don't need the public's approval on who I am. My parents know who I am. My friends, students and clientele knows who I am. Most of my students stay with me for years, and most, if not all, leave with a very positive experience, not just having learned how to dance, but having had a great time doing it. I promote positivity. I'm in the business of promoting something other than worrying about life and its problems. That package made me look like an idiot and an abuser, and I'm neither. That wasn't a disciplinary smack. It's an inside joke between us from Couples Retreat. It's been on TV 17 times the past month, and the yoga instructor in it smacks everyone on the butt for encouragement, so that's our joke. We've been smacking each other on the butt.
It's been a difficult couple of days. Brandy and I are trying to move on. She's been great about everything. She's putting her heart and soul into our training. For her to come out and do her best and to be almost overlooked by the judges was not fair to her. She gets it. She's like, "Maks I got your back." That's very flattering. She's been very, very sweet. She's very helpful. Wednesday was the first day of rehearsal. I left with such calmness because she totally embraces the rumba experience. I'm not going to lie — Tuesday night, I was quite discouraged about the show and my participation. This was not what I was expecting at all this season. I have not talked to the producers. I don't even know if that will make a difference. I just hope somebody out there changes something because this is not who we are individuals. What's with this dramatic story line? It's supposed to be reality TV, not scripted. Why us?
As for the rumba, everything's going well. Brandy's picking it up fast. I feel like, more and more, the pressure is on me to figure out a very clear way to explain things. That's what I've been focused on personally — to be more detail-oriented teacher. Because Brandy's a fast learner, that leaves us more time to figure out all the details and to make adjustments.
One last thing — I, of course, have to mention Mark and Val's String Duel. I thought it was one of the most amazing numbers we've ever had on the show. If I can sound like an extremely proud brother, I'll say "I told you so." I think Val's one of the most talented people I've ever met in my life. He does everything so well. He holds more titles in dance than probably anyone. He's been world champion twice. As far as music, he's played since he was, like, 6. At 13, he played in Avery Fisher Hall. He's played in Carnegie Hall and at a presidential inauguration. He writes music, raps and has published a poem. His passions are quite wide-ranging, but you'd never know that just by looking at him. We don't stand out. We just do our thing. We love to live. we enjoy life and we're very, very family-oriented. I can rely on him any day at any moment. He is totally my life and always has been. When I moved out on my own for the first time, I moved him out with me. He's been very focused on his dance career, so I'm trying to provide for him.
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