Olympic gold medal skater Evan Lysacek, who is currently ranked in first place by the International Skating Union, recently reflected on his experiences as a Dancing With the Stars contestant. He finished second this past season, teamed up with professional partner Anna Trebunskaya. During an interview, he was asked for his take on why the world is so enamored with dance shows these days. He responded that it’s about feeling good in tough times.

Evan Lysacek

“For the past several years, the economy in America and the whole world has been bad,” he said. “There is a lot of negativity going on with wars abroad, people losing their jobs, their homes and so much of the news and TV shows are about negative things like murder, or crime, and so few things that are entertaining are positive. Dance is so incredibly positive, everyone can do it and it’s a great escape.”

He claimed that even though he doesn’t consider himself especially good at dancing, he thinks that the dance shows give people a reason to smile and get their moves on. He also praised the athleticism of the sport, saying that there is no question about the professional competitive dancers being real athletes, as accomplished as skaters.

Evan is currently touring with other Dancing With the Stars contestants as part of the “Ballroom With a Twist” show choreographed by Emmy-nominated professional Louis van Amstel.

George Pytlik

Author George Pytlik

Before turning pro, George achieved impressive results as an amateur competitor, holding the Senior (30+) Latin championship in BC, Canada for 7 consecutive years with his wife Wendy. The couple twice achieved a top-3 Canadian ranking in Senior Latin as well as a 3rd place Canadian ranking in 30+ Ten Dance. Today, George and Wendy are professional teachers with a vision of growing a strong dance community in Delta near Vancouver, BC.

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