During the Dancing with the Stars: All-Star Season, season 15, Tony and dance partner Melissa Rycroft won the show and took home the Mirror Ball Trophy.Tony and fellow dancers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are partners in the Dance With Me USA Dance Studios in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.I'm still in shock." See what else Rycroft has to say about her big win below. Check out the sexiest outfits from 's All-Stars season Congratulations! We tried to sleep, but didn't and then went straight to . Were you thrown off by Tom [Bergeron]'s wordplay: "Now they have one too/won two"?Rycroft: I heard a lot of people were confused, but when he started speaking, I looked at him and he was looking right at me, and that's all I saw and I actually didn't hear anything else he said. He'd been saying since Day 1 that if he ever got to the point of possibly getting the trophy, you'd have to pick him up off the floor., just wanted to make it to Week 4 of All-Stars with Tony Dovolani.But she exceeded all of her — and arguably everyone's — expectations by taking home the Mirrorball trophy and overcoming season-long front-runners Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough in the process.“I’ve been on the show since season 2 and when last season ended, my contract had ended.
But Tony and I never said, "We're such a threat in this competition." We weren't continuously at the top. We had a great relationship in Season 8, but something different happened this season and neither of us really know what it was.
We always felt week-to-week that we were just fighting to stay in the pack. He was more patient with me; I was more patient with him.
It wasn't until the swing marathon that we broke through and this momentum came. I was more willing to learn; he was more willing to be creative with choreography.
Born in Prishtina, Kosova, Tony was proficient in Albanian folk dancing by age three and was inspired by watching Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly films.
After immigrating to the United States as a political refugee from his native Kosovo, Tony trained at a Connecticut Fred Astaire dance studio and eventually became one of the most dominant competitive dancers in the country.