Dancing with the Stars has become a cultural phenomenon. Since its premiere in 2005, the American dance competition television series has been waltzing into the homes of viewers across the USA. They are now on the 24th season, which just premiered on March 20th. Emma Slater, is one of the professional dancers, dance instructors and choreographers. She is paired up this year with NFL player, Rashad Jennings. In addition to being on the show, she has a line of Dancing with the Stars self-tanning products. Slater has been featured in Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep and sang on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for the movie with the cast. She even was in the Dirty Dancing tour at the Aldwych Theatre where she was the Principle Latin Dancer and Ballroom Supervisor, and also served as an understudy for the role of Lisa Houseman, at certain locations. She is engaged to fellow dancer, Sasha Farber, who proposed on a broadcast of the show! Swoon!
“Being on Dancing with the Stars has completely shaped my life,” she explained. “I came out to America purely for the show. Sasha and I were already together, but we were on a world tour at the time so when we both got the call to work on DWTS, it was the first time that we actually moved in together, and in a completely new city – let alone country!” Furthermore, “DWTS really shaped our lives. I love my job, it doesn't even feel like a job to me because it is very much what I love to do, although it's a lot of work!” She talked about how they have hectic schedules, long rehearsals and intense performances. “The show consumes all of your brain power, when you have to choreograph multiple dances throughout the season,” she commented.