Nick Cheremukhin And Viktorija Quit The Star American Tour
For fans of Nick Cheremukhin and Viktorija, this year's Snow Ball DanceSport Competition in Bloomington, Minnesota, was a bit of a mixed bag. While they got to see the reigning U.S. and World Professional Smooth Champions beat their rivals Max Sinitsa and Tatiana Seliverstova to win the Open Professional American Smooth division, they were also the first to hear the stunning announcement that the couple wouldn't be competing at the City Lights Ball.
Why was it so shocking? Because the talented couple from Los Angeles only needed to perform at the tour's finale in San Jose, California, to collect the prize money they'd earned after competing on the Star American Smooth Tour for the better part of a year. Instead, citing "another commitment," they lost out on the opportunity to collect the $25,000 first-place prize.
The tour's rules are very clear about the consequences of missing the season finale: "Couples must be present and compete at the City Lights (San Jose Open) Competition in January 2017 to qualify for the grand prize of the Star Tour."
By skipping the event, Cheremukhin and Viktorija were effectively handing the prize money to Sinitsa and Seliverstova.
Cheremukhin, a Moscow native who began dancing when he was 6 years old, and Viktorija, a native of Latvia who's been dancing since she was 7, have been partners since 2013. Throughout their lives, they've cultivated images of fearlessness. Nick used to be a competitive high diver, while Victorija has studied karate -- both drive motorcycles. But their most daring move to date may be turning their backs on the City Lights Ball and the payday that performing in it would have brought.