DWTS' 'golden' couple trains in HersheyPosted: Apr 10, 2014 1:44 PM EDTUpdated: Apr 10, 2014 6:12 PM EDT
By Ali Lanyon
HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -
Inside the One Broadway dance studio in Hershey Thursday were some of the hottest dancers on the planet; on the ice and in the ballroom.
Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White are in town for 'Stars on Ice' at Giant Center Thursday night.
Their other partners, from ABC's Dancing with the Stars, travel with them across the country to rehearse.
The couple, who captured the gold medal in Sochi, now have their sights set on the mirror ball trophy; albeit separately.
"It's interesting trying to make it all work," White said. "But there's definitely enough time in the day. Sometimes we don't quite get enough sleep, but we're excited we are able to do it without a problem."
"We get along really well," Davis said. "We're enjoying the experience. It doesn't really feel like work, which is a really good thing."
"I'm just an amazing actor. I don't really like her," Davis' partner, pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy joked.
Some critics have said White and Davis' participation in the show may seem unfair, given their previous dance training. Not so, both say.
"I am used to having a partner but the way you move, the way you use each other is all completely different and so we're having to unlearn quite a bit to be able to move forward," White said.
"Our first week was purely teaching him how to move from one foot to the other without that skating action, because that's so natural for him," White's partner Sharna Burgess said.
"(Meryl's) literally a fish out of water. It's funny seeing them on skates. They're so much more comfortable," Chmerkovskiy said.
But both Chmerkovskiy and Burgess give their partners high marks.
"Before we had to play a role of something between a babysitter and a psychologist on the show," Chmerkovskiy said. "And now I don't have to.I have a friend. I can dance. This is great."
Next Monday, both couples will perform a Disney-inspired routine. But don't expect a fairy tale.
"We're definitely not going that route," Burgess said. "It's kind of funny and a little bit weird."
Chmerkovskiy seemed less enthused.
"I'm not looking forward to it," he said. "Production is pushing me to be a character that I'm not at all remotely resembling."
He would not reveal who that Disney character is.
"Well it's a he...and in the movie he's 10," Chmerkovskiy said.
Both Davis and White said they don't think it's uncomfortable seeing their other half with a different partner.
"We're really cheering for each other and I think that's part of what's making this so much fun," White said.
Dancing with the Stars airs on Monday nights at 8 p.m. on abc27.
For much more of Ali Lanyon's experience with Meryl, Maks, Charlie and Sharna, be sure to tune into abc27 Daybreak Friday morning.