Before Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy inject their brute masculinity into the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom ... the duo takes part in a very secret ritual -- a little tea party.
Sources close to the show tell TMZ, Tony and Maks turn over a new leaf before every performance -- but it ain't your average brew.
We're told Maks' favorite drink is a white tea infused with blueberries ... and Tony prefers a sweet herbal tea with notes of caramel ... both from a company called Dr. Tea's.
The two ballroom pros are known for keeping things steamy.