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Tony Dovolani

Driton "Tony" Dovolani (born July 17, 1973) is an Albanian-American professional ballroom dancer, instructor and judge based in New York City. He is known for his involvement in the American version of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Dovolani also portrayed a Latin bad boy in the hit film Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching actress Jennifer Lopez. Dovolani was born in the city of Pristina, Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia. He began folk dancing at the age of three. At the age of 15, his family moved to Stamford, Connecticut. He got the opportunity to attend classes at a Fred Astaire Dance Academy. Dovolani was partnered with professional wrestler Stacy Keibler in Season 2, where they made it to the finals and finished in third place. In Season 3, he was partnered with country music star Sara Evans. Midway through the season, Evans withdrew from the competition for personal reasons. He returned to the show on March 19 for Season 4, this time partnered with talk show host Leeza Gibbons. They were the third couple eliminated from the competition and finished in 9th place. He competed in Season 5, partnered with actress Jane Seymour. They were the seventh couple eliminated from the

'Dancing With the Stars' -- Threatens Dance Pros ... Don't Tango With the Competition

Dancing With the Stars
Threatens Dance Pros ... Don't Tango With the Competition

"Dancing With the Stars" is drawing a line in the parquet floor with some of its famous pros -- warning them to stay away from an upstart live dance show, or risk a tango ... in court.Our… READ MORE >

'Dancing' Comes Through STRONG for VIP Fan

Comes Through STRONG for VIP Fan

Everything went according to plan for Maksim Chmerkovskiy Monday -- because the special plans he organized for a fan dealing with cancer treatments went off without a hitch ... and TMZ has all the… READ MORE >

- 1557 days ago
Maksim vs. Evan vs. Tony: Who'd You Rather?

Maksim vs. Evan vs. Tony
Who'd You Rather?

While showing off their incredible tans -- dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 30, Evan Lysacek, 25 and Tony Dovolani, 37, grinned for a photo while attending an after-party for "Dancing With the Stars."… READ MORE >

- 1705 days ago
'Sex Bomb' Explodes on 'Dancing With the Stars'

'Sex Bomb'
Explodes on 'Dancing With the Stars'

TMZ is blowing the lid off of the "Dancing with the Stars" premiere -- 'cause we know EVERY SINGLE THING that's set to go down on the show ... from songs to props and even EXPLOSIONS! BTW --… READ MORE >

- 1749 days ago
'Dancing' Stars -- Tea Bag for Two?!

'Dancing' Stars -- Tea Bag for Two?!

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… READ MORE >

- 1754 days ago
'Dancing' Star Tony Dovolani -- Shave My Back, Bitch

'Dancing' Star Tony Dovolani -- Shave My Back, Bitch

The only thing smoother than Tony Dovolani's dance moves ... his freshly shaved back. TMZ ran into the "Dancing with the Stars" dancer yesterday at the B2V Salon in Beverly Hills -- where the… READ MORE >

- 1771 days ago
Melissa Rycroft -- Peek-a-Boob With the Stars

Melissa Rycroft
Peek-a-Boob with the Stars

Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani got a perfect score last night on "Dancing with the Stars" -- but was the score for their dance, or Melissa's left breast, which made a surprise… READ MORE >

- 2251 days ago
"Dancing" Stars Predict Winner

'Dancing' Stars
Predict Winner

The "Dancing with the Stars" finale is only a week away -- and TMZ caught up with a few of the rejects last night, giving their picks. Check out who Jane Seymour, Mark Cuban and dancer Tony… READ MORE >

- 2782 days ago

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