Sasha Farber, 31, born in Russia and raised in Australia, has traveled the world with his dancing career. In 2013, Farber danced his way to Los Angeles and onto the 17th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
Farber will join other stars and dancers from the show on stage for the "Dancing With the Stars" live tour, stopping Jan. 14 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric (info: lyricoperahouse.com).
Recently, b caught up with Farber to talk about his experiences in dance and the upcoming live show.
When and how did you get started in dance?
I tried basketball, I tried soccer, but that didn't work out. And then there was this line of girls outside the school that I was going to, and I was like, "Wow, I need to know what's going on in there." I kind of went in there just to try to pick girls up at my age, I was like 13 or 14. … Then I was kind of a little troublemaker in the class, but we did our first nationals and did well. We won and ever since then I was like, "Oh, I think I really enjoy this."
How did you get involved with "Dancing With the Stars?"
[Show reps] came to one of the shows I was in and ... they asked me to be a part of it. And it's always been a dream of mine. I did the Australian "Dancing With the Stars," I was a special guest on the Indian version … the American "Dancing With the Stars" is probably the biggest one in the world and sets the benchmark for so many of the worldwide "Dancing With the Stars," so this is definitely the one that I have always wanted to be a part of.
What have you gained or learned from your experiences on the show?
I've learned a lot. You learn really quickly because once you get the celebrity [partner], you get to see someone transform right in front of your eyes into a different person, a different character. And as she becomes a better dancer, a better person, it's just an amazing feeling. … And you get to share different stories with them through dance every week.
What do you like to do when you're not dancing?
I'm a big movie watcher. I like to watch new and old movies and also just explore wherever we are. That's my favorite part [of touring]. I never like to just kind of get to a city and just sleep or do absolutely nothing because, to me, that would be a waste of a day. And I like to research a lot, especially in dancing, because dancing evolves every day really so you need to stay on top of that.
What can people expect from the tour show in Baltimore?
We've made sure it's exactly what the fans want. We're doing some of the best numbers from last season. Alfonso [Ribeiro, who won the most recent season] is hosting. There's some great, passionate numbers involved and watching what's happened in the past cities, we've had standing ovations and the reviews have been amazing so Baltimore can expect a really, really good show.