The 38-year-old TV presenter went to three rehearsals and gave up the idea of going out on the floor.
48-year-old Yegor Druzhinin, who is known as a choreographer and member of the jury of such TV projects as “DANCES on TNT” and “Dancing with the Stars”, became a guest of the program “The Fate of a Man”. The director told Boris Korchevnikov about how he was casting for the popular film for children “The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, Ordinary and Unbelievable”, in which Yegor starred as a child. And also about his life in the USA, where Druzhinin left to study mastery at the dance school of Alvin Ailey.
Egor Druzhinin as a child. Shot from “The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin”
Student Druzhinin had a hard time in the States. There was not enough money to live in the metropolis, so the dancer had to earn extra money as a waiter, car washer and even a laboratory assistant in a medical institution. The now famous choreographer at one time poured urine from one beaker into another, which he now recalls with a laugh. Korchevnikov’s guest said that in a fit of despair he even turned to the world ballet star for help Mikhail Baryshnikov… “We were introduced to Baryshnikov. Misha shared his contacts and said: “Call me, I’ll see what I can do,” – said Yegor. It is not known whether the then student from Russia had to dial the coveted number, but the ordeal in a foreign land ended very soon.
After returning to his homeland in the late 90s, Druzhinin for a long time led a dance group in one of the restaurants in St. Petersburg. Then he was asked to stage choreography for filming clips. So, Yegor’s cooperation with Philip Kirokorov and other Russian pop stars began. Then, as you know, the “Star Factory” happened in the director’s career, and he also began to engage in theater shows. The hero of the Fate of Man became a member of the jury of “DANCES on TNT” in 2014. In January of this year, the director was included in the judging panel of the Dancing with the Stars project.
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During a conversation with Yegor Druzhinin on the topic of competitions, Boris Korchevnikov suddenly remembered that he himself almost became a participant in a TV show on the Russia 1 channel. “Many, many years ago, about ten years, I was also invited to the project“ Dancing with the Stars ”. I went to three or four rehearsals, and after that they told me that it’s better not, ”admitted Korchevnikov. The host added that the magic of the profession of a choreographer lies in the fact that he can even do something from a tree like himself. To reassure the TV star about his small abilities, Yegor immediately volunteered to teach Boris a couple of movements.
“I very often work with dramatic actors, for whom the ability to dance is not in the first place. And the last such experience was at the Yaroslavl Volkov Theater, where we staged the play “Jewish Happiness”. The guys were also afraid at first. But I reassured them, saying that no one would force them to dance in the generally accepted sense of the word, ”commented the 38-year-old TV presenter’s attempts to portray Druzhinin several times. “It’s so good that Tsiskaridze didn’t see me. It seems to me that compared to me, all people are beautiful in his eyes, ”Korchevnikov also joked.
Family of Yegor Druzhinin and Nikolai Tsiskaridze
We add that Nikolai Tsiskaridze also sits on the jury of the “Dancing with the Stars” project. Note that despite the relationship with Druzhinin, the ballet dancer always speaks caustically about him, and during the discussion of the participants’ numbers, both argue. Egor explains this by the fact that both he and his famous colleague have no gifts. In addition, according to the director, Tsiskaridze is still jealous of his named sister. Veronica Itskovich, with whom the director has been married for over 30 years.
Egor Druzhinin and Nikolai Tsiskaridze in the jury of “Dancing with the Stars”
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The final of the 7th season of the show “DANCES” was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic