Why 2 ‘DWTS’ Pros Stayed In The Bravo ‘Dancing Queens’ Star’s Basement

“Dancing Queens” star Sabrina Strasser always had an eye for talent.

The new Bravolebrity, who made her reality TV debut Tuesday night, reveals on an upcoming episode of Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast that she let two “Dancing With the Stars” pros sleep in her basement before fame.

“I have worked with Daniella [Karagach] and pacha [Pashkov]says Strasser, adding that the married props from “DWTS” choreographed a number for her and her dance partner Stanislav “Stas” Kochergin years ago.

“They slept at my house, they lived with me for two days because they were choreographing a number and they needed a place to stay,” explains the Toronto resident.

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“Dancing Queens” star Sabrina Strasser appears on an upcoming episode of Page Six’s “Virtual Reali-Tea” podcast.
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Strasser reveals that “Dancing With the Stars” pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov slept in his basement before fame.
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“So they stayed in my basement and now they’re [on ‘Dancing With the Stars’]. And they deserve it, they are wonderful”.

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By the way, “DWTS” OGs, including Val Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, make cameo appearances on the inaugural season of “Dancing Queens.” Although Strasser did not film any scenes with them, he appreciates his involvement in the unscripted series.

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“Dancing Queens” recently premiered on Bravo.
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“I’d love to work with them,” he tells us, noting that Mark Ballas and Derek Hough are among his favorite mirrorball champions. “We love them, they are our idols too. They are beautiful dancers.”

Strasser is one of the six women who star in “Dancing Queens.” The group of fearless competitors also includes Donie Burch from New York City, Gaëlle Benchetrit, Colette Marotto and Pooja Mehta from Scottsdale, Ariz. and Leonie Biggs of Hawthorn, NJ.

The series follows these highly-skilled amateurs as they invest time and money in their all-round dedication to ballroom dancing.

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Strasser is one of six daring Pro-Am ballroom competitors to star in the new unscripted series.

Meanwhile, the cast must juggle demanding responsibilities as mothers, wives, businesswomen, and possibly most difficult of all, friends.

“This is our life. This is the world of dance. We are friends, but not friends. Should I say friends-enemies?” Strasser scoffs.

“We really love what we do. And bringing it out on the dance floor is inspiring for us and for people watching,” she continues. “So I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to share it because it’s a whole world that people don’t know about yet.”

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With reality TV notoriety on the horizon, Strasser is “manifesting” a future by competing on “Dancing With the Stars.”
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With more eyes on the cutthroat Pro-Am ballroom competition circuit, Strasser dreams that the exposure could lead to a future season of competing for the mirrorball trophy.

“I said, wouldn’t it be a great show if ‘Dancing Queens’ went up against ‘Dancing With the Stars’? And then we had to dance with your professionals? AND [we’ll] look at how the ‘Queens’ are doing with different professionals”, she reflects.

“I love that premise. I am waiting, I am manifesting. And usually, when I manifest, it somehow comes out.”

“Dancing Queens” airs Tuesdays at 9 pm ET on Bravo.

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