If you’re ever going to achieve your secret dream of winning the mirrored-ball championship trophy on Dancing With the Stars, well, the fact is that you’re going to have to train. And here’s your opportunity to do so in the heart of the warm Palm Springs Valley with the best of the best: Karina Smirnoff. Joining the cast for eight seasons, Smirnoff is an international dance champion and a winning dancer on the show.
The Ukrainian ballroom star is taking on amateur mambo kings and queens at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa December 6-8 for a weekend of training, dining, drinking, mingling, and tripping the light fantastic.
December 6 kicks off the weekend with a reception and cocktail party where all attendees will personally get a meet-and-greet and raise a toast to Smirnoff. The next day, it’s time to get physical. Smirnoff will lead guests through two exhilarating DanceFIT-KS exercise sessions, a conditioning program that she designed to whip your dancing muscles into shape.
If you haven’t mastered the cha-cha posture by the end of session two, she’ll be glad to explain it all in her Q&A happy hour that evening. If I were you, I’d ask her to demonstrate her PETA oath: “I’d rather dance naked than wear fur.” But maybe you’d rather ask her to judge your twerking technique. It’s your call. Just don’t ask if she’ll join you for a Smirnoff martini afterwards…she’s heard that one before.
On Sunday morning, December 8, you’ll have another hour working up a sweat followed by a DVD signing. Between the weekend sessions you’re going to want to take advantage of the Westin Mission Hills’ amazingly beautiful 365-acre property with two champion golf courses, seven lighted tennis courts, three pools, a 60-foot water slide and multiple dining options including the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant Pinzimini.
Or heal your workout aches and pains with a massage, a steam, and a muscle detox treatment at the Westin Mission Hill's spa. Then again, you might just want to pass out in your newly-remodeled hotel room or suite at the four-diamond resort, especially if you take advantage of the special $189 rate being offered to the Smirnoff’s guests.
Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, lifestyle and fashion. She is also Editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, and BBC. She's co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including '...(Read More)