‘Dancing with the Stars’: Did Ralph Macchio Win?


‘Dancing with the Stars’: Did Ralph Macchio Win?

Ralph Macchio was a television star years before his debut on the YouTube Red-turned-Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” as many fans may recall.

Macchio competed alongside professional dancer Karina Smirnoff on season 12 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” about ten years ago.

However, many viewers are unaware that Macchio was a professional dancer long before he appeared on the reality show.

Here’s everything you need to know about Macchio’s appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” in case you forgot.

Macchio is a dancer who has performed in the past.

Although most of the celebrities on “Dancing with the Stars” have never danced before (this season’s celebrity cast caused a stir when it was revealed that at least five of them have professional experience or dance training), Macchio has been dancing since he was a child.

Macchio began taking tap dance lessons at the age of three, according to Biography.com, and was discovered by a talent agent while performing in a dance recital at the age of sixteen.

He didn’t get his first acting role as Jeremy Andretti in ABC’s “Eight Is Enough” until he was 18.

Macchio played J Pierrepont Finch in a US revival tour of the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in 1996, when he was 34 years old.

Playbill did a feature on Macchio in April 1996, shortly before the tour’s debut, in which it mentioned his role in the chorus of the same play when he was in high school.

According to Macchio:

I was never cast in the lead role at the time.

I was known as the ‘Dancing Kid,’ not because I was particularly talented.

But I’d been dancing since I was three years old, when I began taking lessons at the June Claire School of Dance in Babylon, New York.

Here’s a video of him in the play.

If fans are curious about whether Macchio’s dancing skills – which the Baltimore Sun described as “a nice, loose-limbed dancing style” in 1996 – helped him play a karate student in “The Karate Kid,” Macchio discussed it in his Playbill profile as well.

“[Macchio] attributes some of his deft and fluid moves in movies [such]as the Karate…,” according to reports.

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