Confidential Diaries: Opening Night

Confidential Diaries: Opening Night

Our venues are booked. Our bus is packed. And our Confidential tour is officially underway.

We opened Confidential at Hammons Hall, a lovely performing arts center on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, Missouri. Believe it or not, I still get nerves on opening night. Between the excitement and steps, how can I not? But I love it. I love performing live. I love meeting my fans. And, with this show in particular, I love telling my story through dance.

The show itself is based around love, heart and being real with our emotions. And I think we show that.

Both Maks and Val have shared their story of coming to America and pursuing their dreams with Our Way, but I’ve never had the opportunity to share my story. Confidential is my story – well, our story. It’s about meeting Maks, falling in love, and all of the trials and detours that got us to where we are today – we get to play that out night after night. So, obviously, it’s very personal and very special because not many people know that side of me.

So, let’s talk about opening night, shall we?

First of all, it’s been a minute since the last time I’ve been on a tour of this scale – probably not since Dancing With the Stars, which seems like forever ago – and since then, I’ve gotten married and had a child.

In a lot of ways tours are all the same; you wake up in a new city, walk through the show, get glammed up, go to meet-n-greets, perform, and hop back on your bus to do it all over again the next day. What makes this show unique, however, is that I’m performing with my husband and brother-in-law, and sharing a bus with a one-year-old, my mum, and a nanny. Where I once only had to worry about myself, there are now a lot more people who depend on me.

Almost immediately upon arrival, we hit our first snag: it was taking too long (at least in the eyes of a one-year-old) to get Shai’s toys unloaded and set up. So, my mum, our nanny Katie and I had to wrangle a bored, cranky, out-of-his routine toddler. Fortunately, as soon as he saw his car and was able to cruise around for a bit, it was smooth sailing.

Well, almost. Throughout the show, we play these personal videos from Maks, Val and me, that talk about love and being in love and our journeys to find that. I had heard what mine sounded like, obviously, because I recorded it – but I hadn’t heard what Maks said. So, when I heard the beautiful things he said about me during our first run-through, it was just very emotional. And I’m not going to lie, there were a few times during the performance that night where I did get a little choked up. Happy tears only, I promise.

That night, we put our hearts out there for our audience and they so graciously accepted it (and gave us a standing ovation)! My hope is that, beyond the lifts and tricks and all that jazz, they really felt the human aspect we were trying to convey. Feel the love. Feel the family. Heck, maybe even feel like dancing, themselves.


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Confidential Tour

For Confidential tickets and information, visit maksandvaltour.com.

March 19 – Hammons Hall, Springfield, MO

March 20 – Victory Theatre, Evansville, IN

March 21 – Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN

March 22 – DPAC, Durham, NC

March 23 – Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA

March 24 – TPAC, Nashville, TN

March 25 – Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, GA

March 27 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

March 28 – Fillmore, Miami, FL

March 29 – Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL

March 30 – Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando, FL

March 31 – Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL

April 2 – Wilson Center, Wilmington, NC

April 3 – Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA

April 4 – American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA

April 5 – American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA

April 6 – Wang Center, Boston, MA

April 7 – Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY

April 8 –  Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA

April 10 – Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA

April 11 – Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY

April 12 – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT

April 13 – Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ

April 14 – Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

April 15 – MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

April 17 – Morris PAC, South Bend, IN

April 18 – Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

April 19 – EJ Thomas, Akron, OH

April 20 – EKU Center, Richmond, KY

April 21 – Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

April 22 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

April 24 – Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN

April 25 – Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA

April 26 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX

April 27 – Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX

April 28 – Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX

April 29 – Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO

May 1 – Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO

May 2 – Bellco Theatre, Denver, CO

May 4 ­– Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

May 5 – Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA

May 6 – City National Civic, San Jose, CA

May 8 – Morrison Center, Boise, ID

May 9 – Eccles Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT

May 11 – Grand Sierra Casino, Reno, NV

May 12 – Fox Theatre, Riverside, CA

May 13 – Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

May 14 – Luther Burbank, Santa Rosa, CA

May 15 – Gallo Center, Modesto, CA

May 16 – Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV

Photo Credit: Mike Williams

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