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Ivana Surovcová

Ivana SurovcováIvana Surovcová was born on July 24th, 1986 in Nitra, Czechoslovakia. She is an actress, known for Nesmrtelní in 2010, Let's Dance in 2006 and Slávik 2009 in 2009. She has been married to Marián Gáborík since July 14, 2017 and they have moved to Los Angeles.

"I attend acting courses in Los Angeles, but specialize in advertising. I really enjoy it and I wanted to improve on this side. An ad I did with Roger Federer stuck in my memory because he's so incredibly funny."

"We laughed a lot and the time quickly passed. One of the most convenient was an advertisement for mattresses, I rolled in bed all day. Probably the most cordial were the people on the last shoot for a cosmetics company."

"Here in Los Angeles and the weather is one important element that suits me. Sunny days make you more active, you feel a lot of energy and most importantly, you do everything with a smile on your face. Of course, I miss family, friends, good bread and real, sincere people."

You founded the Kattiva trends and lifestyle e-shop with your friend Katka Štumpfová. How did this idea come about?

"At that time, I did not have a visa in the United States and, honestly, I was not happy with that feeling. As a dancer and a commercial model, you have to be present, to exist in the place where you work and where offers come."

"That's why I started thinking about work I could do from anywhere in the world. The team is just an online store. I had a lot of inspiration and a lot of ideas came to me, so I really started thinking about this possibility."

"A week later, Katka called me and asked if we would start a business together, and a few weeks later, the company was born. After all, it is only possible to dance until a certain age. We both have a university degree, we can use our knowledge."

"Since then, working on Kattiva is also our hobby and we devote ourselves to it every day. We always try to bring exclusive pieces of jewelry and accessories, to please our customers."

Our friendship started at a dance competition when we were about 8 years old. Even though, we were competing against each other, we were chitchatting on all the breaks anyway.

The phones of that time were more like a brick than the fashion accessory they are nowadays and of course there wasn’t the option of electronic communication.

That’s why the time we spent together was limited. Everything changed when we bumped into each other at a prep course for the University of Economics in Bratislava and became much closer friends.

Ivana SurovcováMy relationship to hockey? I watched all the world championships and kept my fingers crossed. I educated myself in it, but certainly not as much as I do now.

When I'm overseas with Marián, I won't miss a match. I watch him closely, but I don't let the surroundings disturb me. Most of the matches this year in the play-offs were action-oriented. Sometimes I feel that I take it too seriously, as though I myself was playing out on the ice.

Being the wife of hockey player is not difficult, but it is different. I am a very active person, and when I woke up in New York one day and I didn't have a busy day of work I felt lost.

I didn't know what to do with so much free time, and it was harder to find things I could do in a foreign country surrounded by strangers. Today I am bolder and am not afraid to ask and look for possibilities.

What is really demanding about being married to a professional hockey player is constantly moving, packing, unpacking, flying up - flying down. Always getting used to a new environment and new people.

When I'd finally found friends I met in the city - we would move again. On the other hand, I had at least the opportunity to get to know about life in the different states in America.

In Slovakia I am famous for dancing. Synonyms that come to my mind first when I think of my life being linked to dancing would certainly be synonymous with that area.

Ivana Surovcová"I can't imagine that in my forties I would still be dancing in front of an audience. Perhaps it would not be a very pleasant sight. Now I am in my life phase, when I am more aware that time is passing very fast and my dancing period is slowly ending."

"I am currently performing in the very successful Just Dance musical. Is it hard work for me, but rather fun with colleagues and other dancers. I share a scene with my brother in one of the most emotional scenes of the whole musical."

"Just Dance is a great dance show, full of emotions, beautiful costumes, stories, through which we can show the audience that social dance can also be performed on theater boards."

"If I say it's just fun, I'd be deceptive, because we've had incredibly long training sessions, preparing difficult choreographies that have caused various injuries."

"Our bodies also get busy during the performance - when we can barely catch our breath after dancing and have no time to breathe it out because we have to do a quick change into other costumes and dances."

"On the other hand, we usually have known all the dancers since we were children, so we are a great group of people and have a lot of fun together. With Tomin, we have a Waltz show with a pretty emotional story to tell - a sibling relationship with a sad ending."

"I like to dance with my brother, Tomin, because we are used to each other after so many years. But, I certainly liked the concept of Let's Dance, where we danced with amateurs, because we had the opportunity to show people that if they wanted to, they could learn to dance."

Ivana Surovcová"As coaches we have been improving and seeing the end result and the progress of an amateur from the first training to the end of the show - it was very valuable to us. All the energy invested in the workouts immediately returned to us."

"I had the opportunity to teach four celebrities of different ages at Let's Dance, I don't know if it was lucky, but I was respected during the trainings and tried to work together. When I teach someone dance, I try to find the most appropriate approach."

"Some people can concentrate for three hours on training and some others just an hour. Since we had six days to learn choreography, so based on my partner's concentration, I chose a lesson-based learning system."

While photographing the editorial, she talked about why she succumbed to Filip Tůma. She herself admitted that the time you spend on the trainings is somehow closer. Wasn't she or her boyfriend afraid it might happen again?

"Sympathy between the two is probably the basis, and when added to the time spent together, fighting for a common goal, as well as experienced emotions at a given moment, it does wonders. I do not know that another series is being prepared, so we do not even think about it. :)"

Long distance relationship. That's probably a mandatory question for you. Yet you say that while you are young and dancing, you want to dance in Slovakia. Have you ever considered happiness in the United States on a Let's Dance show?

Ivana Surovcová"Unfortunately, I decided to have a long-distance relationship, because as a dancer I realize that I will not dance forever and want to enjoy it all the time. I have a job that I love, that fulfills me and makes happy, but it's at the expense of privacy, which makes me often sad. I tried Dancing with the stars, where I sent my CV and DVD, that's about it."

How often do you communicate with Marian? After all, does time shift do its own or do you send emails? Do you have agreed times or signs?

"We have no signs agreed. We communicate daily, call and write emails."

Have you become dependent on individual forms of chat, multimedia or Facebook thanks to the distance relationship?

"I think I was dependent on social networks much before the long-distance relationship came. I have a lot of acquaintances around the world and thanks to the achievements of technology I can be in touch with them."

A few years ago, you were a pretty ordinary girl who started her career. Naturally, as an earning and becoming well-known in the media, you have a certain income. Have you become a shop alcoholic dependent on quality handbags, shoes and brands at all?

I like fashion very much, but I hate going to the shops, because it's too exhausting and tired. I am indecisive in this area and it takes a whole day to buy some shoes. I give the expensive brands for reward, I do not do it too often, because then I can appreciate the value of things more.

I do not have my favorite shopping destination, more or less it is not important to me, the important thing is that my friend must be with me, who will say to me firmly: "Yes, take this for sure!" purchases me much faster.

IIvana Surovcovávana Surovcová is well known and made herself famous by dancing. There are many synonyms that come to mind the moment her fans say her name. When asked what comes to herr mind first when she hears her own name she says:

"I have never considered such a question, but since my life is connected with dance, I would definitely use synonyms from this area."

Surovcová has also been dancing with her brother since early childhood. When asked if she could ever imagine leaving dance one day she replied:

"I can not imagine that when I am in my forties I would still show the audience dance creations. It probably wouldn't be a very pleasant sight."

"Now I am in the phase of life, when I am more aware that time passes very quickly and even my dancing period is slowly shortening. I could already count it on one hand."

Surovcová is currently performing in the very successful musical Just Dance. When asked whether it is hard work for her or is it rather fun with colleagues and other dancers she repiled:

"Just Dance is a great dance show, full of emotions, beautiful costumes, stories, through which we can show the audience that ballroom dancing can also be performed on theater boards."

"If I answer that it is just fun, I am lying, because we have had incredibly long tedious trainings, the preparation of demanding choreographies, in which various injuries have occurred."

Ivana Surovcová"Our body also gets busy during the performance, when we barely can catch our breath after dancing and we don't even have enough time to exhale, because we have quick changes into disguises for other costumes and dances."

"On the other hand, we have known all the other dancers since childhood and we are an excellent group of people so we will naturally also enjoy a lot of fun."

Surovcová and her brother play even one of the most emotional scenes of the whole musical together and she admits:

"My brother, Tomin and I have a waltz exhibition with a really emotional story, but I will only reveal that it is a sibling relationship with a sad ending."

When asked who she likes to dance with the most? Would you rather dance with a professional or is taking the challenge of teaching an amateur stronger Surovcová repiled:

"I prefer to dance with my brother Tomin, because we are used to each other after so many years. Certainly I also liked the concept of Let's Dance, where we danced with amateurs, because we had the opportunity to show people that if they want, they can learn to dance."

"I'm talking about how we improved as coaches, seeing the final result and the progress of the amateur from the first training sessions to the end of the whole show was very valuable for us. All the energy put into the workouts returned immediately."

"I had the opportunity to teach four celebrities of different ages in Let's Dance, I don't know if it was luck, but they respected me in training and tried to cooperate." "When I teach someone, I try to find the most appropriate approach. Some can concentrate for three whole hours of training and some only for an hour. Since we had six days to learn the choreography, I chose the teaching system for the next few days according to my partner's level of concentration."

Ivana SurovcováThe subject of long-distance relationship is probably an obligatory question for you. Nevertheless, you say that while you are young and dancing, you want to dance in Slovakia. For example, why didn't you consider trying your luck in the United States on Let's Dance?

"Unfortunately, I decided to have a long-distance relationship, because as a dancer I realize that I will not dance forever and I still want to enjoy it to the fullest. I have a job that I really enjoy, fills me with joy and makes me happy, but it's at the expense of privacy, which I often feel sad about. I did try out for Dancing with the Stars, where I sent my resume and DVD, but that's about it."

How often do you communicate with your husband Marián? Do you have agreed upon times or signs? "We have no signs agreed. We communicate with each other on a daily basis, calling and writing emails.

So, have you become dependent on individual forms of chat, multimedia or Facebook "thanks" to a distance relationship?

"I think I was addicted to social networks long before the long-distance relationship came along. I have many acquaintances around the world and thanks to the advances in technology I can be in contact with them."

A few years ago, you were an ordinary girl who had started her career - naturally, as earning rose and you became media-familiar, you have a certain income. Have you become dependent on quality handbags, shoes and brands in general?

"I really like fashion, but I hate going shopping because it makes me too exhausted. I am an indecisive person in this area, and as long as I buy one pair of shoes, it takes the whole day. I get expensive brands as a reward, I don't do it very often, because then I can relate to the value of things more."

Ivana Surovcová"I don't have a favorite destination for shopping - more or less it's not important to me. The important thing is that I have to be with my friend, who will tell me vigorously: "Yes, be sure to take this!" I usually take her opinion and this is how I buy things much faster."

"I have a "must have" piece in my wardrobe that I had been saving for over a long period of time, but it was worth it. It is a handbag from the Tod's brand, which I had been looking for over a very long time - it is my first piece in which I have invested and I still have it in a very usable condition."

"It still makes me happy. The second piece I was looking forward to having and in which I also invested is a handbag from Alexander Wang, which I bought with Miška Kocianová in New York."

"My recipe you might say - how I can still be smiling and in a good mood is that when I want to receive smiles myself, I have to hand them out myself. I try to be in a positive mood every day, to smile, more often I realize how grateful I am to be able to do what I enjoy."

"I try to drive away negative thoughts, even if it's not easy. And I also have my days when I'm frowning, I don't want to get out of the apartment, out of bed, I just want to be alone, but fortunately it only happens a few times a year."

"It's a time for me when I have to leave Slovakia. It's no secret that I'm flying to see my husband, but before I fly to Marian in Canada, I'll stop in Los Angeles. I have to arrange a few important things there, as we have lived there in recent years.

Ivana SurovcováA beautiful blonde could easily enjoy the life of a housewife in America, but she is not exactly that type. That is why she is constantly striving for new activities or professional experience.

"I would also like to take part in castings for advertisements or take other photos, as I have work visas in America and Los Angeles is perfect for such possibilities." commented Surovcová, who recently found herself on the cover of a popular Slovak women's magazine.

As a model, but also an ambassador, she also was photographed in a collection of sportswear in the summer. The choice of a blonde for this role is quite logical, as she has loved movement since she was a child and her life is connected with sports, dancing and physical activities in general.

Many women, looking at her, ask the question of what they actually need to do to keep themselves in such great shape. In addition to dancing, according to Ivana it is undoubtedly yoga or running. "I'm also a big fan of the Pilates reformer," she said. This exercise can also be tried in several specialized facilities at home in Slovakia."

Ivana Surovcová has been a couple with hockey player Marián Gáborík for six years. Over a holiday weekend, she received a question that many women are waiting for.

The well-known athlete asked for her hand and did so during a romantic romantic holiday together in Cuba. She did not keep the secret and boasted about it directly on her blog. "Who else should know first, not you babies," she wrote, addressing her words to blog readers.

Ivana Surovcová"At one point, Marián suddenly knelt on this beautiful beach of Varadero and asked for my hand. I didn't understand what was going on. Only then did it all come to a head. I cried like a small child and said YES! And so I was engaged! I still can't believe it." smiled Surovcová, who received the coveted question on the beach in Cuba.

It was there that Gáborík and I danced together to the music of domestic musicians who won to tourists on the beach. As the video on Instagram, which the blonde published, shows, in six years of dating, part of her dancing skills had been transferred to the hockey player.

I was most pleased with Marián's win at the Stanley Cup, because he finally had a dream come true after so many years in which he longed for this trophy.

The joy in his eyes spoke for everything. I can also enjoy little things, I try to take everything positively and then life is the best in the world.

I want to have children in the future - most of my classmates are in anticipation of having a child or already have one or two children. So, then I realize that time is still flying, even though the clock is not very loud.

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