After three tough decades per­fect­ing her moves — par­tic­u­larly on Danc­ing with the Stars — Kym John­son’s look­ing for a dif­fer­ent kind of pair­ing. Read mar­riage, home life and a brace of chil­dren

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Kym John­son is ready to start a new phase of her life. The 38year-old has moved back to Aus­tralia from the US and has swapped danc­ing for judg­ing on

Danc­ing with the Stars.

Now she is hop­ing to find love.

John­son’s decision comes after three decades of tough slog in the world of pro­fes­sional dance.

It is a ca­reer that de­mands end­less sacrifice to be the best. It im­pacts your so­cial life and hob­bles your ro­man­tic life.

John­son has been in high­pro­file re­la­tion­ships with crick­eter Shane Wat­son and TV pre­sen­ter Tom Wil­liams, but re­mains sin­gle.

Now it is time for John­son to let a younger gen­er­a­tion of dancers take to the floor while she con­cen­trates on get­ting her per­sonal life in or­der.

“Mov­ing home was a decision I made to think more about my per­sonal life,” John­son says. “That is what I am fo­cus­ing on. I have been a worka­holic.”

John­son started danc­ing at the age of three, train­ing in bal­let, tap, and jazz as well as ac­ro­bat­ics and singing.

By 13 she had moved to com­pet­i­tive ball­room. She teamed up with Lithua­nian To­mas Atko­ce­vi­cius and went on to be­come the Aus­tralian Ball­room Cham­pion. She also rep­re­sented the coun­try in the World 10 dance cham­pi­onships for two years run­ning.

“I had to grow up quickly,” John­son says. “You do have to give 100 per cent. When I got to my teenage years I was (al­ready) work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally.

“I was very fo­cused and very se­ri­ous as a teenager. I think that is a good thing to have: a fo­cus and pas­sion.”

John­son re­tired from com­pet­i­tive ball­room in 2001 but went on to tour the world in the hit stage show Burn the

Floor. John­son joined Danc­ing

with the Stars in 2004, part­ner­ing Home and Away hunk Justin Melvey. The fol­low­ing year she teamed with

Great Out­doors pre­sen­ter Wil­liams to win the Chan­nel 7 dance show.

John­son was en­gaged to Wat­son at the time but ended the three-year re­la­tion­ship and be­came in­volved with Wil­liams.

“I was in a re­la­tion­ship for three years (with Wat­son) and thought I was go­ing to marry him and have kids; that takes a while to get over,” John­son wrote in 2012.

“I re­ally want to be a mum.”

The of­fer to ap­pear on sea­son three of the US ver­sion of Danc­ing with the

Stars couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time.

John­son threw her­self into the role, part­ner­ing talk show icon Jerry Springer, who she de­scribed as be­ing a fa­ther fig­ure to her.

In later sea­sons she part­nered N’Sync’s Joey Fa­tone, bil­lion­aire Mark Cuban, ma­gi­cian Penn Jil­lette, for­mer NFL player War­ren Sapp, and ac­tor David Alan Grier.

John­son be­came the only dance pro­fes­sional to win

Danc­ing with the Stars in two coun­tries when she won se­ries nine with Donny Os­mond.

In later sea­sons she part­nered Bay­watch star David Has­sel­hoff, ath­lete Hines Ward, ac­tor David Ar­quette, Fam­ily Mat­ters’ Jaleel White,

and Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal star Ingo Rademacher.

“The win­ning for­mula is some­one who is just will­ing to throw them­selves into it and not feel wor­ried about be­ing stupid on the dance floor,” John­son says.

“Peo­ple some­times think there is a team of peo­ple in there help­ing but there’s not. There’s just the chore­og­ra­pher and the celebrity.

“You re­ally have to think ‘how am I go­ing to get the best out of this per­son’ be­cause every­body’s dif­fer­ent. You have to change your teach­ing tech­niques and your chore­og­ra­phy (to adapt).

“I had a great ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing the show first in Aus­tralia with Justin, who was a great stu­dent. He was the hot sexy one. Then I had Tom, another hot sexy guy. Then I was given Michael Ca­ton, which was a fun chal­lenge.

“That helped me when I got Jerry Springer whose ca­pa­bil­i­ties (were limited) but he made up for it with his charm and the com­edy he brought to the rou­tines.

“The Hoff was another ex­am­ple. He wasn’t the best dancer but he was re­ally charm­ing and tried re­ally hard.”

John­son still has a year left on her con­tract with the US Danc­ing with the Stars.

A life part­ner would be ic­ing on the cake.

“Hope­fully that next chap­ter will fall into place,” John­son says. “We’ll see. Stay tuned.”

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