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CHELSIE HIGHTOWER: SWAM WITH DOLPHINS
Celebrating her 23rd birthday, the ballroom dancer beams as she gets a little love from her newfound pal during a July 21 swim with dolphins in Cancun, Mexico. "They are such gentle, smart and amazing creatures," she tells PEOPLE.
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MARK BALLAS: PLAYED VOLLEYBALL & DANCED
What a sport! Ballas puts on his best game face during a friendly beach volleyball match on Aug. 29 in Malibu, Calif. Though away from the dance floor, he continued to show off his fancy footwork that month at the Summer with the Stars charity event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. "My summer flew by so fast," he says. "I played music or danced almost every day for all kinds of events."
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KARINA SMIRNOFF: RODE THE WAVES
Enjoying some time in the surf and sand, the dance champ gets ready to during a July 20 paddle-boarding session at Oakley's Learn to Ride event in Miami Beach. "I'll miss the weather, the summer energy, the little downtime I had to do other things I love, like traveling, paddle boarding, [going to] the beach," Smirnoff tells PEOPLE of heading back to work.
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TONY DOVOLANI: CHILLED WITH FAMILY
"My favorite part of summer is being home with my family and attending a variety of charity events," says Dovolani, seen here grabbing a bite with wife Lina, daughter Luana, 6, and twins Adrian and Ariana, 4, at Bereket restaurant in Bridgeport, C.T. "I get to take the kids swimming and golfing."
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KYM JOHNSON: TOOK HOME ANOTHER TROPHY
After claiming the mirror ball trophy in 2009 and 2011, the Aussie beauty earns another prize as she and Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte lead Team Gamers to victory at the June 22 NFL Pigskin Pro-Am celebrity event in Chicago. "Summer is a chance to take some time out to rest and relax with family and friends – and try not to have a strict schedule," she tells PEOPLE.
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MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY: HIT THE HAMPTONS
Looking good! The chiseled dancer catches up on some RampR with a July 20 dip in the pool during a weekend in the Hamptons. "For the first time I got to spend some time in the Hamptons with my family and friends," he says about the posh New York playground. "I see what the hype is about; I loved it out there!"
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VAL CHMERKOVSKIY: ENJOYED FINE DINING
While older brother Maksim went for a splash, the dance pro enjoys a night out at famed Big Apple eatery Cipriani Downtown on Aug. 6. "N.Y.C. is where my heart and family is," he tells PEOPLE.
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DEREK HOUGH: BONDED WITH HIS PUP
After partying with his costars in Las Vegas, Hough pals around with his new partner – his rescue dog, Eyboi, during an Aug. 29 beach outing in Malibu, Calif. "He's my buddy and I take him everywhere," Hough tells PEOPLE. "Until I adopted him, I didn't know that I had such a void in my life. And he loves the beach as much as I do."
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