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"Dancing with the Stars" Couples Prepare for Rare Dances

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars enters unfamiliar territory for its fourth week of competition, which begins Monday night on ABC.

The couples will tackle dances that have rarely, if ever, been performed on the show.  The dances were assigned to them by their opponents.

Kirstie Alley and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, will do the Charleston.  She teases to ABC News Radio that their routine will be inspired by the Prohibition era.

She adds, "We gotta be lively."

Karina Smirnoff, the pro partner of Apolo Anton Ohno, felt unprepared for their dance style -- hip-hop -- during rehearsals.

She said, "Hip-hop is not my forte.  So I'm going to do my research, I'm going to go on YouTube, Google."

Look for Kelly Monaco and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, to perform contemporary dance.  He offers this unusual preview: "We might do a number that represents two people falling in love and...then ending with birth on the floor for the first time in Dancing with the Stars history."

Paula Abdul will serve as a guest judge on Monday's edition of Dancing with the Stars, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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