Hi Everyone! How was your Christmas? I hope it was everything you hoped for. In just a few media things to share with you, here is Mark Ballas Singing “O Holy Night” at the Second Baptist church in Houston Texas on Christmas Eve. Beautiful!! Wow, the more I hear him sing (especially his new material), the more I am becoming a fan of his, musically speaking.
Cheryl Burke is receiving rave reviews for her performance in “Forever Tango”. Here is one of several reveiws out there from the Stark Insider. Be sure to read the link for more.
Tango does well to keep things moving swiftly. There are no monologues, filler or, even, attempts at theatrics. The dance is, thankfully, the thing, and the only thing. It serves the production well which establishes a vibrant pace that doesn’t let up until the intermission some sixty minutes later.
For a show about dance, however, the stage does somewhat constrict the performer’s room to move. The orchestra takes well over half of it, resulting in a narrow band in front that the dancers use, albeit effectively. It would’ve been nice to have some depth to the stage. Instead, at times it can feel a bit like a tennis match: dance to the left, back to the right, then left, right, etc. Also, by the end of the evening some of the dance numbers felt slightly repetitive, and the drone of the bandoneon reminded me too much of a vuvuzela.
While I’m not a huge fan of dance productions, it’s pretty evident that this show won me over, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. For those that love the tango, are fans of Cheryl Burke or enjoy a thrilling and authentic experience should walk out of Forever Tango thoroughly entertained.
Carrie Ann gives some advice on how to look your best during the holidays. Here is a take from Bella Sugar.
“It’s been quite an intense year, as you saw with Dancing With the Stars,” she said. “We had an incredible season. It’s a nice way to wrap up the year, say thanks to all my friends and family, and maybe welcome the new year a little early.” So to see Carrie’s tips on getting your shimmer on, what false lashes she thinks are the best, and more, just just reading.
BellaSugar: Tell me about shimmery makeup for the holidays. What’s your take on it, and do you have any advice on how to wear it without looking tacky?Carrie Ann Inaba: I think shimmer is good for the holidays. I think that’s what the holidays are for . . . But if you’re going to go with shimmer, just stick with neutral tones, like gray and charcoal. For me, because I’m from Hawaii, I like to focus on my skin. So I think trying to make yourself look like you have a healthy glow rather than looking like a Christmas ornament is probably the better way to approach things — so, a little shimmer on your cheeks, a little shimmer under the eyebrow. For me, because I have a tiny little nose, I put a little shimmer on the bridge of my nose just to make my nose look a little more pronounced. So anywhere you want a little more “ta-da,” that’s where you put it.
BS: So are you more of a bold lip or a bold eye kind of girl?CAI: Oh, bold eye!
BS: I thought you were going to say that!CAI: Must have false eyelashes; must have liquid liner. One of my favorite lashes is the MAC number two lashes ($14). They’re just so pretty, and so long. And oddly, I don’t know how, but somehow they just look natural even though there’s no way in the world they could be.
It sounds like all the dancers are having a wonderful Christmas. Here are a few of their tweets.
Just finished a lovely christmas dinner at the Tree Room at Sundance. Such a wonderful resort! http://yfrog.com/gy63zbj
— Louis van Amstel (@LouisVanAmstel) December 26, 2010
Nothin like the holidays with family..got the most amazing painting today signed by the artist. So excited.
— Chelsie Hightower (@chelsiehightowr) December 26, 2010
@Tom_Bergeron Santa told me last night he wants 4 hoe's instead of 3! I don't blame him! 😉
— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) December 25, 2010
Where am I now? City where the original 'David' sculpture is….. http://plixi.com/p/64789239
— Maksim Chmerkovskiy (@MaksimC) December 23, 2010
White Christmas lights. B-O-R-I-N-G. Traffic lights look more festive. Next stop: unpainted Easter eggs.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) December 20, 2010
I love white lights. What is he talking about? Funny as I have a good freind who says the same on them. lol
Ok, that is all we have for you for now. Remember, it’s not too late to ever get your jingle on. More soon. 😉