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DWTS12 – Introducing The Dancers Of The Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe (Photos)

From what we can gather from Facebook and Twitter, below are some of the new professional dancers that are all part of the new “Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe”. Elena Grinenko of Grinya’s Entertainment, retired and famed Russian World Champion Ballroom Dancer, is in charge of the new troupe. As reported earlier, the new dance troupe will be choreographing and performing demonstration dances every Tuesday night during the Results show. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this new dance troupe is all about, are you? Now to introduce some of the new dancers….

Kiki Nyemchek & Magda Fialek:

Oleksandr (Sasha) Altukhov and Oksana Dmytrenko:

Nicole Volynets:

Ted Volynets:

And last but, not least Peta Murgatroyd who many of you are already familiar with. According to Peta, Damian Whitewood isn’t part of the dance troupe, but, will still be dancing in the pro numbers. Peta is also helping to choreograph the dance troupe according to her twitter.

As soon as we find out more on the new Dance Troupe and more of the dancers, we’ll be sure to let you know. Stop back here after Tuesday night’s show and let us know what you think. ;)

EDIT TO ADD: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Ryan, here is even more on the Dance Troupe from ABC.

Tomorrow, TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the 12th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (“Episode 1202A”), the first couple will be eliminated from the competition, an all-new pro dance troupe of six world renowned performers will make its debut, and top-selling recording artist Chris Brown will perform two numbers.

This week, an all-new troupe of six world-renowned, award-winning dancers joins the series for the first of several spectacular “Results Show” performances this season. On Tuesday, the troupe will perform an opening number alongside six “Dancing with the Stars” pros and do a second, stand alone routine choreographed by Jason Gilkison. The Season 12 “Dancing with the Stars” troupe is:

* Oksana Dmyrenko is a premiere performer in Ballroom and Latin dance around the world. Having studied in her home of Ukraine and around the world, she won the 2010 International World Masters Championship, placed 2nd in the 2009 U.S. National Championships, and was recently among the Top 30 of 500 of the world’s best couples in the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival.

* Tristan MacMahon began dancing in his home of Dublin, Ireland before moving on to compete around Europe, eventually winning numerous Juvenile, Junior and Amateur competitions. After appearing in “Ella Enchanted,” he performed in theatre productions throughout Europe, including Bryan Flynn’s production of “Oliver!” and “Aladdin,” among others. He joined the U.K. tour of “Simply Ballroom” and, after a successful tour in London and Las Vegas, toured as a featured dancer with several successful shows in the U.S. After numerous world tours and a year teaching Ballroom and Latin dancing in the U.S., he returned to Europe to join the cast of “Dirty Dancing” as Dance Captain. He then went on to do a second stint on The West End stage in London

* Peta Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She studied Classical Ballet from age 4 and trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet Madame Lubov Nikonorenko. After becoming the Australian State Champion within three months of beginning Ballroom training, she competed around the world, placing 2nd in the Great World City Championships, was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore, a finalist in the Australian Open Championships, and placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006. After achieving her lifelong goal of dancing on Broadway, she moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in film and television in Los Angeles.

* 19-year-old Christopher “Kiki” Nyemchek began Ballroom and Latin dancing at age 4. Along with his dance partners, he has represented the U.S. at the World Championships three times, and competed in Europe and Asia. Kiki danced at Junior Blackpool three times, placing 29th out of more than 400 couples. He is noted as one of the Top Under 21 Latin dancers in the U.S. and is a National Amateur Finalist.

* Nicole Volynets began Ballroom training at age 14 with coach Maksim Chmerkovskiy. With her brother Ted by her side, Nicole has traveled the world in competition, placing as a top three national finalist for seven consecutive years and in the top eight at the 2007 U.S. National DanceSport Challenge. She performed at The Wynn, Las Vegas and in Macau, China for the opening of The Wynn – Macau.

* Ted Volynets began Ballroom dancing at age 11, following in older sister Nicole’s footsteps. While training with coaches Maksim and Val Chmerkovkiy, he has traveled the world representing his country, placing Top 15 at the National DanceSport Championships 2010. His television credits include appearances on MTV’s “MADE” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Outside the studio, Ted is a senior at New York University, studying Economics.

March 28, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars 12 – Las Vegas Odds For March 28th Before Showtime

My, what a difference one dance makes from last weeks odds. Below are the current Las Vegas Odds and how they stand before showtime. Ralph Macchio is in the top spot with Kirstie Alley, Hines Ward, and Chelsea Kane right behind.

Chelsea Kane 11/2
Chris Jericho 10/1
Hines Ward 5/1
Kendra Wilkinson 15/2
Kirsti Alley 3/1
Lil’ Romeo 10/1
Mike Catherwood 30/1
Petra Nemcova 20/1
Ralph Macchio 2/1
Sugar Ray Leonard 15/1
Wendy Williams 50/1

Top Male Standings:

Chris Jericho 9/2
Hines Ward 3/1
Lil’ Romeo 11/2
Mike Catherwood 15/1
Ralph Macchio 11/10
Sugar Ray Leonard 15/2

Top Female Standings:

Chelsea Kane +250
Kendra Wilkinson +300
Kirstie Alley -110
Petra Nemcova +900
Wendy Williams +2000

Interesting, huh? Here’s to TONIGHT! :D

Source: SportsboDog

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12, Week 2 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

From what I hear, our week 2 dances are the Quickstep and the Jive. Presumably, those who danced Foxtrot last week will be dancing Jive this week and those who had Cha Cha will be dancing Quickstep. Important to note – each couple keeps the same phone number throughout the competition and they will no longer coincide with dance order (if they did last week…I never checked). The only way we will know dance order is if the celebs or their pros tweet it over the next day or so. Check back here often, I’ll add info as it becomes available.

ETA: Programming Note - President Obama is scheduled to speak at 7:30 pm Eastern time (6:30 Central) and is supposedly going to be done in 30 minutes. This should not impact DWTS. If he goes over, the show is LIIIVE (tm Tom Bergeron) in the Eastern and Central time zones, so I think they can just delay the start of the show by however long he goes over. They delay programming all the time, I see no reason why they wouldn’t tonight.  It should have no impact whatsoever on the Mountain and Pacific time zones, unless they get the President on tape too. :-) UPDATE: According to Louis’ Twitter, he’s spoken to the producers and has been assured that the president’s speech will not go over time. Phew!

Ralph and Karina – Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.08

Kenda and Louis – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.07 – dancing 2nd, per Louis’ Twitter.

Chelsea and Mark – Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.01
Poor Chelsea. LOL :-)

Mark's sense of style is rubbing off on me. I can't decide how I feel about that. @ Team KanenBall Dance HQ http://gowal.la/p/cCCo #photo
@ChelseaKane
Chelsea Kane

Mike and Lacey – Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.10

Wendy and Tony – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.02

Kirstie and Maks – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.11

Romeo and Chelsie – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.05

Chris and Cheryl – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.09

Hines and Kym – Quickstep
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.03

Sugar Ray and Anna – Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.06 - dancing 1st, per Anna’s Twitter.

Petra and Dmitry – Jive
Voting Number: 1.800.VOTE4.04

And we get a tiny hint about “The Troupe” from Peta:

Out the door for Camera Blocking on the Troupes first 2 dances!!! Now where's the coffee??
@PetaMurgatroyd
Peta Murgatroyd
March 27, 2011 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS12 – Ralph Macchio On The Power Of Live Theatre When The Crowd Is Behind You and More!

Popeater has a fun new interview up with Ralph Macchio. They get his feel on last week’s dance and Ralph takes us through the process. They also ask him on his partner Karina. He says she’s a “whip cracker” and “there’s no rest for the weary”. Read more below. Be sure to read the link as well because he talks about his “Karate Kid” days as well. Picture above from Karina’s Twitter.

I think you’re going to win it.
Listen, that’s exciting to hear. We certainly came out of the gate with a nice performance, and the crowd was, I can’t [explain] the power of live theater when you have the crowd behind you.

The audience did love you.
When we did that sort of double turn they just roared. It was like a wave, and when you catch that wave it kind of helps propel you forward. It felt great. As far as winning the competition, I can’t even…It’s such a marathon, it’s not a sprint, but it’s always nice to be able to deliver.

How’s Karina?
She’s fantastic. She’s a whip-cracker, there’s no rest for the weary. She’s pushing me, and I’m embracing being pushed for the most part. Sometimes I’m just so exhausted.

Were you worried you would vomit before your performance?
No, I didn’t. Believe me for the three weeks up to it, every day I was saying what if that happens, what if I have a breakdown, a panic attack. How do you deal? I can honestly say there wasn’t a moment when we were on stage performing that I thought, God there are 20 million-plus people watching.

You live on the East Coast, but the show is in Cali.
My parents and my wife flew out for the show. I’m solo out here in LA. I’m not going back and forth because it seems that would be a tremendous stress on top, and to tell you the truth, there’s no time, at least with the schedule Karina and I have set up.

Where are you sorest?
Now we’re working on the jive which is like zero to one thousand. It’s like instant shot out of a cannon. Karina says, “Don’t worry about your lower back, next week it’ll be your knees and ankles.” The lower back is feeling the most strain right now, the inner thighs and groin area from all those long lunges. I have long legs and long arms and also creepy hands as Bruno pointed out. We’ll fix that, I think I know what he meant.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars 12 – Mark Ballas Says Chelsea Kane Is Owning The Jive

Mark posted another blog on Friday. He’s excited about Monday and says he and Chelsea’s Jive is “unconventional” and the “most detailed” he has ever choreographed. What’s more, Chelsie is owning it. He sure sounds confident. Here is a take.

Our in-season rehearsal schedule goes like this: after the Tuesday result show, I choreograph the dance for the next week. Then on Wednesday, I teach the dance to my partner. Thursday we repeatedly go over the dance to learn it forward and backward. On Friday, I put the finishing touches on the choreography, to make it really pop. On Saturday and Sunday, we squeeze in rehearsal time when we can to keep the dance sharp, but we also have interviews, wardrobe fittings, camera blocking, and other requirements. Then on Monday, we have dress rehearsal with the whole cast before going live at 5:00 p.m. That gives us about four days from the conception of choreography to being performance-ready on Monday!

As I mentioned the last time I wrote, we have the Jive this week. That dance typically is difficult for the celebs (and anyone) to pick up, especially quickly. It’s considerably faster than the Foxtrot that we had in Week 1. As a dance teacher I try to slow down the choreography into its basic steps, then I compare those steps to what Chelsea has already learned from our Foxtrot training. Chelsea is a really quick study and picks up the choreography after a few passes. Then we have to tweak it, personalize it, coordinate our movement, perfect it, and perform it.

Our jive is going to be really fun — it’s very unconventional. When I think about it, it might be the most detailed Jive I’ve ever done in eight seasons on Dancing With The Stars. I’m really looking forward to breaking it out this week! I’m thrilled with how well Chelsea has picked up the choreography and really owned it. Our song is a cool number that I’ve always really liked, which helps to become engaged in the dance.

Heidi’s Note: Remember what happened last time Mark talked like this?? Monkey suits. Just sayin’. :-)

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

A new season, a whole new set of calculating and prognosticating. To anyone new to this site, this is one of the series that we’ve been carrying on for a few seasons now; if you want to read what the calculations were for previous seasons, you should be able to find them by searching “dancing by the numbers”. You can find last season’s starting here —> Dancing by the Numbers Season 11.

Anyway, what I do in this series is calculate the standings according to the rules of DWTS. The way DWTS works is, each dancer is given a score. That score is then divided by the total number of points awarded on that night; that is, all the couple’s scores added together. That yields a percentage for each couple which counts for HALF of their combined score, the audience vote being the other half. The audience vote is handled the same way; the total number of votes cast is divided into the number of votes for a given couple, yielding their percentage of the audience votes. The judges percentage is added to the audience percentage for a combined total score. The couple with the lowest combined score goes home.

Now, we’re talking about first week scores with no elimination in the first week. The couples get a chance to dance again before anyone is eliminated. As a result, this is just a “where we stand before Dance number 2″ post – absolutely everything could change after the second dance. Consider this a practice post. :-)

So, what are our Judges percentages??

Dancers Percentage of the Judges scores

Ralph = 11.54%
Kirstie = 11.06%
Hines = 10.10%
Chelsea = 10.10%
Chris = 9.13%
Romeo = 9.13%
Petra = 8.65%
Sugar Ray = 8.65%
Kendra = 8.65%
Wendy = 6.73%
Mike = 6.25%

Obviously, Mike and Wendy are in the most danger going into week 2. I think Wendy is likely safe based solely on being more well known than Mike is – which is a shame because I found Mike to be relatively funny and definitely cute. Wendy? I dunno, I felt bad for Tony (whether he deserves it or not :-) ) because she seems kinda like a mess already.

Barring disaster, Ralph, Kirstie, Hines and Chelsea are likely to be very, very safe. I’m going to guess that their week 2 dances won’t change that. What can change is the middle of the pack and the bottom of the pack; everyone is switching from latin to ballroom or vice versa and the change in style could have a severe impact on the weaker dancers. Of course, if any of the 4 I mentioned crash badly, they’ll be in trouble too – but they benefit from going into week 2 with fairly high scores.

For example, Mike as the low scorer is 3.85% away from Hines and Chelsea, who are tied for 3rd place. This equates to 38.5k votes. As a relative unknown, Mike is unlikely to catch either Hines or Chelsea. Same goes for Ralph and Kirstie.

As for Wendy, the difference between her and Mike is only 0.48%, which equates to 4,810 votes. This is practically equivalent to zero if we were talking about two celebrities who were on equal footing…but we’re not. We’ll have to wait and see how both Mike and Wendy do on dance number 2, but it’s hard for me to believe that Mike, a relative unknown, can make up that differential. Now, if he kicks butt on his next dance and Wendy doesn’t?? All bets are off. :-)

On to Monday! I usually post my stats on Tuesday morning – check back here to see how we do. :-)

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS – Derek Hough Doesn’t Want His Fellow Dancing Costars To Get Too Comfortable In His Absense

People.com interviewed Derek this week. Derek promises that he’s coming back to the show and with “new tricks” to boot. Not only that, Derek teases his fellow dancers not wanting them to get too comfortable in his absense. Already, I’m noticing some people at twitter taking the line to Maks below wrong saying Derek is being “rude”. Well, in my opinion, anyone that knows Derek (INCLUDING MAKS!), knows he is just funning around. (Heidi’s Comment: Well, some of Maks’ fans are notorious for completely lacking a sense of humor, so no surprise there. :-) After some of the swipes that Maks has taken in the past, I say SCORE, Derek!! Ha!)

“I’m learning so much,” he recently told PEOPLE in Las Vegas. “I’ve been teaching so long and it’s interesting because now I’m like the student. The role I’m playing required me to do things I haven’t done before. I’m doing a lot of tapping, which is interesting because I’m not much of a tapper.”

Hough doesn’t want any of his former (and future) costars to get too comfortable in his absence, but he’s having a good time razzing his fellow dancers.

Hough said: “I told [Maksim Chmerkovskiy], ‘Here you go buddy, now that I’m gone you can have this one.’

More at People.com. Also, don’t miss visiting Pure Derek Hough as well because Heidi has some super cool new pictures (like the one above) and videos of Derek at the “Sucker Punch” premiere this week.

March 26, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS 12 – Mark Ballas and Chelsea Kane on “Age Is Just A Number” And More (Videos)

Access Hollywood interviewed Mark and Chelsea. Chelsea talks of how Kyle Massey was an inspiration for her to do the show. They also talk about the competition and how “age is just a number” and doesn’t make a difference. They also discuss the dance (the Jive) they have on Monday. Mark says it’s creative and he hopes it will be a “crowd pleaser”. Hmm? We will soon see. :)

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars – Cheryl Burke Ranks Her Partners in a “Naughty But Nice” Way

Cheryl recently sat down on an episode of HDNet’s ‘Naughty But Nice’. She has fun ranking her partners in a joking way. More below. By the way, have you read Cheryl’s book “Dancing Lessons” yet? I’m reading it right now. It’s really good and I’m liking it more than I thought. I love how she gives little insights in it with life and dancing advise in little circles on some of the pages throughout the book. Well done.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 – Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Kirstie Alley: “Here’s a chance to show what ballroom dancing can build on physical and mental levels”

My partners have been praised before, but this is a different praise. I just feel like she’s a partner I’ve never had before and here’s a chance to show what ballroom dancing can build on physical and mental levels. If I’m going to have any legacy as an instructor, this is my opportunity to take it to another level.

Maks has a new blog up at TV Guide. He writes how Kirstie’s performance this last week was “one of the most proudest of his career”. He goes more in depth in a take below as well as his goals for her. Be sure to read the link for the full writing because he talks more about the show this week, the judges, and their upcoming dance as well. Heads up: Maks also mentions his brother Val and how he is scheduled to dance on the show.

What did you think of the premiere? Thank you in advance for all of your votes! I am so proud of Kirstie. I thought she did great and she was rewarded for all the hard work she put in. I had been saying that if everything goes well on the show like it had during rehearsals, she will shock everyone. People didn’t know what to expect from her. A lot of people were underestimating her: “Cross her off the list.” She’s popular, she’s a big celebrity with big personality who’s out of shape, but she comes out and kicks butt! It was probably one of my proudest moments of my professional career. We are even more enthusiastic about this season and what’s coming next.

Kirstie was not nervous at all for the show. We had a dress rehearsal, so she saw how long we would be waiting and what the flow was like. She’s a professional when it comes to long waiting periods. She did all the right things in preparation. Now she knows how everything works on the show, so I think she’ll be fine going forward too.

After we got our scores, she collapsed. That has never happened to me before. I was really the most proud person in the room. It was very rewarding for me to see someone I helped get to that point. She can do a lot more. I know she can. My goal is to make her better because I think she’s an amazing candidate for a story this week. She’s the one with the story who’s showing change and overcoming certain things. I know a lot of people were like, “I stand corrected.” Some people will still be rude and make mean comparisons. I’m not going to say the comments myself, but they’re sad and unnecessary. They’re missing the fundamental point of what she’s doing and the show. She’s proof that you can overcome anything you put your mind to it. When someone gets to the point when their hard work does pay off, you don’t knock people down. You’re supposed to praise. I’m not naive. Obviously, I know we’re not loved by everybody. That’s fine, but I don’t think you have to be unnecessarily rude to people.

March 25, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.