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DWTS Pro Karina Smirnoff Lends A Dancing Hand To Detroit Tigers Fundraiser To Benefit Autism Families

Dancing With The Stars pro Karina Smirnoff lent a dancing hand to a special fundraiser for the Detroit Tigers this week. The proceeds from the event went to Jack’s Place, which helps families of children with autism. As most of you know who keep up with Karina, she is the fiance of Tiger pitcher Brad Penny. CBS Local caught up with Karina where she had this to say on dancing and her fiance’s dancing skills. More at the link and be sure to view the video below of Karina teaching some dancing. Check out her HAIR too which seems a little darker or is it just the lighting?? Whatever the case, I like it!

“You’ve gotta enjoy your performance, let the audience know that you’re having fun,” said Smirnoff, “because the moment you start hesitating, doubting or get nervous, it comes across in the performance and then people kinda get nervous with you.”

Will we get to see Penny’s dancing skills at the event?

“You know what, he has twinkle toes,” Smirnoff said. “People will not expect him to dance but he’s a great dancer, he’s just too shy to do it at first. I mean, he does a mean electric slide, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, I think he’s better than Michael Jackson.”

Smirnoff said she’s trying to get Penny to show his stuff in their January wedding in a Footloose routine, but Penny’s not too keen on that.

Justin Verlander’s girlfriend Emily Yuen said her Tiger boyfriend isn’t too sure about what goes on during their rehearsals, but she thinks all the girls are making progress.

“I think he has a mental picture of it being like the real show. So, he probably thinks Maksim from the show is in here or something with no clothes on but, it’s very professional in here,” Yuen said.

Smirnoff also said she’s very impressed with how the Tiger wives have been doing so far, but she’s a little sad she can’t stay in Detroit longer.

“But, I do have to go back to work in L.A. because, you know, someone has to make money in the family I guess,” Smirnoff joked.

June 30, 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 Randall Christensen Helps With Macy’s MiracleSuit’s Swimwear Fashion Show

Randall Christensen is busy this summer too. Like the rest of the Dancing With The Stars crew including those behind the scenes, I’m sure his work never ends. The Dancing With The Stars Costume designer set his sites on New York City this week to help Macy’s with their MiracleSuit swimwear fashion show. Below is a picture of Randall helping the models get ready for the show….and having a little fun dancing backstage as well. You can view more pics at Randall’s facebook page. See any gowns you like? I like the two in the FRONT! :D

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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 Dancing In Vegas, Jazzercising, & About To Release Shoe Line

Think there is no news in the off season? Think again! Our pro dancers are traveling all over the country and the world this summer. It’s fun trying to keep up with them all. For instance, Cheryl Burke was on the east coast this last weekend dancing with Mark at Harrah’s and then within a night or two she was dancing it up in Las Vegas again. Here she is with a friend at the XS Nightclub where they danced to Laidback Luke.

Cheryl also had time to visit Extra for a new Jazzercise spread. She shows how you can work your abs, buns, and arms. Looks fun! I’d take a work out dancing versus jazzercizing though, would you? :D

Lastly, HSN is to release more of Cheryl’s shoe line. Stay tuned for the official release July 5th. You can view some of her shoes now here.

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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.

Dance of the Day… I need your help!!!

Here’s the thing… I have a lot of kids, and they’re all home from school for the summer. Silly me, thinking that I would have more computer time while they are out of school, and it’s not that way. Today (Tuesday 6/28/11) is Day 2 of Summer Vacation, and I don’t think I’ve really sat down much at all yet. School doesn’t start until September 7th.

In other words, it is going to take me time to go through you tube and looking for dances we want to see again, and again, and again, and again….. And, I simply don’t have it. Pretty soon, we’re going to be done watching all of our Champions dance their first time, and I do have plans to work us down to our one “favorite”… But I also want to revisit other things, and that’s where I need your help. I know it is going to take me some time to go through suggestions, and to post.

So, in order to help me with future Dance of the Day posts, please answer the following questions in the comments….

1.) What is your favorite Rumba/Bolero?

2.) What is your favorite Quickstep/Charleston?

3.) What is your favorite Waltz/Viennese Waltz?

4.) What is your favorite Tango/Argentine Tango?

5.) What is your favorite jive/jitterbug/or another similar dance? Please be specific, since I am not totally adept at dance names…

6.) What is your favorite Salsa/Samba/Mambo?

7.) What would you like to see in this feature?

8.) I know I’m missing anything, feel free to add….

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Lacey Schwimmer To Film Something New For Dancing With The Stars Season 13

Milkwaukee’s “Cooper in the Morning” of Big Cheese 92.9 FM interviewed Lacey Schwimmer today on her birthday. She talked of her new music and how she always wanted to be a singer. So, that’s why she is really excited on the release of her new single “Love Soundz”. Cooper also asks Lacey what’s next. She mentions more recordings and wanting to tour for a new album in the Fall. Lacey also mentions Dancing With The Stars and how she’s filming something new for it for Season 13 (Hmmm, I wonder what that’s all about?). She’s also hoping to be back for Season 13. Here’s a take from the interview thanks to Wet Paint.;

“It’s my birthday week so I’m spending it here in Arizona, then I go straight home and I film a little something for Dancing With the Stars,” Lacey says. “It’s a new thing that they’re doing this season, so that’s going to be exciting. And then I go straight into more recording and hopefully going across to Europe and doing a tour over there and then hopefully coming back for Dancing With the Stars.”

The interview stops and goes a lot. But, you can listen to the entire interview with Cooper >>>>>>HERE.

June 29, 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 Mark Ballas & Chelsie Hightower To Perform For The National July 4th Celebrations “A CAPITAL FOURTH”

Gear up Dancettes! If you you’d like to see Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower dance on TV again, we’ll be able to do so. The two dancing pros will be dancing for “A CAPITAL FOURTH” to celebrate America’s independence. PR Newswire reports that the event will air in HD from the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington DC on Monday, July 4, 2011 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET (check your local listings) on the American Forces Network. “A CAPITOL FOURTH” can also be heard live in stereo over NPR Member stations nationwide. More details below and at the link.

Washington, D.C., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A CAPITOL FOURTH, the live PBS broadcast of America’s favorite Independence Day tradition, will feature unrivaled performances from some of the country’s best-known musical names topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the all-star line-up that includes: Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers; multi-platinum recording superstar Josh Groban; Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated star of stage and screen who has just released his debut self titled album Matthew Morrison (Glee); American Idol winner Jordin Sparks; two-time Dancing with the Stars champion and chart-breaking Sony recording artist Mark Ballas, with his debut album HurtLoveBox in stores now; dancer and Emmy-nominated choreographer Chelsie Hightower from Dancing with the Stars; Rock ‘N Roll legend Little Richard performing with the cast of the Broadway smash hit Million Dollar Quartet; three time Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O’Hara; and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

I love it when Chelsie and Mark dance together! There is something always so personally magnetic about the two.

Adding: Thanks to Rory, below is a new interview with Mark and Chelsie on Good Day Sacramento. They dish a little on Dancing With The Stars and give some more details on the Capital Fourth show, and more.

Thanks to Melissa, here the two are on The Morning Blend as well.

June 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.

Dance of the Day… Let’s compare Donny and Nicole!

It’s definitely getting more difficult in choosing my favorites! It’s been said over the seasons, that the quality of the dancing has been improving, as the seasons go on, and I am seeing that! What do you think? We’re almost done, and shortly, we’ll move on to compare other things, and then come back to this. I want everyone time to watch and vote for their favorites, so when we get through the 12 seasons, we’ll come back to finish. Meanwhile, if you’ve not watched and voted for your favorites, here’s what we’re doing…

We are watching our DWTS Champions on their first week’s dancing, and comparing our first impressions of them. So far, we’ve seen Kelly Monaco and Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith and Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves and Kristi Yamaguchi, and Brooke Burke and Shawn Johnson. Today, we will see Donny Osmond and Nicole Scherzinger, and then following, Jennifer Grey and Hines Ward.

When we’re done, I’ll move on for a time to allow people to vote in the above polls, and we can compare rumbas and foxtrots before coming back to here. We’ll take the 6 poll winners, and put them against each other, in 2 groups of 3, and we will watch their Week 5 dances. Then we’ll take the winner of each of those, and they’ll battle it out with their Freestyles! When I announce the winners, we’ll see some randomly selected dances that we’ve not reviewed yet. Does that make sense?

Anyway, onward we go! DONNY VS NICOLE!!!

Season 9 brought us Donny Osmond with his professional partner, Kym Johnson. Donny’s sister, Marie, was a contestant on Season 5, and she made it to 3rd place, and had the infamous doll dance. I had thought about using it on a day we were rewatching dances we didn’t want to relive, but instead, if you want to see it, just click the link. Donny had a show in Vegas with his sister, while he was also training and competing on DWTS.

DONNY AND KYM SEASON 9 WEEK 1, Foxtrot to All That Jazz.

Nicole Scherzinger came to us during a Season which brought us several competitors who all had the ability to win…. If they weren’t all competing against each other. However, her biggest competitor was herself, as she was the ultimate perfectionist. Tom has a great line, after the critiquing of Nicole and Derek, about parallel universes…. You’ll hear it when you watch. Bruno and Carrie Ann gave glowing critiques, while Len sat and picked it apart, showing the flaws…. I do think some critique is necessary, so that the celebrity can grow as a dancer, but couching it so that it doesn’t come across like they are a terrible dancer is important… But, Len obviously saw Nicole’s potential, and decided to make her work toward that.

NICOLE AND DEREK SEASON 10 WEEK 1, Viennese Waltz to Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne

So, which Week 1 dance did you like better? Donny or Nicole?

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Deadliest Catch Sig Hansen To Dance on Dancing With The Stars 14?

Can you believe we already have a new rumor for Dancing With The Stars Season 14? Reality Blurred via a transcript from Tampabay.com is reporting “Deadliest Catch” star, Sig Hansen, is to participate on Dancing with the Stars next Spring 2012. Below is a quote from the link;

Deadliest Catch star and Northwestern captain Sig Hansen said he’ll participate in Dancing with the Stars next spring.

The St. Pete Times’ Eric Deggans reports that “the possibility Hansen might fulfill his longtime dream of competing on Dancing With the Stars in March 2012” is “the kind of success they could scarcely have predicted when [executive producer Thom] Beers first suggested putting a film crew on their boats for the first time.”

Specifically, Sig said, “So they’re looking at it for next March and I’ll do it. I think it’d be good for the brand, once-in-a-lifetime thing, and it’s fuckin’ cool, you know? Why not, you know? … I think it’d be fun. It’s just, you know, why not? I’m living life. It’s been fun and as long as it doesn’t hurt my relationship with my wife, I’m good with it.” (That quotation didn’t make the story but Deggans provided it to me from the transcript of his interview.)

Heidi just reminded me Sig has been rumored to dance before for Season 11. From taking a review of all the Pure dancing With The Stars posts on Sig from that time period, it was a strong rumor too. Hmmm, so, could this be indeed Sig’s time to dance?

Ok, so, I have to admit, lol, I’m not sure about this guy? 8O But, we’ll see.

June 27, 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.

Second Official Footloose Poster With Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald Released (POLL)

Paramount Pictures has released the second poster for the upcoming remake Footloose, which stars former Dancing With The Stars pro Julianne Hough. Male lead, Kenny Wormald, is cutting it “loose” on the dance floor with her in the new poster which I think is amazing and way better than the retro first Footloose poster they released last week. Some are also saying 22 year-old Julianne looks 33 and “shouldn’t be bumping and grinding” on Kenny and instead “packing his lunch”. WHA? …as if that’s all women who are 33 are good for? I don’t think so. Plus, if they did that or made it similar to the first Footloose, this movie would have its kiss of death. In my opinion, they need this version to be edgy and modern for 2011….and so what if it’s a little “dirty“? And I don’t think Julianne looks 33, do you? (Heidi’s Note: Bunch of ageist, sexist, misogynist children say crap like that. Karma is on her way to your house before you know it.)

I’m counting the days until October 14th for when this movie will be released and right in the middle of Dancing With The Stars Season 13! :)

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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.

ABC Announces Official Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Premiere Dates

I think it was Tom Bergeron who already announced the September 19th date for Season 13 of Dancing With The Stars last Spring. But today, ABC announced it officially as well as the Dancing With The Stars Results Show premiere date for September 20th. Below is a list of all the ABC shows and their Fall premiere dates from the Orlando Sentinel. Besides Dancing With The Stars, which other shows from ABC will you be watching? I’ll be watching Body Of Proof and the new Charlie’s Angels series.

Here are the premiere dates:

Friday, Sept. 16: “20/20″

Monday, Sept. 19: “Dancing with the Stars,” “Castle”

Tuesday, Sept. 20: “Dancing with the Stars” results show; “Body of Proof”

Wednesday, Sept. 21: “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Revenge”

Thursday, Sept. 22: “Charlie’s Angels,” “Grey’s Anatomy”

Sunday, Sept. 25: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Pan Am”

Wednesday, Sept. 28: “Suburgatory,” “Happy Endings”

Thursday, Sept. 29: “Private Practice”

Sunday, Oct. 2: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

Tuesday, Oct. 11: “Last Man Standing,” special one-hour premiere

Tuesday, Oct. 18: “Man Up!”

Friday, Oct. 21: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” moves to Friday.

Sunday, Oct. 23: “Once Upon a Time”

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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.