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Val Chmerkovskiy Retires From Competitive Ballroom Dancing

Last night after dancing for Dancing With Me Soho’s production “Ballroom On Broadway” in Manhattan, Val Chmerkovskiy announced his retirement from competitive dancing. Below is a little of what he wrote in an open letter on Dancebeat.com. A very touching and emotional announcement.

To all I care about,
I’m writing this letter to let you know that I have decided to end my competitive dance career. It truly has been an amazing journey for me. I have been so very blessed with the incredible partners that I had the pleasure of growing and competing with. To them I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Endless gratitude to the coaches that have given me so much, I am forever in debt. The knowledge that was shared with me, throughout the years, is worth more than any trophy I have ever won. The experience I gained from the countless hours of practice and performances, the character I built from the disappointments and failure, alongside with the love I gained for movement, music, and self-expression is something that has shaped me into the man I am today.
I was a 7 year old child when I was dragged against my will into a world of high heels, tight pants, and shiny shirts. I was a 12 year old boy when I went to my first oversees competition (German Open), and was one of only 2 US couples there (my brother being the second). I was a 15 year old adolescent when I won my first IDSF World Championship, and became the first and last American to ever do it… I was a 19 year old “young man” when I had the privilege of lifting the Blackpool trophy, which was an honor I only dreamed about. But as a 23 year old man I was told I couldn’t compete at the Dutch Open. Then as a 24 year old man I was told that I couldn’t compete against some of the best dancers in the world, because of reasons I had no power of influencing. The world I believed in, loved, and was willing to give up my last penny for was changing… and changing for the worse.

You can continue to read his official letter here.

So, what does this mean for Val’s future? Heidi and several of you have speculated in the comment sections that this might mean Val will be coming to Dancing With The Stars Season 13 and that he might be one of the “new faces” that we have been rumored to see. If so, could this be why his brother Maks decided to return for the new season? So many questions surrounding this new Season. Hopefully, we will know more soon and this isn’t the last we see of Val and his dancing career. Pay close attention to the Pro-Watch sticky!

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DWTS Karina Smirnoff Talks On Rob Kardashian, Other Rumored Celebrities, And Her New Dance Studio (Video)

Bob Decastro of Good Day L.A. went to interview and dance with Karina Smirnoff at her new dance studio this morning. Karina is excited on it’s opening and remarks how she’s wanted to open a new dance studio for the longest time. All ages are welcomed unlike other studios. Unfortunately, they don’t talk about Dancing With The Stars, but, she shows Bob a sexy roll and more below.

Karina Teaches Bobby D. Some Moves: MyFoxLA.com

OK Magazine also caught up with Karina. She says she doesn’t know who her partner is on Dancing With The Stars, but, she’d love to dance with Rob Kardashian. She also gives her feelings on the Snooki and Queen Latifah rumors. More below….

“I don’t know who my partner is or who is on the cast this season. You only hear rumors.”

“Obviously everyone’s heard about Rob Kardashian, who I think is gonna be awesome on the show, but other than that I haven’t heard about anyone else.”

Other rumored dancers have been Queen Latifah and Jersey Shore‘s Snooki.

“I do get excited about Queen Latifah, I’m a huge fan of hers,” Karina said. “I think Snooki would be very, very entertaining. Just because she is entertaining.”

Who wouldn’t she mind dancing with? Rob Kardashian!

“I think it would be awesome,” she told OK!. “He’s fun, he’s full of energy, we can definitely maneuver him into some very cool moves.”

“I think it would be fun,” Karina added. “I don’t know how much of that is true. It is exciting because it’s new season, new blood, new direction, new energy. It will be fun to see what happens.”

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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.

A Few More Bits And Pieces On The New Dancing With The Stars Stage And New Ballroom Battle Segment

First, just a few more details on the new stage for Dancing With The Stars. Last week, we reported the new set will have new amphitheater-style seating to make room for another level of seats. It will also have a more prominent spot for the orchestra with staircases will that will move about. Today TMZ is reporting that the new changes cost $3 Million dollars. Below are some more details TMZ revealed.

…the COOLEST change will affect the audience … because producers are swapping out the boring bleacher seats for a TRIPLE-TIERED balcony-styled arrangement … kinda like where the old grumpy guys sit on “The Muppets.”

Another cool change — the massive staircase in the middle of the stage will have the ability to SPLIT into TWO halves … which will reveal the orchestra pit.

As for the dance floor … which was basically hardwood planks placed on the ground … it will NOW be an elevated PLATFORM … so if the stars fall over the edge, it could REALLY hurt.

As for the new segment “Ballroom Battle”, according to Louis at twitter, everything has been pretaped. They did some final tapings this past weekend in L.A.. We won’t see the new segment until October (“about week 6“) and it will last three weeks. On week 9, the top three will dance LIVE and the audience will be able to vote.


@ the top 3 will dance the final round live during week 9 of this coming season. The audience will also a chance to vote
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel

Hmmm? This is sounding more and more interesting by the day! ;)

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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 13 Rumors – Hope Solo Is A Tease

At least, that’s the way it reads to me. :-)  You be the judge.https://twitter.com/#!/DWTSGossipfound this little article from the Dan Patrick Show:

U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie Hope Solo joined the show to talk about her post-World Cup opportunities and more.

Dan asked Solo if she will be on Dancing with the Stars. ”We will not know until next week until they make their announcement,” Solo said.

But Solo said there’s a problem with her joining DWTS. ”I cannot dance,” Solo said. “I’m not sure it’s the best thing for me.”

Why would someone say that if they weren’t do the show, that’s my question. :-)

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Dance of the Day… Let’s look at some Infamous Alumni…

Throughout the years that I’ve watched Dancing With The Stars, one thing that I’ve absolutely LOVED! was being able to get to know celebrities in a different way than we’ve ever known them. And, I’ve loved learning to actually like, and come to care for, several different celebrities that I thought that I would NOT like at all… Only to find that they’re HUMAN, and that I cared about the people they’ve allowed us to see.

This Dance of the Day post isn’t about them…. But, we’ll see some in a future post.

I’ve decided to take a different approach to the Dance of the Day, and look at those that…. For one reason or another, ended up in a different category than those that we’ve come to love. And….. I guess I’ll explain as I go.

JAKE PAVELKA. I’m starting with Jake, because he is the reason that this post is existing! I will admit that I DON’T watch any of the Bachelor franchise, so my first real exposure of Jake was during the episode of the Bachelor where they first announced the next seasons cast of Dancing With The Stars. And, surprise of surprise, he was announced as a contestant, with his brand new fiancee, Vienna Girardi,in the audience.

According to his IMDB page, he had some bit acting parts, both before and after the Bachelor franchise appeared. He was first a contestant on the Bachelorette, and followed that up with his first run as the Bachelor. From the Bachelor, he gained a spot on DWTS, Season 10, partnered by Chelsie Hightower.

This is what I consider to be his most memorable routines, their Risky Business Cha Cha, which gained them an 8 7 8 for 23 points.

Afterwards…. Jake and Vienna had a rather nasty split…. That’s all I will say, but if you care to review the break up, go to your favorite search engine…. :) From there, he headed to Famous Food, where I couldn’t find any youtube links, and now, he’s on Bachelor Pad. With his Ex, and her new boyfriend.
Recently Jake appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. I tried to listen to this several times, honestly, and haven’t been able to listen to the whole thing, because he didn’t endear me during DWTS, and neither he nor Vienna are very truthful in my opinion. If you feel like listening to the whole thing, go here. It’s rather interesting. Especially the part about possibly returning as Bachelor again….

Okay….. I promise to NOT go off onto the soapbox again…. I hope.

Next up, Lawrence Taylor! Lawrence danced with Edyta Sliwinska in Season 8, and yes, during his run on the show, did seem charming. In week 7, he performed the waltz with Edyta to Journey’s Open Arms, and this was the week the contestant designed the costumes, and he chose to “put Edyta in clothes” only to have her become tangled up in them during the dance.

After he left…. Well, “our” LT was arrested, and convicted of a crime against a female, and was sentenced, and labeled. You can read a bit about it here or visit your favorite search engine. It’s not something that I want to hear again, or bring up here, I would like to leave this haven a “safe zone.” But, it definitely put L.T. among my list of “Infamous DWTS Alumni.”

And last for today, David Alan Grier…. Another season 8 Alumni. I was curious at the beginning of the season, how things would work between David and Carrie Ann, since both were on In Living Color…. But as it turned out, she didn’t end up his favorite judge. Things really seemed well during his run, and we saw this Viennese Waltz on week 5, with his partner, she of the awesome boobage, Kym Johnson. They danced to “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone and got 7 8 7 for 22 points.

HOWEVER! This was also the week they were eliminated, and he showed some “bad sport.” THIS is why I’ve put him on my “infamous” list…. He put the sweet and wonderful Kym into a very bad spot at the end of this interview, and he really has some bad stuff to say to the judges…. It’s safe to watch, they censored it.

Who would you put onto your “infamous dancers” list? And why? Do you agree with those that are here, and who would you add?

And, for another post….. Who was it that most surprised you, that you were positive that you would HATE that you ended up liking?

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