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DWTS 13 Derek Hough And Ricki Lake Talk About Kirstie Alley, Rehearsals, And Their Competitors (Video)

In case you missed this video like myself, below is Ricki and Derek with another interview on Access Hollywood. Ricki talks of how Kirstie Alley was her inspiration to do the show. She was so moved by the powerful television on Dancing With The Stars last season. Derek reminds Ricki though that she is Ricki Lake and not Kirstie Alley. Derek is humble as always when Kit says they are at the top and the ones to beat. Derek points out how each of the couples has something special and are contenders. They talk of their rehearsals. Derek says everything is going well and he is impressed with Ricki and her legs. More below….

Thanks to Dee for sending us this video!! Be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for even more updates on Derek and Ricki as Heidi always find the best things!!

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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 Rants & Raves: Why It’s Too Early for the Jive (and Other Dances)

So apparently we all seemed to be on the same page about the dances done the other night: the consensus is “It’s too early for the jive & the quickstep!!! Why on earth did they make the couples do it so early???” Well, we’ve always said that DWTS, try as it might, will never be a “real ballroom competition”.  And I don’t really think it should try to be, since its objective is different: it’s an entertainment program for ratings, rather than a serious competition for skilled dancers.  However, there is one page in the “real ballroom” book that DWTS could stand to copy a few things from: the order in which the dances are done.

Many of you have probably already heard most of this next spiel from the comments sections of a few other posts this week, but I’m going to go into greater detail here.  When learning how to ballroom dance in the “real world”, there is a certain order that the dances are taught in, and each successive dance you learn tends to build & elaborate on the technique you’ve learned in a previous dance.  Most teachers will start with the cha-cha – comparatively, the easiest of the Latin dances.  It introduces Latin hip action, and the beat sets the trend for moving on the 2 (which also happens in the rumba and mambo).  Plus, the beat is common enough that cha-cha can be danced to just about any upbeat song on the radio.  It’s a good, relatable dance to start with.  DWTS was right to start out with it in week 1.  As for the ballroom dances, the first dance taught is usually the standard waltz – the “slow one” in 3/4 time.  It’s slow enough for beginners to keep up with, and allows them to focus on new concepts like rise & fall, rotation, line of dance, and holding a good frame.  It will also set the framework for the Viennese waltz (which will come much further down the line), since it’s a sped-up version of the regular waltz.  DWTS actually got it right in seasons 1, 2, & 8 – the first week, the couples did either a cha-cha or a waltz. Two dances of equal difficulty that are fitting first dances for beginners. Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS Week 3 Mark Ballas On The Samba: “You Will All Be Impressed” (Videos)

Kristin and Mark visited the KIISfm studios this week. They give JoJo some Salsa lessons. He wishes them luck on Dancing With The Stars by giving them wardrobe malfunction protection, corn covers, and a first aid kit. Mark and Kristin tell us why we should vote for them.

Mark also has a new blog up at USA Today. He writes of he and Kristin practicing for the Samba.

“The samba means you have to shake it like you’ve never shook it before. And let me tell you, Kristin is quite the sambista!”

Below is take about their rehearsals. Be sure to visit the link if you’d like to read on how he felt while dancing with the pros last week. You can also read on the current injuries and how he felt about the judges.

Rehearsals have been very productive and she listens very well. That has helped us this week, as the samba has been a little bit of a challenge. It’s the kind of dance, where, if just one little thing goes wrong, it has a domino effect on the whole routine. We’ve had to put in some extra rehearsal time but I guarantee that you all will be impressed with the performance.

Ok, well,…we will see. :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.

DWTS Season 13 Chynna Phillips Not Happy With Rob Kardashian Rumors And More!

Chynna Phillips is not happy with the rumors fellow Dancing With The Stars competitor Rob Karshashian was spreading about some of the celebrities having an affair with their dance partners this past week. Her husband Billy Baldwin is not a happy camper anyway with Rob for calling Chynna an “older woman”. He wants to “beat him down”. I don’t blame them a bit for being upset. You can listen to her talking about it on the Big J Show below as well as her future career plans, and her and Tony’s rehearsals this week.

Tony also talked to People Magazine about their dance for Monday night. He said, “We’re going to make love on the dance floor.” Here is more for what Tony revealed as well as what Billy Baldwin thinks…

“There are going to be lots of hips moving and interesting things. We’re going to light up the floor. We want everybody at home and in the seats to feel like they’re actually living the story with us.”

Will Phillips’s husband Billy Baldwin have a problem with his wife bumping and grinding with another man?

“He’s all over this, are you kidding?” Phillips, 43, said. “He’s the one who wanted me to start doing this. If he started having reservations about it now, I’d be like, ‘Sweetie, you’re the one who signed me up for this.’ “

There is also a new interview with Tony and Chynna at KTLA, but, right now the link is broken. Keep checking back here in case they fix it.

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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.

Mary J Blige And Estelle To Perform On DWTS Results Show And More Details Revealed

ABC Media Net has officially released this week’s performers for the results show on Dancing With The Stars. The show will feature performances from Multi-platinum artist, Mary J Blige (I love her!), and Grammy Award winner, Estelle. Val and Peta will also unite with the Dancing With The Stars Troupe for a special performance themed to “Gone with the Wind” as a preview to next week’s Movie Scores theme. More details below and at the link!!

“Episode 1303″ — In this week’s “Dancing with the Stars,” themed “The Most Memorable Year of My Life,” each couple will perform a Ballroom or Latin style of dance to their song of choice, live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

On Tuesday, Multi-platinum R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige will take the stage for an unforgettable performance singing two songs, “Real Love” and “25/8.” Tuesday night’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance pays tribute the beloved and iconic dance of an entire generation, “The Twist,” in celebration of its 50th year mark, featuring Grammy(r) Award winner, Estelle. Also, pro dancers Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd reunite with the Troupe for a special performance themed to “Gone with the Wind,” as a preview to next week’s Movie Scores theme, on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Remember when we had rumors in the off season of Mary J rumored to dance? Well, it sounds like producers might have been setting her up for an appearance on the show instead which makes more sense.

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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.