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Louis Van Amstel Choreographs Samba for So You Think You Can Dance

Last minute “set your DVR’s!” alert – Louis is appearing on tonight’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance.  He tweeted earlier today that the samba he choreographed for ballet dancer Chehon and ballroom dancer Witney will be opening the show tonight:

@ watch #SYTYCD tonight on FOX 8/7c. @ and @ open the show tonight with their Samba! :-)
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis van Amstel

So for those Louis fans looking for their fix, stop whatever you’re doing, and go set your DVR to record the show at 8 pm EST on FOX.  Louis has choreographed some pretty awesome stuff for SYTYCD, so this should be a great routine.  Remember that awesome tango he choreographed for Melanie & Marko last season?

And I think Heidi & I are both pretty thrilled that they have not one, not two, but THREE ballroom dancers on SYTYCD this season! Let’s hope they have some staying power.  I think John is probably already smitten with Witney in particular…anyone else think she could be the second coming of Chelsie? ;-)

Be sure to check out our sister site, Pure So You Think You Can Dance, and follow them on Twitter @puresytycd for more updates! :-D

UPDATED: Here are videos of Chehon & Witney’s rehearsal with Louis, as well as the performance itself, for those who missed it :-)

 

July 11, 2012 I Written By

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Tom Bergeron Tweets About Dancing With The Stars Sweet Summer Treat

Thanks to PureDWTS reader Kristin for bringing this tweet to our attention. I wonder what this is about? Could it have something to do with why Peta, Derek, and Anna have all visited London this summer? Feel free to speculate and guess what this tweet below might be about? As soon as we know more, we’ll be sure to let you know.


In just a few weeks, DWTS fans will be getting a sweet summer treat! #DWTS
@Tom_Bergeron
Tom Bergeron

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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.

Random DWTS Trivia – Old School Latin Dancing: Yes, They Actually Danced Liked THAT!

We all marvel over the slick, complex moves and lightening-fast turns & spins we see from the pros on DWTS.  But as I mentioned in my last trivia post about Len, the way Latin is danced now is a far cry from how it looked back in the days of yore – and without saying too much, let’s just say that Latin ballroom has changed for the better since the days of Len ;-)

What has stayed the same? The timing of the dances, and some of the original steps have been adapted slightly to be a bit more impressive and a bit less…hokey.  :-) What is different? Pretty much everything else.  Case in point? Believe it or not, below is a cha-cha from the 1972 World Latin Champions:

I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly titillated by those sweet moves…and those hot costumes :-P Notice how bouncy and campy everything is. If you’re in need of some more entertainment, I recommend grabbing yourself an adult beverage and taking in this clip of the professional samba round from the old BBC show Come Dancing back in the 80′s:

 Still craving some sweet samba jazz hands? How bout a kinder, gentler paso doble? A throughly UN-romantic rumba, complete with elevator muzak, perhaps? Look no further, because 1979 World Latin Champions Alan & Hazel Fletcher have got you covered:

 Amazing how a powder blue, bedazzled jumpsuit that would make Liberace green with envy can make the paso doble look so…sissyish.  :-) You know something is truly cheesy when, years later (in 2007), a current professional Latin couple pokes fun at the old style in their show dance – and everyone, including the commentators, has a good hearty laugh, because they all realize how silly they looked back in their heydey :-D

 I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Hump Day “blast from the past” – so the next time you find yourself complaining about a routine on the show looking dumb/hokey/boring/etc., just think: it could be worse…they could all still be dancing like this ;-)

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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!