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Derek Hough Blogs about the Team Dance, His Partnership with Kellie, and Choreographing for World Champion Ice Dancers

This blog made me a bit worried for Team Samba initially, because it sounded like Derek was NOT taking the lead and that they couldn’t come to an agreement (in addition to some apparent tinkering from TPTB). We’ll see – usually when I get worried it turns out to be for nothing….but the other pros on his team don’t exactly have a stellar record for team dances. Just sayin’. :-)   The rest of his blog? I get tired just reading them, frankly. Every week it’s a new project for this guy. ;-)  Here are a few excerpts from TV Guide:

This week is another crazy, jam-packed one for us. We have our regular dance and the team dance, and I’m not going to lie — the team dance is in shambles right now. We’re not in good shape. We had rehearsal Tuesday after the show and we didn’t come out of it with a team dance. We have the samba, and Aly and Mark, Sean and Peta, and Andy and Sharna are on our team. (Yes, Team Pickler Dick is happening!) Basically the pros failed to commit to one theme. We had to conceptualize and we didn’t like any of them. We have a few ideas for entrances, but then we were told that we can’t do them! So that worked out well!

I feel bad because it was almost like a waste of rehearsal time and we only have one more together on Friday, so hopefully we’ll come up with something then. I’ve won every team dance I’ve been part of and when I looked back at them, the songs lent themselves to more dynamic dances. The routines were also a little longer as a group. We used to have 30 seconds together and now we have 19 seconds. I don’t know why they did that. It just seems so short as a group that I felt like we didn’t have a chance to do anything. In the past, we mapped out the whole routine in the first rehearsal, but this one, it was weird. We were always like, “I don’t know.” But we’ll make it happen!

I’m glad you enjoy my Kellie impression! I can do more. She cracks me up when she says that: “I’m not mad at you, but I’m mad at your ways.” I just want to be clear that I never get frustrated at her, or any of my partners for that matter. The frustration always comes from myself. It’s like a child. A baby wants to tell his mother that he’s hungry, but he can’t speak, so he cries. Then it’s a guessing game with the mom. Does he need his diaper changed? Does he need to be burped? Oh, he’s hungry. It’s the same way here. If I can’t find a way to help her make it click, the frustrating part is me not being able to find the analogy to help her say, “I got it!” It’s never with my partners. I know they’re trying their best and working hard. It’s just when I can’t find a way to help them, the frustration manifests as, “Ugh, just do it.” It’s easy when everything’s going smoothly. When you’re confident in the way you can relay a message, then you do it in a very calm way. But Kellie understood that I wasn’t mad at her. We really just have a blast. She’s truly wonderful.

This week, I also started working on a very special routine that’s not for the show. I’m choreographing a number for our world champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White to perform at the Olympics next year. They graciously asked me to do it and how could I say no? It’s truly an honor and they’re amazing. They won silver in Vancouver, are five-time U.S. champions and two-time world champions. If you’re not familiar with them, I highly recommend you check out some of their routines. They actually taught me a new move that I might have to do on the show. It’s a trick and Kellie would be able to do it. Maybe you’ll see it in a few weeks!

That’s all for now. Gotta brainstorm some team dance ideas!

April 20, 2013 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars’ Tristan MacManus…Engaged?

It certainly appears that way!  Engaged to Tahyna Tozzi as of a few hours ago.  Talk about a personal life on the DL! Well done, Tristan, and congratulations to the happy couple!!   Thanks to Sally for the heads up for this:

Ohhhhh my god !!!my big baby sister just got Engaged wooooo I am so excited #love http://t.co/fjDWF5vi0W
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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 Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess, Gleb Savchenko, Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Hough Attend Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood Style Issue Party (Pics, Video)

What a fabulous lookin’ bunch these five are! Don’t they look stunning? This past Thursday night, dancers Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Gleb Savchenko, and Derek Hough represented Dancing With The Stars at Us Weekly’s Annual Hot Hollywood Style Issue Party at the Emerson Theatre in Hollywood, California. You can view more fun photos of them all (including Gleb’s wife Elena Samodanova and Sharna’s boyfriend Paul Kirkland! So cute!) at Pure Derek Hough and Getty Images. Below is a Pop Candies video too of Henry and Peta seen departing the event….

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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.

Mark Ballas Writes Of His New Dance With Aly Raisman And Their Team Dance

Mark Ballas writes all about last week’s dances from the Samba with Aly to he and Derek’s group number at USA Today. He also gives us some teasers on he and Aly’s Fox Trot as well as the Team Dance.

Derek and I put many hours into this piece, from the choreography to the visuals. It felt so great to perform and I’m really grateful to DWTS for letting us do something modern and different. My Twitter feed exploded after the piece, with nothing but supportive loving tweets from the fans. I’m always happy to give them something fresh and new for them to bite into. If you missed it, you can see it at www.markballas.com.

This week, we have the foxtrot and it’s also Stevie Wonder Week .That has me really hyped up as I am a huge fan of his music. The song we are using is also one of my personal faves and is one that was played in my house many times as a child.

We also have the team dance which has been fun as well. I can’t tell you who our teammates are yet but it promises to be entertaining! The dance we have is samba, so Aly and I will have a leg up, since we just did it last week. The song is a classic too, so if you’re a Stevie fan you will dig it. This week promises to be a night of classic music and dance. I know you are all gonna love it. Everyone loves Stevie.

More at USA Today.

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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.