This is so awesome! Not only did Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess attend the UNICEF’S Next Generation LA Chapter Launch last night, she also made a special appearance yesterday at the ESAT High School in Atwater Village to teach six girls some dance moves for their upcoming prom as part of the school’s “Step Up” program which helps young women to become confident, college bound, and career ready. Sharna chatted with the girls for a bit about their hopes and dreams and career aspirations and urged them to always follow their dreams no matter what gets in the way. She then showed them some of her choreography from her “Run the World” number recently seen on Dancing with the Stars. Her “Run The World” performance will also be performed again during Finale Week of Dancing With The Stars (need a repeat of this performance, see below. One of my faves of the season! :D )! To see more pics of Sharna and the girls she visited, visit Getty Images.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was interviewed by Bravo’s Andy Cohen. They don’t talk much on this season of Dancing With The Stars. Instead, Andy asks Carrie Ann on other celebrities and how they’d do if they did Dancing With The Stars.
Carrie Ann was also interviewed by Extra this week. There isn’t video coverage of this (yet…we’ll try and get some later), but, you can see her all decked out in yellow at the Daily Mail.
ADDING thanks to @Dwtsgossip: E News has some coverage of the Andy Cohen interview as well. You can watch it at this link. Below is what she said on Kellie Pickler….
“No, actually when I give my critiques it’s cause I know everybody wants to win,” she insisted. “And I know that people at home see what I’m seeing. So, sometimes, yeah I could gloss over it and make a fun moment, but I think it’s more important that the dancers know what’s going on and what people and what people are seeing.”
“So, if I tell [Kellie] what’s going on, she has an opportunity to fix it still,” she explained. “I always try to give [the dancers] what I can to help them.”
What a fun segment on the Katie Couric show yesterday!! Look how Louis van Amstel taught Katie how to Cha Cha. Then they performed for Brooke Burke-Charvet, Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman. So cute. We need Katie to do Dancing With The Stars next season. The cast below agrees. Look how they try to coax Katie into dancing in the second video below for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. For those new to the site, this isn’t the first time there has been talk of this. Come on, Katie! Please do Dancing With The Stars.
I hope this video works. If not, see this link.
Our sweet Sharna!! Isn’t she gorgeous??!! Last night, she attended UNICEF’s Next Generation LA Chapter Launch at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California. You can view more fun photos of her and other celebs at Zimbio Pictures.
Finally, a rehearsal interview!!! Below is Val and Zendaya with Access Hollywood. Zendaya is hoping to make their Quickstep strong since Val might be weak for their Hip Hop dance. Val says Week 9 is the hardest. With both dances (creative and traditional), they hope to satisfy all three judges. Val thinks Hip Hop is going to be more challenging than many think being it’s hard to make it a ‘production’ versus the other style of dances picked. We will see, but, I bet they kill it. Lots more below…..
Also, if you’d like to read Zendaya’s latest blog, you can do so here. In this take, she defends herself for how she is not a professional dancer. She also talks of how hard it is to take criticism since she is a perfectionist. More at the link.
I am the kind of person who really keeps emotions hidden, and I rely on my acting skills to cover up some of the frustrations and negative thoughts I may have. I have read mostly positive things on blogs, Twitter and various social media but sometimes the criticism can really get to me. One of the ones that frustrated me the most is people calling me a professional dancer. I am an actor, but I have never been paid to dance! I danced in a local hip hop troupe when I was 8 years old!! I am grateful for that experience but I can hardly call it a professional one!!
I remember some of the very first questions I was asked when I agreed to be on “DWTS.” They asked me what would be my biggest challenge… and I talked about how I am such a perfectionist that criticism is hard to take. After our Paso Doble when Len told me that my chin needed to be up, it was like a knife in my gut… I tried to hide my feelings on national television. But I was SO upset! I thought that I had done my best performance yet. On Wednesday, when we started working on our new dances, I was still irritated and not a good student. I couldn’t get past it. But Val helped me to refocus on the dances we had to do. And 48 hours later as I was getting over it (yes, us teenagers hold on to things a long time!), I realized that I still had to get that perfect score and I would stop at nothing to get it (including dreaming the dances at night, and waking up thirsty at 2 AM from dancing in my sleep!).