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PureDWTS18 Semi-Finals Guest Poem: “Painting A Portrait Of Dance”

And below is Lois with another one of her fabulous poems….

PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF DANCE

A portrait was framed, splashed with the brilliance of dance
Each Semi-Finals dance framed with beauty at each glance

Each stroke painted with display of determination and desire
Taken into the portrait, our eyes saw each dancer’s inner fire

SETTING UP THE EASELS OF DANCE:

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – L A REID
CO-WRITER – PAUL ANKA

JAMES MASLOW AND PETA MURGATROYD
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
CHA – CHA – CHA – LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD

Magnificent, Moonwalking Michael Jackson Extravaganza
Syncopated, stunning, special, spectacular, electrifying

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
RUMBA – ISLANDS IN THE. STREAM

Sumptuous feast of temptation, desire, and elegance
Stylish, a grand cinematic sweep, steamy hips, dips

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – KRISTI YAMAGUCHI

MERYL DAVIS AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
JIVE – HOUND DOG
EXTRA BRUSHSTROKES OF MAKSIM-MUM KISSES

Fabulous, fantastic, fiery sparks across the floor
Impeccable, flawless movements, flicky, kicky fun

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
VIENNESE WALTZ – JUST A FOOL

Dynamic dance of delicious desire, intense strokes
Simply perfect, simply explosive, simply passionate

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – ANGELA THOMAS

CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND MARK BALLAS
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
VIENNESE WALTZ – IF I KNEW

Surrender of trust in the partnership, strokes of skills
A flavor of sweetness flowing across the dance floor

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
JAZZ – NASTY

Brilliant reminder of Ladies on Broadway
Colored with creativity, cleverness, tasty, tight

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – OPRAH WINFREY

AMY PURDY AND DEREK HOUGH
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
QUICKSTEP – YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE

Flying, flowing, floating lightness of steps
Fabulous strokes of bounce across the floor

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
JAZZ – TOO DARN HOT

A tabletop display of a temptress, a siren, fearless
Classic moment of Jazz at its very best, extraordinary

THE ICON IN THE PORTRAIT – SCOTT HAMILTON

CHARLIE WHITE AND SHARNA BURGESS
DANCE NUMBER ONE ON THE EASEL
FOXTROT – NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Champagne glasses being raised to THE TOAST OF NEW YORK
Light as air, showcasing spinning skating movements, with pizzazz

DANCE NUMBER TWO ON THE EASEL
SAMBA – NO MONEY, NO PROBLEMS

Glamorous, golden star, glowing performance
Carefree, committed sense of enthusiastic fun

MACY’S STAR OF DANCE EASEL
ANOTHER GENIUS DEREK HOUGH CREATION
SALUTE TO CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD

A Variety Show, stylistic, superior, stupendous showcase
Brooms sweeping fancy footwork across the dancing vista

GUEST JUDGE ON THE JUDGES’ EASEL
KENNY ORTEGA

ORTEGA’s commentary the best of the guest judges
Offering constructive commentary of every dance

The portraits were painted, brushstrokes of Week Nine
It is astounding, amazing how the dancers did shine

The finale of Season 18 is next week, oh how can it be
The spectacular conclusion will be a dazzling sight to see!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 13, 2014

A SHOCKING ELIMINATION, SHARNA AND CHARLIE SADLY HAD TO GO!
WE WILL MISS THEM SO MUCH AND HIS BRIGHT LIGHT ON THE SHOW!

PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF DANCE, EASELS OF BALLROOM ON DISPLAY!
BRUSHSTROKES OF DANCES, OF DANCERS, IN FULL SPLENDID ARRAY!

May 13, 2014 I Written By

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 Semi-Finals Round Up On Access Hollywood Tonight

The title says it all. Here’s to next week! I hope Charlie and Sharna really make a showing for what could have been. I’m loving the part on Derek and Amy too. Amazing!

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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.

Milburn, NJ Ballroom With A Twist Review From Dmitry Dream Team

Dmitry Dream Team has sent us a review of “Ballroom With A Twist” from the Milburn, NJ show this past weekend. This is so fun and be sure to see her facebook page for some fun photos!!

What an amazing dancing weekend Maria and I had in Millburn, NJ! We stayed at the Hilton in Short Hills, New Jersey. It was the closest hotel to the theatre and the “official” hotel of the theatre as well according to their website. I figured the dancers would be staying there. Our room was on the sixth floor which was part of the “Executive” level. Again I assumed the dancers were staying either on the same floor as us or on the seventh floor. We happened to be at the right place at the right time. I was looking out the window and saw a tall guy with dark hair, black track pants, and a blue shirt and a blonde haired girl sitting on the curb. I’ll never forget saying to Maria “Um, can you come over here please. I see Dmitry and Chelsie.” She came over and when he turned we could not believe our eyes. It was him and he was looking at his phone in his left hand and dancing.

We were able to see Dmitry before the show to give him a few gifts and get pictures and went to the meet and greet after. We were able to get autographs and photos with the celebrity dancers.

The Sunday matinee was just as incredible as the Saturday night show. For both performances Dmitry had us up on stage dancing with him during the audience participation. There was another meet and greet after that we went to and got a few more pictures. Love this photo! I’m laughing because Maria asked Dmitry if she could grab his ass and he said “only for you Maria” with a laugh. The looks on our faces are priceless!

It was definitely a weekend we will remember! For all of the photos please check out my shared public album BALLROOM WITH A TWIST – MILLBURN, NJ MAY 10-11, 2014.

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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.

DWTS18 Semi-Finals More Post Show Interviews, Asked About Final Dances

The Afterbuzz TV interviews have been released with JC Rubio. The couples talk of the dances last night and also give a few hints for the finals….uhh, which isn’t much.

Note: Derek has no idea (or won’t say) for what they will do for the finals. He doesn’t know the song yet either.

Meryl says their freestyle is a secret. Maks says he doesn’t know what they will do yet.

Mark is tight lipped. He says they won’t be treating next week any differently and he hopes he and Candace can just enjoy the process.

They haven’t posted an interview with Peta and James yet, but, watch this link in case they do soon.

And below is Sharna and Charlie reflecting. Oh man, this is sad and bittersweet at the same time. Love them so much…

ETA: OK! Magazine interviewed Maks and Meryl. They ask Maks if he’s coming back next season. He promises to tell next week and that it’s already been decided. Uggh, I don’t want to even think about it….

That’s the million dollar question,” he said with a grin after Monday night’s show. “It’s already decided. I’m not telling. I’ll tell you next week. I promise.”

As he and Meryl advance to the finals (really, was there ever any doubt?), the pair aren’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s not surreal,” says the Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancer. “It feels very real to be honest with you. I’ve been saying as an Olympian you never really celebrate until you get to the place you’re looking towards. Of course we’re really excited about our dances tonight. I think we both had an amazing time but we’re already looking to next week.”

Next week’s freestyle should knock everyone’s socks off, although as of last night Maks had no idea what he was going to choreograph. He says by Friday they’ll have something special locked in.

ETA2: Below is Extra with the couples….

Also, the On The Red Carpet interviews have been released. And below is Charlie and Sharna with Access Hollywood.

Carrie Ann Inaba has also written a new blog at Parade reviewing the night and the dances. Below she talks about the finals. I am a bit upset for what she wrote about Charlie and Sharna…more on that at the link as I am biting my teeth.

The finals are going to be great, no doubt about it! It will be exciting and I hope to see some mind-blowing freestyles! I’m also looking forward to seeing each of the couples redo the routines they did when we had the switch up week but with their real partners again. This season has been so different in so many ways, but I do believe it’s been a good season overall and I can’t wait to see who will take home the mirror ball trophy. It’s going to be an intense two nights! Don’t forget we are on Monday night and Tuesday night next week, so keep your schedules clear so you can be right there with us when we crown the season 18 champion! Tweet me and let me know who you think will be taking it home this year!

James Maslow wrote about the finals as well at Parade saying this….

We’re both really excited. Peta is ecstatic because it’s only the second time she’s been in the finals. The only other time was in her second season with Donald [Driver] and she won it. So it’s a familiar feeling for her, but she’s also that much more nervous. I’ve literally put blood, sweat, and tears into this competition and making it all 10 weeks is rewarding. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got because at this point there’s just no turning back.

Being in these finals is such an honor for me because everyone is so talented. I think Amy has a huge advantage being paired with Derek. He’s very creative with her and making what they do incredibly sharp. Meryl is an incredibly strong dancer and has the technique as an ice skater that’s obviously transitioned well to the dance floor with her and Maks. And Candace has constantly been progressing, and I think America loves seeing that. It’s really hard to say who the biggest competitor is, I guess Meryl, just in terms of dance ability.

ETA3: The Ice Network interviewed Charlie and Sharna as well. Below is a take. Thanks to Kate for sending.

“It’s been an amazing cap to a wonderful season,” he said. “Going from the Olympics to DWTS, we didn’t have a moment to rest, but it was the best way to do it. Right from the get-go, it was an amazing learning experience.

“Obviously, I’m upset that we couldn’t dance in the finale … but I definitely feel very grateful for everything I did get to experience.”

White said he was appreciative that Burgess did not hold back choreographically despite his grueling schedule. Through her, he was able to gain a deep understanding of the origins of many dances he and Davis have interpreted on ice over the years.

“We certainly feel we’re masters of our craft, and yet there’s this whole other layer. Getting to work on that and discover new things was a pleasure,” White said. “We definitely have fresh perspective on so many different things, from the way you partner to the steps you have in your repertoire.”

Burgess said beyond teaching and choreographing, she has enjoyed dancing with White.

“The bar is set higher, and there were very high expectations for someone like Charlie,” Burgess said. “I had a lot of pressure on myself to create those amazing routines, to make it difficult enough for him and to give him the great technique on top of it. I didn’t go easy on him, and I didn’t take it easy on myself. I was constantly going back and looking at my work and making sure it was worthy of something that he would do.

“I wanted him to go out on the floor every Monday and do the absolute best routines that he could possibly have molded on him,” she added. “I feel like we achieved that week to week.”

Team USA also interviewed Charlie and Sharna. This is a good one. Be sure you read it in full at the link. Thanks to Ria for the heads up.

At what point did you start to think you were going home?

I think as soon as we knew it was the three Olympians in jeopardy, I had a bit of a feeling, but it could have gone any way. Having said that, I’m really looking forward to cheering on my fellow Team USA-ers.

How did it feel being eliminated after receiving perfect scores two weeks in a row?

It’s disappointing. We were looking forward to moving on and up, and it felt like we were peaking at the right time. It’s just one of those things where it doesn’t work out the way that you want it to, and, thankfully, with all my experience in competing you learn how to handle disappointment. Both of us are looking at the bright side and trying to learn from it.

Would you have done anything differently over the past nine weeks?

Absolutely not. That’s one of the reasons we can hold our heads so high leaving. We can honestly say to ourselves and to each other that we did pretty much everything we could have, whether it be choreographically or being true to ourselves in a reality TV show, which maybe isn’t always the easiest, or the way we represented ourselves. It’s not easy, but we did literally everything that we could.

What is your favorite memory from the show?

It’s tough to say there’s just one. I think Disney night when we got to do our (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” dance) was really special. It was one of those moments you’ll never forget. I got to dance with some cartoon penguins — that’s pretty memorable. It was a really special night.

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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.

PureDWTS Season 18, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Things I learned from last night’s show:

1.) Running prostheses are a beautiful thing.

2.) Bruno Mars, a half-Puerto-Rican, half-Filipino pop singer who has only been popular in the States for about the last 5 years, apparently meets the criteria to be considered an “American Icon”. Somewhere, Ronnie Van Zant is spinning in his grave (Freebird rumba FTW!)

3.) There will never be another Michael Jackson routine as good as Shawn & Mark’s “P.Y.T.” cha-cha in season 8.

4.) If you need to justify Ralphing a certain male contestant in order to ensure that your chosen one makes the finale, just make him do a samba to a Biggie Smalls song…and then tell him he’s not “funky” enough.

5.) When someone “brings out the best” in you, you hurl mic packs in fits of joy.

Yeah, last night was an odd night – there was the low-energy, less-skilled end of the spectrum (Candace & James) that was called safe right away, and then the actual contenders were kept in jeopardy till the end of the show and we ended up losing someone that many of us had pegged as the winner of season 18 back in March.  Yep, just as we all feared – Charlie got Ralphed, and it breaks my heart…I found him far more fun and engaging than Meryl all season long, and I thought Charlie was Sharna’s best shot at the MBT so far (and probably ever).  Charlie seemed to take it all in stride, but I think Sharna may be hurting for awhile – and I can’t blame her.  She did everything in her power to make Charlie shine this season, but just kept getting smacked down by the judges for no good reason (other than to protect the Princess).  I’m kinda hoping Karina sits down with her and gives her a pep talk, because she’s been there – and I’m hoping Sharna can return next season with a vengeance, and claim what should have been hers this season (just like Karina did with JR in season 13). 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 Dance Pro Gleb Savchenko To Star In “Broken At Love” Season 3

Congratulations to dance pro Gleb Savchenko! He’s signed to be a regular in the web award winning series “Broken At Love”. Thanks to Maria for this news.

Indie Series Awards nominated actor Rob Healy plays tennis star Holden Gregory, Vivie’s main love interest, who officially broke her heart by the end of season two. He tries to re-enter her life in season three but receives competition for her affections in the form of “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Gleb Savchenko, who has signed on as a season 3 series regular.

You can read more on this news at Paula’s Soapbox. Note how the series will begin filming this summer.

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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.

PureDWTS18 Semi-Finals Post Media And Interviews Part 1

Good Day All!! Time for some post media and interviews after the show. Though first, I must say I have never had such mixed feelings for this show as I do right now. I’m happy for how Amy and Derek are going to the finals after their scare last night, but, I’m also so sad Sharna and Charlie didn’t make it. :( Something seems so wrong with that. It should have been James or Candace to go. Even my Dad called after the show to talk about it and said the same. I remember Carrie Ann Inaba once saying that the right people always make the finals in the end. Well, not this time. :(

Moving on, let’s see what Sharna and Charlie and the other contestants had to say about it with George Pennacchio of ABC7 (a prelude for whats to come with the On The Red carpet Interviews). Be sure to see this link.

You can also see Sharna and Charlie interviewed by E News at this link (sorry. I can’t embed it or it messes up the site). Sharna looks so sad and beautiful. Charlie keeps smiling through out. How does he do it? As well as his amazing dancing this season, I don’t think I’ll ever forget his smile. Also, didn’t you love his tails last night?

In more media things, see the Daily Mail has a fun recap with pictures. Glamour has some “behind the scenes” coverage and pictures after the show too. I love this part with Derek’s reaction to Kenny Ortega’s comment. *awwww*

*Oh, and Derek Hough…after that second dance with Amy, all I can say is that when the time comes, can you choreograph my wedding dance? That was just pure brilliance.

I showed Derek what I wrote, and after first joking that he would not, he redeemed himself quickly: “Of course I will! We’ll just dance the night away!” I also told Derek that I’m calling his dances “dancing couture” because of how he tailors each dance to each partner’s strengths. Totally appropriate, right? And as for Kenny Ortega’s comment to Derek that he has “redefined choreography for this generation?” Even Derek was at a loss for words backstage. “He’s an absolute legend and has choreographed the best, so to hear that coming from him is incredible. I just feel really blessed and humbled.”

For more with Derek and Amy, see Pure Derek Hough.

Ok, more coming up. Keep checking back and stay tuned! xx

ETA: Below is some PopTVDotCom “after dark” coverage…. Read more..

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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.