Pictured above is Val Chmerkovskiy And Anna Trebunskaya! The two dancing pros really brought the house down in Brooks, California last night in Ballroom With A Twist. According to fan Maria Pena, it was “such a fun show”. Maria took some wonderful photos of the entire night if you’d like to see them at her facebook page. Thanks Maria for sending!!
The official summer season of Ballroom With A Twist starts this weekend. Val Chmerkovskiy and Anna Treybunskaya will be dancing in Brooks, California at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. The Sacramento Bee interviewed Val about the show. He talks all about it below for how the show is more than just dancing. He also talks about Dancing With The Stars and being a violinist…
“This show is a fusion of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ alumni and finalists from ‘American Idol,’ ” Chmerkovskiy explained. “It’s hip-hop with a bit of a twist, bringing in some ballroom dancing. Somewhat into the show, we invite the audience to come on stage and it turns into a big dance party.
“Nobody feels intimidated,” he continued. “We don’t grab people and throw them on stage. We’ve never had a problem, believe me, getting people to participate. The group that comes on stage is clearly dominated by women, but there’s a mix. The audience is so comfortable by that time because we work hard to build a relationship.”
But the show is more than just dancing, Chmerkovskiy said.
“Another twist is a Q and A we have at the end of the show,” he said. “I am enjoying these shows immensely and the venues in which I’ve performed. I’ve never had such a privilege before.”
Chmerkovskiy has been with “Dancing With the Stars” through many changes, a significant one last year being the dropping of the live orchestra, which stirred a controversy among loyalists.
“I was sad, of course,” Chmerkovskiy said of the change. “There’s a beauty in live music that can never be substituted by electronics. But there’s also another side. Pop music changes so much there are sounds that can’t be replicated by live musicians, and last year, I think, was the best season we had music-wise.”
Chmerkovskiy knows more about music than just how to dance to it. He’s also a violinist, which he describes as his “first passion.” He took up the instrument when he was 5 years old in Odessa, Ukraine.
“I took it very seriously until I became a concert master of a youth orchestra when I was 17 or 18,” he said. “Then my teacher moved to San Francisco, and once he was gone, I lost it. Without practice, my skill level fell. I don’t play it with any seriousness now.”
The summer dance tours are heating up! Derek and Julianne Hough’s MOVE Live On Tour is about to begin. Also, “Ballroom With A Twist” is gearing up for it’s summer run as well. Scott Stander, the producer of “Ballroom With A Twist“, tells us the show “is going great guns!” He also tells us they have a “very exciting schedule this year and some shows are already SOLD OUT”! He also informs us of all the pro dancers from Dancing With The Stars for who will be performing. They include Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Sharna Burgess, and Cheryl Burke! He also tells us Maks and Val will be hosting some shows as well as performing. Here is more from Scott…
BALLROOM WITH A TWIST is going great guns!… We have a Very Exciting Schedule this year and some shows are already SOLD OUT!
Summer 2014 will be our Starriest Tour- and we think the fans will be psyched to see their favorite Celebrity dancers up close and personal. Maks & Val will perform together! Hosting and performing on stage in one show! This dream has been a year in the making so I’m really looking forward to seeing that chemistry hit the stage. And the icing on the cake is bringing this show and the Big Stars to Hawaii for the first time. I don’t think Waikiki will ever be the same.
Below is a list of the shows and the pros who will be dancing….
BALLROOM WITH A TWIST – SUMMER 2014 SCHEDULE:
Brooks, CA Cache Creek Casino Resort June 21, 2014 (Anna Trebunskaya and Val Chmerkovskiy)
Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park July 19th (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, and Cheryl Burke) 2 shows
Beverly, MA North Shore Music Theatre in July 31 and Aug 1st (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, and Sharna Burgess) Sold -Out
Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury Aug 2nd (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, and Sharna Burgess)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Fulton Theatre Aug 5-10 (Val Chmerkovskiy & Sharna Burgess)
Seattle, WA 5th Avenue Theatre Aug 15-17th (Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff)
Honolulu, HI Blaisdell Concert Hall August 19 & 20th (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess,Tony Dovolani & Cheryl Burke)
Then we start back up in the fall thru Spring and into next summer. Stay tuned for more amazing news!
For ticket information for how you can attend, see our Ballroom With A Twist schedule which is featured in our “Pure DWTS Features” in the top bar. As most of you know, I saw the show in February and it was a gas!! What a lively night of fun and entertainment!! If you think the pros are fun and awesome to see on TV, wait until you see them up close and personal. It’s a whole different ballgame.
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.
Chelsie Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, And Gleb Savchenko Ballroom With A Twist Footage
Thanks to Gleb Savchenko, below is some footage of the Ballroom With A Twist show in Milburn, New Jersey this weekend. You can view more photos at his instagram. Ballroom With A Twist Facebook has been posting some coverage as well. Isn’t it fun to see them all dancing again?!!
What a cool new “Ballroom With A Twist” interview with Anna Trebunskaya And Gleb Savchenko with NJ.com.. The two dancers along with Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Oksana Dymetrenko, etc will be performing this weekend at Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ. Be sure to see the show if you can. Read more below to see why….
“I think dancing is an artistic form of the Olympics,” Trebunskaya says. “It’s probably one of the most athletic sports. It’s graceful.”
Even the audience will be a part of the show.
Glen Savchenko competed on season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars,” alongside “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump.
“This is a live show,” Trebunskaya says. “Audience participation is a big factor. Be prepared to get up and shake your booty.”
“Dancing is a piece of art and by doing it, we dancers do a piece of work,” Savchenko adds. “When it all connects, it tells a story.”
Guests of the show can expect to be taken on a journey, he says.
“That’s the amazing part of dancing — you make people feel.”
What a fun new interview with Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus. He and Kym Johnson are out there dancing up a storm in the current run of Ballroom With A Twist. He took time out to talk about it with News Press Now. He puts it all into perspective just perfectly for what this show is about. I can’t rave on it enough. Our schedule has recently been updated. Be sure to see this link for dates and ticket information, etc. Be sure you are following Ballroom With A Twist Facebook too. Things are heating up for the summer season as Gleb Savchenko told us too last week.
“I assumed that I’d come in and do a little bit of dancing, but as it turns out, we host the show,” MacManus says with a laugh.
MacManus quickly became an audience favorite and a great co-host. The friendly Irishman frequently gets the crowd involved, and he really lets them open up during revamped Q&A sessions.
“Over time, I’ve kind of gone a bit rogue with it,” MacManus laughs. “It used to be scripted out what we’d ask each other, and we’d tell them what we’d assume they’d want to know. Now, the audience can shout out any question they want to know the answer to. I find it more fun that way and people seem to appreciate the interaction more.”
As far as dancing is concerned, MacManus is quick to glaze over his portions of the show and pour praise on its other acts. In addition to performances by MacManus and Johnson, “Ballroom With a Twist” features numbers by Jonathan “Legacy” Perez, Randi Lynn Strong and Jonathan Platero of “So You Think You Can Dance” set to vocal performances by former “American Idol” contestants Gina Glocksen and Von Smith.
One of the greatest crowd-pleasers of the evening, MacManus says, is a scintillating contemporary dance routine by the “So You Think You Can Dance” trio set to Glocksen’s rendition of “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. He adds that the Missouri Theater audience shouldn’t blink when Perez showcases his impressive B-boy stylings.
“He spins on his head an awful lot,” MacManus says.
The professional squad runs the gamut of dance styles throughout the night, dabbling in the samba, the rumba, the waltz, the foxtrot, the quickstep, the jive and even a little bit of fusion. While the smaller routines are choreographed by the dancers themselves, MacManus says van Amstel’s signature touches can be seen throughout the large group numbers.
“There’s very ‘Louie’ numbers in there,” he says. “You can see a lot of Louie-esque movements. He loves very intricate choreography and a lot of really fast, double-time stuff, and you can see that influence in the show.”
“Sometimes, people assume that Kym and I are really good because we’re on the TV show, but the chorus numbers are great,” he adds. “I think people will really enjoy them and be surprised by them.”
While “Ballroom With a Twist” consistently brings in fans of “Dancing With the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol,” MacManus says the TV shows just don’t compare with the intimacy of the theater. On May 1, the audience will get an up-close glimpse at the talent, the athleticism and the colorful spectacle that makes those primetime programs a hit.
“Once you see the live show,” he says, “you’ll appreciate singing or dancing more than you’ll appreciate the TV shows.”
More at News Press Now.
Kym Johnson And Tristan MacManus Interviewed About Ballroom With A Twist And Dancing With The Stars (Video)
Awww, it’s so good to see Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus again! If you head to WCHS TV, you can hear them talking about Ballroom With A Twist in a new interview. The two former Dancing With The Stars pros are in Charleston, West, Virginia to dance tonight at the Clay Center! In the new interview, Kym and Tristan also talk all about Dancing With The Stars, preparing for the show, their past partners, costuming, and lots more. Be sure you see the new interview HERE. If you live in the Charleston area, be sure to see them in Ballroom With A Twist tonight. If you aren’t able to see them, see our Ballroom With A Twist Schedule as they are travelling to New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Missouri and New Jersey next. I saw the show in February and I can tell you, it’s a great time! It’s so fun to see our Pros up close and personal like that. Be sure to see it!
ETA: Rave reviews for Tristan, Kym, and this show from the WV Gazette! Check it out….
The show’s hosts, Johnson and McManus, injected a bit of light-hearted humor into the evening, inviting the audience to ask them questions.
“I imagined myself with George Clooney,” Johnson said in response to a question as to how her dance partners were selected, “but I got Jerry Springer.”
She went on to add that Springer turned out to be a great dance partner and she had a lot of fun with him.Johnson and McManus also led the audience in a group dance session, cheering and encouraging everyone to get out of their seats and shimmy to the beat.
But if applause was any indication, the evening’s mega star clearly was Jonathan “Legacy” Perez, who captivated and awed with his gymnastic, gravity defying break dancing moves.Indeed, ballroom dance is alive and well, but with a few contemporary tweaks. These twists provided enough oomph to satisfy audiences of all ages and leave them on their feet and cheering for more.
Pure Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Talks On 2014 Version Of DWTS, BWAT With Gleb Savchenko, And Lots More
What a joy it was to interview our beautiful Miss Sharna again!! After seeing her and Gleb Savchenko in “Ballroom With A Twist” in Cheyenne, Wyoming, I had so many questions. What’s fun is…she and Gleb put an amazing, show-stopping dance number to “Fever” together only several hours before the show. Let’s hope they will perform it again on Dancing With The Stars as it literally took my breath away and I know it would take yours away as well.
Also, Sharna catches up on all of her projects that happened in the off season of Dancing With The Stars! She and her boyfriend and dancer Paul Kirkland spent Christmas together and they also helped to choreograph two dances for “Strictly Come Dancing”. Not only that, but, they also put a dance piece together for a sports charity called “Sports Relief” with 4 incredible paralympians. Sharna also recently danced in Holland America’s Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise. She sent us some incredible photos and pictures highlighting everything as you will soon see.
Lastly, Sharna also gives some thoughts on the new season of Dancing With The Stars and how it will be the “2014 Version”. We think you might find her thoughts interesting.
So, without further ado, below is Sharna Burgess! We thank her so much for her time again and let’s hope we see her and Gleb on the new season of Dancing With The Stars.xxx
It is so great to visit with you again, Sharna. And first, omg,…can I just say, you and Gleb took my breath away at the Cheyenne, WY Ballroom With A Twist Shows Feb. 1st! So, what did you think of Cheyenne and the Rocky Mountains? Did you like the SNOW? I hope you will come back to the Rocky Mountain region again one day again.
Hi Vogue!!! Thank you so much for your beautiful review AND amazing photos!! that certainly means a lot to both Gleb and I. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see very much of Cheyenne, I flew in late the night before the show and super early the morning after, but I have to say that I loved the snow. Being Australian I have never really seen snow all that often, and what little snow we do have in Australia is really icy and hard, being in Cheyenne I truly understood what people mean when they say powder!! Its just so beautiful and fun to play in!! Of course we know mother nature can sometimes be cruel turn that beautiful snow into a menace, and my heart goes out to all of you who have been suffering with blizzards and painfully cold weather this season. I am truly grateful for every single person in the audience that braved the cold to come out and see us perform, Cheyenne was such an AMAZING audience and I had so much fun up on that stage! I feel like everyone’s troubles got left at the door and we all just had a wonderful evening. Its an honor for me to know that I was a part of that. I also hope that I make it back there again soon
What kind of rehearsal process did you go through in getting ready for Ballroom With A Twist? I thought you and Gleb were only doing 2 dances. So, I was so happy and pleasantly surprised when you did more! They were just breathtaking as well as your costumes. You and Gleb were in an element of your own. I have to say (and I’ve heard this from other fans at PureDWTS too) that you two make one of the most beautiful pro pairings on the show. It’s true. There is a magnetism and chemistry there. Plus, you are both so funny too with the way you would tease one another.
Oh thank you!!! I absolutely love dancing with Gleb, not only is he the sweetest most humble guy on the planet, he is a fantastic partner and Read more..
Highlands Today caught up with Emma Slater to talk about Dancing With The Stars and the Ballroom With A Twist and how much she has enjoyed dancing in both. Here is more. *love her!!
Slater, who grew up in the Midlands of England, moved to London when she was 16 where she performed in competitions and theater shows. She joined “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012 and made her pro dance debut in Season 17 with funny-man Bill Engvall. The exposure from the TV show has been both “shocking” and “heartwarming,” with everybody saying nice things about her, Slater said. “Career wise it has been the most significant for me,” she said. “It literally changed my life.” She had to move to a different county and faced new and different challenges such as taking care of a celebrity and creating the choreography, Slater said. The outcome of the dance pairing of Engvall and Slater surprised many. “We got to the finals and it was very unexpected because he was literally thought of as a person who would go out first. The bookies in Las Vegas had him leaving the show first and he ended up going all the way to the finals and no one was more shocked than he was.”
Slater enjoys dancing to the live singing of “American Idol” finalists Gina Glocksen and Von Smith on the “Ballroom with a Twist” tour. “They are amazing,” Slater said. “It’s so much better to dance to than just a recorded track.” The show’s dancing styles includes: ballroom, Latin, hip hop and contemporary. “There is nothing that can really replace live performances,” she said. “So the audience can expect a lot of energy, a lot of passion and very, very high quality live dancing.”
More at Highlands Today including ticket information how you can see Ballroom With A Twist in Avon, Florida.
ETA: Fun picture of Emma, Val, Sasha, Peta, and the Ballroom With A Twist gang in Florida at Ballroom With A Twist Facebook. So cute!!