Here is Dmitry Chaplin talking about Ballroom With A Twist with ABC Action News in Tampa Bay. It’s good to see him again. I wonder if he’ll be back for a performance for the 10th Anniversary of Dancing With The Stars?
this link continues it’s run across the country. Below you can watch Tony Dovolani, Dmitry Chaplin, and Lacey Schwimmer being interviewed in Omaha, Nebraska. You can also read a fun new interview with Dmitry at this link.
Ballroom With A Twist Cast Teaches Dance Moves: “Most fun I’ve had in a long time!” (Fan Comments, Interview, Pics)
Aren’t these some great photos from “Ballroom With A Twist”? Cheryl Burke posted them at her Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook this week. The show is receiving some positive reviews out there. For instance, fan Pamela Mayfield tweeted that seeing the show was the most fun she’s had in a long time. She also said the cast taught the audience some dances moves and got them dancing. You can also read a new interview with Anna Trebunskaya at Akron.com. Too fun! If you haven’t got tickets to this fun show, see this link. I’m loving this dress…
ETA: Cheryl was also interviewed by KATV about the show. Thanks to DWTSgossip for this find…
Tony Dovolani Confirms He Will Be Back For DWTS Season 20, Judge In The Future? (New Ballroom With A Twist Interview Videos)
KSAT in San Antonio, Texas interviewed Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, and Dmitry Chaplin being they were in town to do “Ballroom With A Twist”. They dance and have fun, but, Tony also mentions he will be coming back for Dancing With The Stars Season 20. They also ask him about being a judge (No, just, no). More below. Thanks to Lori for the heads up on this interview. If you’d like to see “Ballroom With A Twist”, see this link.
ETA: Here is some more fun Ballroom With A Twist coverage with KSAT….
A personal review (and it’s a goodie! 😀 ) of the Dancing With The Stars Live show last night in Buffalo, New York coming up by John as he was there. In the meantime, the Buffalo News has a review up with a picture with Sasha Farber, Kym Johnson, and Paul Karmiryan. Below is a take (though not sure if this person understood that there wouldn’t be celebrities at the show. I also question the “substance” comment). If you’d like to see a beautiful gallery of photos from the show, see this link.
The “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” tour opened its seven-week tour Saturday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The capacity crowd reacted enthusiastically to the dance pros from the ABC show. They were excited to meet the most recent DWTS winner, Alfonso Ribeiro of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fame, who served as the host.
They laughed at the jokes (most, anyhow) and squealed at the sight of the bearded, square-jawed Chmerkovskiy (especially when he was shirtless, which was virtually the whole show).
By every measure, the crowd walked out happy. But if they came for a night of intensive dancing, or if they came expecting to spend an evening with celebrities who they came to know more intimately from the show’s 10 years on air, the evening didn’t quite match up.
Let’s start with the stars – or star, as in singular: The tour show’s sole non-dance celebrity is Ribeiro, who spent much of the evening engaged in banter with Witney Carson, the dance partner with whom he won DWTS’ mirrorball trophy.
Ribeiro, who still projects his circa-“Fresh Prince” Carlton persona, is comfortable on stage and has the give-and-take presence of a stand-up comedian. Not all of his punch lines got gut laughs from the crowd, but many did, and we can give him a pass on those that missed. This was the first night of tour, and from my end, it was interesting to see a show that is still developing.
Any rawness in presentation – and there wasn’t much – was complemented by energy that gave the show a fresh feel. To me, this was especially apparent during a Q&A session Ribeiro held with the seven headlining dancers: Chmerkovskiy, Carson, Kym Johnson, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Keo Motsepe and Sasha Farber. Admittedly this is the inquisitive journalist in me speaking, but I enjoyed seeing the dancers struggle a bit to describe their favorite celebrity partners and characterize their competitiveness.
More at Buffalo News.
Val Chmerkovskiy was interviewed by the Buffalo News before the premiere of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. He talks on the dynamics of the show (on tv), his partners, the reality of the rehearsal packages, off camera friendships, and more. But, interesting note in the interview….Val mentions how he will also be playing the violin in a trio performance with Mark Ballas and another guitarist on the tour. Oh, this is too cool. More below and at the link.
On whether any of his partners on the show ever disappointed him.
“Every partner has challenged me a bit. … For me dancing is about men and women coming together.”
On whether or not there are off-camera friendships between the show’s professional dancers and its judges.
“I feel there’s a certain natural distance that must be kept away from them.” He exempted from that Julianne Hough, a judge last season but before that a “peer” as one of the show’s professional dancers.
On whether his lifelong violin-playing will be part of “Dancing with the Stars Live.” (He and professional dancer Ballas have a trio with Ballas on guitar and another guitarist.)
It will. “I will never turn down a challenge.”
Are any of you going to any of the upcoming dancing shows: The Dancing With The Stars Live Tour, Ballroom With A Twist, or Dancing Pros LIVE? If so, and you would like to blog about your experience and share pictures(if you took some), we’d love to report on it. Just write to our Contact Us link in the above bar. We’d love to hear from you and feature your comments, review, or story. Thanks so much and here’s to all of these fabulous shows coming up. Be sure to get your tickets if you haven’t yet. It’s one thing to see the Pros on TV and quite another to see them in person.
A quick update on “Ballroom With A Twist“!! Cheryl Burke has been added to more shows. Producer Scott Stander tells Pure Dancing With The Stars that he is “thrilled to have Cheryl Burke back”. She “is a delight and a fan favorite.”
Scott is also excited to announce a new additional 4 show run in the Broadway market of Little Rock, Arkansas. Exciting and he tells us more dates are coming! For ticket information, dates, and times, see this post.
There have been some changes to the winter schedule of “Ballroom With A Twist“. Tony Dovolani, Lacey Schwimmer, Anna Trebunskaya, and Dmitry Chaplin are all on tap to dance at various shows. Don’t miss seeing the new schedule at this link (which is located in our special features link in the top bar for easy referencing). Producer Scott Stander tells us more dates will be added soon as well as more pros. So stay tuned. This is such a great show to see in the off season of Dancing With The Stars. So, be sure to get your tickets. Below is Tony with a special “Ballroom With A Twist” shout out…
This week former Dancing With The Stars pros Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin will be performing in Ballroom With A Twist in New Hope, Pennsylvaia. Anna talks all about with Central Jersey.
The show promises glamorous costumes, music and top-notch dance performances that push the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest contemporary styles.
”It takes a little from each show and so hopefully people that come to the show get a little taste and feel of the excitement,” Ms. Trebunskaya says. “Dancing is fun, beautiful and everyone loves beautiful music and costumes. Even when guys say they don’t care about it, they still enjoy seeing good-looking girls in good-looking costumes.”
Known for her dry humor, sparking personality and the jaw-dropping Argentine tango she performed with partner Olympic skater Evan Lysacek in season 10 of Dancing With the Stars, Ms. Trebunskaya left the show last year to have a baby.
”I just had a daughter and she takes a lot of time, so my commitment needs to be to her first. It’s an adventure like no other and changes every day,” she says. “Being in a show like ‘Ballroom With a Twist’ is more flexible than doing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and as you get older, your priorities change.”
While she admits to missing Dancing With the Stars, she has returned to sit in the audience and still keeps in close contact with many of her fellow dancers.
”I love everyone on that show. I still watch it, I talk about it and I even co-host an after-show in which I critique what I saw,” Ms. Trebunskaya says. “A lot of my friends are still on the show, so there’s definitely a strong connection. It will forever be in my life to an extent.”