So sweet! Doesn’t Sharna Burgess look fantastic? Last night, she represented Dancing With The Stars in fine form at the 25th Anniversary Of Lionsgate’s “Dirty Dancing” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Lots more fun photos of Sharna at Zimbio Pictures. You can also view some great takes of Jennifer Grey at the screening here.
Dmitry fans, set your DVR’s! Looks like Dmitry is one of the choreographers on this week’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance:
Dmitry is the 2nd DWTS pro to choreograph on this season of SYTYCD – Louis choreographed a samba back in week 1. Also appearing on this coming week’s episode of SYTYCD? Anya Garnis of the Vegas troupe, who will be dancing with one of the contestants as an all-star – maybe in Dmitry’s piece?
Also semi-interesting to note: despite what Heidi & I have pointed out to be a strong anti-ballroom bias on SYTYCD, the two female ballroom contestants this season, Lindsey & Witney, are still in the competition – and I think they’re actually the two strongest female dancers with the best chance of winning this season. Both apparently have attended Chelsie’s studio in Salt Lake City, and have also worked with Mark. Hmmm…anyone else think we might see them as troupe members or pros on a future season of DWTS?
Special thanks to @DMITRYDREAMTEAM for the heads up about Dmitry Be sure to check out our sister site, Pure SYTYCD, for more news & updates on the current season of So You Think You Can Dance
UPDATE: Check out the cha-cha Dmitry choreographed for contestant Cole & all-star Anya below
ETA #2: Check out a cute interview with Dmitry after the show, where he talks about what it was like working with Cole & Anya and whether or not he agrees with what the judges had to say about Cole’s performance. Thanks to reader Maria for the heads-up!
This is fun!! As promised, Dancing With Stars Sharna Burgess has written to us all about her summer and what a busy and fun summer at that from her working in London, taking a little vacation time, and returning back to the States to work on So You Think You Can Dance and judging the Hip Hop International tournament. She’s excited about the new All Star season of Dancing With The Stars and has some fun thoughts to share with us on that as well. THANKS SHARNA!!! You rock! We can’t wait for you to be back on the show too and do “your thing”!!!!! Without further ado, more below from the beautiful and talented Sharna (including pics)….
Pure DWTS “Summer Recap”
by Sharna Burgess
My thoughts on the new cast:
Wow what an exciting diverse bunch! I was surprised they bought back so many mirror ball winners, but at the same time each of them are great competitive energies to throw into the mix. I think it will be very interesting to watch these guys the second time around – the defending champions should be just as nervous as the rest! I know the runner-ups like Kirstie Alley, are definitely looking to take that mirror ball home. Even the old favorites coming back are in it to win it! Everyone is coming in on an even playing field, they now all have dance experience and know what to expect. It’s not about getting to know them anymore, it’s about what they can do! It definitely won’t be any easier the second time round, as the bar has been raised and we expect to see some fantastic dancing this season!
My summer has been crazy! Between flying straight to London after DWTS, judging Hip Hop International, the USA championships held in Vegas, and working on SYTYCD… I have been a busy girl! Read more..
As you might have read in a previous posting, Dancing With The Stars troupe member, Henry Byalikov has a dancing role in one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012, “The Great Gatsby“. Henry also taught the leads Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan how to dance for the movie. Below is a new interview he did for it on The Morning Show. They also go through his whole career so far full of major accomplishments. Check out how he’s been working on the new lead for “Strictly Ballroom: The Musical” as well. FASCINATING! A MUST SEE! And let’s hope he gets the new lead!! He’d be perfect!!
“The Great Gatsby” has a December 25th release date. I plan to see this, do you? I was a big fan of the first movie with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Below you can view the trailer. Thanks to @Elara38 for the help with this post!!
Check out these cool photos taken by Curtis Sabir Photography below! This past weekend, Dancing With The Stars pro and Troupe member, Sharna Burgess attended the premiere of “Overcomed, Overjoyed” which features former lead dancer for Madonna, Carlton Wilborn (Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour and The Girlie Show Tour). Sharna also posed with three girls from the cast: Na’Kia Bell-Smith (Grey’s Anatomy), Audrianna Bartholemew (Chorister for the LA Children’s Chorus Concert), and Michaela Reed (Boys & Girls Club Idol Winner). She also posed with producer/director of the play Charlia Boyer. Stay tuned. Sharna is going to give us an update on her summer and her thoughts on the new all star cast of Dancing With The Stars. In the meantime, enjoy these fun pics. Being I’m a huge Madonna fan, I’m enjoying seeing Carlton again. You also might remember him in Madonna’s iconic “Vogue” video. Yay! Beautiful Sharna!
Watch Katherine Jenkins And Mark Ballas Dance A Paso Doble At 2012 Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert
Last weekend, Dancing With The Stars Season 14′s 2nd place couple, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, reunited to dance at the 2012 Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can watch them together again below….
How would you like to celebrate your birthday on the beaches in Mexico? That’s just what Dancing With The Stars pro Chelsie Hightower did this past weekend at the Villa del Palmar Cancun. She and her friends enjoyed their stay at the resort with spa massages, paddle boarding, kayaking, and playing at the pool’s water cannons. The group dined at the resort’s Davino restaurant where the executive chef presented her with a birthday cake as you can see pictured above by Mauricio Clayton. Happy Birthday Chelsie!!
There is never no rest for the weary. As soon as Mark Ballas was finished with his gig in Utah, he was off with Cheryl Burke to dance at a She Expo Chattanooga, TN Convention. The two Dancing With The Stars pros took part in a question and answer session with the audience too which you read all about at Times Free Press. They talked of how the other pros are “family” to them and how they can be “dysfunctional” as well at times. They discussed their favorite partners and their most challenging partners on Dancing With The Stars and more. Great interview. You can also see them dancing in a video here.
What an intense look on Derek’s face, hmm? Above is Derek and Mark pictured backstage at the Mormon Tabernacle in Utah this weekend. Note how Mark is in his spats as well. You can read all about the weekend for what Heidi can gather on it and see more fun pics at Pure Derek Hough. Note how Katherine Jenkins and Derek and Mark’s parents are pictured and mentioned as well. A Hough Ballas Reunion! Too fun!
Loads of thanks to PureDWTS reader @Jimmbboe!! He found this sweet interview with Dancing With The Stars Troupe member Sharna Burgess. She was recently interviewed by these sweet little girls at the Donna Spangler’s Flexin-4-Dollars Summer Soiree in Beverly Hills. The event helped to raise awareness for Siobhan Neilland’s Charity OneMama.Org. Cute cute. Watch below to see….