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Peta Murgatroyd Talks About “Ballroom With A Twist” And Dancing With The Stars

Let the “Ballroom With A Twist” news begin! If you visit the Delco Times, you can read a nice little lead up to the show from Peta Murgatroyd. She also discusses how her dancing dreams came true and what it’s like working on Dancing With The Stars. The pic above below is of she and Mark Ballas at rehearsals for Ballroom With A Twist this past weekend in San Diego courtesy of Mark. Note: If you go to any of the “Ballroom With A Twist” shows coming up and would like to write a guest blog, send pics, or videos, write to us here or at Pere Derek Hough by using our Contact forms or dm us at twitter. We appreciate anything you’d like to send us and would love to feature it.

Murgatroyd, speaking by telephone from San Diego, said she usually takes a break after a “Dancing with the Stars” season, but that “Ballroom with a Twist” provided a chance for fun she could not resist.

“I love to work, and I love travel. This show allows me to do both.

Murgatroyd also said she loves working in live theater. She earned her job as one of the professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars” after a producer saw her in the ballroom dance show, “Burn the Floor,” on Broadway.

“Broadway had always been my dream,” Murgatroyd said. “From the time I started dancing, and that was at the age of 4, I wanted to be in a Broadway show. Coming to New York in ‘Burn the Floor’ was particularly amazing because the show was so well-received, and I had the sequence where I danced blindfolded in ‘Weatherstorm.’

“My dream came true when I was in my early 20s,” Murgatroyd continued. “I wondered what could top the experience of being on Broadway and being praised for my work in New York. Then, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ came along. I was offered a contract and did not have to audition. The work would be a challenge. I’m not sure that the general public knows it, but the professional dancers are responsible for every aspect of the performances they do with their partners.

“We not only choreograph each dance, but we select the music and design the set and costumes. We can talk to the wardrobe department to get help with our ideas, but when it comes to the music and the dance, outside help is against the rules. Every Tuesday, you wake up with that wonderful but daunting feeling that you have to start all over again thinking of your partner, conceiving a dance, and working out the sound and look you want.

January 20, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber “Breaking It Down” Dance Videos

Dancing With The Stars pro Sasha Farber has posted a few dance videos at his You Tube Channel. Proof positive that a dancer never stops dancing and thinking of creative choreography in the off season of Dancing With The Stars. These are awesome. Check him out….

January 5, 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.

PureDWTS Guest Blog: “I am alive today because of Chelsie Hightower”

PureDWTS reader Byrl Alexander has sent us a guest blog telling us of his scare with Cancer recently and how pro dancer Chelsie Hightower has helped him. He feels he owes Chelsie a lot. Read on to see why. This is a great and inspiring story for us all. Thank you Byrl and lots of positive thoughts and prayers set your way!! Keep on walking!!

This is a true story and I am alive today because of Chelsie Hightower. Update on me, I go in on the 31st of December for my 11th treatment of chemo and have one left on Jan 14th 2014 and then run a scan and I’m done with my treatments, so far I am beating cancer.

I have been a fan of Chelsie Hightower for many years. Back in January 2013 I was talking to her online,I asked her a question and Chelsie told me that I spend to much time on the computer, which I had all ready heard this from my wife and daughter as well. She offered three things I could do and I took her up on take a walk. Since I had started my own diet on Jan 1st 2013, I thought this was an ideal idea, as exercise and diet go hand in hand when losing weight. Chelsie told me to report to her daily on everything I did that was productive, and held me accountable. I never missed a day. If she had not mentioned walking that day, I would have waited until warmer weather, but by starting back in January, I was making good progress by the time the weather did turn warm. Chelsie Hightower saved my life, and I don’t know if she realizes that when she suggested I take a walk and report in daily, that she saved my life. These words saved my life (Take a Walk)

On June 21st I was admitted to the North Kansas City Hospital, in my hometown, for unusual symptoms. I ended up getting a colonoscopy and the doctors found a tumor on my colon, which was malignant. When the doctor delivered this news, I looked at him and told him I would beat this; at the same time he told me if I had not been walking and lost 75 lbs., that I would not be alive today. Walking saved my life, and I had an operation on June 25 to remove the tumor and some of the colon. I also have cancer on the liver as well, but the last visit to my Doctor he said that my liver had not increased in size which made he and I both happy. I have had 9 Chemo treatments and will have a PET scan on some time in January to see how my condition is progressing, . I still walk and will be walking all year as both of my doctors told me walking is my key to good health. I do everything I’m told to do.

I had went from 275 to 196, but both of my Doctors want me to stay at 205, so you can say I lost almost 80# my goal was 100# but that may never happen.

Chelsie needs to be recognized for saving a life, I have told her many times thanks for saving my life, but the world needs to know this and her family as well. I even sent her a bouquet of flowers thanking her. Chelsie is my angel. As a footnote, Chelsie knows me, I met Chelsie here in Kansas City, Mo back in June of 2012, and I also went to see her dance in person at Prior Lake Mn this past May.

I still will have to report to the doctor ever so often for lab work and scans the rest of my life.

John’s Update:
A friend of Bryl made this YouTube video of his story:

December 28, 2013 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.

Australian Newspaper Pays Homage To Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd

This is such a wonderful tribute from the Sydney Morning Herald to Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd. Reading the story, I didn’t realize Peta also had Scottish roots. Fascinating….

So I’m in the right frame of mind to appreciate the phenomenon that is Peta Murgatroyd. All hail the Aussie girl (Kiwi-born, but moved to Perth at 18 months, so fair to claim her …) who makes it big in the US – and winning the American version of Dancing With the Stars is pretty damn big.

Ms Murgatroyd topped the show in spring 2012 (they do two series a year over there, which is a hell of a lot of fake tan …) with American football star Donald Driver.

You can watch the cha cha cha that clinched them the title here.

Boy, can Murgatroyd move. I’m also very impressed by her physique. She’s superfit and toned – but she’s categorically not skinny-minny. There is a truly delicious layer of lady flesh over the muscle and bone.

She has the quality, which many ballroom dancing lady stars seem to have, which my husband calls ”womanish”. It’s his highest compliment. The most hubba of hubbas.

If we are, as a culture, going to collectively venerate any body type (and we are, all cultures have, since pre-history), I would rather it were this than the emaciated frames of the Milan catwalks, or the plastic fantastic of the pin-up girls.

Of course, Ms Murgatroyd has a body of elite refinement, achievable only by very hard work on top of a nature-bestowed base, but it’s a goal that can be sought in a healthy way, not requiring starvation or surgery.

My New Year’s resolution is to get back to my Zumba class. But before we get to that – we have Tuesday’s big night to look forward to.

I’m staying in this year, with my mum, where we will raise whisky at midnight to honour her Scottish heritage. I might dance a highland fling.

More at Sydney Morning Herald on Peta’s recent appearance at the 15th Annual Trevor Project Benefit and how she came up with the look.

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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.

Radio Interview With Sharna Burgess About The Competitive Part Of Dancing With The Stars And More

Not sure when this radio interview took place, but, it’s a good one. Sharna Burgess talks with GJ Reynolds Beach Life Style Radio Show all about Dancing With The Stars and it’s influence on dance in general. “Ballroom” is cool. They also talk about the competitive part of the show, what kind of training it takes to transform the celebrities, keeping in shape in the off season, and lots more. Excellent!

December 26, 2013 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.

Nikki Lorenzo “Work That Charm” Official Video Release With DWTS Tristan MacManus

This is just too cool for words! Go Tristan MacManus!! Now if only we could have seen MORE of him! *cries*

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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 2013 Christmas Wishes And Fun Media Tidbits Happening!!!

Merry Christmas All!!! We hope you have the most amazing and blessed holiday!! Note that we may be slow to update because of the holiday, but, we couldn’t help posting on a few things. First, Karina Smirnoff helped with the Los Angeles Mission Christmas Eve Celebration yesterday. You can see some beautiful new photos of her at Getty Images. She’s so cute as always. Pic above is courtesy of her instagram.

Also, don’t miss staying tuned to this link at Pure Derek Hough as the dance wars between The Hough’s, The Ballas’, and The Menounos’ have began. They have been teasing for what’s to come. Below is Mark and Corky Ballas. lol It’s good to see Corky again….

And here is Derek Hough, his family, and Nina Dobrev up for the challenge. This is a hoot…

Lastly, below is a little teaser clip for the “Work That Charm” shoot with Tristan MacManus, Nikki Lorenzo, RJ Mitte and director Marc Cleary. As previously reported, the full video is suppose to be released TODAY! Be watching Nikki’s twitter closely as she may post it? Let’s hope so!!

Merry Christmas Everyone, thanks for everything, and may your holiday be the best ever!!!xxx

December 25, 2013 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 Henry Byalikov Dances With Amber Riley In “Santa Baby” Performance (Video)

Last night, Dancing With The Stars pro Henry Byalikov danced with Amber Riley while she sang “Santa Baby” at The Roxy!! This is so cute!! Enjoy and thanks to @AmberRiley_News for sending!!!

December 24, 2013 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.

Dancing With The Stars Brooke Burke-Charvet Holds Wii Sports Club-Golf Holiday Party

Isn’t this a fun take of Dancing With The Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet? I love her boots! :D This past week, she held an intimate holiday party at her home in Malibu to help promote Wii Sports Club-Golf. You can read more about the party and see more new pics at Business Wire. Picture below courtesy of Brooke’s instagram.

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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.

DWTS Cheryl Burke And Karina Smirnoff To Hold New Years Eve Parties

Dancing With The Stars pros Karina Smirnoff and Cheryl Burke will each be throwing New Year’s Eve parties in Tampa, Florida and Hollywood, CA. If you’d like to attend Karina’s party, see this link (and there is a pretty picture of her there too). Below is the information for Cheryl’s party. Let’s go…to both! :)

CherylBurkeNYEveParty

December 23, 2013 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.