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DWTS Season 19: Who Are Pro Dancers Keoikantse Motsepe And Allison Holker?

Most of you might know Allison Holker. She is most famous for her work on “So You Think You Can Dance”. She was a dance contestant in Season 2 and an all-star in Seasons 7 through 11. She started her dance training at only 4 years of age at “The Dance Club” studio in Orem, Utah (the same city where Derek began his dance training). She began teaching at the same studio when she was 16. In other accomplishments, she’s performed with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Olympic Games in 2002. She also starred in ‘High School Musical’ and ‘High School Musical 2′. Last year, she was nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” in the 2013 Emmy Awards (Heidi’s Note: She was nominated WITH Derek). You might remember the dances below when she danced on Dancing With The Stars in the past and the 2013 Emmy Awards last year. More on Allison at Wikipedia.

As for Keoikantse Motsepe, he was an undefeated South African Latin American Champion in every age category for 8 years. His formal dance training includes Latin American, Ballroom, and Contemporary. He has also performed on South African Idol and in the highly acclaimed dance show “Burn The Floor”. You can read more on Keoikantse at Afridiziak. Videos below. Fascinating and good luck to Read more..

August 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 Season 19 – GMA Pro Watch!! (Live Blog)

Hi all!! Decided to start a new post because the other one was getting cluttered and would be hard to read for anyone coming back for the first time in a while. Click to read the old post.

I was watching GMA at the beginning and they teased nothing – which means I have to wait until they go to the first commercial. Boo.

ETA: Vogue here! GMA just said the announcement was soon coming. Will Derek Hough be back, they ask? We will soon find out!!

ETA: I’m back! They just teased it again, not mentioning any single pro, but showing Cheryl and Drew.

ETA: They just showed their play room with all the screens with big question marks and asked “Maks? Derek? Who will be back and what will their role be??”

ETA4: Okay, there are four pros in studio. I’m guessing Cheryl and Mark. Not sure of the other two. And then they show a child photo of Karina – I take it as she’s IN. They showed Maks/Meryl, Derek’s Ameska Macy’s and Cheryl/Drew – clues.

ETA5: Latest tease shows Derek and Jennie Garth and says 8:22 is the time for the reveal. Ask again about Derek and Maks’ role. Asked if they would be going “head to head”. Um, yeah, Derek is super competitive. :::rolls eyes:::

ETA6: Cheryl is in Studio and competing. Tony is in studio. Karina also in studio, along with Val. Switch up is back. Results show the first two weeks. Len gone for part of season. There will be some “guest judges”. COMMERCIAL/Local News Break.

ETA7: Next…Mark Ballas. See below for the rest. Can’t say I’m happy Derek is back. No vacay for Heidi. :-)  I was typing as I went and just realized no Sharna. Kinda devastated about that.  Also, no Gleb in the pro lineup despite his wife’s tweet. He must be back in the troupe. 

The starting positions below are based on the individual pro’s status last season. Troupe is still unknown. Read more..

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Buffalo Bill Meets Dancing with the Stars? Rumor Patrol

Technically, @DWTSGossip beat me to this one. :-) It would not surprise me if he ends up on the show this season – we had no NFL last season, did we?? Anyway, from Erin Kelly’s Twitter:

Jim Kelly on DWTS

Thoughts?? Seems like a nice guy, but I know nothing about him.

ETA: Erin says her dad declined because he needs to “continue to recover.” He recently finished his chemo treatments for cancer.

August 12, 2014 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Ballroom With A Twist Review From Lancaster, PA August 10, 2014 (Photos)

Our resident poet, Lois, and her friend, Kathy, saw ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania last weekend. Below Kathy writes all about their experience. Afterwards, Lois adds her thoughts too. You can also see a fun album of pictures at Shutterfly. THANKS GIRLS!! Much appreciated!!

BALLROOM WITH A TWIST REVIEW
Written By: Kathy L. Erdman

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, I had a the pleasure of attending with my dear friend, Lois Troutman, the 2:00 p.m. performance of Ballroom With A Twist at Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA.

We arrived at Fulton Theatre and were treated splendidly by the entire staff at Fulton Theatre. We had front row seats for the performance and believe me we had the best of views.

The show started with the director of Fulton Theatre welcoming the audience and advised that taking photos were permitted, but if you planned on doing so, please share on the Fulton Theater Facebook. The show then began.

The announcer introduced the cast, which consisted of finalists from American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and of course , the featured stars from our favorite show, Dancing With the Stars, Sharna Burgess & Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The stage was set for an amazing day of song & dance.

Sharna & Val performed with such intricate detail and precision. Watching them dance live, as opposed 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.

Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson Graces Red Carpet At 2014 Emmy Reception

More fun Photos…this time of Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson attending the Television Academy’s Directors Peer Group choreographers celebration held at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California Sunday night. You can view more photos of her at Getty Images.

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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 Gleb Savchenko Attends Lionsgate Films’ ‘The Expendables 3′ Premiere HQ Photos

Wow, what a wake up call today! First, we were hit with new photos of Derek Hough at a book signing at The Grove last night at Pure Derek Hough and now check out these new pictures of Gleb Savchenko attending Lionsgate Films’ ‘The Expendables 3′ premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Gorgeous! Be sure to see Getty Images for 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.

Does Derek Hough Know If He’s Dancing On Dancing With The Stars? What About His Partner?

A couple of interesting interviews with Derek Hough today. First, he was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. Regarding Dancing With The Stars, he said he didn’t know if he’s coming back, but, the season is going to be different and exciting (same as what he’s said in previous interviews). You can listen to the interview at Pure Derek Hough.

KTLA also interviewed Derek today. They mention how they will “very likely find out who Derek is paired up a little later this week”. He’s “not revealing” who it is, but, they “think he knows”. Check out how Derek doesn’t deny anything and the way he signs off with his hand at the end. Not sure how to take that, but, it’s I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T-I-N-G!!!

August 11, 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 Season 19 – PRO WATCH!!

Find out the pros tweet Read more..

August 10, 2014 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS2014 Derek Hough: “Life is a dance, but, it’s much more than mastering the steps”

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“Life is a dance, but, it’s much more than mastering the steps. It’s pushing your boundaries, shattering your limits, and exploding in a breathtaking burst of light.”

Above is a quote that touched me while reading Derek Hough’s new book “Taking The lead: Lessons From A Life In Motion”. Isn’t it beautiful? If you want more, and haven’t ordered this book yet, be sure you do here. You’ll learn things on Derek you never knew before including the not so good times. I don’t know how Derek lived through some of them, but he did. Thank goodness!

Be sure you visit Pure Derek Hough as well. Several fans have submitted blogs, pics, and videos from Derek’s book signings this past week. Derek also took pics for a new portrait session while in New York City. We also have gobs of new radio and TV interviews to take in where he talks on his new book and Dancing With The Stars. So be sure to stop in, say Hi, and catch up with all things Derek.

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Pros Become Gladys Knight’s Pips At The Hollywood Bowl

Music legend and much loved Dancing With The Stars contestant, Gladys Knight, is performing at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Not only that, and watch out, Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov, and Artem Chigvintsev are performing with her too. Below is some coverage from George Pennacchio and ABC7. Great interview and isn’t fun to see them all again?

ETA: The Examiner has an article posted on the show. Below is take about she and the pros they danced. Be sure to see the link for more. LOL to “it was on my bucket list”.

Gladys Knight proved why she is at legendary status in her 75 minute set. The seven-time GRAMMY Award winner has earned number one hits in Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has also had a career in film, television. Knight showed why she is still in the business after all of these decades and her voice still incredible.

Knight kicked off her set opening the show sitting at the piano and performing “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”. She told the crowd “this is something you never seen me do”. She stated that she wanted to take piano lessons as a child but with there being four kids, her mom could not afford it so her sister Brenda got the piano lessons and she got to sing. She said it was on her “bucket list’ as she played the piano during the show. She then went on to perform “You Should Be Dancing” by The Bee Gees. Back up dancers come on stage to dance and it is Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov and Artem Chigvintsev from “Dancing With The Stars”. Then comes Tristan MacManus who was Knight’s dancing partner when she competed on the hit television show to lead her into a dance routine. She joked afterwards saying “it was on my bucket list”.

Mary Murphy was at the show last night. She posted some fun shots. @JDSwartz posted some instagrams too…

And isn’t his a great shot?!

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August 9, 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.