If you go to Red Carpet Crash, you can listen to Karina Smirnoff chatting about Dancing With The Stars and her past partners. She also mentions how none of the dancers know who is coming back for the new season of Dancing With The Stars as first producers have to get the celebrities and then pair them up with the best partner, but, she and everyone is hoping to come back. Lots more at the link including her plans next to dance in Ballroom With A Twist. Great interview! For tickets to see Ballroom With A Twist in Dallas and other cities this summer, see this link.
The White Rock Lake Weekly has a fun article up on Ballroom With A Twist which is set to premiere in Dallas on July 19th. Producers told them “it will feature colorful, sparkly costumes with yards of fringe like those seen on “Dancing with the Stars.” They also said the show will feature “magnificent music and breathtaking performances, pushing the boundaries of ballroom dance while infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest contemporary and ‘hip-hop’ styles.”
White Rock Lake Weekly also talked with Tony Dovolani on the show. He’s looking very forward to visiting and dancing in Dallas especially being how he’s golfed at the Dallas Cowboys Golf Course. He also talked with them about Dancing With The Stars. Here is what he said about his partners, the competition, his career, how long he plans to do the show and more…
He admits that, although he’s had a great time with all of his partners, he especially enjoyed Melissa Rycroft, with whom he won Season 15, Susan Lucci and Leah Remini. He said he respected partners Kathy Ireland and Kate Goslyn, neither of whom ever had a dance lesson. “They were ready to learn and great partners,” he said.
During the three months of the season, the pros don’t get any breaks or days off. Training is intense throughout.
Of course, the longer the stars stay in the competition, the more they practice. “It takes about three week to unwind after a season ends to wind down,” Dovolani explained.
When asked about injuries, Dovolani said he’s hurt his back, toes and knee, for starters. “I do not know one dancer who dances without injuries.” During the season, the dancers endure six to 12 hours of rehearsal every day.
The dancer has become a health and wellness expert who demonstrates how dance leads to fitness, confidence and overcoming health issues.
He has guest-hosted segments of television shows including “Ellen,” the Golf Channel’s “The Morning Drive” and ABC’s syndicated “On the Red Carpet” and “Good Morning America.” He and fellow dancers Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy are partners in Dance With Me USA Dance Studios in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The 40-year-old lives in Connecticut with his wife of almost 15 years, Lina, and three children, Luana and twins Adrian and Ariana. During the season, his family generally comes to town to see the show, but last season he was able to make it home a number of times. “My wife is the best person I know. Marrying her was the best thing I ever did in my life,” he said.
When asked how long he plans to do the show, he said, “As long as they’ll have me. I love the difference it makes in a person’s life and how it inspires others.”
Below is a fun new Dancing With The Stars scoop from Kristyn Burtt. She mentions how a new Dancing With The Stars Tour is in the making for 2015! THANKS KRISTYN! The more dancing tours, the better. Bring them on!
With all the “choreographer” talk in the Emmy Nomination Post, here is a new question for you: Who do you think are the THREE best choreographers currently on Dancing With the Stars? You can also name two or three alternates if you like. RANK them in order as well. When you weigh in with your answer, remember this isn’t about who dances the best or who is your favorite dancer necessarily, but, about who makes the best routines for their partners (and pro numbers, etc) as a whole. See you in comments!
Isn’t this a fun little video? Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber posted it on his You Tube channel last night. He’s doing a Cha Cha/Jazz number to Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm”. Note that soon Sasha will doing some teaching in a new summer tour. For more info and if interested, contact The Ballroom Dance School here or here.
Awww, weren’t we just talking of how we miss seeing Karina Smirnoff pictured at Premieres? Well, here she is attending the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Distortion of Sound’ at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, California. Gorgeous!! You can view more photos at Getty Images. Oh my goodness, I am loving her SHOES!
We’re waiting for Emmy.com to update with a full list of their nominations, but, for now, we know that Dancing With The Stars has been nominated for “Outstanding Reality Competition“. WOO HOO! We’ll update this post if there are more nominations. Stay tuned.
Derek Hough has been nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” for three routines: Human, Macy’s Stars Of Dance Paso/Flamenco Ameksa, and Too Darn Hot. More info on the routines at Pure Derek Hough.
Tom Bergeron for “Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program”
Also, Dancing With The Stars has been nominated for “Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special”, “Outstanding Lighting Design”, “Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)”, and “Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series”
For a complete list of the nominations, see Emmy.com here, here, and here. The winners will be announced on Monday, Aug. 25, during a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre LIVE in Los Angeles, California. The show will be broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Wow! So fantastic and so deserving for all who are nominated!!! Let us know what you think in comments!!!
Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani interviewed Leah Remini on her new show “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative”. He tries to keep things serious, but, well, you know Leah.
Cute video. And check out how Karina says she’s shooting a movie in August. WHA? Does anyone know more on this? Or is this video old? Not sure??
Hey All!! Do you have some questions you’d like to ask Sasha Farber about Dancing With The Stars??