As you might know from a previous post, Andrea saw Ballroom With A Twist last night at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston. She loved the show and said Chris Soules was a “natural” and “charming” (and at the Meet & Greet too). She sent us a bunch of photos and videos from the show of Chelsie Hightower, Chris Soules, Dmitry Chaplin, Lacey Schwimmer, and Tristan MacManus which you can view below. We can’t thank her enough. If you haven’t got tickets yet to see this fun show, see this link.
These Ballroom With A Twist Promos just keep getting better! Hilarious! I sure miss these pros on Dancing With The Stars. Chris Soules is a hoot in this too. If you like what you see, don’t miss seeing them at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston, MA July 24th and 25th. For tickets, see this link.
Special Side Note: Andrea (who posts in comments) saw the show last night. She said Tristan told her he loves her and she got the final rose! So cute!! See Andrea’s twitter for pictures!!
Dancing With The Stars Allison Holker danced with Robert Roldan (choreo: Travis Wall) last night on “So You Think You Can Dance” for their 10th Anniversary Special. Amazing. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for the video coverage below (I hope it comes up? If not, see this link.). To read more on the night, see Mjsbigblog.com.
ETA: Jenna Johnson also performed last night. I can’t find a video, but, she posted this twitter pic last night….
Kansas.com reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. They said the show had a lot of “fance footwork”. Here is more….
The athletic dances done on a spare stage of two sets of stairs and a catwalk ranged from an opening “Land of a Thousand Dances” – including the watusi – by Peta Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy to a hip-hop number by Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson that probably got the biggest ovation and showed that Rycroft was right in giving credit to beyond-ballroom dancing.
Park City/Wichita country music fans even got to yell their approval before the company strutted to “Somethin’ Bad.” A Wichita woman in a long dress and platform shoes was the audience member chosen to fall into the arms of Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev – and to get very close and personal.
Not all the dancing was modern. Chigvintsev was back on stage for the first time after being injured, and he and Carson – she wearing a flowing gown – floated across the stage to the season-appropriate “Summer Wind.”
Being in Kansas enchanted Brit Emma Slater, who said she knew the state from “The Wizard of Oz.”
“My mom’s really jealous” of her daughter being in Kansas, Slater said, and then turned her back to the crowd and took a selfie with the audience for Mom.
Below you can watch some fun ‘behind the scenes’ action of “Sway” from this past June. The next show dates for “SWAY: A Dance Trilogy” is scheduled for December 3-6, 2015 (5 shows) in Miami, Florida. Proceeds from shows will benefit Alfalit and it’s initiatives to end illiteracy throughout the world. For tickets visit: www.swayshow.com.
Come see Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin, Chris Soules, and more in “Ballroom With A Twist” in Beverly, MA at the North Shore Music Theatre from Thu-Sat July 23, 24, 25. Below Tristan and Chelsie give a shout out. For tickets, see this link.
Dancing With The Stars Allison Holker attended the 2015 Just Jared Summer Bash presented by SweeTARTS Chewy Sours on Saturday, July 18th, at a private residence in Los Angeles. Former pro Cheryl Burke was there as well. Click on the Ghetty photos below to see more. Photo above courtesy of Cheryl Burke pictured with Allison, TJ Paradise, Bobby Newberry, Diana Madison and Kelly Monaco.
So I was eating my lunch outside today (since it was the first day in quite some time that wasn’t rainy) with some coworkers, when the topic of my favorite DWTS contestant of all-time, Alfonso Ribeiro, came up. We had been talking about the celebrity golf tournament he was in this past weekend (Vogue reported on it here, if you haven’t seen it yet), and the fact that he did the Carlton, and I think I said “He’s probably the best male dancer they’ve ever had on the show!” To which another coworker replied “Nah, Corbin Bleu was the best dancer they’ve ever had on the show!” And of course, a debate commenced over who was the better technician, who was the better entertainer, who was more athletic, etc. etc. etc. We ended up agreeing to disagree, but it got me thinking: really & truly, out of the 20 seasons we’ve had – who is the best guy we’ve seen, and who’s the best girl?
I did a bit of a snap poll on Twitter, but I figured “Why not make it a bit more official?” and do an actual poll here? So below, I picked the most likely candidates for who would likely qualify for “best dancer” on DWTS – most would probably fall under the “ringer” category, but that’s kind of expected when we’re voting on dance skills alone. Keep in mind that it’s not about popularity, or how well-known they were when they did the show – just dance skills & presentation, period; and independent of any previous training they might have had – so no “Well so-and-so was better because they had no previous experience and were great and that’s what DWTS is all about!!!” Strictly voting on dance skills/showmanship alone, kids.
Obviously, I voted for Alfonso for the men – I think he was the most consistent of all the male ringers we’ve had, and also the best showman; I also think part of his appeal was that he was a really organic, natural mover that seemed to really get into the pocket of whatever dance was thrown his way, even if he had no previous experience with it. While I agreed with my coworker that Corbin was more athletic and likely had more refined technique than Alfonso, I think he wasn’t as much of a natural as Alfonso and had to work harder to appear at ease with the movement of some of the dances – which didn’t always work, and made him a lot less consistent throughout his season.
For the ladies, it wasn’t as cut-and-dry for me – my knee-jerk answer was Nicole, but then I remembered she had some ups-and-downs and some dances that she wasn’t naturally good at (her first rumba and her samba come to mind); then I thought of Meryl, but while her technique was usually flawless, I remember thinking she sometimes lacked in the showmanship department, and could be a timid mover at times. Then I thought of Kristi Yamaguchi, who was a strong dancer AND entertainer, but I remember thinking that she seemed to always have that skater’s “perma-smile” that made her look a tad cheesy at times. As surprising as this may be for some of you, I actually ended up picking Zendaya as the best female dancer we’ve seen on the show – for a lot of the same reasons I picked Alfonso: she was consistent, she was a showman, and she was a very NATURAL mover. Granted, I thought Val failed her in the choreography department on multiple occasions (which may have eventually prevented her from winning, I think), and I didn’t love every single dance; but I do think she probably had the best skill set to work with, and seemed the most comfortable out on the floor.
So what do YOU guys think? Vote in the polls below, and then tell us how you voted & why
Well, it was only a matter of time before this rumor was coming. Star Pulse is reporting The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe might be dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 21. What do you think if true?
The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe hands out her final rose next week, and there are rumors that she may already have another reality TV gig in the works — Dancing with the Stars Season 21.
The 30-year-old dance instructor, who was thrilled to meet pro-dancer Derek Hough on Good Morning America before she started filming her season, would not be the first Bachelor franchise star to become a DWTS celebrity dancer.
Will Kaitlyn, who took third place on Chris Soules’ season of the Bachelor, follow in her ex-TV boyfriend’s footsteps? After Soules proposed to Whitney Bischoff on his farm in Iowa, he headed straight to L.A. to join the Season 20 cast of Dancing with the Stars.
Other Bachelor and Bachelorette stars who have danced their way into the spotlight are Melissa Rycroft (Jason Mesnick’s season), Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, and Trista Sutter.
Although spoilers indicate that Kaitlyn Bristowe gets engaged at the final rose ceremony on July 27, what she does for a living has never been revealed. Kaitlyn’s bio on ABC states she “dance instructor” — which would be a perfect “in” for DWTS — but there is no word on where teaches dance, or if this is a job she had long before she joined Chris Soules’ season of the Bachelor.
My thoughts: Everytime I’ve said “NO” to a Bachelor (which I feel like doing again this time), I end up liking them. And she sure looks great with Derek at the link. So, I’m keeping still this time. Though I doubt this info has much merit since it’s from a tabloid source.
Mark Ballas of ABC’s Dancing with The Stars will take the wraps off the new Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts Studio at a Grand Opening Gala Saturday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Charlotte’s, The Club at Longview.
The Gala will be a dance lover’s dream with the Dancing with the Stars pro meeting current and prospective students as he showcases his first franchised dance studio in the U.S.
Ballas, nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2011, is a singer/songwriter/musician who has danced for 20 seasons on the ABC blockbuster dancing series, holding numerous “firsts”, including being the only dancer to win multiple Dancing with The Stars competitions with Olympic champions.
Ballas dancing studio franchises are being offered regionally and nationally by Ballas and longtime Charlotte dance ballroom innovator, Sabrina Berg. The new franchise offers dance instructor in both Ballroom and Latin styles of dance in private and group settings. Existing dance studios that franchise with Ballas will convert their name to one of dance’s most successful and worldwide recognized dancing icons.