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Your Top Five Favorite Dancing With The Stars Dances Of 2016

In reflecting back on 2016, what were your Top 5 Dancing On Dancing With The Stars? This can be from the couples or Pro Performances. You can also name some Honorable Mentions if you like if you can’t stop at 5. Let us know in comments.

Here are mine in this order:

1. Derek Hough’s “Kairos” pro performance. So creative and just HOT….

2. Sharna and James’ Freestyle. Just stunningly beautiful….

3. Peta Murgatroyd and Nyle DiMarco’s Freestyle. Breathtaking and so emotional…

4. Paige Van Zant and Mark Ballas Paso Doble. So powerful and creative….

5. Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold’s Freestyle. They threw everything in it, but, the kitchen sink…

Honorable Mention:
Gleb Savchenko and Jana Kramer’s “Get Down Tonight” Samba. I could have picked several of their dances, but, this was so fun and I loved Gleb’s hair. Please TPTB, make Gleb a permanent pro on this show. Last season, we only saw of glimpse of what this guy can do with his partners….

Sasha Farber and Emma Slater’s Engagement dance. So beautiful. Thanks to Cari for this reminder…

Now it’s your turn. We look so forward to reading your choices in comments….

December 27, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

La La Land’s Ryan Gosling Calls DWTS Choreographer Mandy Moore “A Wonderful Person And Choreographer”

How many of you have seen the movie “La La Land”…and did you like the dancing? As you know from previous postings, Dancing With The Stars Mandy Moore choreographed the dancing in it. The Observer has a super read about Mandy and how she taught the actors to dance. Ryan Gosling also commented on what it was like to be taught to dance by Mandy. Read on….

Each started with individual lessons at a small studio in Burbank, Calif. – not far from the restaurant where their characters, Mia and Sebastian, first meet onscreen. Moore began with the same basics she would for any new student: connecting movement to music and repeating classic jazz, tap and waltz patterns. Along the way, she worked to build “a general love of dance” in the actors.

“If these people don’t love to dance, they’re going to hate me by the end of this… and I know that can’t be part of this equation,” she said. “They have to love to dance.”

Stone picked up the footwork first, Moore said, then focused on style and delivery. Gosling was the opposite.

“With Ryan, he was like, ‘I don’t know what step you’re doing, but if you give me the style…”’ she said.

“Her job is to kind of see the diamond in the rough,” Gosling said, calling his teacher “a wonderful person and choreographer.”

“She’s very confident she can get it out of you if you’ll stick with her.”

Once they got the basics down, Moore put the stars together and taught them Mia and Sebastian’s moves, which were based in part on preferences the actors showed during their private lessons. For example, a foot-scrape move that Gosling liked became one of Sebastian’s signature steps.

Planning and executing large-scale performances – like the freeway routine – and creating intimate dances that suit real strengths and imaginary characters tapped all aspects of Moore’s talents. The opening scene was “big picture, then work on the details,” she said, “where Ryan and Emma was very detail (first), then get the big picture.”

Moore’s story isn’t unlike Mia’s. Musicals both classic and contemporary – movies like “La La Land” – are what inspired the dancer to leave her small Colorado hometown for Los Angeles after high school.

“It’s super cliche,” Moore said. “I was 18. I had 500 bucks and my suitcase.”

She performed with contemporary dance companies and in film and TV productions before a series of events brought her to “La La Land.” She worked with “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who introduced her to “So You Think You Can Dance” creator Nigel Lythgoe. Moore’s work on that show earned her two Emmy nominations and the attention of a “Silver Linings Playbook” producer, who hired her to create the dance Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence perform in that film.

For “La La Land” writer-director Damien Chazelle, the most important thing about the choreography was that it be “as much about character as about bodies moving.”

“What I told Mandy is that in this movie, dancing, singing and acting are all just one thing – there is no separation between them,” Chazelle said. “Ultimately the dancing really emanated from how Ryan and Emma relate to one another.”

Lots more at The Observer.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

2016 Dancing With The Stars Christmas Roundup And A Special New Baby Announcement

Did you have a great Christmas, Everyone? We hope you had fun!! It looks like the cast of Dancing With The Stars had fun. Below are some social media photos ad videos with them all celebrating. Note how we even had a very special new baby announcement from Edyta Sliwinska. Awwwww….

The best Christmas gift ever:) We could not be happier! #babyontheway #babylove #kissesforthebaby

A photo posted by Edyta Sliwinska (@edytasliwinska) on

Merry Christmas!! Love, the McAllisters!☃️🎄🐶#cheesyphoto #iknow #butiloveit

A photo posted by Witney Carson McAllister (@witneycarson) on

So grateful to have this time at home with my family! 💕💕💕💕🎁🎁🎁🎄🎄❄️🎆 #Christmas

A video posted by karina_smirnoff (@karina_smirnoff) on

Gorgeous day with my loves ❤@elenasamodanova

A photo posted by Gleb Savchenko (@glebsavchenkoofficial) on

Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 @elenasamodanova

A photo posted by Gleb Savchenko (@glebsavchenkoofficial) on

Read more..

December 26, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy Talk On The New Dancing With The Stars Live Tour

Below is a new interview with Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy on the new Dancing With The Stars “We Came To Dance” Live Tour and more.

December 22, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars “We Came To Dance Live” Tour – Videos

Would you like to see some videos from the new Dancing With The Stars “We Came To Dance” Live Tour? If so, watch below. These are fun…

Lots more at DWTS Princess You Tube. Be sure to get your tickets HERE if you haven’t done so.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

See Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough’s New Home

Would you like to see the inside of Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough’s new home? If so, you can see some beautiful photos at People. Below she talks on the decor….

Hough is also more interested in the story her decor tells, rather than the of-the-moment trend it might embody.

“I like it when you can’t tell an object’s age, when you don’t know whether it’s brand new or a century old,” she says.

And though the star is no stranger to ginormous gowns, she’s surprisingly more obsessed with home goods than wearable ones. “I’ll browse a furniture store over a clothing store any day,” Hough says. “I appreciate a vase, chair, or table for how much effort went into making it.”

Awesome! I love it. For more, see People. Be sure to pick up the January edition of Better Homes and Garden Magazine to view even more.

December 21, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Mark Ballas Makes Top 10 Favorite Broadway Debuts, Performs With BC Jean In Times Square, Harry Connick Interview

Today, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and BC Jean performed on Good Morning America and they were amazing. Check out the video below by @idolxfactor1 in case you missed it. They were also guests on “Harry” yesterday. You can watch a part of the interview below. Also, fans have voted and Mark made Broadway.com’s top ten best new performances on Broadway for his role as Frankie in “Jersey Boys” and we couldn’t be more proud of him. WELL DONE, Mark!!!

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Allison Holker And Stephen “tWitch” Boss Host ‘Dance For Kids Holiday Party’ To Benefit Children’s Miracle Network

This past weekend, Dancing With The Stars Allison Holker and hubby Stephen “tWitch” Boss hosted a ‘Dance For Kids Holiday Party’ to benefit patients at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Allison’s Dancing With The Stars partner from season 23, Babyface Edmonds, and Dancing With The Stars season 18 2nd runner up Amy Purdy was in attendance as well. Below are some fun photos and videos. Krystin Burtt was there too. You can read her report here. So awesome. If you’d like to help the Children’s Miracle Network, you can do so here.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

More DWTS Live “We Came To Dance” Tour Coverage, Val Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez Do The “Supermarket Swing”

Isn’t this a fun dance? Val Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez do the “Supermarket Swing”.

And check out these photos of the new Dancing With the Stars “We Came To Dance” Live Tour courtesy of Heather Donovan Photography. Beautiful. I want to see more….

Lastly, here are some more videos and photos from the tour we ran into. Stunning. Be sure to see the show if you can. Tickets Here.

#dwtstour #reddingcivicauditorium #sharnaburgess #alanbersten #dwts #argentinetango

A video posted by Janelle Wyatt (@janelle_was_here) on

#dwtstour #reddingcivicauditorium #emmaslater #keomotsepe #dwts #fleetwoodmac #songbird

A video posted by Janelle Wyatt (@janelle_was_here) on

#dwtstour #reddingcivicauditorium #lindsayarnold #glebsavchenko #dwts

A video posted by Janelle Wyatt (@janelle_was_here) on

Lots more at Janelle Was Here Instagram.

December 19, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd And Maks Chmerkovskiy Baby Shower – Pics, Video

Check out the Daily Mail and Entertainment Tonight for some really sweet photos of Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s baby shower. It looks like their friends gave them some really nice things and Peta looks gorgeous as ever. Below is a video too.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.