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PureDWTS Season 24 Debate – Battle of the Ringers: What Makes Heather Morris So Ringer-y?

So I think it’s been established that, as a professional dancer, Heather is pretty ringery, in terms of DWTS.  I would even go so far as to say she’s the ringiest ringer the show has ever had – although judging from some of the chatter I’ve seen here, on Twitter, and on Facebook, some of you don’t agree.  And there’s also those that don’t really seem to understand what some fans of the show are so upset about – “So Heather’s a dancer? Big deal, so was Nicole/Shawn/Amber/etc.” And it’s those comparisons to other previous ringers on the show that seem to contribute to some of the misunderstanding of just how ringery Heather really is – so I put this together to address some of the questions I’ve gotten about “Well what about [insert previous contestant here]? He/She was a big ringer, too!”

Let me start off by recapping Heather’s background for those who don’t really know it: Heather’s been dancing since she was 9 years old, and has trained in jazz, tap, and contemporary, primarily.  She tried out for season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, and made it through Vegas week to the “Green Mile” (the stage of the competition where the judges select who will and won’t advance to live shows) but was not chosen as one of the final top 20. She landed a gig dancing backup for Beyonce in 2007, and also nabbed a number of small dance roles in various TV shows and movies. She was eventually brought to the Glee set in 2009 to help teach the “Single Ladies” dance to some of the cast, and was so well-liked by the cast & crew that Ryan Murphy actually created the role of Brittany for her. So to be clear: Heather started off as a PROFESSIONAL DANCER – she only dabbled (only semi-successfully, I might add) in acting & singing as a result of her role on Glee. She is a dancer that (kinda) acts and sings – not the other way around.  Yes, this is an important distinction to make – and generally the biggest factor that sets her apart from previous ringers. Read more..

March 10, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

DWTS Lindsay Arnold And Witney Carson “Born And Raised In Utah” Coverage – Photos, Messages, Videos

Dancing With The Stars Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson’s “Born And Raised In Utah” premiered last night. Below you can view some backstage coverage, messages from Lindsay and Witney, videos, and photos. It looks like they had a blast. I’m loving those smiles and you missed our exclusive interview with Lindsay, you can see it here. YAY! CONGRATULATIONS, Girls!

lindsarnold: OH MY GOSH WE DID IT!!!!:):) I am truly speechless right now. There are no words to describe the amount of gratitude I am feeling right now for every single person that helped make this possible and for each of our incredible fans that came to our show tonight and supported us. I never dreamed that this all would be possible and standing in front of a sold out crowd and feeling all the love from our audience it truly surpassed all expectations. Thank you thank you again!! #bornandraisedutah #bornandraised

witneycarson: I’m so incredibly thankful & my heart is so full seeing our fans fill the SOLD OUT theatre tonight! This couldn’t have been possible without our amazing FANS, friends, family, and our hubbys. I’ll never forget this night and the feeling I had performing on that stage tonight. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. I love you with all my heart ❤️❤️ #born&RaisedUTAH

And aren’t these fun…. Read more..

July 16, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Exclusive: Lindsay Arnold Gives Us A Sneak Peek Into Her Dance Show With Witney Carson And More

Only one more day until Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson’s Born And Raised In Utah Show taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, July 15th. We were curious how Lindsay was feeling during these last few days of their final rehearsals. She tells us below. She also gives us a tiny peak into one of the fun performances and more. We can’t thank Lindsay enough for her time. If you haven’t bought tickets yet, see this link as this show sounds like a MUST SEE!!

Hi Lindsey!! Only 4 more days until your “Born And Raised in Utah” show! How are you feeling about it right now as you approach the last rehearsals?

I am feeling so excited and overwhelmed with gratitude. It has been so fun to get back in the dance studio with all of our utah dance friends and create something that is very special and meaningful to Witney and I. We are also so so stoked that our celebrity partners Alek Skarlatos, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Von Miller are joining us!

Which performances are you and the cast looking forward to the most that you’d like fans to watch out for?

There are so many performances that we are looking forward to and have created a lot of variety through out the show. One piece that I am extremely excited about is a Michael Jackson inspired dance featuring our dance coach Rick Robinson. This man has trained so many talented dancers that are in the entertainment industry; Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, along with Witney and I and has truly helped us reach our goals. We are so excited to perform with him in our show!!

We’ve heard you have a lot of special guests. Can you tell us about them a little?

We do have a lot of special guests for this show that we are so excited about! We have Super Bowl MVP Von Miller from DWTS season 22, Alek Skarlatos from DWTS season 21, Alfonso Ribeiro DWTS season 19 champion, James the Mormon (a local up and coming rap artist), Brooklyn Fullmer from SYTYCD, Hailee Payne from SYTYCD, Alexia Meyer from SYTYCD, Marcquet Hill from SYTYCD, and Jaymz Tuileva from SYTYCD. The cool thing about our SYTYCD guests is that they all grew up and trained in dancing in Utah! We want this show to showcase the incredible talent Utah has to offer and also give back to our hometown fans and support system. Without the support and love from our families, coaches, and friends from Utah we would not be where we are today.

July 14, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

New “Born And Raised In Utah” Promo With DWTS Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, And Cast

Below is a fun new promo for Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold’s “Born And Raised In Utah” show. Looking good! If you haven’t bought tickets yet, see this link.

July 8, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Witney Carson And Lindsay Arnold Chat On Their New Utah Show, DWTS, And More

Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold talked to KUTV about their new “Born And Raised In Utah” show coming up on July 15th. They are super excited to perform, show their story, and get back to their roots. They also talk on Dancing With The Stars and their celebrity guests. To watch this fun interview in full, see KUTV. For ticket information to see “Born And Raised In Utah” Utah on July 15th, see this link.

July 6, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Denver Bronco Von Miller To Dance In DWTS Witney Carson And Lindsay Arnold’s Dance Show

Denver Bronco Von Miller has been added to Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold’s “Born And Raised In Utah” show and they couldn’t be happier. As you know from previous reports, Alek Skarlatos and Alfonso Ribeiro are also dancing. For ticket information to see “Born And Raised In Utah” Utah on July 15th, see this link. It’s going to be a goodie!

July 1, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Witney Carson And Lindsay Arnold Interviewed On DWTS, Born And Raised I Utah, And More

Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold talked about how they met and started their dancing careers with FOX 13 in Utah. They also talked on their “Born And Raised In Utah” show. Really cute interview!

For ticket information to see their show in Utah on July 15th, see Born And Raised In Utah.

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

New “Born And Raised In Utah” Photo Shoot With Witney Carson And Lindsay Arnold

Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold took some new photos for their new “Born And Raised In Utah” show. Below are a few takes. Aren’t they breathtaking? For ticket information to see Lindsay and Witney (and former partners Alek Skarlatos and Alfonso Ribeiro), see Born And Raised In Utah.

June 16, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Remembers Prince

I was really hoping TMZ got it wrong – but now that some of the major news outlets are picking up the story, I guess I have to confront the fact that one of my idols is gone. One of only two artists in this world whose music has brought me to tears – several years ago, I remember standing at a stadium in Louisville, watching in awe as the “Purple One” himself belted out a heart-rending live version of “Purple Rain”…and I bawled my eyes out.

Prince was infamous for being very protective of his music copyrights, which meant that we were seldom treated to one of his songs being used on DWTS. But the 3 occasions that we were, boy – did it thrill me.  To this day, Nicole’s season 10 cha-cha to “Kiss” is still my favorite cha-cha we’ve ever seen, and probably one of my top 10 favorite dances of all-time on DWTS.  Let us relive it…

Prince had given special permission for Nicole (and only Nicole!) to use that song, and in the same week, he also gave approval for Erin to dance a paso to “You’ve Got the Look”:

And we were treated to a cha-cha to “Trust” from the Batman soundtrack in season 19:

Rest in peace, Prince. Enjoy driving that Little Red Corvette in the sky… 🙁

April 21, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

Alfonso Ribeiro Gives Advice To The New Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 22

Alfonso Ribeiro talked to KTLA yesterday about Dancing With The Stars and the contestants this season. He gives them some advice for what he learned.

March 11, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.