Great interview!! Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke talk on the new season, new pros, and more!
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..
It’s official. Dancing With The Stars Anna Trebunskaya is going to have a baby GIRL!! She talked all about it with Life & Style Magazine at a recent baby shower. Below is more including who else attended the baby shower. Be sure to see some new pics of Anna at the link. She looks happy and gorgeous as ever!!
“I’m just so excited to meet her,” Anna gushed to Life & Style at her baby shower on Dec. 14.
“I want to see how she looks! The eye color, hair color and structure, I just don’t know how all the DNA’s going to mix together. I just want to hold her!”
Ricki Lake, Jennifer Grey, Samantha Harris and So You Think You Can Dance’s Allison Holker were all in attendance at the shower and found out about the baby’s gender in a sweet way.
The mom-to-be sliced a specially made cake by Sweet E’s bakery to reveal pink filling inside.
Anna, a DWTS veteran, thinks she might have a little dancer on the way. “This little one loves jive!” she shared with the mag. “Whenever’s there’s jive, there’s always some kind of movement.”
Even though she’s more than seven months along, she’s still undecided on a name.
“We have about five saved on our phones,” shares the beauty, who has yet to reveal the father.
ADDING: Kristin and Suri of Afterbuzz TV were there too…
A huge congratulations to SYTYCD’s and periodic Dancing With The Stars performers Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss! The two dance stars were married this week in at Nigel Lythgoe’s Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery in Paso Robles, California. I can’t imagine what the dance floor must have been like afterwards, but, below is a hint from Allison’s instagram and some quotes from ET Online and Life & Style magazine. From all of us at PureDWTS, we wish them much much happiness and to dance forever!!
For their first dance as husband and wife, Boss and Holker boogied to Adele’s One & Only on an amber LED illuminated dance floor — which was a surprise from their managers, Nelson Diaz & Tony DiStefano of A-Team Entertainment/DMG — provided by Barker Décor Service.
…and performed a hip-hop routine to Justin Bieber’s “Somebody to Love” with Allison’s 5-year-old daughter, Weslie, who choreographed the number!
Have you all seen this “behind the scenes” video coverage of Derek Hough, Allison Holker, and company rehearsing for the Emmys last week? If not, be sure to take it in!! It’s truly amazing watching Derek and the other choreographers work to put on the show stopping performance that they did!!
Also, check out Amber as she sings the National Anthem at a Dodgers Game last night. Girl can belt it and then some!
For lots more Derek Hough coverage from this past week which includes updates with Amber Riley as well, be sure to head to Pure Derek Hough.
As previously reported, Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough won an Emmy last night for “Best Choreography”. Right before the Choreography Award was given out, he helped to choreograph and danced in a big “Luck Be A Lady/Get Lucky” production number right before it. Above you can see him pictured with Allison Holker. If you missed it, Pure Derek Hough has a video posted of it. It was spectacular to say the least and made the other performances of the night look mild in comparison.
Also, some of the other cast members of Dancing With The Stars were seen walking the Red Carpet and in the audience supporting Derek. Below you can see photos of Brooke Burke-Charvet and Carrie Ann Inaba. What do you think of these dresses?
Bruno Tonioli was also seen. He even had tears in his eyes when they announced Derek had won. So cute!
Derek’s friend and former Dancing With The Stars partner Maria Menounos graced the red carpet. Before the show began she was tweeting her support for Derek. I just had to post this picture being I think Maria was the best Dressed Woman of the night!!
Lastly, and wrapping up this post, below are some tweets from the cast (and fellow cast members from the past) congratulating Derek after he won his Emmy!! So cute! To you Derek Hough!!!xx
Gleb_Savchenko: “Amazing job and huge congratulations to @derekhough @DancingABC”
AnnaDemidova: “@derekhough Congratulations on winning the Emmy! So amazing! You deserved it !!!”
Edyta_Sliwinska: “Congrats @derekhough for winning the Emmy! Awesome to see great talent being rewarded.”
Karina_Smirnoff: “Congratulations @derekhough on your Emmy win! Amazing!!!! Yayayayay! Looking forward to toasting with you tomorrow! Xoxo”
CorkyBallas: “So proud of my BOY DEREK HOUGH Congrats winning the EMMY, Love U Derek @derekhough pic.twitter.com/0822B7XVWn”
PetaMurgatroyd: “Woohoo! Huge congrats to @derekhough tonight! Well done babe”
SharnaBurgess: “Big Congratulations and love @derekhough !!! A well deserved win at the #EMMYS always love your creative brilliance. #dwts xx”
LouisVanAmstel: “@derekhough congrats on your #emmy win for outstanding choreography! So happy for you…@DancingABC #DWTS17 #DWTS”
@HenryByalikov: “Congrats @DerekHough on your Emmy win for Outstanding Choreography @DancingABC !! #Emmys #DWTS wooo!!”
Sasha Farber: “@derekhough Unreal man, so happy for u, congratulations you deserve it.”
IamValC: “Congrats to @derekhough !!! Well done my friend
MarkBallas: “CONGRAAAAATS! @derekhough well deserved on your big win… Thx for the shout out too, love ya brother..”
DWTS Mark Ballas, Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd Celebrate National Dance Day At The Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala
You won’t want to miss viewing some fabulous new photos of Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and Lindsay Arnold attending the 3rd Annual Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration Of Dance Gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California last night at Getty Images.
As far as we know, Peta Murgatroyd also attended this event and was planning to dance with Mark Ballas according to her twitter, but, Getty doesn’t have any new photos of her.
The three were on tap as well as other dancers and celebs to celebrate National Dance Day! All proceeds from the event funds and supports dance and dance education for children in low-income areas. Dizzy Feet also provides scholarships to students and supports and increases quality of dance education in the United States.
To see a round up of pictures from the night for other stars who attended like Paula Abdul, Allison Holker, and more, see Wire Images.
ADDING: According to @DMITRYDREAMTEAM at twitter, former Dancing With The Stars pro Dmitry Chaplin was also at this event. He performed with Anya Garnis. Anya tweeted this picture.
ADDING 2: Sharna Burgess also attended this event. Wow, she looks gorgeous too. Check her out!! It’s good to see her return back to California!!
DWTS Kym Johnson Attends SAG Foundation’s “Dancer’s Forum: The Evolving World of Dance” (Photos, Video)
Looking so beautiful as always!!! Thursday night, pro dancer Kym Johnson attended the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s “Dancer’s Forum: The Evolving World of Dance” in Los Angeles, California. Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Allison Holker, tWitch, and more dancers and celebs also attended and took part in the event. Kym looks so adorable in a two piece black dress. Such a breath of fresh air! I miss her, do you? You can view some fun photos of her at Getty Images. Below is a stream of the event! Thanks to @DWTSgossip for this find…
Make Your Move, Starring Derek and Asian pop star BoA has a trailer – and I think it looks pretty good! It was put up by a Dutch distributor so it has subtitles. Now….if we can get an American release date, all would be right with the world. I’m not going to Holland this year.
The Semi-finals are going to be extra special on Dancing With The Stars this week …especially if you are a Michael Jackson fan! Be ready on Monday for the show to kick off with a special pro performance which will include a medley of two songs from Michael Jackson’s “Bad25″ album. Also, The Wanted and Paula Abdul will also be performing on the results show. There will also be a special AT&T performance and a special performance with Derek Hough, Allison Holker, and company. Here are some more details on both nights of Dancing With The Stars from Zap2It. After the quote you can read some more teasers.
“Episode 1509 & 1509A” – We’ll kick off the semi-finals of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a stunning pro performance to a medley of two iconic songs from “BAD25,” the album released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s legendary “Bad” album. Each of the remaining five couples will dance to a classic song from the album. The show will also feature three special dance performances, each sampling a song from the 13-track bonus disc from “BAD25.” To continue the celebration ABC will air “Michael Jackson: BAD25,” a documentary directed by Spike Lee, offering Michael Jackson fans across the country a rare look at the man who changed the music world forever (November 22 at 9:30 p.m., ET). Also on Monday night, each couple will dance a dance style they have not yet danced to a theme which was chosen for them by another couple on last week’s Results Show.
On “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars — The Results Show,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), the UK’s new boyband sensation, The Wanted, will perform a medley of their current single “I Found You” and their biggest hit, “Glad You Came.” Legendary performer and world famous choreographer Paula Abdul returns to the ballroom to perform in our final “Macy’s Stars of Dance” with a groundbreaking number. This piece will be an amazing interactive performance featuring some outside dancers as well as our own pros, Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Sonny Fredie Pederson, Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater. In our final “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” we will feature 21-year old Parris Goebel. Parris grew up in New Zealand and always knew she loved to dance, even though she was a self-described “terrible dancer.” Instead of taking classes, she taught herself how to dance, developing a new unique hip-hop style called “polyswagg,” and went on to become one of the hottest choreographers in the dance world. She has choreographed for Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliot, and is currently choreographing numbers for the new Michael Jackson Cirque De Soleil show in Las Vegas. She will hit the “DWTS” ballroom on Tuesday night with her dance crew from New Zealand, The ReQuest Crew, for an unforgettable performance. Also, “DWTS” professional dancer Derek Hough will perform a number that he has created that will feature four talented female dancers — Allison Holker, Melanie Moore, Jessica Lee Keller and Katherine McCormick. And before the night’s end, two more couples will be eliminated.
Gearing us up even more, below are some fun tweets from some of the performers and those involved with putting these two shows together….
Speaking of Paula and Michael Jackson and in case you didn’t know, at 18, then a Laker Girl, Paula was brought in to direct and choreograph the Jacksons’ Victory Tour. She shared these special words on Michael at the “The Is It” premiere….
“I got to see entertainment at its finest and be a part of something so big and I learned so much from Michael,” she said.
“He was so dedicated,” Paula added later. “It was truly remarkable to watch and it taught me as a choreographer that it’s OK to make people work really hard because the end result is going to be fantastic. Michael never gave anything but fantastic.”
For more on her performance on Dancing With The Stars this week, Paula posted the video below at her facebook with this quote: “Here’s a hint about my big surprise on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday, November 20th!. Love, Paula”
Here’s to the shows this week, Everyone! It’s going to be fun in more ways than one!xxx