Pictured above is Val Chmerkovskiy And Anna Trebunskaya! The two dancing pros really brought the house down in Brooks, California last night in Ballroom With A Twist. According to fan Maria Pena, it was “such a fun show”. Maria took some wonderful photos of the entire night if you’d like to see them at her facebook page. Thanks Maria for sending!!
The official summer season of Ballroom With A Twist starts this weekend. Val Chmerkovskiy and Anna Treybunskaya will be dancing in Brooks, California at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. The Sacramento Bee interviewed Val about the show. He talks all about it below for how the show is more than just dancing. He also talks about Dancing With The Stars and being a violinist…
“This show is a fusion of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ alumni and finalists from ‘American Idol,’ ” Chmerkovskiy explained. “It’s hip-hop with a bit of a twist, bringing in some ballroom dancing. Somewhat into the show, we invite the audience to come on stage and it turns into a big dance party.
“Nobody feels intimidated,” he continued. “We don’t grab people and throw them on stage. We’ve never had a problem, believe me, getting people to participate. The group that comes on stage is clearly dominated by women, but there’s a mix. The audience is so comfortable by that time because we work hard to build a relationship.”
But the show is more than just dancing, Chmerkovskiy said.
“Another twist is a Q and A we have at the end of the show,” he said. “I am enjoying these shows immensely and the venues in which I’ve performed. I’ve never had such a privilege before.”
Chmerkovskiy has been with “Dancing With the Stars” through many changes, a significant one last year being the dropping of the live orchestra, which stirred a controversy among loyalists.
“I was sad, of course,” Chmerkovskiy said of the change. “There’s a beauty in live music that can never be substituted by electronics. But there’s also another side. Pop music changes so much there are sounds that can’t be replicated by live musicians, and last year, I think, was the best season we had music-wise.”
Chmerkovskiy knows more about music than just how to dance to it. He’s also a violinist, which he describes as his “first passion.” He took up the instrument when he was 5 years old in Odessa, Ukraine.
“I took it very seriously until I became a concert master of a youth orchestra when I was 17 or 18,” he said. “Then my teacher moved to San Francisco, and once he was gone, I lost it. Without practice, my skill level fell. I don’t play it with any seriousness now.”
Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts pictured with Loren Ruch who is the producer of “Design Star All Stars”. The three worked together on a new episode where contestants redesigned some rooms in Anna and Jonathan’s house. You can read a blog about what took part behind the scenes with them here. When you are finished reading and if you weren’t able to catch it, be sure to see the episode on-line at HGTV. Thanks to to PureDWTS reader TDI19 for the heads up!
Drew Lachey tells People that everyone on Dancing With The Stars this season is competitive and having a lot of fun so far. He also is predicting Joey Fatone will be a “direct rival”. Below is more including his thoughts on new partner Anna Trebunskaya as well.
“I think there’s a bit of a competitive streak between Joey Fatone and myself,” Lachey says, jokingly. “We’re good friends and we go back a long way. But the smack-talk is already starting with the boy band competition thing.”
Other notable threats, he says, are Shawn Johnson, who is “very athletic and very strong,” and Gilles Marini, who he believes is the face of the Argentine tango.
Lachey, who calls the whole DWTS experience “almost like a political campaign,” doesn’t have any tactic to winning except being a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy.
“If they like me on the dance floor and they like who I am, then please vote for me,” he says. “If there’s someone else they relate to more, then they’re going to vote for them. In season 2, we didn’t have Facebook. We didn’t have Twitter. It was just more of how your dancing was, and how people connected to you as a performer and as a contestant on the show. So I’m going into it with the same kind of mentality.”
Partnered with Anna Trebunskaya this time around, as opposed to his mirror ball trophy-winning mate Cheryl Burke, Lachey says, “I think it’s going to be a whole lot of fun because I get a whole new bag of tricks, basically. For people who have the same partner, they’re going to use the same techniques and do the same style and teaching method.”
Who’s ready to see the beautiful Anna Treybunskaya on Dancing With The Stars again this week? Here are some behind the scenes of her shoot with Regard Magazine which you can see more of here.
And, of course, we can’t forget about her fabulous, fun, unforgettable partner Carson Kressley who will bust up some “Jagger” moves again with her!! This is a video taken behind the scenes last week with Nancy Grace. Can you hear Tom in the background?
ADDING: Also, Sasha Farber posted a fun picture of he, Anna, and Carson at rehearsals last night. You can see it here.