This is so awesome. While in Hawaii performing for “Ballroom With A twist”, Dancing With The Stars pros Karina Smirnoff, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy visited the Shriners Hospital for Children Honolulu. You can see a wonderful gallery of new photos of them at KITV. SWEET!
Just a quick update!! Ballroom With A Twist may be over for it’s summer run, but, it’s new schedule for Fall, Winter, and Spring is starting to fill up nicely. Be sure to see THIS LINK for some new additions to our schedule. The schedule includes ticket information, etc. Some shows are selling tickets now and some are starting soon, so be ready if you want to get a good seat. It’s a lively, entertaining night of fun….especially if you are a general fan of dancing and singing.
If interested, be sure you see KITV. They have a fun interview up with Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Sharna Burgess, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The Dancing With The Stars pros talk on Ballroom With A Twist and the importance of dancing. This is just part 1. KITV will air Part 2 later.
“All of us travel and do charity work constantly because dance bring smiles to people and that’s the best healing you could ever have,” said Dovolani.
“Dancing has always been a very healthy activity, no only physically, but for your mind and soul. You see people come out of the dance studio happy. Tired in a good way,” said Smirnoff. “So, this is one of the things we do during the show. We want the audience to get up and actually start moving with us because that gift, that passion for dancing is for all of us. We want to be able to share it with people that love the show and love ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ and, for us, it is the opportunity to do it.”
ETA: Here is the video. Also, see Ballroom With A Twist facebook. They have some fun pictures of the cast playing on the beach.
ETA2: And here is Part2!
ETA3: Be sure to see a beautiful gallery of new pics of the cast enjoying their free time in paradise at Ballroom With A twist Facebook. Breathtaking!
ETA4: More Ballroom With A Twist updates….pictures, reviews, and videos of their last summer show in Hawaii. Be sure to see everything at Ballroom With A twist Facebook. The pics are gorgeous. The Daily Mail has a feature and some professional pictures from Hawaii too. BEAUTIFUL! Must see!
Thanks to Ballroom With A Twist facebook, Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy, and fan @kimmy381 at twitter(be sure to follow her, she has more pics too) you can view some coverage of Ballroom With A Twist in Seattle from yesterdays shows. The passion and hip action is making my morning complete.
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Cheryl Burke, Val And Maks Chmerkovskiy Interviewed On Ballroom With A Twist And Dancing With The Stars
In a new Ballroom With A Twist interview with Equality 365, Val Chmerkovskiy chats about why he loves doing the show. His favorite part is the “human element” and how “inspiring” it is to share the stage with such “passionate” talent. Val also talked about his brother Maks and the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Below is more….
ED: How do you feel about returning to DWTS next season?
VC: I am very excited. The announcement was just made Wednesday. I feel very fortunate to be able to perform on a show that provides me the platform to share my talent and passion with an average of 20 million people a week. I am incredibly lucky for that. I am very grateful to be called back. I love all the work that goes into the show. It is a lot of work. It isn’t easy. I am also very excited to meet my new partner. I have no idea who it might be. I love the process of meeting someone new and finding out more about them while building a lifelong relationship with them. This journey that we go through each season is the greatest thing ever.
ED: What do you think about your brother (Maksim Chmerkovskiy) leaving the show?
VC: About time man, he is always hogging the spotlight (laughing). I am joking. It is rare these days for siblings to work in the same city much less the same industry. To be able to work in the same industry at the same job that also happens to be the number 1 TV show in America is just crazy. For me it has been an incredible ride. We are super close and it has been great for our family to witness that and watch us together. I think it will be amazing for our future children to know that we had that experience. Our lives didn’t start with Dancing with the Stars and it certainly isn’t ending there. My brother and I have a lot of projects that we want to do together. We are very close. We love one another and support each other. I am sad that this chapter of our life has come to an end and we won’t be able to share the stage on DWTS anymore. But at the same time, there are plenty of other projects that we will partner in. I do think it is a great time for him to exit gracefully. Leaving on top after last season is an incredible blessing. He has a decade of commitment to DWTS and I think it is time for him to work on other projects.
More at Equality 365.
There is also a new Ballroom With A Twist interview with Maks Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke at Honolulu Pulse. Both dancers talk of why they love to do Ballroom With A Twist. Cheryl said, “It’s a very high-energy, two-hour show. We go into the audience and get them moving. It’s really a chance for them to connect with us. A lot of people have questions, and they’re always interested in (the) behind-the-scenes of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’” Cheryl and Maks also talked on Dancing With The Stars. Here is more from Maks and why he decided to retire from Dancing With The Stars and how shows like Ballroom With A Twist are a better fit for him now.
Though he will continue dancing, he has announced that he is retiring from “DWTS.”
Part of that decision is the grueling nature of the show.
“By week seven, no matter who you have, no matter how brilliant they are, no matter how easy they are to work with, your body is exhausted and you just want to die,” he said.
Nonetheless, his victory also has given him a sense of accomplishment and appreciation for what he does so well.
“I never really appreciated myself or the talent that I have, till now,” Chmerkovskiy said. “So now I do a show like ‘Ballroom With a Twist.’ I never would do this kind of thing before.
“Finally I said yes to these things because I just want the stage. I love the stage, I love to move, I love the audience interaction. I want to say thank you — live.”
Lots more at Honolulu Pulse.
If interested in seeing Ballroom With A Twist before Dancing With The Stars begins, see this link for ticket information. This weekend they are in Seattle and then they go to Hawaii next week!!
ETA: You can also listen to Karina and Val talking on Dancing With The Stars and Ballroom With A Twist at Komo News. Note how Karina mentions there will be a bigger digital presence and a “Q & A” on Dancing With The Stars this season. ABC and BBC have something special planned this season and they are excited. Hmmmm….
Mary has sent us some video she took of Ballroom With A Twist in Dallas. This is awesome. Check it out as well as her little review of the show. THANKS MARY! You’re awesome!
Ballroom with a Twist in Dallas was the best show ever! Maks, Karina, Tony, & Cheryl danced like their souls were connected! You could feel the excitement of the audience as they interacted by answering questions & teaching us dance moves, & dancing with some of the audience. American Idol performers Von Smith & Haley Scarnato wooed the audience with their beautiful angelic voices. So you think you can dance performers put on a breathtaking performance with their phenomenal dance moves. I highly recommend seeing this show if you get the chance. I’m so grateful my daughter & I was able to enjoy this memory that will last a lifetime! A Big Dallas Texas Thank You to all the performers!
ETA: Theatre Jones has posted a review of the Dallas show. Check out the beautiful pic of Karina and Maks too when you go to the link.
Some of you have been talking about this interview in comments in the Wendy Williams post. Well, if you go to 103.7 KVIL, you can listen to them interviewing Maks Chmerkovskiy this morning since he’s coming to do Ballroom With A Twist soon in Dallas. Maks talks about winning a mirror ball on Dancing With The Stars, how much it meant to him, and how much he’s changed. He mentions Derek and how he’s won so many mirror balls that it must lose that “euphoria of winning”(wha??). He’s also asked whether he’s coming back for the next season of Dancing With The Stars and he says “he doesn’t think so.” Much more at 103.7 KVIL including an interruption from Maks’ publicist (you’ll have to listen in to see why ) and more dancing talk.
If interested in seeing Ballroom With A Twist in Dallas or a city near you this summer, see this link.
The summer dance tours are heating up! Derek and Julianne Hough’s MOVE Live On Tour is about to begin. Also, “Ballroom With A Twist” is gearing up for it’s summer run as well. Scott Stander, the producer of “Ballroom With A Twist“, tells us the show “is going great guns!” He also tells us they have a “very exciting schedule this year and some shows are already SOLD OUT”! He also informs us of all the pro dancers from Dancing With The Stars for who will be performing. They include Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Sharna Burgess, and Cheryl Burke! He also tells us Maks and Val will be hosting some shows as well as performing. Here is more from Scott…
BALLROOM WITH A TWIST is going great guns!… We have a Very Exciting Schedule this year and some shows are already SOLD OUT!
Summer 2014 will be our Starriest Tour- and we think the fans will be psyched to see their favorite Celebrity dancers up close and personal. Maks & Val will perform together! Hosting and performing on stage in one show! This dream has been a year in the making so I’m really looking forward to seeing that chemistry hit the stage. And the icing on the cake is bringing this show and the Big Stars to Hawaii for the first time. I don’t think Waikiki will ever be the same.
Below is a list of the shows and the pros who will be dancing….
BALLROOM WITH A TWIST – SUMMER 2014 SCHEDULE:
Brooks, CA Cache Creek Casino Resort June 21, 2014 (Anna Trebunskaya and Val Chmerkovskiy)
Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park July 19th (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, and Cheryl Burke) 2 shows
Beverly, MA North Shore Music Theatre in July 31 and Aug 1st (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, and Sharna Burgess) Sold -Out
Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury Aug 2nd (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, and Sharna Burgess)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania Fulton Theatre Aug 5-10 (Val Chmerkovskiy & Sharna Burgess)
Seattle, WA 5th Avenue Theatre Aug 15-17th (Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff)
Honolulu, HI Blaisdell Concert Hall August 19 & 20th (Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess,Tony Dovolani & Cheryl Burke)
Then we start back up in the fall thru Spring and into next summer. Stay tuned for more amazing news!
For ticket information for how you can attend, see our Ballroom With A Twist schedule which is featured in our “Pure DWTS Features” in the top bar. As most of you know, I saw the show in February and it was a gas!! What a lively night of fun and entertainment!! If you think the pros are fun and awesome to see on TV, wait until you see them up close and personal. It’s a whole different ballgame.
What an amazing dancing weekend Maria and I had in Millburn, NJ! We stayed at the Hilton in Short Hills, New Jersey. It was the closest hotel to the theatre and the “official” hotel of the theatre as well according to their website. I figured the dancers would be staying there. Our room was on the sixth floor which was part of the “Executive” level. Again I assumed the dancers were staying either on the same floor as us or on the seventh floor. We happened to be at the right place at the right time. I was looking out the window and saw a tall guy with dark hair, black track pants, and a blue shirt and a blonde haired girl sitting on the curb. I’ll never forget saying to Maria “Um, can you come over here please. I see Dmitry and Chelsie.” She came over and when he turned we could not believe our eyes. It was him and he was looking at his phone in his left hand and dancing.
We were able to see Dmitry before the show to give him a few gifts and get pictures and went to the meet and greet after. We were able to get autographs and photos with the celebrity dancers.
The Sunday matinee was just as incredible as the Saturday night show. For both performances Dmitry had us up on stage dancing with him during the audience participation. There was another meet and greet after that we went to and got a few more pictures. Love this photo! I’m laughing because Maria asked Dmitry if she could grab his ass and he said “only for you Maria” with a laugh. The looks on our faces are priceless!
It was definitely a weekend we will remember! For all of the photos please check out my shared public album BALLROOM WITH A TWIST – MILLBURN, NJ MAY 10-11, 2014.
Chelsie Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, And Gleb Savchenko Ballroom With A Twist Footage
Thanks to Gleb Savchenko, below is some footage of the Ballroom With A Twist show in Milburn, New Jersey this weekend. You can view more photos at his instagram. Ballroom With A Twist Facebook has been posting some coverage as well. Isn’t it fun to see them all dancing again?!!