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Tristan MacManus Discusses DWTS And More, Ballroom With A Twist Pictures Including Emma Slater

What a fabulous interview with Tristan MacManus by MacManiacs.org. Tristan answers questions about Dancing With The Stars, the Holland America Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise, Dirty Dancing The Musical, Ballroom With A Twist, and more. Below are a couple of takes including his thoughts about the orchestra being let go. Be sure to visit the link for more. A great weekend read!! Instagram below is of Tristan and Gina Glocksen. Currently they are in Ft. Collins, Colorado doing “Ballroom With A Twist” which one fan reports was a “great show” Thursday night. Also below is a picture from Emma Slater from behind the scenes of “Ballroom With A Twist” in Ft. Collins.

We’ve recently learned that Harold Wheeler and his orchestra as well as the singers will not return for Season 18. Do you have any special memories of working with them? What did you enjoy most? What will you miss the most?

Yeah, I just read that the other day, and I have reached out to a few of the singers who I really like. It’s such a shame and I’m disappointed but I don’t know the reasons behind it and won’t really have an opinion on the new structure until we see or hear how it’s gonna play out. I think the singers and band are as big a part of the show as the dancers and celebrities and I think it will be a huge loss but unfortunately, just like us, everyone and every idea is replaceable. I hope that everyone moves on to bigger and better things and maybe it’s a blessing in disguise for some. Time will tell, I guess.

You were Dance Captain for Dirty Dancing. That must have a been a lot of responsibility and likely gave you a broader perspective as to what overall production entails. Would you tell us what that job was like and what responsibilities you had?

Dirty Dancing was great craic. I was the Ballroom Dance Captain so I was supposed to be teaching the ensemble and actors how to do the ballroom. I got to help some but not as much as I would have liked and I wasn’t allowed to make any changes (which annoyed me) to choreography. Some of the actors had been in the show a few years so they did what they did and left it at that. I would have liked to re-choreograph it to suit everyone in it better. Dirty Dancing The Musical is the same as the movie; you don’t change lines and you don’t change anything….at all – haha. The cast were the best people I ever met. We honestly all got on great with each other so I miss it a lot sometimes and I’m am still in touch with the majority of them. I was more responsible for the morale in the end – haha. Seriously though I had to clean numbers and if someone was sick I had to make sure the swings (covers) knew where to be and what to do.

In one of your venues for Ballroom With a Twist last summer you performed on a circular stage. How did you have to adapt the dancing for that?

Yeah. It was tough enough but great though. I like having everyone all around but you always have your back to somebody. It was tough because it was so dark and there was only one ramp exit off the stage so when you have been spinning and turning to keep everyone involved for the whole dance finding the way off in the dark was very amusing. We tried to catch each other out and send someone off to the far end until the lights came back on. Haha!

February 8, 2014 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.

New Wilmington, Delaware Ballroom With A Twist Review, DWTS Pros “Superb”

If you head to the Broad Street Review, you can read a fun review up of the “Ballroom With A Twist” show that took place in Wilmington, Delaware. Below is a take about how superb the performances were…

If you enjoy the TV series Dancing With the Stars, as I do, you’d be more than pleased with its transmutation to the live stage. This dance production is touring the country with its combination of ballroom, jazz, hip hop, and Latin choreography.

The headliners are four of the most charismatic (and popular) regulars from Dancing With the Stars — Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, and Peta Murgatroyd. Their performances were superb and the audience experienced the frisson of seeing real people instead of a flat screen.

These headliners established a casual rapport with the audience. They fielded questions with more candor than I expected, naming their favorite celebrity partners and their most unpleasant ones. As fine as any of the celebrities have been, they said, “they’re never going to be as good as our fellow professional dancers on this tour.” They also went into the audience and brought random civilians onto the stage for brief hoofing turns.

MORE at Broad Street Review. You can also read several fan blogs at Pure Derek Hough that are touching to say the least. Also, if you haven’t read my review of the Cheyenne, Wyoming show with Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess, you can read and see pics at this link. If you get a chance to see this show, be sure you do!! I can’t stop raving about it. Here’s to the shows now in Colorado, Florida, and North and South Dakota next!!!

February 4, 2014 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.

DWTS Peta Murgatroyd, Chelsie Hightower, and Val Chmerkovksiy Ballroom With A Twist Coverage

Not only did Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess magnify the Cheyenne, Wyoming audience in “Ballroom With A Twist”, Chelsie Hightower and Val Chmerkovksiy did the same in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of our readers, Teresa, sent us this fun review on the night in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy.

I got to go on Jan 31 to see Ballroom With a Twist. It was an amazing show and I was even invited onstage along with some others to dance with the dancers. I was able to dance a little with Val Chmerkovskiy (a favourite of mine on DWTS) and he gave me a high five for coming on the stage! Other highlights from the show included their question and answer session during the show, and yes I asked a question to Val. I asked if he would ever release a CD since he plays violin, raps, and dances, and he said “when the time is right, yes but the time has to be right first.” Both Val and Chelsie were a blast as were the other dancers, and the two singers from American Idol. The show was packed with amazing choreography and everyone was friendly. The two male dancers from SYTYCD even came down and gave the front two rows high fives after the show! And, since the show was a the Air Force Academy, they both danced with some of the Air Force cadets at one point in the show.

Also, Val Chmerkovksiy and Peta Murgatroyd did a special “Ballroom With A Twist” show in San Francisco for Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The Gala used the event as a fundraiser that honored local émigrés from the Former Soviet Union. Below is a picture courtesy of @dhernandezmusic of Peta and Val at the event. Beautiful!! If anyone knows of more pictures, let us know in comments.

February 3, 2014 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.

Exclusive: The Fire, Intensity, Passion, And Charisma Of Sharna Burgess And Gleb Savchenko In Ballroom With A Twist

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Dreams came true last night in Cheyenne, Wyoming! heartssmiley As you know from a previous post, two of my most favorite pros from Dancing With The Stars, Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess, took to the stage for “Ballroom With A Twist”. When I first heard they were coming, I knew this was a show I couldn’t miss. What’s more and being my Dad loves Dancing With The Stars as much as we do and the fact it is his 79th birthday in a few days, I knew this would make the perfect birthday gift too!! Well, that it was!! Gleb and Sharna were brilliant and in a realm of their own every time they stepped foot on stage. If you think they are magical, charming, warm, passionate, and beautiful people on Dancing With The Stars (on the inside and out), then you should see them both in person?!! It’s almost as if they glow in this special way I can’t explain. And when they danced, they danced with so much fire, emotion, passion, and intensity.

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I was also taken back by Gleb and Sharna’s chemistry and charisma together in just entertaining the crowd when they weren’t dancing. Sharna would tease Gleb and give him a lot of sass at times while Gleb played innocent. They were so funny in all the right places. For instance, during a question and answer session, a little boy asked why Gleb had his pajamas on (during the contemporary dance). Sharna knew that was a good question right when she heard it and then looked at Gleb and demanded an answer. Then Gleb fell straight to the floor saying something to the effect that he was so tired from travelling all the way from Australia the day before that he left his pj’s on!! lol It was funny and adorable!! I also thought of Gleb’s daughter Olivia immediately and how good he must be with her.

Can you tell Sharna gave Gleb some sass at times? lol

Another fun time in the night is when Gleb and Sharna asked members of the audience to come up and dance with them. The audience was shy and no one raised their hand. Well, Sharna and Gleb wouldn’t have it. They then Read more..

February 2, 2014 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.

Dancing With The Stars Pros Light Up Tulsa, Oklahoma And Cheyenne, Wyoming

What a night last night for so many of the pros from Dancing With The Stars! Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess absolutely magnified the crowd in Cheyenne, Wyoming in “Ballroom With A Twist”. I was able to attend the show. Stay tuned as I’ve got lots of photos to share of them and more on how they took my breath away. Dies heartssmiley

Also, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Sasha Farber, and Chelsie Hightower performed at the “America’s Favorite Dancers” show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Because of flight delays in Denver, Colorado from winter storm Nika, they didn’t arrive to Tulsa until yesterday afternoon sometime, but, that didn’t stop any of them from putting on amazing, show stopping show. You can see some fun video coverage of Derek and Chelsie at Pure Derek Hough. Below is Sasha Farber and Emma Slater courtesy of Sasha and his You Tube. Way hot performance as you can see. More coming Up with Gleb and Sharna!! Stay tuned!!

ETA: Helen Orcutt Photgraphy has some breathtaking high quality photos of the “meet and greet” after the show. You can view them at her site. A must see!!

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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.

New “Make Your Move 3D” Trailer Released, Mystery Project, And More Derek Hough News

And the buzz steps up a notch! This week, the producers of “Make Your Move 3D” released what we think is a slightly longer trailer for Derek’s new dance movie “Make Your Move 3D”. You can watch it full below. Yahoo also has an article about the new movie with pictures and a place to comment if you like what you are seeing so far. “Make Your Move 3D will be released to theatres in the US on April 18th!! Note: Duane Adler is the director of “Make Your Move 3D”. In case you didn’t know, he also directed “Save the Last Dance” and the original “Step Up” movies which are so good if you’ve never seen them before. The film also features choreography from Emmy-award winning couple Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo from “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Also note that Derek wrote some music for this movie. If you’d like to read more, visit Make Your Move Fans.

In other things on Derek this week, more news came out about a “Mystery” Project” that he is planning with his sister Julianne Hough. We think it might have something to do with an upcoming new tour called “MOVE” with the two, but, we aren’t sure? Also, a new Ballroom With A Twist promo was released by he and Cheryl Burke. You can catch up on all of these news items and much more including a really touching fan review of the Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise at Pure Derek Hough. Too fun!!

January 31, 2014 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.

New High Quality Ballroom With A Twist Photos From Wilmington, Delaware

Hey Dancettes! If you head to the official page of “Ballroom With A Twist HERE and HERE, you can view some amazing new photos of Derek Hough, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke from yesterday’s shows in Wilmington, Delaware. So much passion and energy can be seem in all of them!!! Also, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough as you can see some fun fan photos and coverage there as well. What a fun run it’s been in Delaware. Now, here is to the upcoming shows this week in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Special Note: if you are able to go to any of the shows and would like to send us a review or photos, write to us at our “contact Us” link (same at Pure Derek Hough). We’d love to feature your story!! xxx

January 26, 2014 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.

PureDWTS Exclusive: Gleb Savchenko Talks On Dancing, Ballroom With A Twist, Dreams, And More

Hey Everyone. Below is a new exclusive interview with Dancing With The Stars pro Gleb Savchenko!! Interviewing him was a joy. You can read all about his busy off season of travelling and finishing up his new GS underwear line. He also gives us a little teaser for what he and Sharna Burgess might be dancing to in the new “Ballroom With A Twist” show in Cheyenne, Wyoming which takes place on February 1st. Gleb also talks of his dancing career from when he was little to Dancing With The Stars. It hasn’t always been easy as you will soon read, but, Gleb has always kept his “feet moving” and never stopped dreaming, working hard, and dancing. So, with out further ado, below is Gleb Savchenko!

Hi Gleb. How are you and how has your break from Dancing With The Stars been so far? How were your holidays and what have you been up to during the off season?

I’m good thank you. My summer was very exciting I’ve been traveling a lot spent some time in Hong Kong, Moscow and now in Sydney. I’ve been finishing my underwear collection and now it’s finally done. I will start selling it very soon.

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Gleb attending the “War Horse Premiere in October courtesy of Zimbio Pictures

We hear you’re planning to dance in “Ballroom With A Twist” in an upcoming show in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Have you started preparing for it and do you know what kind of dances you’ll be doing? Read more..

January 25, 2014 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.

MyLITV Interviews “Ballroom With A Twist” Cast In Patchogue, Watch Them Dance

Oh, this is fun. MyLITV did a cool spread of “Ballroom With A Twist” when it did it’s run in Patchogue. Dancing With The Stars pros Anna, Peta, Val, and Tristan were are all interviewed. You can see them all dancing too in high quality. Check it out!

August 25, 2013 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.

Shows Wrapping Up For DWTS Pros In Ballroom With A Twist And Forever Tango (Videos, Photos)

What a summer it’s been for the run of “Ballroom With A Twist” and “Forever Tango”. It seems these two shows have never been more popular as fans every where went to see their favorite pros from Dancing With The Stars take to the stage. Broadway World has a little ending promo article posted today for Forever Tango raving about Karina and Maks.

Originally scheduled to appear for three weeks only, the couple previously announced a two-week extension after their triumphant opening night. Entertainment Weekly raved about their performance in Forever Tango, saying, “Dancing with the Stars (and formerly engaged) pair Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff perform to rapturous cheers from the crowd. The couple is, in a word, dazzling. Smirnoff glides beautifully, and Chmerkovskiy shakes his hips (and his booty) with such skill, it’s clear he was born with the talent.”

Here are a couple of videos from the show that you might not have seen before as well….

As for Ballroom with a Twist, don’t miss visiting their Official Facebook when you get a moment. There is a steamy new picture of Val and Peta on stage (I’ve always loved these two when they dance together.). Be sure you see the “Recent Posts” section by fans too for more even more pics of Val, Peta, and Tristan.

Tristan MacManus fans page also has some fun photos of the cast greeting fans and taking pictures backstage.

Peta also tweeted out this instagram of her herself doing the splits on stage with background lights. It’s captioned, “My love… My Art… My life… The stage will always be where I feel most powerful.” Beautiful and it about sums it all up for how our busy pros must feel right now after the dancing summer they’ve had!!

UPDATE: Check Ballroom With A Twist Official Facebook again. They’ve added even more new pics. Thanks to Elmari for the heads up!!

August 18, 2013 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.