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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….

August 15, 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.

Dallas “Ballroom With A Twist” Review And Video

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!

There is also a fun promo on the show at AOL. More shows are coming up. Don’t miss it. Ticket info here.

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.

July 22, 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.

Maks Chmerkovskiy Interviewed By 103.7 KVIL About Ballroom With A Twist And DWTS

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 8O ) and more dancing talk.

If interested in seeing Ballroom With A Twist in Dallas or a city near you this summer, see this link.

June 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.

DWTS Maksim And Val Chmerkovskiy To Host Summer Ballroom With A Twist Shows, More Must See Updates

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.

May 24, 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.

Milburn, NJ Ballroom With A Twist Review From Dmitry Dream Team

Dmitry Dream Team has sent us a review of “Ballroom With A Twist” from the Milburn, NJ show this past weekend. This is so fun and be sure to see her facebook page for some fun photos!!

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.

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May 13, 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.

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?!!

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May 11, 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.

Anna Trebunskaya And Gleb Savchenko Talk About Ballroom With A Twist, See Them Dance

What a cool new “Ballroom With A Twist” interview with Anna Trebunskaya And Gleb Savchenko with NJ.com.. The two dancers along with Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Oksana Dymetrenko, etc will be performing this weekend at Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ. Be sure to see the show if you can. Read more below to see why….

“I think dancing is an artistic form of the Olympics,” Trebunskaya says. “It’s probably one of the most athletic sports. It’s graceful.”

Even the audience will be a part of the show.

Glen Savchenko competed on season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars,” alongside “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump.

“This is a live show,” Trebunskaya says. “Audience participation is a big factor. Be prepared to get up and shake your booty.”

“Dancing is a piece of art and by doing it, we dancers do a piece of work,” Savchenko adds. “When it all connects, it tells a story.”

Guests of the show can expect to be taken on a journey, he says.

“That’s the amazing part of dancing — you make people feel.”

More at NJ.com.. For tickets, scheduling, and more info on Ballroom With A Twist, see this link. It’s an outstanding, fun night of entertainment. Be sure to see it.

May 9, 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.

Gleb Savchenko And Tristan MacManus Thankful And Wish The New Cast Of DWTS Best Wishes

Gleb Savchenko and Tristan MacManus are such class acts! Even though they aren’t doing the new season of Dancing With Stars, they had nothing but kind things to say. Gleb wished everyone the best at his twitter saying, “I’m wishing all the cast and crew @DancingABC great success with Season18. Have fun! #DWTS18.” He also tweeted, “Thank you guys for your support, but make sure all watch @DancingABC and vote vote vote!!!” As for Tristan, he has no hard feelings and he’s looking forward to the “next chapter”. Here is a take from MacManiacs.Org. Thanks to Eileen for sending us Tristan’s message.

The reasons I don’t know and never will but either way it doesn’t change a thing. You are in or you are out and it’s as simple as that. I can’t complain as every season that I have been included somebody else has missed out, so I wish everyone involved all the best of luck in the world. I have enjoyed my time on DWTS but I do think that this is the best thing for me. I sometimes need the kick up the arse to get what I really want to do done, and as always that will come when it comes, and you will know about it then. For now it’s a case of just making it happen. I have had three years on DWTS now and I am looking forward to the next chapter. The show didn’t end the way I would have wanted it to for me, but I was very lucky to be a part of the show at all.

Again, thank you all for the concern but honest to God I am grand, everything is great, and there will be no looking back for me. The missus is great, the dog is great, I’m great, and I’m straight back to teaching now anyway, just not on your tv. It just means that I can savage through St. Paddy’s day without worrying about working that day. Haha.”

Oh, I am going to miss these two. :( Let’s hope they are back for the next season of Dancing With The Stars. In the meantime, let’s hope they make special appearances and dance in Ballroom With A Twist. Also, Tristan, as of right now, is scheduled to do the Holland America Cruises this year. Gleb and his wife are also helping with So You Think You Can Dance In Australia. Gleb will also be helping LA Ballroom. Note, and as previously reported, he will be teaching a Master Class there on April, 11th.

Much love and luck, Gleb and Tristan!!!xx We are going to miss you!! Show them some support and love in comments, All!! Know too that we will keep you updated on them both as they are much loved and fan favorites.

March 5, 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.

Pure Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Talks On 2014 Version Of DWTS, BWAT With Gleb Savchenko, And Lots More

What a joy it was to interview our beautiful Miss Sharna again!! After seeing her and Gleb Savchenko in “Ballroom With A Twist” in Cheyenne, Wyoming, I had so many questions. What’s fun is…she and Gleb put an amazing, show-stopping dance number to “Fever” together only several hours before the show. Let’s hope they will perform it again on Dancing With The Stars as it literally took my breath away and I know it would take yours away as well.

Also, Sharna catches up on all of her projects that happened in the off season of Dancing With The Stars! She and her boyfriend and dancer Paul Kirkland spent Christmas together and they also helped to choreograph two dances for “Strictly Come Dancing”. Not only that, but, they also put a dance piece together for a sports charity called “Sports Relief” with 4 incredible paralympians. Sharna also recently danced in Holland America’s Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise. She sent us some incredible photos and pictures highlighting everything as you will soon see.

Lastly, Sharna also gives some thoughts on the new season of Dancing With The Stars and how it will be the “2014 Version”. We think you might find her thoughts interesting.

So, without further ado, below is Sharna Burgess! We thank her so much for her time again and let’s hope we see her and Gleb on the new season of Dancing With The Stars.xxx

It is so great to visit with you again, Sharna. And first, omg,…can I just say, you and Gleb took my breath away at the Cheyenne, WY Ballroom With A Twist Shows Feb. 1st! So, what did you think of Cheyenne and the Rocky Mountains? Did you like the SNOW? I hope you will come back to the Rocky Mountain region again one day again.

Hi Vogue!!! Thank you so much for your beautiful review AND amazing photos!! that certainly means a lot to both Gleb and I. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see very much of Cheyenne, I flew in late the night before the show and super early the morning after, but I have to say that I loved the snow. Being Australian I have never really seen snow all that often, and what little snow we do have in Australia is really icy and hard, being in Cheyenne I truly understood what people mean when they say powder!! Its just so beautiful and fun to play in!! Of course we know mother nature can sometimes be cruel turn that beautiful snow into a menace, and my heart goes out to all of you who have been suffering with blizzards and painfully cold weather this season. I am truly grateful for every single person in the audience that braved the cold to come out and see us perform, Cheyenne was such an AMAZING audience and I had so much fun up on that stage! I feel like everyone’s troubles got left at the door and we all just had a wonderful evening. Its an honor for me to know that I was a part of that. I also hope that I make it back there again soon :)

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What kind of rehearsal process did you go through in getting ready for Ballroom With A Twist? I thought you and Gleb were only doing 2 dances. So, I was so happy and pleasantly surprised when you did more! They were just breathtaking as well as your costumes. You and Gleb were in an element of your own. I have to say (and I’ve heard this from other fans at PureDWTS too) that you two make one of the most beautiful pro pairings on the show. It’s true. There is a magnetism and chemistry there. Plus, you are both so funny too with the way you would tease one another.

Oh thank you!!! I absolutely love dancing with Gleb, not only is he the sweetest most humble guy on the planet, he is a fantastic partner and Read more..

February 12, 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.

Emma Slater Interviewed About Dancing With The Stars And Ballroom With A Twist

Highlands Today caught up with Emma Slater to talk about Dancing With The Stars and the Ballroom With A Twist and how much she has enjoyed dancing in both. Here is more. *love her!!

Slater, who grew up in the Midlands of England, moved to London when she was 16 where she performed in competitions and theater shows. She joined “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012 and made her pro dance debut in Season 17 with funny-man Bill Engvall. The exposure from the TV show has been both “shocking” and “heartwarming,” with everybody saying nice things about her, Slater said. “Career wise it has been the most significant for me,” she said. “It literally changed my life.” She had to move to a different county and faced new and different challenges such as taking care of a celebrity and creating the choreography, Slater said. The outcome of the dance pairing of Engvall and Slater surprised many. “We got to the finals and it was very unexpected because he was literally thought of as a person who would go out first. The bookies in Las Vegas had him leaving the show first and he ended up going all the way to the finals and no one was more shocked than he was.”

Slater enjoys dancing to the live singing of “American Idol” finalists Gina Glocksen and Von Smith on the “Ballroom with a Twist” tour. “They are amazing,” Slater said. “It’s so much better to dance to than just a recorded track.” The show’s dancing styles includes: ballroom, Latin, hip hop and contemporary. “There is nothing that can really replace live performances,” she said. “So the audience can expect a lot of energy, a lot of passion and very, very high quality live dancing.”

More at Highlands Today including ticket information how you can see Ballroom With A Twist in Avon, Florida.

ETA: Fun picture of Emma, Val, Sasha, Peta, and the Ballroom With A Twist gang in Florida at Ballroom With A Twist Facebook. So cute!!

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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.