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Pure Dancing With The Stars Media Pro Catch Up

Our pros seem to be everywhere right now!!! For starters, if you go to this Getty link, you’ll see new photos of Maks Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff with Val Chmerkovskiy and Zendaya at their Forever Tango show over the weekend.

Kym Johnson and Sharna Burgess have been helping to put on “Dance With The Pros” in Niagara Falls. Sharna has been performing while Kym judged. You can view loads of Instagram photos at former Dancing With The Stars Edyta Sliwinska’s twitter account. Sharna has been tweeting out some pics as well occasionally.

Then we have Tristan MacManus and Anna Trebunskaya performing in Ballroom With A Twist. I just love this picture of the two of them dancing in this advertisement. You can also see more pictures and read a fun new interview with Tristan at MacManiacs.Org. Below is just a little teaser from the interview for what he answered about Dancing With The Stars. Be sure to read the link for way more.

Season 17 is coming up soon and while nothing is finalized yet, one of our site members was curious about your thoughts on the various theme weeks. If you could choose one Theme Week for Season 17 (one already used in a previous season or a different one), which would you choose?

I’m not really a fan of the themed weeks too much to be honest, but they seem to work so I guess we will just wait and see. I don’t mind them in moderation, I think, but not every week. I did enjoy the Halloween Week and Rock Week though. I like to theme each dance, and I prefer to see everything different than all the same because it’s too hard to compare anyway as it is, so it may as well be individual styles and just judge it on individual performances if that makes sense.

If you were a judge on Dancing With the Stars, what things would you look for in order to award a perfect 10?

For me, it’s just pure entertainment – I for sure want to see people try hard, but I would prefer to see them being able to enjoy it. In my opinion, you can only take the memories away from it so they may as well be good ones and not stressing over getting your feet tangled up. That’s really what people want to see – improvement each week and the realization and enjoyment out of improving every week. No matter what people say, their personal opinions of certain people will always cloud their judgment so when I’m watching, I take that out of it and ‘judge’ whether I enjoyed it or not. I always know when people smile because they are supposed to and do certain things and say certain things because they have to, but all I want to see is individuality and be entertained.

Peta Murgatroyd was seen shopping in Los Angeles, California yesterday(Monday) in some cute shorts and her hair pulled up. I wonder if she’s getting ready for another Red Carpet premiere? I hope so! :D Note: Peta will be joining the Ballroom With A Twist cast in August along with Val Chmerkovskiy. Adding: Derek Hough will also be joining the cast.

Also, Gleb Savchenko has been sharing some beautiful videos of Australia at his twitter account. They are beautiful and a must see!

And that is all for now except to send you a really fun heads up on Derek Hough. If you head on over to Pure Derek Hough, you can read about his upcoming “Symphonic Singing Debut”! This is going to be interesting to say the least for how this event will go down. One of the readers at Pure Derek Hough called Derek “The Modern Day Song and Dance Man”. Isn’t that the truth! Go Derek!

Ok, more later Dancettes!! ;)

July 23, 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.

Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus Talk About Ballroom With A Twist, DWTS In New Interviews

I’m kicking myself for not seeing “Ballroom With A Twist” this summer in Denver. It sounds like the run has been a success this summer. Anna Trebunskaya and Tristan MacManus were recently talked of why it’s a good show to see. In doing so, they also talking of dancing in it and how it compares to dancing on Dancing With The Stars, etc. I love what Tristan says for what draws us to dancing shows and he ‘hit it on the nail’ in my opinion. Here is a take from Cape Cod Online.

“It’s a good mix of some of the best entertainment on TV,” Trebunskaya, a native of Russia, says of the show.

Trebunskaya has been partnered with celebrities in 10 seasons of “DWTS.” She’s shuffled with stars such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Drew Lachey and Jerry Rice. Twice she’s earned the runner-up crown, in Season 2 with football great Rice and again in Season 10 with figure skater Evan Lysacek.

Trebunskaya says she’s constantly surprised by and learning from the talent brought to the table by her counterparts representing other network shows.

One of Trebunskaya’s favorite things about being in the show is how she can see the audience’s faces as they leave, she says.

“Their faces have so much happiness written all over them,” she says. “It feels really good. It’s a feel-good show.”

MacManus also says he thrives off the immediate reaction he’s able to get from a live theater audience rather than one watching through the veil of a digital screen. For him, it’s instant satisfaction.

While aficionados of these dancing programs may be glued to the couch while watching at home, Trebunskaya says that won’t be the case for those attending “Ballroom With a Twist.”

Trebunskaya says the show will include audience participation: “You won’t be in your seat the whole time.”

MacManus offered a simple explanation for why large audiences, whether dance fans or not, are so drawn to shows like “DWTS” and “So You Think You Can Dance”:

It’s the music. Music is something everyone has in common, he says.

He describes dancing — even simply moving one’s body — as interpreting and reacting to music.

“That’s why people just love interpretations and they love stories. They love reactions — like seeing someone laugh, then someone makes you laugh. … It’s the same way with dancing.”

The Metro West Daily News also interviewed Anna. Here is a take for what she says about her past partners on Dancing With The Stars.

“The thing is that I have no say in my partners – they can be actors and singers, like Steve Guttenberg and Jack Wagner, or pro athletes like Sugar Ray Leonard and Kurt Warner. I prefer to be paired with the athletes, but I have had amazing times with some of the others, too. I learned so much about concentration and being in the zone from Jerry. He taught me so much that I will always carry with me,” says the 32-year-old. “It was also wonderful to be partnered with Evan. His talent as a figure skater made him a natural on the dance floor. If I had to pick my favorite partner, so far anyway, it would have to be Carson. I had the most fun with him. We never stopped laughing.”

More at Cape Cod Online and Metro West Daily News. Let’s hope we see Tristan and Anna back for the new season of Dancing With The Stars.

Also, be sure you check out Ballroom With A Twist’s Official Facebook for some pictures of them and the cast.

July 20, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough Attends 7-Eleven’s 86th Birthday Party, Upcoming Performances

This past week, Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough attended 7-Eleven’s 86th birthday Party hosted by actress Nikki Reed in Malibu, California. You can view some gorgeous pictures of him at Getty Images. Note how he’s also pictured with Zendaya in a few of the takes. Miss Heidi has more coverage of this event at Pure Derek Hough as well as other goodies and news tidbits on Derek such as updates on his movie “Make Your Move” and some upcoming performances at the Dizzy Feet Gala, Ballroom With A Twist, and more. As always, ‘a must see’ at Pure Derek Hough.

July 13, 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.

DWTS Tristan MacManus Talks About Ballroom With A Twist In Denver

Wow, if I had known Tristan MacManus was going to be in Denver, I would have made a trip to go see him. Below he talks about his new role in the hit stage production of “Ballroom With A Twist” with 7 News Denver!! He also talks about Dancing With The Stars!

June 8, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin Tango And More

Isn’t it fun to see Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus and Chelsie Hightower again? Above the two danced a Tango at Ohio State University at the end of January. Let’s hope this means Tristan’s injury is healing? They’ve also been dancing in Ballroom With A Twist along with Dmitry Chaplin and three members of the troupe. You can view some fun takes of them all at Ballroom With A Twist Facebook.

And speaking of Tristan, Dublin Downs has posted another interview with him where he talks of choreograping and more. You can watch it here.

February 11, 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.

Anna Trebunskaya And Jonathan Roberts Interviewed About Ballroom With A Twist And Dancing With The Stars

This weekend several of our pros from Dancing With The Stars are in Lexington, Kentucky to dance in “Ballroom With The A Twist”. Kentucky.com has a feature article up promoting it. Also, in the article, Anna Trebunskaya and former husband Jonathan Roberts talk of the differences between performing in “Ballroom With A Twist” versus performing on Dancing With The Stars. Here is a take….

The celebrity competitors on Stars often overshadow their partners, who dance for a living, but Roberts and Trebunskaya said the big names and the variety of celebrities demonstrate a broad interest in ballroom, and that interest is taken up by the audience.

“You look at your football players,” Roberts says. “When Donald Driver wins Dancing With the Stars, as a guy, you have no excuse not to dance,” he says, referring to the Green Bay Packers star who won season 14 of the show with partner Peta Murgatroyd.

Other NFL players to win the show are Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward. Trebunskaya’s partners have included Super Bowl champions Kurt Warner and Jerry Rice.

“That was phenomenal, to get a taste of their lives and what their talents were all about,” she says. Even as trained athletes, she says, “They all think it’s a walk in the park in the beginning — you get a nice costume and dance with a pretty girl. Then they realize it’s actually hard work.”

She and Roberts, who were married nine years before announcing in October that they were divorcing, like meeting and working with the celebs, but they also like the opportunity that Ballroom With a Twist provides for them to show their stuff as professional dancers, sans competition.

“It’s nice to be a performer and dance and do something that you know you’re good at, and give the joy to people who come and watch,” Trebunskaya says.

Roberts says, “You don’t have to worry about getting the judges’ attention. You just go out there and dance for the audience, and that’s my favorite thing.”

You can read more at Kentucky.com.

Here is another interview and some teasers. It’s so cool that Anna and Jonathan can still work together and so compassionately too, isn’t it?!

Special Message from Dancing with the Stars’ celebrity Anna Trebunskaya from Lexington Opera House on Vimeo.

If you are in the Lexington area, be sure to take the show in this weekend. Dancing With The Stars troupe members Emma Slater and Sasha Farber are also in the show.

January 5, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Pros To Dance In Ballroom With A Twist in Utah

If any of you are missing some of our pros of Dancing With The Stars and would like to do a little travelling after the holidays, this might be just the show to go to. Here is more from the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera….

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera today released the final roster of talent competition television stars scheduled to appear in the upcoming Utah Symphony performances of “Ballroom with a Twist,” choreographed by “Dancing with the Stars” Emmy-Nominated Louis Van Amstel.

The show, which opens in Abravanel Hall Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., will feature dancing and vocals by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” pros Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin and Tristan MacManus, FOX’s “American Idol” finalists Gina Glocksen, David Hernandez and Von Smith, and FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists Randi Lynn Strong, Legacy Perez and Jonathan Platero.

Chelsea Hightower, a fan favorite who, like Dmitry Chaplin, appeared as a finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance“ before garnering a recurring ‘pro’ spot on “Dancing With The Stars,” also has Utah ties, along with Randi Lynn Strong. Both female dancers lived in Utah Valley prior to their reality television careers.

Many Utahns will also likely recognize vocalist David Hernandez, who competed against Utah-favorites David Archuleta and Brooke White in season 7 of “American Idol.”

More information about the Utah Symphony performances of “Ballroom with a Twist” will be announced after the holiday season. Press photos are available by contacting Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Public Relations Manager Hilarie Ashton (hashton@usuo.org, (801) 656-7385).

Cast Breakdown

“Dancing with the Stars” Pros
Dmitry Chaplin (Seasons 9, 12)
Chelsie Hightower (Seasons 8-12, 14-15)
Tristan MacManus (Seasons 12-15)

“American Idol” Finalists
Gina Glocksen (Season 6)
David Hernandez (Season 7)
Von Smith (Season 8)

“So You Think You Can Dance” Finalists
Legacy Perez (Season 6)
Jonathan Platero (Season 5)
Randi Lynn Strong (Season 5)
Dmitry Chaplin (Season 2)
Chelsie Hightower (Season 4)

December 19, 2012 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 Meets Ballroom With A Twist Summer 2012 (Photos)

So many cool pics have come out of Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Oksana Dmytrenko, Sasha Farber, Dmitry Chaplin, and Peta Murgatroyd while they danced in “Ballroom With A Twist” in San Francisco, California this summer. One weekend, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron was pictured with the cast when he went to one of the shows a few weeks ago (pictured above). To see a slew of pics, see these facebook pages here and here. Below are a few more pics with Peta, Dmitry, Oksana, Sasha, Anna, and Jonathan (be sure to see the “read more” link). If you are in the San Francisco are, be sure to see this show!

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August 1, 2012 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 Anna Trebunskaya Pictured In Ballroom With A Twist

Isn’t this a beautiful picture of Dancing With The Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya? Her long red hair is one of her best features, isn’t it?!! The photo was taken Thursday night in an opening number of “Ballroom With A Twist” with hubby Jonathan Roberts in San Francisco. There are more pics as well as a “mixed” review on the night at the San Francisco Gate. Dancing With The Stars troupe members Sasha Farber and Oksana Dmytrenko are also dancing in the production as previously reported. Peta Murgatroyd and Dimitry Chaplin will be dancing in it’s second week run. Let’s hope they take more pictures! For ticket information, scheduling, and times, be sure to visit MarinesMemorialTheatre.com.

July 14, 2012 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 To Do Ballroom With A Twist, New DWTS Live In Las Vegas Promo

Just a few media tidbits to mention for the start of the day!! First up, if you are going to be in the San Francisco, California area in July and you are missing some of the pros on Dancing With The Stars, you might wasnt to take in “Ballroom With A Twist”. Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Peta Murgatroyd, and Dimitry Chaplin will be making special appearances. According to @DWTSGossip, Dancing With The Stars troupe members Sasha Farber and Oksana Dmytrenko are also dancing. For ticket information, scheduling, and times, visit MarinesMemorialTheatre.com. Special thanks to Dmitry Dream Team at Facebook for the poster and heads up.

Speaking of some good shows to take in this summer, below is another fun promo for the Dancing With The Stars: Live in Las Vegas Show. Carson Kressley, anyone? Yes, he’s in this too.

Let’s hope this show is around for a long time to come. For more show, cast, and ticket information, visit The New Tropicana Website.

June 26, 2012 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.