Are you interested in seeing “Ballroom With A Twist” this summer? If so, be sure you check out the new schedule at this link. The first show begins on May 7th and they run until August 16th. So far a combination of Dmitry Chaplin, Tristan MacManaus, Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Oksana Dmytrenko, and Anna Trebunskaya are dancing at different shows. Again, see this link for new details and ticket information. It’s a great show. Be sure to see it!!
After much speculation (and a lot of questions!) we now know that the 10th Anniversary Special is taping this coming Tuesday, April 21, and will air on April 28
May 7 (or May 14, depending on who you ask). What we aren’t so positive on is who will be returning to dance – Deep Throat has confirmed that Kelly & Alfonso will be participating, and thanks to Claire for the heads-up on this interesting post to Emmitt’s charity auction. So who else might we see? And who do we Pure girls want to see? Read on…
ETA1: Ok, got some new info that clarifies the format of the anniversary special a bit. Apparently the list of returning celebs is MASSIVE; HOWEVER – not everyone returning is going to be performing individually. Most of them are going to be performing in groups, and they’re doing brand new dances. For example – a bunch of the NFL players are going to be performing together (squeeeee!!!) and so far, it’s definitely going to be Emmitt, Kurt Warner, Jacoby, and Donald…and there may be more Not gonna lie – about crashed my car when I got that text from Deep Throat. I would guess that their respective pros are going to be performing with them. Now with that knowledge under our belts, I’m guessing that Kristi, Katherine (yes, I know she’s pregnant, but she’s on the list), Chelsea, and Sadie may be performing as a group with Mark. As far as Deep Throat knows right now, the only couples dancing individually are Kelly & Val, Alfonso & Witney, and Meryl & Maks.
ETA2: Guess I need to clarify a few things so that this post does not become a royal pain in my ass First: I HAVE INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, ETC. TOO. If Melissa & Tony confirm they’re in, I will see it, and I will get around to posting it WHEN I’M NO LONGER ASLEEP. Repeatedly tweeting me and commenting here will not make it go any faster. Second: I mentioned above that the list of returning celebs is HUGE. The list below isn’t comprehensive, it was just what DT could remember off the top of his/her head. There is NO USE in getting bent outta shape about your favorite not being included (yet) – there is definitely more that what we have here. BREATHE. Three: some of you have tweeted me with some pretty flimsy findings that supposedly confirm that so-and-so is in or whatnot. Unless a celeb states “I’m going to be on the anniversary special” or I get confirmation from Deep Throat, they’re not going on the “confirmed” list. I added a new section for “random chatter” where I might post things like that, if I find them relevant. Fourth: Don’t be that annoying person that continually DM’s myself, Heidi, Vogue, or John begging to know if [insert celeb or pro here] is coming back for the special. All we know right now is posted here, and we’ll share more if we hear more. Fifth: hearing conflicting reports about when the special is airing – it’s either the 7th or 14th. At this point, all I care is that it’s NOT THIS WEEK…
ETA3: More names confirmed for the big NFL players group dance. Also: Anna will be performing in it, so she is back.
ETA4: Per Deep Throat, 3 of Derek’s former partners and 3 of Mark’s former partners are all dancing together (with Derek & Mark) in a “bromance”-themed dance. Sadie may have an individual dance.
ETA5: In yet another scheduling shakeup, Anniversary Special will now air next Tuesday, Apr. 28; first results show is pushed to the following Tuesday, May 5. Single elim in week 7; double elim moved to week 8. Discuss.
Confirmed for 10th Anniversary Special:
Kelly Monaco & Val (season 15 All-Stars, 3rd place) – doing their paso doble and/or their surfer flamenco
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney (season 19 champions) – doing their salsa
Meryl Davis & Maks (season 18 champions) – some individual dance
Emmitt Smith (season 3 champion) – NFL player group dance
Jacoby Jones (season 16, 3rd place) – NFL player group dance
Kurt Warner (season 11, 5th place) – NFL player group dance
Donald Driver (season 14 champion) – NFL player group dance
Jerry Rice (season 2 runner-up) – NFL player group dance
Michael Irvin (season 9, 7th place) – NFL player group dance
Hines Ward (season 12 champion) – NFL player group dance
Chelsea Kane (season 12, 3rd place) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6 champion) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Katherine Jenkins (season 14 runner-up) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Sadie Robertson (season 19 runner-up) – individual dance (?)
Maria Menounos (season 14, 4th place) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Amber Riley (season 16 champion) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Amy Purdy (season 18 runner-up) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Chelsie Hightower – not sure who she’s dancing with or what they’re doing, but she confirmed she’ll be back
Anna Trebunskaya – dancing in the NFL players group dance (and possibly others)
Melissa Rycroft & Tony (season 8, 3rd place; season 15 All-Stars champions) – Tony confirmed on Instagram; I’m guessing they’re doing an individual dance
Confirmed as not involved:
Shawn Johnson (season 8 champion, season 15 All-Stars runner-up) – knee injury
Zendaya (season 16 runner-up) – had other commitments in NYC, per her mom
Random chatter – take with a grain of salt:
Bill Engvall – tweeted this the other day – see Emma’s response further down
Margaret Cho – could be her in the background of this Instagram pic posted by Allison
Janel Parrish – will be at the show – but unclear if she’s actually dancing or will just be in the audience Read more..
Dancing Pros Live is about to wrap up their shows for the season!! Their last several shows took place in Michigan and North Carolina. If you’d like to see some beautiful new photos of Edyta Sliwinska, Chelsie Hightower, Karina Smirnoff, Drew Lachey, and other cast members, be sure to see MLive.com. Let’s hope this unforgettable tour hits the road again soon!! Instagram below courtesy of Edyta Sliwinska.
ETA: Chelsie is coming back to do the Anniversary Special. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Edyta and Karina!
What a fun and interesting new interview with Dancing With The Stars Edyta Sliwinska and Roanoke.com. She talks of her favorite dances in her and Alec Mazo’s “Dancing Pros Live” show, the most difficult part of the tour, and what’s next for her and Alec when the tour ends at the of April (TPTB, if you read this, please ask them back for a performance for the Anniversary show!). You can read more below and at the link. For tickets and scheduling information for “Dancing Pros Live”, see this link. I promise….you won’t be sorry you missed it.
Q: What dances can we see on the show?
A little bit of everything. You’ll see ballroom, contemporary, swing, jitterbug, Charleston, African samba …
Q: What is the most difficult part of the tour?
Probably the traveling and staying in hotels. I’m traveling with a baby, too, and it’s just so exhausting. But you just keep going on because you want to bring the best show to the audience that you can possibly put on.
Q: Your husband has won a season of “Dancing with the Stars” and you’ve come in second — is there friendly competition there?
At the beginning there was. As ballroom dancers, you’re already pretty competitive — that’s why you get into ballroom dancing in the first place. But I would have to say that it’s healthy competition. One partner might be very good at choreography and the other could be very good at coming up with concepts, so they’re able to join forces and create something amazing because of that. Alec is very good at logistics whereas I’m very good with artistic vision. You balance each other out and encourage one another.
Q: What’s up next for you after the tour?
Alec and I will be producing a show for a casino in Canada. It’s a singing competition show with audience voting just like “Dancing Pros Live.” There will be very little dancing. There will be some to accompany duets or group numbers. But we’ll have singers from “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring dancers?
If you really love it and you continue to really love it, then work hard and stick to it. Get out there and show your talent. Don’t limit yourself to one style of dancing. You can specialize in one type of dance but you should know all types of dances. Take all the classes you can. Don’t be afraid to branch out into acting and singing or other forms of talent.
Hey, just an reminder! “Dancing Pros Live” only has 5 shows left. If you live or are travelling to the east coast in April, try and see the show as Drew Lachey, Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska, and Chelsie Hightower are dancing as well as dance champions from all over the world. It’s a MUST SEE! You can read my personal review and experience of the show and go backstage with Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff at this link. I had such a blast. If interested in tickets and scheduling information, see the official site of “Dancing Pros Live”.
Also, we updated the schedule for Ballroom With A Twist. Their Spring and Summer Schedule is starting to take shape. To read more about it, see this post.
Shall We Dance On Ice Video Coverage Of Sharna Burgess, Louis Van Amstel, Chelsie Hightower, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Dmitry Chaplin, And More
In case you missed the “Shall We Dance On Ice” special yesterday, below is some video coverage of the dances. What a fantastic show. I hope they combine more ice and dancing shows like this in the future. Thanks to Codebear for sending. If you’d like to see more of the show, see his Daily Motion Channel.
More HQ Photos Of Sharna Burgess, Charlie White, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis And More In Shall We Dance On Ice
Would you like to see more high quality photos of the “Shall We Dance On Ice” show starring Sharna Burgess, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis Van Amstel, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Meryl Davis? If so, see Diss On Skating Facebook. I’m especially loving this glorious take of Sharna. Lots of good stuff including videos at the link and don’t forget the show airs on these dates:
Saturday, February 21, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST/
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, March 7, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST/
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, And Chelsie Hightower Interviewed About “Dancing Pros Live”, DWTS, And More – Video
Today Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, And Chelsie Hightower were interviewed by 13NewsNow about Dancing Pros Live and more. Lovely as always! If you haven’t seen the show, be sure to get tickets here.