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Dancing Pros Live “National tour truly highlights the “stars” – Review, Photos

The Souix City Journal is good about reviewing dance shows when they come to town and this is no different for “Dancing Pros Live“!! Read on for a little take from the link. You know where to go for more. Photos below courtesy of Karina and Edyta’s instagrams. Beautiful!

But this national tour truly highlights the “stars” – those incredibly talented professional dancers who show off their own style and athleticism in this live dancing competition.

The show was hosted by “DWTS” veteran Edyta Sliwinska and Alan Thicke, star of the television show “Growing Pains,” and — for you younger readers – the father of singer Robin Thicke.

Professional dancers from “DWTS,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and dance champions from around the world competed with one another in a variety of dance styles, including cha-cha, waltz, tango, swing and jitterbug, to name a few.

The evening was a mix of breathtaking dance, fun backstage stories and some impressive vocals from Holly Tucker, a finalist on “The Voice.”

Although the outcome is determined by the folks in the seats, three judges provided insights. “DWTS” pro Karina Smirnoff and choreographer Oscar Orosco were the national touring judges. Each competition also invites a local judge to assist, and that honor went to KTIV-TV news anchor Matt Breen.

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January 15, 2015 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 Pros Live Begins With Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, Chelsie Hightower, And More – Photos, Videos, Interviews

And so “Dancing Pros Live” begins!!! Below are just a few instagram pictures and videos coming out courtesy of Benji Schwimmer and Karina Smirnoff. Also below, Northland News Center interviewed Chelsie Hightower. She stopped by to teach some dance steps at the Dreamdance Academy. You can also read an interview at the Duluth News Tribune. If you’d like to see “Dancing Pros Live”, see this link for tickets. I am loving this first picture…

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January 14, 2015 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 Interview: Edyta Sliwinska Chats About “Dancing Pros Live”, Dancing With The Stars, And More

Would you like to know a little more about the upcoming “Dancing Pros Live” tour? We asked Edyta Sliwinska to tell us a little about it. She also tells us on her and her baby’s first Christmas together (#AwwMoment). Edyta also answers a question about Karina Smirnoff who is judging and also a dancer in the show. Lots more below including some breathtaking photos from “Dancing Pros Live” of Edyta, Chelsie Hightower, So You Think You Can Dance’s Ryan Dilello, and other world champion dancers (click on the pics twice to see them in a bigger size). If you’d like to see more photos and read on “Dancing Pros Live”, see the official site. Also, if you haven’t got a ticket for “Dancing Pos Live” yet, be sure you do so soon HERE as tickets at venues are filling up fast. Special thanks to Edyta and her marvelous team for all the goodies to go with this interview!! Enjoy! It’s so good to see her again….

Hi Edyta!! How are you and how was your holidays? I bet it was fun having a little wee one to share them with this year?

It was a very special time for us; Michael’s first Christmas and shortly after his first birthday. We got to celebrate with our closest friends and family, which was really great and fun, since a lot of our friends have kids close to Michael’s age.

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So, we hear you are about to embark on a new tour for “Dancing Pros Live. Can you tell us a little about it? What kind of dancing will it feature?

It’s an interactive competition on the stage where five professional couples compete for the audience’s vote by dancing solos in two rounds. The most fun part of the show is that in the end every member of the audience gets to vote for their favorite couple via remote device attached to their seat.

Besides couple’s solos there are big production numbers featuring variety of dance styles; ballroom, lyrical, west coast swing, jitterbug…Our cast is truly amazing, so it’s a very entertaining and high quality show.

We hear Karina Smirnoff will be a judge. Will she also be dancing in the new tour?

From what I know, Karina will dance in a featured solo performance. I am really excited to see Karina again!

Will you be dancing in the tour as well? If so, what kind of dances?

I will participate in a very energetic group jitterbug and will dance a paso doble solo.

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Many of us, including myself, miss you on Dancing With The Stars. In fact, YOU were responsible for many of us becoming fans to the show in the beginning including myself and John (the administrator to PureDWTS). So, if you were to name your favorite season, which one would it be? What were a few of your favorite dances on the show?

It would be season 3 where I danced with Joey Lawrance and season 5 with Jason Taylor. I loved the Rumba with Joey and Quickstep with Jason but my favorite were some of the result show performances I did with my real life partner, Alec. We danced to Adele, Celine Dion or Colbie Calliat. These were very special to me.

Follow Edyta at Twitter and Instagram.

Fall 2014 – 22 second video preview from Dancing Pros Live on Vimeo.

January 9, 2015 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.

Val Chmerkovskiy To Play His Violin On The Dancing With The Stars Live Tour – New Interview

Val Chmerkovskiy was interviewed by the Buffalo News before the premiere of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. He talks on the dynamics of the show (on tv), his partners, the reality of the rehearsal packages, off camera friendships, and more. But, interesting note in the interview….Val mentions how he will also be playing the violin in a trio performance with Mark Ballas and another guitarist on the tour. Oh, this is too cool. More below and at the link.

On whether any of his partners on the show ever disappointed him.

“Every partner has challenged me a bit. … For me dancing is about men and women coming together.”

On whether or not there are off-camera friendships between the show’s professional dancers and its judges.

“I feel there’s a certain natural distance that must be kept away from them.” He exempted from that Julianne Hough, a judge last season but before that a “peer” as one of the show’s professional dancers.

On whether his lifelong violin-playing will be part of “Dancing with the Stars Live.” (He and professional dancer Ballas have a trio with Ballas on guitar and another guitarist.)

It will. “I will never turn down a challenge.”

December 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.

Would You Like To Blog About The DWTS Live Tour, Ballroom With A Twist, Or Dancing Pros Live?

Are any of you going to any of the upcoming dancing shows: The Dancing With The Stars Live Tour, Ballroom With A Twist, or Dancing Pros LIVE? If so, and you would like to blog about your experience and share pictures(if you took some), we’d love to report on it. Just write to our Contact Us link in the above bar. We’d love to hear from you and feature your comments, review, or story. Thanks so much and here’s to all of these fabulous shows coming up. Be sure to get your tickets if you haven’t yet. It’s one thing to see the Pros on TV and quite another to see them in person.

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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.

Shall We Dance On Ice Coverage – DWTS Photos Of Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Dmitry Chaplin, & More

Tonight Sharna Burgess and Maks Chmerkovksiy will be reunited with their Dancing With The Stars Season 18 partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis to dance in “Shall We Dance On ice”. If you’d like to see some photos of them in rehearsals, see US Cellular Coliseum Facebook. You can also see Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, and Louis Van Amstel.

ETA: Diss On Skating Facebook has some rehearsal photos as well.

Stay tuned. We’ll try and have more coverage tomorrow!!

ETA2: If you visit the links above again, you can view some coverage of the show last night. This Tumbler page also has some photos. Diss On Skating Twitter also has some pictures such as the pic below. Note that “Shall We Dance On Ice” will air in February. Read more..

December 16, 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 Interviewed On The Dynamics OF DWTS And SYTYCD

What an interesting interview with Chelsie Hightower. She talks about the differences between doing Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance…and lots more! From The Souix City Journal….

Both shows, she says, have given dance enormous attention but their goals are different.

“So You Think You Can Dance,” Hightower says, “is really about the art form of dancing. It’s about dance in its rawest, simplest form. ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is about the celebrity and his or her journey.”

Personality, then, becomes a key factor, particularly when it comes to the audience vote. “They’re going to vote for the person they relate to the most,” Hightower says. “You’ve got to be sell-able.”

Injuries, romances and fights are all part of “getting attention.”

“After 19 seasons, people start to catch on as to what works and what they think the audience wants to see,” she adds. “I’m not like that. I’m not going to be someone to put on a show or create drama.”

Instead, the 25-year-old pro has focused on the work that lands on the dance floor and, in the process, she netted an Emmy nomination for choreography.

Crafting dances, though, is only part of the “Dancing with the Stars” assignment. In addition to working with the celebrity, the pro has to help design costumes, choose the music and decide what props to use.

“You get your music Sunday night. You have a costume consultation on Tuesday and you have to rehearse five to seven hours a day.” Add in press interviews and it’s clear the job is more difficult than it looks. Even when a celebrity is voted off, the professional stays, performing in group dances and “bumpers” – dance turns before and after commercials.

“There’s so much that’s out of your control,” Hightower says. Gunning for the mirror-ball trophy, then, is almost impossible. “You try not to keep score. You’re a cast. You’re supportive of everyone. But, at the end of the day, it is a TV show.”

To read the full interview, see The Souix City Journal. If you’d like to see Chelsie Hightower on tour with Dancing Pros Live, see this link.

December 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.

Dancing Pros: LIVE” Going On Tour, Features Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower

Do you remember when we told you about a new “Dancing Pros: LIVE” show a month ago or so? Well, it’s now going on tour. Below is more information from Broadway World. For additional information on the show, tour dates, tickets and casting, visit www.DancingProsLive.com.

Dancing Pros: Live!is thrilled to announce its 2014-2015 national tour. Hosted by Alan Thicke, star of the hit TV show “Growing Pains,” and featuring Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower from “Dancing with the Stars,”and Benji Schwimmer and Ryan Di Lello, from “So You Think You Can Dance,” the best dancers from around the world will thrill and dazzle audiences coast to coast!

The national tour will launch in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The tour will play over 50 cities nationwide through April 2015, including Indianapolis, Indiana; Flint, Michigan; Providence, Rhode Island; Schenectady, New York; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida; Dallas, Texas; and San Diego, California. For a complete list of tour cities, visit www.DancingProsLive.com.

The 2014-2015 Tour will star Alan Thicke, Edyta Sliwinksa and Chelsie Hightower. Joining them on stage will be actor and dancer, Oscar Orosco, and vocalists Joanna Pacitti, from “American Idol” Season 8, and Angel Taylor, from “The Voice” Season 2.

Karina Smirnoff will join the tour for the January and February engagements with Benji Schwimmer. Ryan Di Lello will perform during the Fall and Spring engagements. The remaining competitors on the tour are dance champions Artur Adamski, Paul Barris, Tess Buchatsky, Sasha Chernositov, Dmitry Demidov, Denys Drozdyuk, Arina Grishanina, Regina Maziarz, Antonina Skobina and Anastasia Trutneva.

September 17, 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 Season 19 – “What do you mean I’m a ringer??” Update

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A couple of seasons ago, I created a set of criteria with which to measure the benefits some dancers on DWTS have compared to the other dancers. That is, ringers versus non-ringers. I attempted to be as logical and scientific as possible, although it’s impossible to remove all subjectivity from the issue. But it’s far better than simply saying “so and so isn’t a ringer, IMO”. In your opinion? If your opinion is purely subjective with no effort at logical or rational thought, then what good is it??

No good at all, actually. The original series sprung from an effort to debunk the old, tired and stupid claim that the only reason Derek does well is because he gets all the good partners and no one else gets them. Utter BS, of course. It would be a good idea to read that series before starting this one as I can’t guarantee that I’ll include all the same rationale this second time around and I don’t take well to discussing a subject with someone who is so rude as to not read the blogs. Read more..

September 14, 2014 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Witney Carson And Chelsie Hightower Attend 2014 Industry Dance Awards (Photos)

Aren’t these some great shots of Witney Carson and Chelsie Hightower? The two Dancing With The Stars pros attended the 2014 Industry Dance Awards Honoring Paula Abdul And Nigel Lythgoe at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Beautiful. You can view more photos at Getty Images.

September 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.