Yesterday, Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff attended the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar at The Selma House in Los Angeles, California. To see some photos, visit AP Images. She’s a doll as always!!
At the Audi Golden Globe Week Celebration on Thursday night, Cheryl Burke talked with People of her plans to get married and have a family. This is so cool. Read on to see why….
Cheryl Burke may have dropped her quest for a Dancing with the Stars mirror ball in 2015, but she’s hoping to pick up something else that glitters.
“I want a family, and I want kid,” Burke, 30, told PEOPLE at Thursday’s Audi Golden Globes kick-off party in Los Angeles. “So JT better put a ring on it soon!”
Burke’s referring to her boyfriend, JT Torregiani, an entrepreneur whom she started dating last year, even though they’ve been friends for the past decade.
“Being part of Dancing took up a lot of my time,” added Burke. “The reason love came into my life now is because I allowed that to happen.”
“He is Sicilian. So I’d love to get married in Italy,” said Burke. “I would love to get married in a beautiful church. It would be small and intimate, but then a big party in L.A.”
Just a TV Heads Up for next Friday, January 16th!! Good Morning America is going to feature a performance from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. Also, they will show Melissa Rycroft behind the scenes paying a visit. Here is more from ABC MediaNet…
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 – GMA’s “Shark” Tank Friday with Kevin O’Leary; behind the scenes of last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards hosted by Michael Strahan; a performance from “Dancing with the Stars: Live!,” plus a behind the scenes visit to the tour in Nashville with GMA Contributor Melissa Rycroft
How about some goodies from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour? First,…a couple of reviews!!! The Pittsburgh Post Gazette calls the show is an “entertaining extravaganza”! Here is more from the link…
But “Dancing With the Stars” is in the entertainment business and that is its brand — to entertain. That it did surprisingly well. Some favorites included Mark Ballas’ geometric contemporary with Ms. Carson and a silver cube and a fleet-footed jive from Emma Slater and Sasha Farber.
All of the dancers were on point in this well-balanced program in which picturesque routines alternated with charming chitchat. The audience also delighted in backstage stories. Of particular local interest, Ms. Johnson loved winning with former Steeler Hines Ward. Her worst moment? When he dropped her on her neck.
They talked of how Mr. Ballas (also a singer-composer on display here) is encouraged to push the envelope by producers, while Mr. Goodman complains about it on camera. Valentin Chmerkovskiy (also a violinist) said he is pushed by producers to go shirtless. Much to the delight of Pittsburgh women, he joked, “I’m not a piece of meat.”
Nonetheless, if you were lucky, you could have ended up in a selfie with those two and guitarist Dylan Chambers, one that made the vast confines of the Benedum seem really intimate.
To read the full review, see the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
MassLive.com also has a review posted of the show. They said, “The evening was a mix of spectacular dance, entertaining backstage tales, and some impressive musical performances.” Below is a bit more…
“DWTS Live” was at its best when the pros did what they do best – dance.
Watching dancers like Ballas or Johnson perform without having to hold back because of a novice partner was a treat for fans of the show.
And it’s a crime that the “Jailhouse Rock” jive performed by Farber and Slater at the Mohegan Sun was not seen by millions of television viewers.
Chmerkovskiy was clearly the fan favorite, drawing hoots, whistles and declarations of love from some of the women in attendance when he removed his shirt.
The Ukranian-born dancer gave a touching speech about realizing the American dream and the debt he owes his parents for their financial and emotional support.
“DWTS Live” comes to Massachusetts for two performances on Jan. 16 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
More at MassLive.com.
Next are some photos and videos courtesy of the cast at their instagrams and twitter. Note how Will Smith, Melissa Rycroft, and Shawn Johnson were at the shows this week. You can also see a few dance clips and Val playing his violin…. Read more..
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.
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.
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.
Doesn’t Cheryl Burke look gorgeous? Last night, Cheryl attended the Audi Golden Globe week celebration at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Click on the pics to see more amazing photos. Also, don’t forget Cheryl is doing Ballroom With A Twist. For ticket information, see this link.
In a new interview with MassLive.com, Val Chmerkovskiy talks about being a Pro for Dancing With The Stars and what it’s like to teach. The article also says he will be back for Dancing With The Stars Season 20 and he reports back for work on February 17th….
“You can be an incredible dancer, but it doesn’t mean you will be a great teacher,” said Chmerkovskiy, who began giving lessons at the age of 15.
Key traits, he said, are patience and versatility in choreography – “the ability to acknowledge the strengths of your partner and recognize and camouflage their flaws.”
He said he has maintained friendships of varying levels with his celebrity partners, who have included “Pretty Little Liars” actress Janel Parrish, “Wonder Years”‘ co-star Danica McKellar, talk show host Sherri Shepherd, “General Hospital” actress Kelly Monaco, Disney Channel starlet Zendaya and “Saved By the Bell” alum Elizabeth Berkley Lauren.
“‘Dancing With the Stars’ – as silly as a concept as it is – is a phenomena,” Chmerkovskiy said. “The joy, the hard work, the bond – these people walk away with an experience they cannot replicate anywhere else.”
Chmerkovskiy will return for the 20th season of “DWTS.” He is scheduled to report for work on Feb. 17 – two days after the national tour concludes in Los Angeles.
“I have a spot on the No. 1 show in the world doing what I love,” Chmerkovskiy said. “When I think of the investment and sacrifice my parents made, having this is the greatest gift.”
To read the interview in full, see MassLive.com.
Wow, how stunning is Karina Smirnoff?!! Last night, the Dancing With The Stars pro attended the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. To see more stunning photos like those below, see Getty Images.
The Baltimore Sun interviewed Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber. They ask him how he became a dancer and being on Dancing With The Stars. He also answers a question on the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour and what people can expect if they go to the show. Read on….
What have you gained or learned from your experiences on the show?
I’ve learned a lot. You learn really quickly because once you get the celebrity [partner], you get to see someone transform right in front of your eyes into a different person, a different character. And as she becomes a better dancer, a better person, it’s just an amazing feeling. … And you get to share different stories with them through dance every week.
What do you like to do when you’re not dancing?
I’m a big movie watcher. I like to watch new and old movies and also just explore wherever we are. That’s my favorite part [of touring]. I never like to just kind of get to a city and just sleep or do absolutely nothing because, to me, that would be a waste of a day. And I like to research a lot, especially in dancing, because dancing evolves every day really so you need to stay on top of that.
What can people expect from the tour show in Baltimore?
We’ve made sure it’s exactly what the fans want. We’re doing some of the best numbers from last season. Alfonso [Ribeiro, who won the most recent season] is hosting. There’s some great, passionate numbers involved and watching what’s happened in the past cities, we’ve had standing ovations and the reviews have been amazing so Baltimore can expect a really, really good show.
More at the Baltimore Sun. And thanks to Sasha for some new videos. One video has the girls singing a new track for the tour in Nashville yesterday with Melissa Rycroft…
Below are some cool photos of some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars from their twitter and instagram accounts. You can see them at sea on the Holland America Cruise, on the road with the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour, enjoying some vacation time, doing some modeling, or working out, etc.. I can’t get enough! Beautiful!!!