Gee, Mark, just when I start to actually LIKE you again, you attempt to give the Derek-Myths some actual substance. Careful, your jealousy is showing. Then, look at your own partners – you’ve not exactly paid your dues either. The average age of your partners is 26, while the average age of Derek’s partners is 33. Being eliminated first doesn’t give you cred or “dues” – it just means your partner wasn’t popular (and that she wasn’t paired with Derek, since he’s had some unknown/unpopular people as well). You get it right later in the interview AFTER throwing Derek under the bus – it is luck of the draw. Too bad you had to try to discredit Derek’s accomplishments as “luck” before you got to that TRUTH.
The Herald Sun is reporting that Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova will be choreographing for the new reboot of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia. Below are a couple of takes from the link. Does this mean he won’t be back for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars (Oh man, if so, this is so making me cry as he is one of my very fave male pros along with Derek and Henry! )? Stay tuned. We’re going to contact him and see if he can let us know something.
ELENA AND GLEB
Both appeared in the 2011 series of Dancing With The Stars Australia and regulars on the US version (last year he partnered with Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump). Married with daughter Olivia.
Dance means “seeing stories come to life from inside the body. With the two of us, it’s not just the power of one, it’s the power of two.”
Russian-born ballroom stars Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samadanova leaped at the chance to return to Australia, after appearing in the 2011 season of Seven’s Dancing With The Stars.
Savchenko, who recently partnered Real Housewives favourite Lisa Vanderpump, hopes the popularity of Channel 10’s reboot of the show continues to grow “so people see the best of what these (local) dancers can do.”
“It’s such a great team…with Jason Gilkison…and of course Paula Abdul. this is the best you can ask for.”
ETA: We’ve heard back from Gleb!! Below is what he’s written back to us…
Me and Elena are both really excited to be Ballroom-Latin choreographers for SYTYCD here in Australia. It’s gonna be an amazing season!!!
We’ve been dancing together for more than 8 years and it’s such a pleasure for me to work and create something together with Elena again. It’s an amazing team works on SYTYCD Jason Gilkinson, Paula Abdul, Aaron Cash and Shannon Holtzapffel and we are so proud to be amongst them.
At the moment I’m focused on my work here, but if DWTS will ask me to be back for the coming season, for sure I’ll be back.
Let’s hope Dancing With The Stars will ask him back. They’d be crazy if they didn’t. In the meantime, I’m so happy he is able to work with beautiful Elena again and that they’ve landed such amazing roles on “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia. ((((GLEB & ELENA))))xxx
Just an FYI!! Did you know former Dancing With The Stars costume maker Randall Christensen designed Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s costumes for the Olympics? This is so cool. Read on….
“The Olympic stage is the biggest stage in the world. It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
In a workshop full of sequins, sashes, and all things that sparkle, Christensen is creating works of art.
United States ice dancers Meryl Davis and her partner Charlie White are showing off Randall’s designs on the ice in Sochi. Randall says he was moved to tears by the pair in rehearsals.
“All of a sudden I felt something on my cheek, and realized it was tears. I was crying, I was so proud.”
He believes getting the outfits just right is crucial for the athletes.
“Everything is riding on their look when they take the ice. The hair, the makeup, your presentation, fingernails, everything, including the costume sets the tone before you have to back it up with your skating.”
Randall hopes he provides the tools needed to be the best.
“If I can help you feel that way when you take the floor or take the ice, my job is done, and I have you on your way to being successful, I think.”
He did such a good job. I’m loving their costumes. More at ABC15. Don’t forget, Meryl and Charlie skate this weekend. For more details, see this link at Pure Derek Hough. Pure Derek Hough is also featuring a new interview with Derek Hough where he talks of how he choreographed their short program. All eyes on this captivating pair! Let’s hope they take Gold!!
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
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..
Mark Ballas was interviewed by KTLA this morning about his involvement with the Harlem Globe Trotters. During the interview, he also mentions how he and Derek Hough bought a home when asked about the exaggerated “bromance” rumors by TMZ. All he and Derek plan to do is tear the home down and build something new. Mark also talks a little about the new season of Dancing With The Stars saying no one will find out if they are dancing and who they are dancing with for a couple of weeks still. Fun interview. Check it out!
TMZ is reporting via “official documents” that Derek Hough and Mark Ballas bought a home in Hollywood Hills, California. Below are a few details. You can read more and see pictures of the house at TMZ. As we posted at Pure Derek Hough earlier, it looks beautiful and now Derek’s dog Romey will have even more of room to run and play. It will also be a close drive to work….and nice place to get away from the city hustle and bustle at night. Or maybe they will just rent it out to someone? Whatever the case, it’s a smart investment move too as well for the both of them on top of their other properties! Note: As @karinaFan reminding us at twitter earlier, Karina Smirnoff has a home in the vicinity which looks similar. Karina also has other properties as an investment. We also think Cheryl Burke also owns several properties. If you know of the other pros owning more than one home or properties, let us know.
TMZ has learned … the “Dancing with the Stars” pros — who also happen to be BFFAEs — just went halfsies on a quaint little place in the Hollywood Hills.
Official documents show … the best buds each threw in on the $1.275 mil home … which comes equipped with a massive closet, fabulous kitchen and a spa bath that could easily fit two.
The master bathroom even contains his and his sinks.
If you head to the Broad Street Review, you can read a fun review up of the “Ballroom With A Twist” show that took place in Wilmington, Delaware. Below is a take about how superb the performances were…
If you enjoy the TV series Dancing With the Stars, as I do, you’d be more than pleased with its transmutation to the live stage. This dance production is touring the country with its combination of ballroom, jazz, hip hop, and Latin choreography.
The headliners are four of the most charismatic (and popular) regulars from Dancing With the Stars — Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, and Peta Murgatroyd. Their performances were superb and the audience experienced the frisson of seeing real people instead of a flat screen.
These headliners established a casual rapport with the audience. They fielded questions with more candor than I expected, naming their favorite celebrity partners and their most unpleasant ones. As fine as any of the celebrities have been, they said, “they’re never going to be as good as our fellow professional dancers on this tour.” They also went into the audience and brought random civilians onto the stage for brief hoofing turns.
MORE at Broad Street Review. You can also read several fan blogs at Pure Derek Hough that are touching to say the least. Also, if you haven’t read my review of the Cheyenne, Wyoming show with Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess, you can read and see pics at this link. If you get a chance to see this show, be sure you do!! I can’t stop raving about it. Here’s to the shows now in Colorado, Florida, and North and South Dakota next!!!
It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. It will be very interesting to see what happens this year, after they let go of the band. That was a huge cost savings to them. The question is: are they looking to save even more money (say goodbye to Derek and possibly Cheryl) or have they saved so much that they can afford the popular, long term pros that have kept people coming back to this show season after season? I personally think that they will do what they can to hold on to Derek – he’s an Emmy winner and that’s very helpful to the show’s cache. I think they will also do their best to hold on to Cheryl, Karina and Mark. I’m GUESSING that Val and Tristan are still locked into contracts that are beneficial to ABC so they aren’t in question as long as they find a partner for them. As always, I could be wrong. Read more..
What a night last night for so many of the pros from Dancing With The Stars! Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess absolutely magnified the crowd in Cheyenne, Wyoming in “Ballroom With A Twist”. I was able to attend the show. Stay tuned as I’ve got lots of photos to share of them and more on how they took my breath away.
Also, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Sasha Farber, and Chelsie Hightower performed at the “America’s Favorite Dancers” show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Because of flight delays in Denver, Colorado from winter storm Nika, they didn’t arrive to Tulsa until yesterday afternoon sometime, but, that didn’t stop any of them from putting on amazing, show stopping show. You can see some fun video coverage of Derek and Chelsie at Pure Derek Hough. Below is Sasha Farber and Emma Slater courtesy of Sasha and his You Tube. Way hot performance as you can see. More coming Up with Gleb and Sharna!! Stay tuned!!
ETA: Helen Orcutt Photgraphy has some breathtaking high quality photos of the “meet and greet” after the show. You can view them at her site. A must see!!
And the buzz steps up a notch! This week, the producers of “Make Your Move 3D” released what we think is a slightly longer trailer for Derek’s new dance movie “Make Your Move 3D”. You can watch it full below. Yahoo also has an article about the new movie with pictures and a place to comment if you like what you are seeing so far. “Make Your Move 3D will be released to theatres in the US on April 18th!! Note: Duane Adler is the director of “Make Your Move 3D”. In case you didn’t know, he also directed “Save the Last Dance” and the original “Step Up” movies which are so good if you’ve never seen them before. The film also features choreography from Emmy-award winning couple Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo from “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Also note that Derek wrote some music for this movie. If you’d like to read more, visit Make Your Move Fans.
In other things on Derek this week, more news came out about a “Mystery” Project” that he is planning with his sister Julianne Hough. We think it might have something to do with an upcoming new tour called “MOVE” with the two, but, we aren’t sure? Also, a new Ballroom With A Twist promo was released by he and Cheryl Burke. You can catch up on all of these news items and much more including a really touching fan review of the Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise at Pure Derek Hough. Too fun!!