The cast of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour took a day off and had some fun at an amusement park yesterday. Here’s some footage as well as a teaser on the next show thanks to Peta Murgatroyd.
How about some coverage of the dancing With The Stars Live Tour in Hershey, Pennsylvania? If you head to PennLive.com, you can view 23 beautiful high resolution photos. Below are some videos from the show as well.
Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Interview With Peta Murgatroyd And Witney Carson, Another Press Review
Just a few media items for the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. First, Peta Murgatroyd and Witney Carson talked with Richmond.com about the new tour and Dancing With The Stars. Here is a take with Peta below. More at the link with Witney.
Fans of the show will get to see a variety of new dances during the tour — some choreographed by the show’s professional dancers and others by choreographer Mandy Moore.
Professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd hopes the experience of touring will bring the dancers even closer together. “I am thinking the touring side is where you get to do your bonding,” she said, speaking from Los Angeles and joking about the “tight quarters” on the bus. “The pros are like family. We have a great time. We have mutual respect for one another.”
Murgatroyd danced on Broadway before joining “Dancing with the Stars.” Originally trained in ballet, she competed in ballroom competitions from ages 17 to 21. “Ballroom is extremely different than ballet,” she said. “I had to throw away a lot that I learned in ballet. I didn’t know what I was doing at first. With ballroom, you have free range to do what you want with your artistry. It’s an amazing art form.” She thinks that shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” have brought ballroom to the forefront. “Before, it was boring and uncool, something your grandparents did. It wasn’t for young people,” she said. “Now, ballroom dancing is on another level.”
Working on “Dancing with the Stars” is intensive. Professional dancers mentor their celebrity partners at least five hours a day, seven days a week during the competition. “We have a lot on our plate,” Carson said. “We have to come up with choreography, wardrobe and production. You have to please the fans, and you have to please the celebrity. I always want my celebrity walking away like he had the best experience possible.” She and the other pros will only have about 72 hours off after the tour ends before they begin mentoring new celebrities for the winter season of the television show. “We are going nonstop,” Carson said, adding that the workload doesn’t bother her. “This is a passion of mine. It’s something I have wanted for some time.”
Also, here’s a review from MassLive.com. This review says this show is a “vast improvement” from their first.
Clearly, Willis has the moves and voice to succeed on Broadway.
In addition to Chmerkovskiy, “DWTS” pros Peta Murgatroyd, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, and Emma Slater strutted their stuff alongside troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson.
With a lineup heavy on professionals and light on celebrities, the Mohegan Sun Arena crowd was treated to 90 minutes of top flight ballroom dancing, including a lively jive set to “Jump, Jive an’ Wail” and performed by Slater and Farber.
Melissa Rycroft, who was the Season 15 champion, was a congenial hostess for the night. A recent knee injury kept her off the dance floor, but she moved the evening along at a brisk pace.
The current tour is a vast improvement over a previous trek, which played the Mohegan Sun Arena in January.
Gone was the poorly scripted banter between the participants and a greater emphasis was placed on dancing.
Chmerkovskiy, Murgatroyd and Carson, all “DWTS” champs, were clearly crowd favorites.
More at MassLive.com.
Telegram.com from Worcester, Massachusetts reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Live tour. Overall, they said it “lead with joy”. Here is more.
The show began current “DWtS” champion Valentin Chmerkovskiy leading a jokey routine to Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime.” Chmerkovskiy, renowned for his physique, was wearing padding underneath his clothes to make it appear that he had “let himself go” since the the season ended. It was a cute and jokey false start, which was thankfully interrupted by former “DWtS” champion Witney Carson, kicking things into a gleeful and high-spirited jive to Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1000 Dances” and, then, joined by the entire company, a spectacle of a routine to Walk the Moon’s recent hit, “Shut Up and Dance,” which is kind of obligatory for all contemporary-oriented dance shows these days.
The addition of the rest of the dancers — Emma Slater, Keo Motsepe, Artem Chigvintsev, Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson — created a bright, cheerful energy, and while there were a few moments of intensity throughout, that was the vibe that prevailed. Make no mistake: All of these dancers are fantastic and technically skilled, but the audience was there for more lighthearted fare, and the troupe delivered.
Rycroft, who refrained from dancing because of an injury, proved a charming host, riling the crowd up by consistently mispronouncing “Worcester” and cajoling the male dancers to take their shirts off, which was cute for a while but, admittedly, the drooling got a little tiresome. (Although judging from audience reaction, that might be a minority opinion.)
But the night’s first show-stopper belonged to Willis and Chmerkovskiy, with a re-creation of their foxtrot to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” In a lot of ways, the live rendition was superior to its televised performance. Willis seemed comfortable, but has an intensity about her that gives her an immense amount of presence on stage. Her lines were clean and flowed effortlessly, but there was also an edge there which, regrettably, was often lacking throughout the night.
More at Telegram.com including some beautiful photos
How about more videos from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour? Brenda Pasono took these from the Atlantic City, NJ show.
If you go to Extra, you can watch a Dancing With The Stars Live Tour teaser. The guys teach Charissa Thompson some dance moves. She gets them to talk about the new tour as well.
Once again, Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron will host “A Capital Fourth” on PBS Saturday, July 4, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET. You can read more on this televised event at PBS. Note how Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, KC & The Sunshine Band, and more will perform.
Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber Never Expected To Feel Like A Rock Star – New DWTS Live Tour Interview
Sasha Farber was interviewed by PennLive.com. He talks of why everyone should see the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. He also never expected to feel like a “rock star”. So cute. Read on….
“This is the perfect things for the fans in between the seasons,” Farber said of the live performance. “And if it wasn’t for the fans, this show wouldn’t be happening. We get to interact with the fans and bring them up on stage and it’s really, really rewarding for us.”
“The appreciation and support you get is so amazing,” he continued. “Before the show, you can even hear them screaming and stomping.
“You really do feel like you’re a rock star. Being a ballroom dancer, you would never expect that.”
The show features numerous dance numbers, including an all-gentleman dance that Farber declared was his favorite (although he wouldn’t give any more details). Rumer Willis, last season’s winner, will also be dancing and singing.
“This show is designed and built for fans,” Farber said. “They’re going to walk in and walk out dancing.”
“Just the energy we all create amongst each other is really something people will love to watch,” Farber added later. “We take some of the fan favorites that we’ve had in the show and tweaked them to make sure they’re working for the stage.”
The show is also a chance to see the pros at their best. “We’re not dancing with a celebrity here, we’re doing what we love to do,” Farber said.
More at PennLive.com.
Tristan MacManus Chats On The Differences Between Dancing With The Stars And Strictly Come Dancing And More
The MaManiac’s posted a new interview with Tristan MacManus. He tells us all about his summer projects so far. He also discusses Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing and some of the differences between each show. It’s always good to hear from him. This pro is so missed. Thanks to Andrea for the heads up on this fun interview.
What is one of your favorite moments from SCD 2014?
I really enjoyed my time on Strictly and enjoyed getting to know the pros I hadn’t met before and the crew. Jenny was obviously a highlight to meet and spend time with and I’m glad that her family is now a part of my family. I had always been a fan of Michael Flatley so to meet him and talk with and the cast of Riverdance was amazing for me. I got to meet a number of amazing choreographers each week as well as I had missed the original rehearsal schedule because of Alec and Edyta’s show [Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska’s Dance Temptation, August, 2014]. The whole experience was pretty special for me as I was losing motivation a little bit before I came.
Sometimes the songs chosen for SCD and DWTS don’t seem to be suited to the dance style you are assigned to do. Obviously you make the best of it but do you recall any cases where working with certain music was particularly challenging as you tried to choreograph and/or create a story?
Yeah, you have a lot less influence in a lot of the things on Strictly or at least it seems that way for me but it may just be circumstance and the way the weeks of the show were going. I think Strictly is more about songs that everyone knows and are aware of where I feel you can use any music that’s great on DWTS. I’m usually pretty good at just going with what I got unless I have a real issue with a particular song. I think I made it clear I didn’t wanna dance to ABBA – ha – but what can you do?! Jenny was a huge ABBA fan. Once we got that we just had to go with it. I wanted to use a song by The Beautiful South. Hopefully I can use it on a future season. Movie Week I wanted “Jump In The Line”. I just love that song. Sometimes you get a song you just love but you have no idea after that about what to do – haha – you are just happy you got a great song and then everything is always relative. You should only do what suits your partner and maybe costumes and things like that – dress them for the same reasons. So I let the relevant departments do their job and I focus on my job. On Strictly you teach and try to influence and on DWTS you create more.
Lots more at MacManiacs.Org.
Below are some videos from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour in Washington DC courtesy of Myra Coffield you tube.