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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.

Flashback Friday: Dancing with the Stars Season 3

And I’m back finally, with another Flashback Friday! I hadn’t meant to take as long a break as I did, but my dad died unexpectedly 10 days before Christmas (and just 2 months after we lost my mom!) so my final preparations for Christmas needed to wait.  I had to stop and think where we left off! Here’s season 1 and season 2.

So here we go, on to season 3, the first one I watched. Not many changes this season, same 3 judges, same 2 hosts. They did expand the season to 10 weeks, however.

Another change is to the scoring system that they used, I am quoting from wiki here, and will ask Miss Heidi if this is how it’s done now?

For this season, the scoring system was changed. Fan vote only counted for 25% of the total score and scoring was now translated directly from percentages rather than into ordinals. The judges scores were added up, and each performer was given points based on the percentage of the total points distributed among all performers. (For example, a team received a score of 25. A total of 207 points were awarded to all nine performers. The team received 12.08% of that total, so that team earned 12.08 points. The couple happens to be Sara & Tony.) The fan vote was handled the same way, with the points based on how much of the total fan vote the star received. (So, in the same example, if the team earned 15% of the total fan vote, their grand total is 27.08 points.)[

Andrea Hale, Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya did not compete as pros during this season. Elena Grinenko, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff and Jesse DeSoto joined as new pros. Returning pros included Ashly DelGrosso, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska and Cheryl Burke.

TUCKER CARLSON AND ELENA GRINENKO came in 11th place, being eliminated on week 1 on September 13, 2006. They performed a cha cha cha, otherwise known as the Curse of the Chair dance, and received a score of 12.

SHANNA MOAKLER AND JESSE DE SOTO came in 10th place, being eliminated on week 2 on September 20, 2006. They peformed a foxtrot and a mambo. Honestly, I didn’t remember them at all, so I guess it’s not surprising that they went home early. To my very untrained eyes, I think their mambo was good, and seemed to have some good choreography, but it just isn’t memorable. Here’s their mambo, they received a score of 22. Read more..

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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. :-)

Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska To Judge “DANCING PROS: LIVE!”, DWTS Pros To Dance

Heads up Dancing With The Stars fans! Tickets are going on sale on September 8, 2014 for a “DANCING PROS: LIVE!” show in Des Moines, Iowa on January 15, 2015! Note how Karina Smirnoff and Edyta Sliwinska are judging. There will be pros from Dancing With The Stars dancing as well. Below is more information from Broadway World. Sounds fun…

The world’s finest dancers will battle it out live when Dancing Pros: Live! comes to the Civic Center stage on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and the audience will choose the winner! Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) serves as the head judge and Edyta Sliwinska of DWTS guest judges in this unforgettable live competition show hosted by Golden Globe® nominee and star of the hit TV show Growing Pains, Alan Thicke.

Tickets to DANCING PROS: LIVE! will go on-sale Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

For the first time together on stage, see professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and dance champions from around the world compete with one another for top prize! Watch in awe as they perform a variety of dance styles including Cha-Cha, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Freestyle Samba and the Jitterbug. Using electronic voting remotes, the audience will become part of the show and vote for their favorite couple. Unlike reality TV shows, there is no waiting until next week for results; the winning couple is announced at the end of the show.

August 29, 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.

Former Dancing With The Stars Pros Edyta Sliwinska And Alec Mazo Expecting A Baby Boy In January!

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Today, former Dancing With The Stars pro Edyta Sliwinska tweeted out an instagram of herself with news that she’s been keeping a secret and one that is “less than 2 lbs little”, People.com has now picked up the story. What’s more, they asked her about it.

Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, the former Dancing with the Stars professionals, are expecting their first child early next year, the couple confirm to PEOPLE.

“I’m due in January and we are having a boy,” Sliwinska, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We’ve been together for 13 years; married for six. We were both so ready for it and we’ve been planning on this for the past couple of years.”

Isn’t this awesome?!! From all of us at PureDWTS, congratulations Edyta and Alec!!

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October 10, 2013 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 Season 17 Exclusive: New Sharna Burgess Interview!!

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A few of our readers had some really good questions to ask Dancing With The Stars Pro Sharna Burgess. Sharna answers questions about the most important things she’s learned once she became a pro on Dancing With The Stars. Sharna also takes us through the process of how she assesses her partner’s dance potential. She also chats on her pre-show rituals, her guilty pleasures, her dance mentors, and how she learned to choreograph for television and the movies. Lots more below. Enjoy! Thanks Sharna for another awesome interview!!xx

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What was the one most important thing that you learned about yourself once you became a pro on the show?

hmmm, thats tough! I think i learned greater patience, though I’ve always been a patient person, this show requires SO much of it. Patience is an art and a gift, and in tough situations it helps me stay calm, not sweat the small stuff and keep moving forward. Im such a passionate person that if my partner is not into it 150% i can become very frustrated. Dancing only works when you surrender to it and go all in, messing up is fine, but not trying is unacceptable. In saying that i have to remember that what can see like disinterest and disregard, is actually fear, and that is something that needs patience and nurturing if its going to be beaten.

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Please tell Sharna I think she’s an excellent competing pro, and I love her innovative choreography.

When you begin rehearsing with your new celeb, how do you begin to assess their dance potential? Do you start without music and see how they handle some basic Latin or standard steps, or do you put some music on the CD player and see how they move to music?

Hi Cidra!!! thank you very much!

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October 9, 2013 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.

Pure DWTS Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Talks Of Dancing Like The Pros, Kym Johnson, And New Season of Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess had such a great time dancing for “Dancing Like The Pros” last week in Niagara Falls at the Fallsview Casino in Canada. At the time we reported about it, there wasn’t much out there except from Edyta Sliwinska at twitter. In case you don’t know, Edyta along with her husband Alec Mazo helped to put on the show. The two are former Dancing With The Stars pros. Along with Sharna, the full cast included Antonina Skobina, Denys Drozdyuk, Daniella Karagach, Joanna Pacitti, Paul Barris, Anna Rosh, Jean Marc Genereux, Artur Adamski, Laurence Bolduc, Jean-Philippe Milot, Alex Karaulov and Vlada Semenova. Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson also helped to judge the event. Sharna danced with Paul Barris and ended up WINNING!! Below are some fun photos from Dancing Pros Facebook and Sharna’s twitter….

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And that’s not all! We were able to ask Sharna a few questions about what it was like dancing for “Dancing With The Pros” and the upcoming new season of Dancing With The Stars. Below is the new interview. Enjoy and we thank Sharna and her publicist for helping us put this together.

Hey Sharna, tell us about your recent trip to Niagara Falls and what it was like dancing for “Dancing Like the Pros”? Was it your first trip to Niagara Falls? Did you get to visit Niagara Falls or do anything else while you are there?

Niagra falls was beautiful as always. Such incredible standing there not just hearing but feeling the weather and the power is possesses. I’ve been there once before while I was on tour, and it was still amazing the second time round.

There was no time to do anything while I was there, we were performing two shows a day at the falls view casino. Dancing like the pros is a show put together by DWTS alums Alec and Edyta. I love these two, great people, super talented and genuinely love what they do. Getting to know them was wonderful and being a part of their show was a lot of fun. Kym Johnson was there with us as a judge, and she was so good at it!! Future Dwts judge maybe ;) I’m just putting it out there, right now she is way too special as a pro.

Are you excited about the new season of Dancing with the Stars coming up? Anyone you would love to see in the new cast of celebs or anyone you would love to dance with?

I’m super excited about this season!!! I’m so itching to get back in the ballroom and create some magic :) I’m already picking songs and themes and getting my head around some really cool group number concepts.

I would love to have Victor Cruz or John Stamos. But If I could shoot for the stars on my Dwts wish list it would totally be Hugh Hackman or Bradley Cooper :)))

See you all soon!! Well… Fingers crossed ;)

Yes, FINGERS CROSSED!! We hope we see you back too, Sharna, and to see everything you have planned!! I love the idea of Kym Johnson being a judge for Dancing With The Stars too! And oh, Hugh Jackman! Can you imagine if he were to dance?! :D

August 4, 2013 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.