“We believe that dance is the universal language and therapy, through which people of all cultures, races, languages and back grounds, can express their joy of life and movement. We are all capable of dance and we strive to make everyone a capable dancer.” ~LA Ballroom Studio
“Dancers are the athletes of God.”
― Albert Einstein
Aren’t these some fabulous photos courtesy of LA Ballroom?!! The new studio making it’s mark currently in Los Angeles is owned by dance pro Elena Grinenko and her husband Rib Hillis. Last week, they held a “Be My Valentine” Social Party where they held a celebrity “Battle of the Soaps” dance challenge between Martha Madison & Jim Clark vs Lilly Melgar & Pasha Balykin (see video below!). What’s more, Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess made a showing as well as former pro Louis Van Amstel (pictured above in the first line along with Elena and Rib). To see more fabulous photos, visit La Ballroom Studio at Facebook. Be sure you are following @LABallroom at twitter too for all of the latest news and updates. Also, stay tuned! We have an exclusive interview coming up with Elena for which she plans to tell us more about she and Rib’s new dance studio as well as catching us up on everything she’s been doing since being on Dancing With The Stars!! Fun…I am loving this video….
The day we’ve all been waiting for!! Good luck too all who make this show happen. And to help us get excited even more is ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Finale Pre-party!! Former contestants Lance Bass and Audrina Patridge stop by (it’s fun to see these two again). Bruno Tonioli is unplugged. He mentions all the dances he’s loved so far and gives some advise and predictions for what might happen tonight (you’ll love this part too). Also, former pro Elena Grinenko joins the panel to help preview tonight’s finale (it’s fun getting her take too. I always love her accent.). Also, there is some interview footage with the couples from the 300th episode party at the end. They talk about some of their dances tonight. This is a really good one! Also, don’t miss some backstage coverage from yesterday (Sunday) on GOOD MORNING AMERICA HERE.
Several of you have expressed that you are interested and follow Figure Skating. We have another year to wait until the 2014 Winter Olympics, but, in order to qualify, one requirement is that the skaters have to place in the World Figure Skating Championships that take place this year. Since the last Olympics, I’ve had a special eye on ice dancers and reigning five-time U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Being “ice dance has been described as an interpretation of ballroom dancing on ice“, The Ice Network has asked Dancing With The Stars pro Henry Byalikov to give his advise and thoughts on them and European champions Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia. Here are a couple of takes for what Henry has advised for each couple. Note too while reading that former Dancing With The Stars pro Elena Grinenko has been advising and helping to choreograph many routines for Meryl Davis and Charlie White these past few years. I saw a vast improvement in their dancing after she was brought into the picture. Read on for Henry’s thoughts….
For Meryl Davis and Charlie White:
This is one of the rare times that I have watched such an inspired, emotionally driven performance by a skating duo. In particular, I was drawn to the Baryshnikov-esque passion exhibited authentically, throughout the performance, in different shades and colors, by Charlie. He comes across seamless and incredibly fluid, and I’m extremely impressed with his performance.
In my opinion, passion is the most important element in any performance art, and it’s a very difficult tightrope walk to achieve that balance between technical and emotional prowess. Nevertheless, this couple certainly delivers in those aspects.
The connection between them is strong and expressive, while maintaining enough subtlety to perform the more sensitive moments of the routine. From the opening move to the closing, their portrayal of opposition, and yet desire for one another, was a highlight of this performance for me.
Looking into the future, from my perspective, I would be focusing on Meryl and Charlie’s extensions and posture.
For Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev:
An expressive image to start and end with, she breathes life into her creation only to have her life taken away by the very thing she conceived. This was a brilliant story and piece of choreography, both coming together seamlessly to deliver the perfect platform for art.
The first major lift was executed flawlessly, with a spectacular dismount emphasizing Ekaterina’s stunning flexibility. I feel this routine highlighted Ekaterina’s expressive ability, exceptional flexibility and charisma.
Dmitri demonstrates his partnering ability strongly and his expression, although at times his posture and arms may benefit from a balletic approach to convey more of a finished look to his lines and movements.
Since they perform pseudo pirouettes en retire or sur le cou de pied positions quite often, they should try to match each other, as well as improve the visual appeal of the turn, by choosing the same level at which to connect the free leg to the standing leg, i.e. at the knee or at the ankle, a similar position they utilize before the performance has even started.
You can read the full article and more of Henry’s thoughts and advice for them at The Ice Network. Fascinating!!
For those interested, be sure tune into the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario March 10th – March 17th to see how these couples fair out. It’s going to be an interesting year for sure!!
Hey Dancettes! Elena Grinenko and Stuart Brazell of Dance Junkies TV are back with another Dancing With The Stars Pre-Party. This time dance pro Anya Garnis joins them in discussion as they critique the dances from last week. It’s fun because they feel much like we do on most of the dances. I had to giggle on the part about Louis and Sabrina.
That’s not all! Dance Junkies TV will be featuring a more in depth interview with Anya soon where they ask her questions from the fans..including those from PureDWTS.com. So, stay tuned!
Hey All!! The Dance Junkies gang will be interviewing pro dancer Anya Garnis tonight and they’d love to have you send them questions for what you’d like to ask her.
As you might know, Anya was on the Dancing With The Stars After Party this past week. She has performed in some of the results shows on Dancing With The Stars. Anya is also a dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. You can leave your questions for Anya in the comments section and we’ll be sure Stuart gets them later before the interview. I’ll leave my questions in the coments section as well. Such a beautiful dancer!
Dance Junkies TV has released a new Pre-Party video. Stuart Brazell, Elena Grinenko, and Rib Hilis discuss and critique the couples and the Dancing With The Stars All Stars season. Fun as always! I’m glad they are back with their Pre-parties. I miss these!
Hey All!! Stuart Brazell has written to us asking for questions for what you’d like to know on former Dancing With The Stars pro Nick Kosovich. Dance Junkies plans to film a new interview with Nick TODAY. So, get your questions in as soon as you can and we’ll be sure they receive them.
The Dance Junkies interviews are always special since many of them ask questions directly from the fans. If you’ve never seen a Dance Junkies interview, you can do so here and also get caught up with their latest interviews one of which includes Dancing With The Stars Emma Slater and more.
Ok, see you all in the comments section where I’ll leave my questions!! Also, enjoy these “blast from the past” performances which might even inspire a question or two?
Just a little heads up on Week 2′s Dancing With The Stars After Party!! According to Elena Grinenko of Grinya Talent, one of this week’s guests is award winning, ballroom expert Nick Kosovich who will help critique the dances. Below is more information on Nick at Wikipedia. As you might remember, Nick was partnered with Tatum O’Neal in Season 2 and Vivica A. Fox in Season 3 of Dancing With The Stars. I didn’t realize Nick was also in one of my favorite dance movies “Shall We Dance” starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
Nick Kosovich is a professional ballroom dancer specializing in American Smooth and International Ten Dance. Kosovich resides in Los Angeles. He is currently appearing in the “Second Dance World Championship” (Dance for a Dream)in Mexico City for the “Televisa” Company. He is the representing Judge for team USA. He retired from competition dancing in 2005, however he has achieved many awards in his career. An internationally respected figure in the Ballroom world, Kosovich competed for 36 years. He competed in seven Professional World Championship events, won the United States American Smooth Championships and finished second in the 2004/2005 World Classic Showdance Championships.
Kosovich has appeared in movies, includingShall We Danc and also inEveryone Says I Love Yo, Blue in the Face’ and ‘Only with You, Mango Tango’. He has also appeared on numerous TV network shows. Kosovich partnered with actress Tatum O’Neal in Season 2 of Dancing with the Stars. They were the second couple voted off, coming in 9th place. In Season 3, he was partnered with actress Vivica A. Fox until their elimination in the 4th week. He is an Emmy nominated choreographer, for his work on DWTS, recently choreographing for Dance Your Ass Off season 1 and 2.
This should be a fun After Party after the show Monday night. Be sure you are following @GrinyaTalent at twitter for continual notices and updates. You can follow Nick at @smoothchamp.
Finally, the interview many of us have been waiting for…Elena Grinenko and Rib Hillis of Dance Junkies TV interviews Sasha Farber!! He answers a few of our questions too from Pure Dancing With The Stars. What a fun and fascinating guy!! I love the bit about his schooling and when he talks about Australia. LOL to him doing everything his Mom told him NOT to do. Thanks Rib and Elena!!! Stuart too. I know you are out there too on this somehow.
If you’ve missed any of the earlier Dance Junkies TV interviews, be sure you see them all HERE.
Aren’t these photos above cool of former Dancing With The Stars pro Elena Grinenko and troupe member Daria Chesnakova (click on them to see them in their full size)? It’s fun seeing Elena all dressed up again to dance and I love and miss Daria *sigh*. The two dancers along with pros Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy united together in New York City this past week to shoot an OmegaXL informercial at Dance With Me Studios. You can view 18 new photos of them at Dance Junkies TV Facebook.
Also currently shooting a commercial is Dancing With The Stars pro Maks Chmerkovskiy. I’m not sure what for (if any of you know more, be sure to let us know), but, below is a picture his manager @LizzieGrubman tweeted of Maks in Toronto, Canada. Nice and full of class!! Maybe it’s for a car commercial?