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DWTS Season 4, Weeks 1 and 2 -The Cheesecake Awards (Retrospective??)

So, is it a retrospective when it’s a re-airing years later ?? I’m going with yes 🙂  As I mentioned in an earlier post, we can’t promise that we will do these every week, and we can’t promise they will be as long as the regular Cheesecake Awards…but we can promise that we will try to be our obnoxious selves. 🙂  On with the show…

The Bad Acid Trip Award: The old “kaleidescope” opening credits

Courtney: Soooooo glad they got rid of that cheesy nightmare – damn near gave me a grand mal seizure.

Heidi: I think I may have actually had a seizure every time it was on because I’m lacking in recall.

The “Trying Too Hard” Award: Brian Fortuna

Courtney:  Admittedly, I actually missed a good deal of this season when it was originally airing, since I was still in college, working, and too broke for TiVo 😛 But what really struck me is that Brian (who I had all but forgotten about until that opening pro number in week 1) was just…too much.  The dude seemed like he was trying waaaayyyy too hard to make an impact and carve out a niche for himself on the show.  The face pulling, the exaggerated dance moves, the overgelled hair, the jewelry – just…no, dude.  He was like young Derek and Mark lite – but not as talented.  And quite possibly the best part of watching these old episodes years later? You already know that he ain’t going to be around for very long – kinda makes me wish I had a tin can phone system that could reach the past and tell him “Dude, you may as well dial it back about 5 notches…you’re not gonna be around much longer, anyway.  Don’t strain yourself.” 😛

Heidi: The thing that got me is what still gets me with Mark sometimes. The SMILE. Jesus dude. Almost constant, fake looking, very big smile.  Mark has that same glazed look from time to time where he would habitually have a smile on his face but it doesn’t seem to reach his eyes or he’s not really feeling it. It’s like perma-face or something. Hard to explain.  Brian does kinda look like Derek’s younger, squirrely, annoying brother.  The less attractive brother. But everyone knows that to be a Hough you have to have blond hair and blue eyes. 🙂  Freakishly strong genes in that family.

Courtney: Brian could be the weird cousin of the Hough family.  Kinda like cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch…never did quite understand his purpose. Read more..

January 27, 2012 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. :-)

Our Dancing With The Stars Pros Celebrate The New Year (Photos)

Twitter is alive with some cool photos of our pros celebrating the new year! First of all, check out Julianne and Derek Hough celebrating at Times Square in New York last night. Be sure to see more pics at Pure Derek Hough. Derek is all smiles and looking happy! I love when he wears these cool leather bombers! So cute! 🙂

Below is Maks and Val sexy and crazy as usual bringing in the New Year where ever they are located (somewhere in the Caribbean?);

Karina and company look like they were all in fine form and happy at her Joonbug Party in New York City. Below is one pic. More at Zimbio including some with Season 12 partner Ralph Macchio. Isn’t her dress gorgeous? Be sure to tweet her a Happy Birthday tomorrow.

We can’t forget about Kym and Cheryl beautiful as always as well. They are bringing in the new year in Australia.

Read more..

January 1, 2012 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Nancy Grace’s Dancing Special From Dance With Me Studios Part 2 (Full Video)

In case you missed Part 2 of Nancy Grace’s “Dancing Special” last night on her show, here it is in full special thanks to Grinya’s Entertainment.


Happy New Year's From 'Dance With Me' Studios -… by GrinyasEntertainment

What do you think? I thought Part 2 was better than Part 1. I loved how they spotlighted the little dancers! They were so good. I loved how they included the full cast of this past season in it in some way, not just the dancers present at Dance With Me Studios with Nancy! I also loved Val playing his violin (and the retrospective with Mark Ballas) and the kiss on Nancy’s cheek from Maks after they danced (they would have made a cool couple to watch last season like he and Kirstie). Great show!!

And again, if you missed Part 1, be sure to see it here.

Great shows!! I hope Nancy will continue to cover Dancing With The Stars in the future. I’d love to see more TV coverage of what goes on at Dance With Me Studio’s as well. Fascinating!!

December 31, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Pure Dancing With The Stars – Just a Couple Of Reminders & A Future Note

Just a couple of reminders! Don’t forget to watch the Nancy Grace Show on the HLN network at 8:00pm ET for Part 2 of her “Dancing Special” tonight. If you missed Part 1, be sure to see it here. It was a gas and I’m betting tonight will be too! If nothing else, it’s great for those suffering from DWTS withdrawals. 😯 Nancy tweeted that the show will have “Child dance phenoms” as well….

Also, Dancing With The Stars Champ J.R. Martinez is the Grand Marshal of the 123rd Tournament Of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. If interested, you’ll be able to watch the parade go down LIVE on ABC and NBC at 11:00am ET on Monday, January 2nd. If you’d like to watch it commercial free and in 3D, you’ll be able to view it on the HGTV channel at the same time. In the meantime, TV Guide has a little interview with J.R. where he talks on the honor of doing it and why (his answer might shock you. lol). He also mentions Dancing With The Stars and his future plans in acting.

On a future note and if you live or would like to travel to New York, Mark Ballas is giving a one night concert at The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY on January 27th at 8:00pm. You can read more about the concert at Playbill as well as how you can obtain tickets.

December 30, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS A New Promo For Part 2 Nancy Grace Dancing Special (Video)

Nancy Grace has a new promo for Part 2 of her Dancing Special. Enjoy and don’t forget Part 2 will be aired Friday night on the Nancy Grace Show on HLN at 8:00pm ET.

If you haven’t seen Part 1, you can do so here. It’s fun. I loved it.

December 27, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Nancy Grace Dancing Special, Christmas At Dance With Me Studios (Full Video)

Hey All!!! How did your Christmas go? We hope it was fantastic!! 😉 Also, if you happened to miss the Nancy Grace Dancing Special Friday night, you can watch it in full below. Mark your calendars if interested. Part 2 will be shown this upcoming Friday night on Nancy’s show on HLN at 8:00pm ET.


Christmas At 'Dance With Me' Studios – SOHO by GrinyasEntertainment

Special thanks to Grinya’s Entertainment for the video above. Be sure to watch that channel closely. Elena Grinenko posts some cool things if you love dancing and her work.

Also, for those Nancy and Tristan fans out there, be sure to see this if you haven’t yet….

December 26, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Former DWTS Pro Elena Grinenko Choreographs For The World’s Top Ice Dancing Pairs

Did you know dance pro Elena Grinenko has been helping some ice dancing Olympic hopefuls? She is!!

As most of you know, Elena is Tony Dovolani’s former dance partner when they were competing. She was also a pro for Dancing With The Stars in Seasons 3 and 4. Since that time, she’s helped on the side lines with the show. She’s also helped Dance With Me Studios. She also has her own talent and booking agency called Grinya’s Entertainment where she helps people achieve and find their goals in the Performing Arts for whatever they may be. One such couple she’s been recently helping is ice dancing and reigning World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

You may remember this skating team from the 2010 Olympics where they won a Silver medal. Well, the two are very much still competing to keep their American and “World” titles and working harder than ever to win a Gold medal come 2014. In doing so, they’ve asked Elena to help choreograph their dances which have been stunning audiences since last summer. Elena has also been helping to choreograph dances for ice dancing pairs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. Below is a little take explaining what the experience has been like for Elena. You can read even more on it at Ice Network.

The first time she went to Detroit, she worked with Davis and White focusing on choreography for their Latin short dance. They hadn’t yet chosen their music, so they played with different pieces of music before putting the whole program together.

During the trip, she met Marina Zoueva. Shortly after Grinenko returned home to Los Angeles, Zoueva called and asked her come back and work with some of the other teams. Before accepting, Grinenko made sure that was alright with Davis and White, who gave her the okay. On her second visit to Detroit, she worked with all of Shpilband and Zoueva’s teams. She’s since been back for a third visit.

“It’s very exciting and it’s amazing how your work can transfer to ice,” Grinenko says. “It’s actually even more amazing to see certain things they can do on ice way better than they do it on the floor.”

So far, the experience has been a thrill for Grinenko, who grew up in Moscow (she became a U.S. citizen in 2008) and watched a great deal of figure skating on television with her mother. She intently watched the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on TV, and when she was doing research on the couples she’d be working with, she realized how much she’d enjoyed their Olympic performances.

Although she worked with all the couples on the dance floor, much of the actual choreography was done right on the ice. Rather than mapping out a program only to find out certain moves weren’t viable, they took the creative process onto the rink.

“It’s faster to digest what is working and what is not,” Grinenko says. “I’ve taught since I [was] 15 years old, and I have a very good sense of what’s working and what’s not. I thought it would be actually a harder transition for me to try to do it on ice and see what works and what doesn’t, but it went pretty smoothly.”

For Davis and White, she even choreographed hand gestures to go with the required steps in the compulsory rumba to make it more authentic.

“Obviously, we did completely different steps when it’s allowed to do it,” Grinenko says. “When we touched rumba part, it was pretty much all about upper body.

“They’re such amazing athletes,” she adds. “They pick up on it so quick. It was very exciting to see how fast they catch onto it. Pretty amazing.

Below is Meryl Davis and Charlie White November 29th at “Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular”. You can view more here. As a dancing and ice skating fan, I’ve got my eye on these two. Good luck Elena!


Meryl Davis & Charlie White – Progressive… by GrinyasEntertainment

For those interested, here is a TV Schedule of the ice skating events taking place in the next couple of months where you can watch these couples and other ice skaters dance.

December 2, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dance With Me USA’s Fall Fantasy Showcase & The Massey Boys At The Roxy

We’ve got a lot to report to you today and some things that require your fun participation like always 😉 ,but, for now, let’s start out the morning with some music from Dancing With The Stars Season 11 2nd place winner, Kyle Massey, and his brother Chris performing their first single at the Roxy in L.A. last night. Val Chmerkovskiy was also there to share the mic according to his twitter.

That’s not all in fun entertainment that’s currently taking place with our former and current cast of Dancing With The Stars. On Oct. 30th Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Kirstie Alley, Daria Chesnokova, and Elena Grinenko are to take part in Dance With Me USA’s Fall Fantasy Showcase which can you read more on and get ticket information on here (Oh, if only I lived a little closer).

Note: Story has been edited to make corrections.

October 27, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Maksim Chmerkovskiy Films Ukrainian Game Show And Opens Dance Studio In Los Angeles

Maks and his brother Val seem to be just as popular in the Ukraine as the United States or maybe even more so? Currently, they are helping to film a Ukrainian TV game show called “The Cube.” Maks’ role is being described as “organic” and “entertaining” and of course, the women are loving him. Below is a take from Kiev Media which explains more (note: it’s hard to understand since it’s been translated). There are more fun pictures like the one above at the link.

My friend, being in the crowd of the project, shared her impressions of, and along with photographs from the memory of the project. According to her, Maxim in a new role is very organic. Hollywood smile evoked strong interest from women. Maxim get used to the new role, trying to entertain the audience.

The first party, “Cuba” was a zealous fan of “Bach”. The girl did not lose the gift of time and tried to flirt with the attractive leader. But, alas, to no avail. It seemed not to notice her Chmerkovskiy subtle hints, and insisted that to start the game.

My acquaintance is so fascinated by Maxim that she think of anything more I could not. On Monday I’m going to explore myself and tell you everything.

No word yet when the two will be flying home, but, I imagine very soon because Maks will soon be starting the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Also, he and Tony have recently opened their new “Dance With Me Los Angeles Studio” in West Hollywood, CA. Tony’s former professional partner, Elena Grinenko, has also recently teamed up to help them. You can read all about it in a new Grinya’s Entertainment newsletter >>>>>>HERE (what I wouldn’t give to take a few lessons at this studio sometime. 🙂 )

August 7, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Pure DWTS – Ballroom Superstars Camp and Ballroom With A Twist Candy

As reported earlier, “Ballroom With A Twist” is currently receiving some fantastic reviews and here’s yet another from LA Weekly.

One of Dancing With The Stars’ professional dancers, Louis Van Amstel, stages his own show after an illustrious 20-year career as a performer and competitive dancer. His fluidly staged, marvelously high-caliber entertainment (with a couple of also-ran American Idol singers (Gina Glocksen and David Hernandez) thrown into the mix, moves seamlessly from fast numbers to slow ballads, from dance to song and back again. Athletic bodies draped with Randall Designs’ gorgeous costumes cavort through Van Amstel’s well-orchestrated spectacle, which also celebrates diversity with its casting of various races and body shapes. Van Amstel hosts the evening, assisted by hilarious comedienne Niecy Nash (his partner from the most recent season of DWTS). She brings welcome humor when not tearing up the dance floor. The costumes are figure-hugging sexy, flowing and dazzling (with rhinestones) as well as casual and relaxed for some of the modern dance numbers. Van Amstel’s exceptional choreography feels liberated from the constraints and repetition of competitive ballroom regulations. Salsa, Paso Doble, Jitterbug, Quickstep, Waltz and Argentine Tango – Van Amstel name-checks every dance style, yet pairs each number with everything from slow ballad duets to clubby dance mixes of classic and contemporary tunes — something for everyone.

Mitsy Gaynor hosted the show on January 20th. She posted some fun photos of the night at her facebook account which you can see one photo below. Be sure to see more at the link.

Anna and Jonathan were interviewed by Ballroom Fantasy on “Ballroom With A Twist” and all of their past, current, and future projects (including personally). This is a great interview. They are so cute! I can’t embed the video. So be sure to see it >>>HERE.
I’m loving the costumes. Randall Christensen has done a good job for this show and I like his work on Dancing With The Stars for the most part too. Rachael Ray has been really critical of his work on her show. So much so, Randall sent her a letter and she apologized which you can see in the video below.

In other Ballroom news, next weekend the first Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp will take place at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Feb. 4-6th. You can take classes with your favorite pros from Dancing With The Stars. Details below with pricing and more information at Dancing and Romancing.

On Friday, the dance scene will be hot and sexy with salsa classes with Paul Barris, cha cha with Dmitry Chaplin or Elena Grinenko and rumba witih Tony Dovolani. That will get you prepared for the salsa part that evening with Angel Lebron y su Sabor Latino.

Saturday, there will be more Latin dances (samba with Dmitry Chaplin, rumba with Corky Ballas, paso doble with Tony Dovolani and tango with Elena Grinenko). Chelsie Hightower will be giving waltz lessons, and Nick Kosovich will be teaching foxtrot and Vienesse waltz. For those who want something daring, there is a lift class and a spin, dip and variation class.

Saturday evening, there will be a dinner show and party with Dovolani, Hightower, Chaplin and Cheryl Burke performing. On Sunday, it’s West Coast swing, Cuban motion, Argentine tango, Lindy hop, jive (with Kym Johnson), Bolero and East Coast swing. As you can imagine, Sunday night is a swing party! As we reported earlier, private dance lessons with Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke have already sold out. Corky Ballas, who trained Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Julianne Hough has one slot left!

January 29, 2011 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.