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PureDWTS 17 Week 9 Guest Poem: “Traversing The Trio Dance-Landscape”!

Some people are so creative and that is PureDWTS guest poet Lois!!! Below is her new poem for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 9!!

TRAVERSING THE TRIO DANCE-SCAPE!

The ballroom was a’flutter, the dancers holding on to each other tight
TRAVERSING THE TRIO DANCE-SCAPE, a popular twist for the night

Each trio was unique, their dances filled with much excitement galore
TRAVERSING THE TRIO DANCE-SCAPE, many surprises were in store

Corbin, Karina, and Witney were all Jazzed up with dramatic flying feet
Their trio dance deemed perfection, they accomplished a daring feat

Gleb, Liz, and Val were colorful, dancing to a flashy, classy Salsa beat
Their moves were dashing, they were smashing, with snap happy feet

Mark, Derek, and Amber created a Salsa filled with razzle-dazzle fun
Flying across the floor, she, in yellow, shining like a ball of fiery sun

Jack, Cheryl, and Sharna a wild, jungle saga making Tarzan proud
Like Tony the Tiger, flouncing, bouncing, it stirred the ballroom crowd

Peta, Bill, and Emma mixed up a Salsa with gals, confections in pink
It was a candy-licious, dandy-licious, “store”house, don’t ya all think

Leah, Tony, and Henry made a parody of the judges, an energetic jive
Bruno, Carrie Ann, and Len loved their imitations, gave a high five

TRAVERSING THE TRIO DANCE-SCAPE, everyone gave many cheers
Wouldn’t we love to see this style of dance for many, many more years

Corbin and Karina Waltzed with elegance, exquisite lines were flowing
Jack and Cheryl Waltzed, gliding beautifully as if they were glowing

Tony and Leah displayed an Argentine Tango with fierce dancing feet
She shone in a brilliant, ruby red dress, so beautiful, sharp and neat

Derek, Amber’s Quickstep, drumming to a dance band beat just right
Val, Liz performing a marriage, a Viennese Waltz, she in gown of white

Bill, Emma hung out their Charleston fun, filling the basket with the beat
Dancing across the floor, it was a yak-yakkity, a happity ballroom treat

Who would have to say good-bye to their ballroom family and friends
Val and Elizabeth were announced, it was sad their dancing time ends

TRAVERSING THE TRIO DANCE-SCAPE, the night in the memory book
Next week, Week Ten, we will return to the ballroom for another look!

Written By Lois A Troutman, November 13, 2013

TRAVERSING THE TRIO DANCE-SCAPE, it was a spectacular night!
The ballroom shook with applause, it was a DANCE-SCAPE of delight!

November 13, 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.

Afterbuzz TV, Tony Dovolani, And Henry Byalikov Weigh In On DWTS17 Week 9

Greetings All!! Below is the new Afterbuzz TV broadcast. This time Tony Dovolani and Henry Byalikov help them review Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Week 9. Henry does a good job, but, I’m having a really hard time with Tony this week…the conceit is off the charts, but, maybe it’s just me? Let us know what you think in comments!!

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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, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Just a quick side note before I break down last night’s show: after perusing Facebook & Instagram last night and witnessing some of the irrational and illogical outrage from some viewers following Liz’s elimination (and Bill’s continued presence), I have to say – I’m so grateful for our intelligent, logical, and rational readers here at Pure :-) Consider this an early addition to my “things that I am thankful for” list that my family usually recites when we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner – I am thankful for the fact that our readers understand how this show works, and their level of intellectual maturity prevents them from shooting their mouths off and making utter and complete fools of themselves on social media because they have no control over their knee-jerk emotional impulses.  So from me to you guys – thank you for not making me bang my head against a wall in frustration :-) The level of stupid on Facebook & Instagram…it hurts…

…moving right along, there was some definite iffy scoring last night, and the judges seemed to be trying like hell to shield both Liz and Leah…although the former seemed to be beyond help, as she got sent home.  Can’t say that any of us were terribly surprised by it – we’ve been saying since before the show started that Liz seems to have a problem connecting to the viewing audience, and her lack of relevance in recent years might have contributed to her struggle for votes.  I also wonder if her bizarre (and kinda self-indulgent…) jazz routine last week contributed to her downfall – I saw a few remarks about how her demand to change the song at the last minute seemed a little “diva-ish”.  Plus that dance was just really a stinker. She had an ok-to-decent night last night – her Viennese waltz, while a bit overwrought with emotion, was actually pretty nice to watch; thought the choreography for her salsa trio was a bit odd (what was with that “cradling the baby” move they all three were doing for what seemed like a long ass time???) and there were a few timing issues (which, of course, the judges conveniently missed), but was overall a relatively decent effort for the trio round.  But in the end – she just didn’t get the votes, just like Christina, Snooki, & Brant.  Sh*t happens, kids. 

1.) Corbin & Karina – Corbin finally seemed to regain his stride this week with two good dances.  I thought he may have gotten nitpicked to death on his waltz (then again, just about everyone did the first round, except the golden girl, Leah), as I found it to be near-flawless – even Mama Spence remarked that he seems to really “get” the concept of rise and fall, and does it without even thinking.  Thought they got a bit shafted with their song choice – “Apologize”? Which has been used as a rumba several times on this show? So what are they doing now – just picking random non-dance-appropriate songs and saying “Hey Harold, can you tweak the arrangement of this one so it’s a waltz?” Reminds me of a CD I had back when I first started doing ballroom that had “My Heart Will Go On” rearranged as all the different dances – there was even a paso doble version! But anyway.  I think they owned the trio round, by far – I thought their jazz trio was the most interesting and engaging to watch, and was the only trio where the celeb really seemed to dominate.  I had to chuckle to myself as I was watching, as I had heard a lot of complaints about them picking Witney – apparently some think she “steals the show” – but I barely even noticed Witney this time, because Corbin was just owning the whole damn thing.  I barely noticed Karina, either – but since the whole point of the trio is to showcase the celeb, I think they succeeded.  Barring any nitpicking-to-death by the judges next week (and who knows what those knuckleheads are going to do), I think he ought to be headed to the finale. 

2.) Amber & Derek – I kinda feel bad for Amber, because I feel like her knee injury is really starting to limit her movement – she’s doing the best she can, no doubt, but I’m really starting to notice how she has to baby her knees while dancing.  Thought her quickstep was cute and she sold it well (as she does with every dance, every week), but she seemed to move really, really tiny and cautious during the stationary sections, and because she was moving so gingerly, she seemed to get a little off-time and off-kilter.  And in a routine that was that short – I think she probably needed to really make a splash.  Still thought the judges nitpicked her to death, though – and the fact that she 3 points less than Leah, who has moved itty-bitty each & every week? Ridiculous. I enjoyed her trio – it was cute, and I think the choreography was clever in that it was fun to watch while still keeping Amber relatively stationary.  Could it have used a little more hip action? Sure.  But I also think Liz’s salsa trio was totally off-time (which is an even bigger offense in my mind) and she still managed to get a 30…so why saddle Amber with a 27? I’m guessing the judges are trying to make things look like a tight race headed towards the semifinals and finals, so they’re really nitpicking to death the couples that stand the best chance of advancing…and they’re babying the ones that aren’t so likely to do so. 

3.) Leah & Tony – *gritting teeth* I can’t believe these two knuckleheads are still here, let alone that I have them this high on the list – but with each week that passes and Leah gets coddled by the judges for non-event dances, the more I’m convinced that they’ve decided that they need her in the finale.  Seriously, no other couple last night got as babied as these two – everyone else either got nitpicked to death (Corbin, Amber, Jack) or totally hosed (Bill), and Leah got a tongue bath a cushy scores once more.  That tango had so little impact, at one point Mama Spence looked over at me and said “Wait…what dance are they doing again?” It was that “small” and soft that she could not even figure out what dance it was supposed to be.  And then that trio – I’m sure Tony just thought he was the most clever & innovative choregrapher ever for coming up with that nonsense.  But herein lies the fishy part: do you think any of the couples would be ballsy enough to poke fun at the judges…unless they knew they were safe? Just food for thought.  If it were me, just knowing how petty the judges can be (Carrie Ann in particular), I wouldn’t have chanced it.  But anyway – once again, Leah barely moves, and her kicks & flicks looked more like what I do to nudge the cat away from food that has dropped on the floor than it did proper jive technique.  Tony & Henry did all the heavy lifting, and Leah just stood there, barely moving, and looking smug…likely because she knew she wasn’t gonna get called out for anything.  I’ve been saying it for weeks, but I’ll say it again: Leah needs to get gone…like yesterday.  But now I’m legitimately worried that they’ve decided to coddle her all the way into the finale, and that she stands a decent chance of ousting one of the two frontrunners (Corbin & Amber) for 2nd place.  Blech.

4/5.) TIE: Jack & Cheryl and Bill & Emma – Both couples gave a valiant effort last night, but I worry that they simply don’t fit into the judges’ “dream finale” and thus will probably get hosed next week. Which sucks, because I’d rather see either of these two over Leah, ANY DAY.  Jack seemed to own the ballroom round, and has really hit a nice stride heading into these last few weeks – really extends his arms, has a great sense of timing, and nails the rise and fall.  Just lovely to watch.  Thought he & Cheryl’s samba trio with Sharna was cute & funny – and the best they could have done given that they got one of the hardest dances to do a  trio with.  Going the comedy route was probably a wise choice – sure, there could have been more hip action, and maybe he got a little bit off-time, but I was still smiling as I watched it :-) God bless Bill & Emma – they know they’re going to get hosed pretty much every week, but they still go out there and give it their all, and make it fun to watch nonetheless.  Thought the Charleston had a cute theme and Bill did the best he could with it – but really, Charleston is one of those dances I really can’t judge anyone too harshly on, because it’s not exactly easy to pick up and there’s not a whole lot to it.  I’d just assume get rid of it completely on the show, but you know that won’t happen.  Loved the trio with Peta for it’s ridiculous train-wreck appeal – that song was absolute crap, and the dance they had to do to it was absolute crap…so they gave the judges absolute, trippy, hiliarous crap :-) It was self-acknowledgingly bad – all three of them knew it, and were in on the joke.  I think that was part of the appeal – the Katy Perry-esque costumes for the girls, and Bill in all his Willy Wonka’d glory.  It was AWESOMELY bad :-) I think it’s quite obvious which of these two the judges want gone (Bill) and who they want to stay (Jack) – but next week, who’s gonna have the votes to pull them through to the finale? I think Bill has proven he’s got some decent voting leverage (enough to negate the hosing from the judges), but will it be enough to get back the points Jack will likely get from the judges? Will either of them have the juice to oust Leah? Time will tell, I guess…

So what did you guys think of last night’s show? Where do you think the couples stand headed into the semifinals?

November 12, 2013 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

PureDWTS Season 17 Week 9 Media After The Dance, Dances Revealed For The Semi-Finals

Let’s get straight to the interviews and media after the show last night with Afterbuzz, On The Red Carpet, and Access Hollywood. JC Rubio from Afterbuzz asks the couples some fun questions from the fans. Between he and George Pennacchio we find out most of the dances for Semi-Finals next week. Note how Derek Hough and Amber Riley have a V. Waltz and a Jazz. Karina Smirnoff and Corbin Bleu have a Tango and a Rumba (to the same song). Tony Dovolani and Leah Remini have a Paso Doble and the Argentine Tango. Bill Engvall and Emma Slater have a Cha Cha and an Argentine Tango.

Also, Kellie Pickler is interviewed about her thoughts on Dancing With The Stars last night as well and how she will be performing at the finale. As always, be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for more media with Derek and Amber as not all of their new interviews are included below.

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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.

DWTS17 Week 9 Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy Elimination Interviews

What a crazy night! Like in previous weeks, I was shocked and saddened with the elimination. It just doesn’t seem right that another better dancer goes home especially when Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy had such great dances last night. I thought for sure they’d make the final. Anyway, here they are after the show talking all about it with On The Red Carpet, Access Hollywood, and Afterbuzz for starters….

More later with these two. Stay tuned!

ETA: You can watch Val and Elizabeth on Good Morning America below. Also, be sure to watch this link as The View should be posting their new interview with them in their new episode a little later.

ETA2: People interviewed them too. Below is a little take….

“I felt a little sucker punch because I was excited about next week,” Berkley, 41, told PEOPLE backstage after bidding adieu to the ballroom. “I just feel, like, cut short a little bit – not that I feel entitled by any means. I just felt excited and grateful, that’s all. Don’t be sad that it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Lowest scoring contestant Bill Engvall was once again saved from jeopardy with partner Emma Slater.

“When I heard it was me and Bill [in the bottom two], I knew I was gone,” Berkley’s partner Val Chmerkovskiy told reporters with a laugh. “No, I didn’t think anything, to be honest. I don’t think about anything during the results. I’m not nervous, I’m not anxious, I’m not super thrilled. I’m just [wondering] where my hard work has gotten [me]. I work my a– off. She works her a– off every week, every day. If it’s time for us to go, then it’s time for us to go. I really have nothing to say.”

Also, E Online interviewed some of the cast on their elimination. Derek and Amber had this to say….

Dancing extraordinaire Derek Hough vents, “[Elizabeth] did an amazing job tonight, and was praised for being just such an amazing dancer but I think this season has been the most shocking eliminations, there have been several.” Amber Riley’s professional partner says he blames the new voting system for season 17′s inconsistent eliminations. “I think it’s the new system that the votes from last week count for this week and it makes it more unpredictable and it’s crazy.”

Amber echoes her partner’s thoughts saying that she is going to miss “so many things” about Elizabeth being in the competition. “She’s just such a great person to talk to like if you get frustrated she always has something positive to say is a great hugger. She’s a light in rehearsal and I really really really love her.” Derek adds, “She is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. When you see her she just give you love and energy and like she said is just a pure light so I’m sad to see her go.” We are too!

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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.

DWTS Season 17, Week 9 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

I really have no words.  Leah getting 9′s on the first dance I could over look, but that Jive?? This show has gone to hell.

In what universe is she scoring only a point lower than Corbin and higher than Amber.

That’s all I got. Oh, and Kellie looks great. :-)

Discuss.

SPOILER ALERT!!

Okay, so the two in jeopardy were Bill and Liz…and Liz went home.

When are these people going to learn??  Leah’s dances were clearly sub par tonight, but they felt they just HAD to try (again) to get rid of Bill and protect her (Leah) with high scores. Really, her scores were the only ones out of line tonight, IMO. MAYBE, if they had scored her appropriately, she would be gone and Liz would still be there. Kinda hard to tell with all the elevated scores getting thrown around.

JUST WATCH THEM DANCE THEN GIVE THEM SCORES BASED ON THE DANCE. Or at the very least, start scoring them all on the Derek scale of “too much frippery, not enough content.”

November 11, 2013 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. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 9 – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

The week of two individual dances, one of which will be a trio. Here’s where we can tell the men from the boys. ;-)

Derek and Amber
Quickstep – Dancing 1st
Salsa Trio with Mark Ballas
Voting # 1-800-868-3407

Corbin and Karina
Waltz
Jazz Trio with Whitney Carson
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Leah and Tony
Argentine Tango
Jive Trio with Henry Byalikov
Voting # 1-800-868-3411

Jack and Cheryl
Waltz – Dancing 4th
Samba Trio with Sharna Burgess - Dancing 8th
Voting # 1-800-868-3402

Bill and Emma
Charleston – Dancing 5th
Salsa Trio with Peta Murgatroyd
Voting # 1-800-868-3409

Elizabeth and Val
V. Waltz – Dancing 6th
Salsa Trio with Gleb Savchenko – Dancing 12th
Voting # 1-800-868-3405

Guess Derek (and Tony and Henry) got bored and decided to teach the crew to dance. :-)

Weirdness

November 10, 2013 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 17, Week 8 – Dancing by the Numbers

Examples of why immunity may not be a good thing:

  1. Will average fans GET that Amber still needs votes?
  2. After having a solid 3 point lead in the cumulative score, Amber is now tied with Corbin IF they include the dance offs (and marathons) in the cumulative total. They shouldn’t, but…

I think the coming week could be a dangerous one for Amber, but I guess we’ll have to hope that fans are smarter than some on the net clearly believe they are. No names. :-)

I’ve seen quite a few comments about Leah getting propped by the judges – dudes, they fired a shot across her bow the other night by giving her two 8s. That ain’t propped. I think (hope) it was a sign of things to come. I’ve also seen speculation that her scores are meant to justify her place in the finale based on votes. This is a theory that I often toy with and have seen in action. If they were going to do that, though, I don’t think she would have gotten 8s last Monday night at all.  This coming week will be an indication if they’re going to start playing that game. If Bill’s scores suddenly improve? There you go. He may be finale bound. However, another theory I toy with every season is their lulling the audience into a position where an elimination becomes “shocking” – their treatment of Bill Monday night may just qualify for that, as could Amber winning immunity. I guess we have to wait and see, but you heard it here first.  :-)  It worked on me, after all. I had been calling Brant a possible early exit early in the season, but they lulled me out of it.

Anyway, what exactly happened last Monday night? Well, Liz proved that someone is, indeed, voting for her. She was 3 points lower than Brant and covered the spread. They didn’t even put her in danger – that was Jack’s honor. Of course, with the way everything went down with Bill being immediately safe (so immediate that it was on the teleprompter, which means they knew before he danced, I think), I have to believe that no one was voting for Brant. You could argue that such a massive number of people were voting for Bill they just knew – but Liz covering the spread is an interesting little factoid to throw in there to make you wonder. If only one person is beating the spread it’s one thing, but for two of them to do it? Brant wasn’t getting votes, IMO. Liz is someone that I think is in dangerous territory and she better not be only 1 point away from Bill again next week. Could be trouble.  The tables below show where everyone ended up: Read more..

November 9, 2013 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. :-)

DWTS17 Las Vegas Odds For Week 9 – Do You Agree And Who Is The “Dark Horse”?

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. ~Moliere

Sports Bovada has posted their new odds for Dancing With The Stars Week 9. They continue to put Bill Engvall in last place with 100/1 odds which I don’t understand. He has proven the odds makers wrong every week thus far. Overall though, I think they’ve called it pretty close with an exception to Amber who I think should be in first. Also, Leah should be in last. I agree with their final four too (dance wise). Though how I’d love it if Bill made it to the finals instead of Elizabeth. I also think our “dark horse” might be Jack Osbourne. What do you think? Take a look at the new odds and then let’s see what Heidi and Court think. Be sure to let us know what you think too in comments.

Corbin Bleu 1/1
Amber Riley 11/10
Elizabeth Berkley 7/1
Jack Osbourne 25/1
Leah Remini 75/1
Bill Engvall 100/1

Below are last week’s odds:

Corbin Bleu 6/5
Amber Riley 5/4
Elizabeth Berkley 6/1
Brant Daugherty 16/1
Jack Osbourne 16/1
Leah Rimini 66/1
Bill Engvall 100/1

Heidi: Honestly, looking at those six names it feels like a toss up to me. And I feel like anyone could go home this week, including Corbin and Amber. At the end of the day, though, I expect the odds makers are pretty close. I might switch Leah and Bill. And maybe Jack and Liz – but maybe not. Everything depends on the judges scoring this week, and I think the judges scoring might give a hint as to what they want to see in the semi-finals, OR it will be an indicator of how the votes are actually going. Beats the hell out of me. I still think Corbin is going to win, even if Amber were to get healthy – I don’t see people voting to give Derek another trophy. I think he won last season because he and Kellie kicked ass in the freestyle and because he was robbed in the All Star Season. Unless the Gleeks are a much more massive and a voting power house than I think they are, I don’t see it happening. As someone with a younger audience, she might even be in trouble this week. As to who’s going home – ask me after I see the judges scores. :-) Whether you like it or not, they do have a significant impact.

Court: Not a whole lot to add – just hope the hammer drops on Leah so we’re spared the enormous ego trip we’re bound to see from her & Tony, should they make the finale. I think the judges being more critical of her last week is a good sign. Ditto for Liz, although I could see the judges being more likely to overscore her to ensure she sticks around. I think both Jack & Bill have the potential to be dark horses – Jack in terms of skill, and Bill in terms of popularity; but the judges are going to be more likely to back Jack and try to backdoor Bill.

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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.

Elizabeth Berkley Chats With Chelsea Handler About Dancing With The Stars (Video)

Last night, Elizabeth Berkley was a guest on Chelsea Lately! Elizabeth starts out the interview talking of how close she is to Leah Remini and how they go way back. Chelsea makes fun of Leah’s weight and wants her to go all the way so she can lose more weight (they are friends as we saw when they interviewed her in the audience one night). Elizabeth says she hasn’t danced in ages and is now reconnecting to it on Dancing With The Stars. More in detail below…that is if you can handle Chelsea (not a big fan to her).

November 8, 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.