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Sasha Farber Chats On The DWTS Live Tour, Dancing, And More (New Interview, Videos)

The Baltimore Sun interviewed Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber. They ask him how he became a dancer and being on Dancing With The Stars. He also answers a question on the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour and what people can expect if they go to the show. Read on….

What have you gained or learned from your experiences on the show?

I’ve learned a lot. You learn really quickly because once you get the celebrity [partner], you get to see someone transform right in front of your eyes into a different person, a different character. And as she becomes a better dancer, a better person, it’s just an amazing feeling. … And you get to share different stories with them through dance every week.

What do you like to do when you’re not dancing?

I’m a big movie watcher. I like to watch new and old movies and also just explore wherever we are. That’s my favorite part [of touring]. I never like to just kind of get to a city and just sleep or do absolutely nothing because, to me, that would be a waste of a day. And I like to research a lot, especially in dancing, because dancing evolves every day really so you need to stay on top of that.

What can people expect from the tour show in Baltimore?

We’ve made sure it’s exactly what the fans want. We’re doing some of the best numbers from last season. Alfonso [Ribeiro, who won the most recent season] is hosting. There’s some great, passionate numbers involved and watching what’s happened in the past cities, we’ve had standing ovations and the reviews have been amazing so Baltimore can expect a really, really good show.

More at the Baltimore Sun. And thanks to Sasha for some new videos. One video has the girls singing a new track for the tour in Nashville yesterday with Melissa Rycroft…

January 7, 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 With The Stars Winter 2015 Miscellaneous Photos Of Our Pros

Below are some cool photos of some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars from their twitter and instagram accounts. You can see them at sea on the Holland America Cruise, on the road with the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour, enjoying some vacation time, doing some modeling, or working out, etc.. I can’t get enough! Beautiful!!!

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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.

Janel Parrish Scheduled To Join DWTS Live Tour, New Val Chmerkovskiy Interview

If you go to TBO.com, you can read a new interview with Val Chmerkovskiy. He talks of Dancing With The Stars, his partners, and how he was disappointed in a 3rd place finish last season. He also talks on the showmance with his partner Janel Parrish and how people had the wrong impression of their relationship. He also talks a little on the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. Note that Season 19 partner Janel Parrish will join the tour when it gets to California.

Chmerkovskiy says his former partner Parrish is scheduled to join the tour when it gets to California. There were rumors that the two became an item during this 19th season and that Parrish had fallen for the charming Ukrainian-born dancer.

Chmerkovskiy’s previous partners include former “Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar, comic Sherri Shepherd, actress Kelly Monaco, actress Elizabeth Berkley, and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis.

“And I loved dancing with every one of them,” he says, adding that because Parrish was close to his age and they looked good together people got the wrong impression about what he calls “showmance” rather than romance.

“My commitment and dedication never change,” he says. “I was very proud of her. She was incredible, truly incredible. She was willing to work hard, and she was so beautiful. I literally have no regrets about the experience.”

He says he was disappointed in the third-place finish because he is so competitive. He has yet to be part of a winning team on “Dancing.” He also finished in third place with Kelly Monaco during “Dancing’s” all-star season.

Now focused on the tour, Chmerkovskiy has other career goals. He and his brother, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, own a chain of dance studios (Dance With Me) with locations in Connecticut, New York and near their New Jersey-area home. He says they want to expand the franchise to the West Coast. Since he was a child, he has played the violin and hopes to perform professionally one day. He also raps under the stage name of VC and has released one album.

He doesn’t know if he will be back for season 20 of “Dancing With the Stars” because ABC has yet to announce the cast.

“Right now, I am enjoying the tour without the pressure of being judged,” he says.

January 2, 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 With The Stars Mark Ballas Weighs In On The Tour, His DWTS Partners, And More

The Orlando Sentinel has a nice piece up with Mark Ballas. He talks about the Dancing With The Stars Live tour. He can’t say whether he’s returning for Dancing With The Stars for the 10th Anniversary, but, he has fun talking about all of his partners. Here’s more on the tour itself….

Ballas praises Ribeiro’s style. “He’s got a loud voice and a huge presence. He brings the show together,” he said.

During the tour, Ballas performs his songs, such as “Get My Name”; plays three numbers on guitar; and dances at least eight times.

“My goal is to entertain, not put my eggs in one basket,” Ballas said, noting that he choreographs and started in musical theater. “At some point I’d like to do a Broadway show. Music is a tremendous focus for me. I don’t want to succumb to the idea you can do only one thing.”

He writes or co-writes his songs: “It’s more personal when it’s coming from the artist’s heart.”

His album “Kicking Clouds” has drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but Ballas says his guitar style, with flamenco and blues techniques, gives his music a fresh, percussive style. His song “Miss Incredible” aims to celebrate and inspire women.

More at the Orlando Sentinel.

January 1, 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 With The Stars Live Tour Visits Children’s Health Care of Atlanta – Photos

What a moving and great way to end 2014! Today the cast of the Dancing With The Stars live Tour visited the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Below are some photos coming out courtesy of Emma Slater, Brittany Cherry, journalist AJCRodneyHo, Witney Carson, Brittany Cherry, Kym Johnson, and Sasha Farber. If you’d like to help contribute to this cause, visit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

ETA: Radio TV Talk covered this event today. To see a blog and lots of pictures, see this link. Here’s a video too…

December 31, 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 Live Tour Instagram And Video Collection

Happy New year, Everyone!!! How about a collection of instagram pictures and videos (six total) from the cast of the Dancing With The Star’s Live Tour? All of them have been posting on all of the fun they are having. I love the dance poses the best! Enjoy and if you don’t have tickets yet, be sure to do so at this link as more and more shows are selling out by the day.

ETA: Scroll below for more videos….

The Bosses of #DWTSlivetour @dancingabc

A video posted by kymjohnson1 (@kymjohnson1) on

And there is more…. Read more..

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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.

Rave Review Of The Dancing With The Stars Live Tour – The Niagara Falls Show

What a great review of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour from WYN Papers. They posted pictures as well as raved on the show. Here’s a little take…

Seeing the professional dancers in person, rather than through the lens of biased highlights on a television show, their personalities and skill became more apparent than ever before.

A crowd favorite for his fun personality and enchanting good looks both on and off screen, Chmerkovskiy swooped a female audience member off her feet during one of his musical numbers. He played up his role as “shirtless man candy” from the show and helped everyone to have a great time.

Three of the female professional dancers, including Carson and Johnson, also selected members of the audience to dance with. Three gentlemen from the VIP section of the showroom enjoyed the spotlight, shimmying with some of America’s favorite dancers to Christina Aguilera’s “But I am a Good Girl,” assuredly making the night unforgettable.

The first performance of the “DWTS” live tour was not predictable, making it even more special. Chmerkovskiy and some of the other performers surprised the audience by proving their expertise was not limited to dance. He played the violin alongside Ballas, the season 19 runner-up, who joined on guitar.

To conclude the night, a freestyle rendition of DJ Snake and Lil John’s “Turn Down For What” and Pitbull’s “Fireball” was led by Ribeiro and Carson. The entire professional dance cast joined them.

The modern beats, ornate costumes and unbelievable skill transformed the first stop on the tour into anything but your typical dance program.

To read more, see WYN Papers.

December 30, 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.

Mark Ballas Chats About Dancing With The Stars And The New Tour – New Interview

Hot Spot Magazine interviewed Mark Ballas about Dancing With The Stars. He talks of chemistry in dancing, why the show has lasted as long as it has, and more. Mark also chats about the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour for what fans can expect. More below at the link.

Please tell us a little bit about the show and what people can expect.

On the show, where you have a celebrity and a professional dancer dance together, you never really get the full effect that you’d see when you see two professionals dance together. This show is a very heavily professionally-danced show. You will really get to appreciate the movements, or what we like to call the “clarity and quality” of the dances. I’m excited to present the show live, too, so I think it’s going to shape up to be a great show.

We’re going to be having a celebrity host but for the most part it’s all about the professional dancers, and I’m excited to come to the cities down here and show everyone what we’re capable of doing when we’re paired with our professional colleagues.

What do some of your professional dancer colleagues bring to the tour that’s unique?

All of our dancers are very different and very powerful in their own ways. Val brings an amazing quality in his performance, a skilled technique and power. I feel like I bring a lot of character to my dances; they’re very expressive. Witney is a powerhouse; she brings a natural sexiness and beauty to her movements. When you see Emma dance, you feel like you know her. She has this amazing personality on and off the dance floor and I think that really shines through in her movements.

December 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.

HQ Photos Of The Premiere Of Dancing With The Stars Live Tour

Aren’t these pics just stunning of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour in Buffalo, New York? You can even more at Getty Images. Stay tuned. John will be sharing more soon from his private collection.

ETA: Entertainment Tonight has a nice feature on the tour 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.

Opening Night of DWTS Live Tour

DWTS Live Tour Opening
Tonight I had the unique opportunity to attend the first stop of the DWTS Live Tour. A lot of the details for who’s involved in the tour and the fact that Mark Ballas would be singing and playing his guitar along with Val playing the violin have already been talked about, so I won’t go into too much detail on that for now. Plus, this post will be a high level look at the show. Hopefully later I’ll have more time to post a full write up on the show. Not to mention, I’ve got a whole slew of great pictures from my good camera that I’ll upload in the future.

For now, I’ll share a few pictures and my general thoughts of the event. I thought the show was fantastic. The dances were awesome and Alfonso brought a great energy as the host. The transitions between dances, musical numbers, etc, could use some work (it was the first show) and by the end of the show I felt that Alfonso probably talked a bit too much, but the show was still incredibly entertaining with a light touch of a few dances from the show and an awesome mix of new dances.

That was my biggest complaint with the last DWTS tour. In the past tour, they had a lot of stars dancing and they mostly did routines from the show. To me that was really disappointing. I really just wanted to see the pros dance and I didn’t care to see routines from the show that I could watch all I want on YouTube. So, I think they really nailed the mix on this tour of almost all new routines and Alfonso only doing 3 routines (and 1 was incredibly short, but sweet). You had to know they’d also bring the Mandy Moore routine with all the DWTS ladies as well (see picture below).
DWTS Live Tour - Women's Number
As I mentioned, the transitions needed some help. I imagine they’ll get better as the tour progresses, but I think it also suffered from not having someone like Tabitha and Napoleon (They did the Move tour) who are the experts at transitions between routines. This wasn’t a huge problem though since the dancing and other performances were so good.

I do think they did a great job putting together an interesting stage. I’m always torn between the small stage that features the dancers so well, but limits some of the dances that require extra space and a huge ballroom that requires a huge mass of dancers to really play well. However, I’m definitely falling in love with the smaller stage even if it limits some of the dance possibilities. The setup has two stairways that they can put on either side or link together in the middle in a kind of grand staircase look. It definitely adds some depth to the show, but I wonder if the dancers would be able to do more with a staircase that was half as high. You’d still have the multiple levels, but would have more room on the floor to dance. Here’s a picture of the setup:
DWTS Live Tour Stage
The show did a really great job featuring the non DWTS dancers and many of the less famous DWTS pros as well. Emma was the highlight of the show for me for the ladies. She had a number of extraordinary numbers. Plus, she was as kind and sweet as she is on TV. However, Witney wins the award for most amazing costumes. She was definitely a star as well. Kym was a pretty big disappointment for me. I don’t think it was her fault, but for some reason she was given all the “sexy” numbers. It was like she was a playboy bunny with way too much prancing and not nearly enough dancing. It’s too bad since she’s such an extraordinary dancer. I wish they’d have given her some better choreography.

For the men, Mark and Val were definitely the most featured dancers. I think they gave the audience exactly what you’d expect from both of them. Whichever one you prefer, you won’t be disappointed and will likely see them as the star of the show. However, Sasha got a ton of featured dances as well. Paul was also a nice addition, especially for the contemporary dances.

The tour includes a number of group numbers and individual couple dances as you’d expect. However, a somewhat unexpected part was a Q&A session with the DWTS Pros (Mark, Val, Sasha, Keo, Emma, Witney, and Kym). Alfonso asked the questions and he brought it pretty strong for some of the questions. A few interesting insights (although, nothing too spectacular for hard core fans), but Alfonso brought up the showmance topic with Val and there was a pretty interesting reaction. Val was kind of tap dancing around the answer when Alfonso started to go to the next question. Val, literally stood up and said “He** no.” and then offered a more detailed answer. When he did that, someone from the audience yelled out about showmances for votes. Val addressed it head on and said that he didn’t fake a romance with his partner to get votes because he respected his relationship with his star, the show, and the dances. I’m sure that the Val lovers will see it as a sincere answer and the Val haters will see it as insincere.

One other question they asked was which of Mark Ballas’ partners was his favorite. He commented that he’d had 15 (amazing to think how many seasons he’s been on the show). Then, Mark said that Sadie, Kristi, Shawn and Chelsea were probably his 4 boos. However, in an incredibly hilarious moment, Alfonso then asked Keo which partner was his favorite. Luckily, the attendees seem very well versed in DWTS, so they got the humor of the moment.

Ok…one other question they asked. Sasha was asked his favorite moments on the show. He said being with Snooki, but then talked about all of the things he’s been on the show as part of the troupe. Then, Alfonso asked him, “What about the kiss with Derek Hough? That wasn’t your favorite?” Sasha hilariously responded, “It was simultaneously my favorite and least favorite moment on the show.” Oh yes, Val also comment on how his package appeared on the show (I really hope someone got a video of this moment). It was hilarious. As you can see, we really need DWTS fans at every tour stop to report on at least the Q&A at every DWTS Live tour stop.

I know many of you love to buy merchandise at these tours, so here’s a picture of the merchandise area:
DWTS Live Tour Merchandise

I’d been told the show was 1.5 hours, but it went a full 2 hours with a short intermission. There are so many more details to share, but hopefully this gives you a small taste of the DWTS Live tour. I had a thoroughly great time at the show and I’m sure DWTS fans everywhere will enjoy it. It’s a great mix of music, dancing, and commentary.

I’ll do my best to post more details in a future post together with some amazing pictures. However, I grabbed this short clip of the final dance to give you a bit of a feel for the show. I’m really glad I was able to attend the first show. Now I’ll have to see if I can get tickets to the Las Vegas show so I can see how it improves between now and then. Maybe in Vegas I can even score some interviews with the dancers as well (no luck this time).

December 28, 2014 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.