As you might have read earlier, Dancing With The Stars’ Anna Trebunskaya is currently on tour with the cast of “Forever Tango”. This week, she traveled to Richmond, VA. WRIC News was able to catch up with her to ask her on the show. They also ask her about Dancing With The Stars and if she knows who her partner is yet. Anna starts out by saying that everything you hear is probably 99% not true and it will be the biggest kept secret until the reveal on Feb. 28th. The dancers don’t know anything and even whether they will be on the show or not. After that, they talk of “Forever Tango”. Anna even gives a Tango demonstration. She’s so cute as always.
DWTS Odds & Ends: Lacey Schwimmer, Tristan MacManus, Maks’ Birthday Bash, Anna Trebunskaya, Derek Hough
Happy TGIF Dancettes! There are some fun pics floating around out there of some our Dancing With The Stars pros and current fun projects!! Wanna See??
First up, check out this sweet picture of Lacey Schwimmer and Tristan MacManus. As you know from a previous report, the two are in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida currently teaching dance classes at the Fred Astaire Studios. Tristan was so polite as always as he even gave the photographer and big fan a kiss on the cheek before she left class. You can view more pics like this HERE and be sure to “like” Shannon Quinlan Photography at facebook and thank her for the great pics.
As you know, tonight is Maks Big Birthday Bash at Dance With Me Studio’s in New York City. Last night at twitter, Court noticed singer and TV Personality from RHONJ, @MelissaGorga, tweeting a picture of herself, 2 other girls …oops, make that three (Help? I’m not sure who they are?), Maks, and Tony. I think the pic below must have been for a preliminary event at Neiman Marcus because @YaninaEE at twitter also posted this picture with them giving Maks a birthday cake. If someone knows more, please let us know.
Speaking of Mak’s Birthday Bash, I hope Maks is ready for a good roasting tonight. Check out what Tony told Life & Style Magazine this week….
“We constantly get requests from people who want to meet us or watch us dance live,” Tony, who is co-hosting the event along with Maks’ brother Val, tells Life & Style. “So we decided to throw this bash honoring Maks’ birthday and also give fans a little taste of what we all experience on DWTS. It’s going to be very entertaining, with singers, dancing and a lot of fun.”
The highlight of the night, says Tony? A roast of the tempestuous birthday boy.
“All of us are actually going for it a little bit,” laughs Tony. “But Maks is a good sport when it comes to the roast — he may not show it then, but he could be a little upset later!”
I like that word “tempestuous”. It describes Maks well sometimes …uhhh, among other descriptions. Stay tuned. We hope to have more coverage on this event in the coming days.
Next up, we have our sweet, fiery, red headed Russian, Anna Trebunskaya! Currently, Anna is on tour with the “Forever Tango” cast until February. I thought this was a cool promo shot. For more pics, scheduling, and ticket information, be sure to visit Forever Tango. This would be one fun show to take in!!
Lastly, be sure to make your calendars. If you haven’t heard yet, Derek Hough will be helping to co-host “Live! With Kelly” again on February 6th. He will help to interview Debra Messing and Atticus Shaffer. No doubt some fun times are ahead for this show again with Derek’s involvement and he and Kelly work and play well together. Now if only we could get her to dance on Dancing With The Stars?
Heads up for those who love to work out! Anna is currently working on a new workout DVD which is based on a series of exercises she developed with her trainer who is trained in ballet and physical therapy. In light of the new DVD, Anna was photographed at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia demonstrating how she warms up to prevent injury. You can view 28 photos of Anna at Philly.com. Each photo is captioned with something about Anna and her new venture. When we hear more on the DVD and when it will be released, we’ll be sure to let you know.
In other news on Anna, she is to replace Cheryl Burke in “Forever Tango” on Feb. 9th. Due to an illness in the family, Cheryl Burke could not perform on that date. For ticket information and to read more, see Broadway World.
Heads up! Cheryl Burke, one of the best “Tangoers” in the world (if not “the” best!) is about to grace the stage again in Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango”. “Forever Tango” will be presented Jan. 19, 2012 at 8:00pm at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino, CA. Here is more from Inland Social. To read more on the show and for ticket information, be sure to see the link.
Created by Luis Bravo, the show’s focus isn’t just on any tango, but on the imaginative, creative and sensual Argentine tango, and creates a showcase for the worldwide dance phenomenon.
The show’s professional dancers create the world famous dance in every imaginable way, while musicians paint a musical picture that “inspires and teases.”
Below is a little movie Cheryl did for Forever Tango last year. You can see her dancing in the show as well.
If only my Dad could travel, I know what I’d get him for Christmas!
Cheryl has been so busy this summer. Not only has she just released her new shoe line as well as an upcoming clothing line, she is now off with Apolo Ohno to Spain and Asia for a couple of weeks (business and pleasure according to Apolo). However, before she left, Cheryl had some time to dine at the Beacher’s Madhouse in Hollywood (pictured above). She and her dance studio also put on a dance event at the Kalidascope Mall which you can watch coverage of here. Before she left, Cheryl posted another tweet on the new segment she’s working on for Dancing With The Stars as well. I can’t wait to see what this is all about. Season 13 is sounding exciting so far.
Shooting a new segment for DWTS at my dance studio in Laguna Niguel! Can't wait for u guys to see this.
— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) July 11, 2011
Lastly, for those interested in seeing Cheryl dance, August 13th, she is going to dance in “Forever Tango” at the California Theatre of Arts. For ticket information, be sure to check out the link. Go Cheryl!!
“You come out and show me a proper dance. I’m fed up, Maks, with shirts coming off.” – Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman
Remember that one? LOL I am so missing this show, are you? It’s the “calm before the storm” though. I can feel it.
So, first up in some weekend updates, a reminder to watch “Miss America” Saturday night on ABC. Brooke Burke will be helping to host. Tony Dovolani will be one the judges. He’s going to have his work cut out for him. You can see some of the contestants below presenting themselves on the Las Vegas Strip outside of the Planet Hollywood with Boys To Men as the Master of Ceremony.
Cheryl has been so busy. Along with her “Forever Tango” tour, she’s also offering free dance lessons for local teens at Burke’s Mountain View, California ballroom on Jan. 12th. More details below and a promotional picture of her from Mountainview.patch.com. (are her shoes not cute, or what? )
Keep your dance card open for Monday, when “Dancing with the Stars” two-time champion Cheryl Burke and fellow dancers from the hit musical Forever Tango will appear at her Mountain View ballroom. From 6-11:30 p.m. Burke and her troupe will host free dance classes for teenagers from local schools. This fundraiser will benefit “The Dance Club Mountain View,” a program developed by the nonprofit Mountain View Police Activities League and Cheryl Burke Dance Mountain View.
For those of you missing Alec and Edyta like myself (cries, please bring these two back!!), here they are opening the show for the Everett Dance Competition in California last month.
Mark was interviewed by The News Herald this week in promotion for his new album “HurtLoveBox”. He also mentions dancing which you can read on below. Be sure to read the link for the full story and interview.
When asked what dance he would perform to each of his solo songs, Ballas graciously said “Faith” would be a rumba, while “The Way You Work” would be a tango. Welcome to Ballas’s world, where despite his best efforts to get his music career off the ground the reality is his popularity orbit remains steadfastly “Dancing With the Stars”-based.
There’s something about Ballas’ personality that has allowed him to become the go-to professional dancer for contestants with, if not baggage then, interesting pop culture history.
“I try to not pay attention to the media,” Ballas said. “When I meet the person I go in with a clean slate and just meet them and take them for what they really are and who they really are rather than what people perceive and write about them. So I had great partners. I’ve never had one rude or obnoxious.”
Mark also taught a “Master Class” for “Dare to Dance” in Cincinnati, Ohio while he was there this past week. The donations went to help his foundation which helps suicide preventation and mental health awareness.
And just a mention on Paula Abdul’s new show “Live To Dance” for those of you who watched the show this past week and were discussing it in other posts. Apparently the ratings weren’t very good on the second night. This source is calling it a “flop”. From Robot Celeb.
On Tuesday night the show debuted to 10.3 million viewers. That is about half the size of the audience that American Idol gets, but still it was a decent number and not a terrible starting place. On Wednesday the show aired the second half of the premiere and finished off the first round of auditions. It also lost about 23% of its audience. Viewership plummeted to around 8 million viewers. It finished fourth in its timeslot behind The People’s Choice Awards, Modern Family and Law & Order: SVU. Worse yet was its collapse in ratings among the much coveted 18-49 year old demographic. Here it dropped about 25% from a 2.4 rating on Tuesday to a 1.8 on Wednesday. Essentially, that means that almost all of their loss in viewers was in the 18-49 age range. Not a good sign.
I would expect it to get worse in coming weeks. In two weeks the show will play head to head with the much anticipated debut of American Idol. That will most likely draw more of her viewers away.
If there is a silver lining to the clouds it is that that Live to Dance is just a short run show scheduled to end in mid-February so the odds are that they won’t cancel her mid-season. No matter how badly things could get they will probably let her finish out the full season. They have already committed much of the money by building her the dome building and finding the contestants. What is left will be pretty cheap in comparison.
I don’t know that this loss is ratings is the announcement of the death of Live to Dance, but it certainly proves one thing for sure. Paula Abdul clearly didn’t have the much of an influence on the success of American Idol.
Ok Dancettes, that is all for now!! Have a super weekend! 😉 xxx
Just a few things to share with you on this day before New Years Eve. First up, Cheryl Burke is interviewed by CBS Sunday in San Francisco on her dance role in “Forever Tango”. Luis Bravo (the creator and director) is also interviewed. The clips of Cheryl dancing look fantastic.
From the Bay Sunday facebook page, here the two are again;
Louis posted this picture on his twitter of himself, Jay D Schwartz, Karina, Jonathan, and Anna in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico celebrating Anna’s birthday at the Casa Dorada Hotel. The four dancers will be performing for the The Barefoot Formal NYE Event on New Year’s Eve. What a beautiful place to spend the holiday.
Speaking of holiday, Maks and Derek are having the time of their lives. Maks has been travelling all through out Europe as most of you know who are following him at Twitter. He’s been posting pictures every time he changes destinations. Rumor has it that Derek has been in Europe as well and is now in S. Africa. Other than this tweet, nothing can be verified and this is all we have from him. Heidi HELP!! *cries* lol (Heidi: LOL – a number of fans have been photographed with Cheryl Cole in South Africa and they all said Derek is with her – it’s all over twitter now. Poor Derek, breaking some Cheryl fans’ hearts – they turn ugly when that happens. LOL)
Hey everyone hope you all have had a great Christmas … My belly is full how's about yours .
— Derek Hough (@derekhough) December 28, 2010
From all the reality Shows this past year, who was the judgiest judge or crankiest contestant of the year? Well, TV Squad has picked Bruno as one of the crankiest judges. You can see who else made the cut and why at the link. (personally, I would have chosen Carrie Ann over Bruno as most cranky!)
Michael Bolton Demands Apology from ‘Dancing’ Judge: On ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ judge Bruno Tonioli called Michael Bolton’s jive with Chelsea Hightower the worst “in 11 seasons.” Bolton was stunned by Tonioli’s harsh tone and felt the Italian judge “let everybody down,” including his 90-year-old mother, who was sitting in the audience. “You heard the tone. Even Len [Goodman] stopped him and said, ‘That’s inappropriate,'” he said. “I think he should apologize publicly and he should be reprimanded for it.”
Ok, that is all for now. Happy New Year Everyone and don’t forget to dance like there is no tomorrow. 😉 xxx
Hi Everyone! How was your Christmas? I hope it was everything you hoped for. In just a few media things to share with you, here is Mark Ballas Singing “O Holy Night” at the Second Baptist church in Houston Texas on Christmas Eve. Beautiful!! Wow, the more I hear him sing (especially his new material), the more I am becoming a fan of his, musically speaking.
Cheryl Burke is receiving rave reviews for her performance in “Forever Tango”. Here is one of several reveiws out there from the Stark Insider. Be sure to read the link for more.
Tango does well to keep things moving swiftly. There are no monologues, filler or, even, attempts at theatrics. The dance is, thankfully, the thing, and the only thing. It serves the production well which establishes a vibrant pace that doesn’t let up until the intermission some sixty minutes later.
For a show about dance, however, the stage does somewhat constrict the performer’s room to move. The orchestra takes well over half of it, resulting in a narrow band in front that the dancers use, albeit effectively. It would’ve been nice to have some depth to the stage. Instead, at times it can feel a bit like a tennis match: dance to the left, back to the right, then left, right, etc. Also, by the end of the evening some of the dance numbers felt slightly repetitive, and the drone of the bandoneon reminded me too much of a vuvuzela.
While I’m not a huge fan of dance productions, it’s pretty evident that this show won me over, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. For those that love the tango, are fans of Cheryl Burke or enjoy a thrilling and authentic experience should walk out of Forever Tango thoroughly entertained.
Carrie Ann gives some advice on how to look your best during the holidays. Here is a take from Bella Sugar.
“It’s been quite an intense year, as you saw with Dancing With the Stars,” she said. “We had an incredible season. It’s a nice way to wrap up the year, say thanks to all my friends and family, and maybe welcome the new year a little early.” So to see Carrie’s tips on getting your shimmer on, what false lashes she thinks are the best, and more, just just reading.
BellaSugar: Tell me about shimmery makeup for the holidays. What’s your take on it, and do you have any advice on how to wear it without looking tacky?Carrie Ann Inaba: I think shimmer is good for the holidays. I think that’s what the holidays are for . . . But if you’re going to go with shimmer, just stick with neutral tones, like gray and charcoal. For me, because I’m from Hawaii, I like to focus on my skin. So I think trying to make yourself look like you have a healthy glow rather than looking like a Christmas ornament is probably the better way to approach things — so, a little shimmer on your cheeks, a little shimmer under the eyebrow. For me, because I have a tiny little nose, I put a little shimmer on the bridge of my nose just to make my nose look a little more pronounced. So anywhere you want a little more “ta-da,” that’s where you put it.
BS: So are you more of a bold lip or a bold eye kind of girl?CAI: Oh, bold eye!
BS: I thought you were going to say that!CAI: Must have false eyelashes; must have liquid liner. One of my favorite lashes is the MAC number two lashes ($14). They’re just so pretty, and so long. And oddly, I don’t know how, but somehow they just look natural even though there’s no way in the world they could be.
It sounds like all the dancers are having a wonderful Christmas. Here are a few of their tweets.
Just finished a lovely christmas dinner at the Tree Room at Sundance. Such a wonderful resort! http://yfrog.com/gy63zbj
— Louis van Amstel (@LouisVanAmstel) December 26, 2010
Nothin like the holidays with family..got the most amazing painting today signed by the artist. So excited.
— Chelsie Hightower (@chelsiehightowr) December 26, 2010
@Tom_Bergeron Santa told me last night he wants 4 hoe's instead of 3! I don't blame him! 😉
— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) December 25, 2010
Where am I now? City where the original 'David' sculpture is….. http://plixi.com/p/64789239
— Maksim Chmerkovskiy (@MaksimC) December 23, 2010
White Christmas lights. B-O-R-I-N-G. Traffic lights look more festive. Next stop: unpainted Easter eggs.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) December 20, 2010
I love white lights. What is he talking about? Funny as I have a good freind who says the same on them. lol
Ok, that is all we have for you for now. Remember, it’s not too late to ever get your jingle on. More soon. 😉
Just a few dance things to share with you today!!
First of all, Carrie Ann was interviewed by Popstop TV this week. In the interview she talks about Lindsay Lohan, Todd Palin, her Christmas plans, and more. Here is a take. Be sure to see the link for more as well as a video that I couldn’t embed here.
“I’ve been asking for Lindsay Lohan since she went to jail the first time,” Carrie Ann Inaba dished exclusively to me.
“Honestly, I definitely think it’d be a great experience for her because she’s very talent. I think it would be a great come back for her.”
Lohan on Dancing With the Stars would definitely benefit not only Lohan but also the network! Who wouldn’t tune in to see Lohan’s foxtrots? But what about Todd Palin, who’s rumored to be in the works of being on the show right after his daughter Bristol?
“Nope,” Carrie Ann said. “I wouldn’t be interested in seeing his moves.”
Carrie Ann is also a big advocate for same-sex couples on the show. “I love breaking down boundaries just in general in my whole life. I think it’s important to break down stereotypes and break down boundaries so I would love to see a same-sex couple on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ but we’d have to figure out some judging changes.”
Any chances of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi putting on their dance shoes in the near future?
“I would love that! I don’t know if we’re going to be able to get that but I think it would be great.”
Heidi’s Note: I believe that today was the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing, so we know where Bruno and Len are right now.
In other news out there, Tony Dovolani has officially been picked to be a Judge for the 90th Miss America Contest to be held on Jan. 15th. From Google News.
“The View” co-host Joy Behar and actress Marilu Henner are among seven judges who will decide the next Miss America in January.
Judges for the beauty pageant in its 90th year also include country singer Mark Wills, “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell.
“Dancing With the Stars” choreographer Tony Dovolani and shoe designer Taryn Rose are also on the panel.
The selections include plenty of ties to ABC, the network airing the pageant live Jan. 15 at the start of a three-year deal. The pageant hasn’t aired on network television since 2004, when ABC dropped it after record-low ratings.
Here is a new fun interview with Cheryl on her appearance in “Forever Tango“, the current broadway show that is coming to San Francisco from Dec. 21 – Jan. 9 (I am so dying to see this). She talks of why this show means so much to her (the roots of it go way back to when she was a little girl) and how she trained for it last summer in Argentina.
Speaking of shows, Mark Ballas says the show he’s doing, “Burn The Floor” is “bad ass”. Here is a take from The Houston Press.
“People should come to see Burn the Floor because it is bad ass from start to finish. High energy, in your face, awesome dancers, awesome choreography, and it’s a spectacle of our sport. People will love it. This is like Dancing With The Stars on steroids,” Ballas told Art Attack.
After learning eight routines in two days, Ballas opens tonight in Raleigh, North Carolina, then moves to Houston before taking a Christmas break and then rejoining the tour in Pittsburgh in late December and early January.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to keep dancing and be doing a show over the Christmas holiday. The choreographer [and director Jason Gilkison] is a good friend of mine and I have a lot of friends in the show so I thought it would be great to join. ”
Ballas said DWTS is very different from Burn the Floor because on the first, you’re dancing with an amateur. “You have to train them, mentor them and go out and perform with them. That’s in contrast to BTF,” a professional show with professional standards. “It was good to be able to really dance again and get into it and dance how I trained to dance,” he said.
Which isn’t to say he doesn’t enjoy DWTS. “It’s one of my favorite seasons I’ve ever done.” He said he enjoyed working with Bristol Palin “just because she was so sweet, so easy to deal with, so wonderful, so eager to learn, open-minded, kind, loving, caring and just fun to spend time with, and to see her journey from the beginning to where she ended up was just remarkable and as a coach just very satisfying.”
I wouldn’t mind seeing this show too. Also, if you’d like to see some pics of Mark’s new home, he tweeted that you can see some pictures of it in the new edition of Ok Magazine.
Anyone missing and wondering where Maks is like I have been this last week? Well, here he is arriving at the airport, filming, and being interviewed on the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor which he is currently starring in. Can anyone understand what he’s saying? Be sure to see the link for more on this project.
Kym has given Stylelist some of her backstage beauty secrets. Here is take.
“We’ve used hair extensions and pieces since the beginning on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ And now, everyone at home can achieve those looks. It literally takes five minutes to do. Believe me, your husbands and boyfriends will thank you for it because you’ll spend far less time getting ready.”
When asked how she personally likes to use the extensions, Johnson replied, “To achieve highlights or lowlights without changing my natural color, I use extensions a shade lighter or darker, depending on my mood. I just clip in the strips! It’s that easy and there’s no risk of damage like with glued-in extensions. My favorite piece is the Salsaloosa — it’s like a messy updo, you put your own ponytail in and you just wrap the Salsaloosa around twice like a scrunchy. I prefer the “buttered toast” shade. For the strips I use a shade lighter, like highlights, but you really can’t go wrong.”
And for the show?“Often we go for a 1940s-inspired look and those are complex and glamorous. I like to do a bun, too. I’ve got such fine hair and these just minimize the damage and don’t have that funny synthetic shine to them that lots of inexpensive hair pieces do. I was wearing the extenions when my friend Jai Rodriguez from “Queer Eye” came with me to “Skating With The Stars” and he couldn’t tell I had the extensions on, so I know they’re good, because he would totally have said something.”
What’s a typical day like during the season?“We start at 8 a.m. and half the day is spent in hair and makeup, but it’s fun and social. I go to the makeup area and use gel [under eye] patches from Shiseido and keep them on while my hair gets done — they tighten the skin under my eyes and feel great and cooling and wake me up. Also, you cannot underestimate great lashes. My eyelash curler is my best friend and I use Maybelline Great LashMascara or Christian Dior DiorShow. These are absolutely a part of my daily routine.”
How do you stay motivated?“Each season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is grueling. We train about seven hours day every single day once the show starts. We get no days off at all. But it’s so much fun and I’m lucky to be able to do what I love for my job.”
Jennifer Grey’s surgery was a success this past week. She posted on it at Twitter a few days ago.
Thanks once again for all the good thoughts. Dr. Bray performed a perfect surgery yesterday and I am now safely home in bed.
— Jennifer Grey (@JenniferGrey) December 7, 2010
Lastly, it looks like her partner Derek has finallly found a spot for all three of his “Mirror Ball” trophies. He just posted this picture at his twitter today.
He also posted his new refridgerator and a picture of his new couch being lifted into his Condo. As Heidi said to me, he sure is in the nesting spirit lately. We wonder why?
Ok, that wraps up this weekend media edition for now. More soon!! I hope you are all being good or else. Have a fun weekend!! 😉 xxx
What an awesome show last night! I can’t say more good things about it. The couples and everyone interviewed seemed very happy in general too for how they performed. Here’s some video coverage backstage.
Here is Brandy and Maks ecstatic as ever! I love Brandy’s reaction over what Maks says on her;
Here is Jennifer and her family being interviewed (including Joel Grey)! I love what she says about being a “Warrior”. Her daugher is so adorable and looks just like her.;
Here are a couple of fun recaps and after party coverage;
Here’s a pic Maks tweeted at the after party.
Lastly, check out Derek as well on the Red Carpet. The photographer caught his amazing energy in just the right form.
Ok, that is all for now. More later and here’s to the Results Show tonight! 😉