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!!
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!
We have more media coverage to add to our countdown. In Part 1 we saw teasers for what’s to come for Cheryl and Rick, Maks and Brandy, and The Situation and Karina. In this edition, we’re starting off with Kurt Warner. In this article from The Indian, Kurt talks about his experience with “Dancing with The Stars”. Here is a little from that interview…
The former quarterback and father of seven said that dancing intimately with a scantily clad dancing partner (Anna Trebunskaya) could have wrecked his marriage but thankfully it did not. Kurt and Brenda have been married for 13 years now and they have seven children together. The Football star also said that his marital life is in perfect order because his wife (Brenda) is confident about his priorities.
The athlete also mentioned that his dancing partner is also married and whatever they do on the show is just for the sake of entertainment. Kurt also expressed his liking for Mike (the Situation) Sorrentino, who happens to been one of the contenders for the coveted ‘DWTS’ title. Kurt was full of praises for Mike, he also complimented him by saying that the “Jersey Shore’ actor is a star in his own right, who has created a niche for himself.
Also, an insider told Hollywoodlife.com that Kurt Warner “is the nicest guy in the cast” this year. I’m not surprised to hear that, are you? He seems so pleasant natured.
…Kurt Warner is the lowest maintenance and nicest cast member onDancing with the Stars! “Everyone loves Kurk backstage,” an eyewitness tells us. “He’s genuine. He’s a good guy. He never has any issues or complaints…and takes everything they throw him in stride.” With a cast of potential divas and strict competition, like reality star Audrina Patridge, pop singer Brandy, Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey and even NBA star Rick Fox, tensions can run high, especially on performance nights, but Kurt doesn’t let the pressure get to him. “He’s just having fun with it, you know?” our source explains.
Next up, Kyle and Lacy!! On their Rumba, Kyle told ET “I got the sexy”. lol Apparently, he’s got the slow part down but the footwork has been challenging for him.
“The rumba’s going pretty well. It’ll be ready for showtime,” Kyle tells us during a break from his “DWTS” rehearsal.
“He’s getting his steps right now, and then will come the sexiness,” Lacey says.
“Well, you know, I got the sexy — now I’m working on the dance,” he clarifies.
The two keep things fun by bantering and cracking jokes with each other — Kyle even gives his unwitting partner rabbit ears (or perhaps devilish horns!) at one point — but Lacey tells ET they’re taking the rumba seriously due to its high difficulty level. It’s a slow dance, which you think would be simple, but there’s so much extra stuff that’s added to it, it’s unbelievable,” she says.
Here’s a fun video of the two;
Tom Bergeron tweeted Saturday that last week’s show was “weird”. lol…Good ol’ Tom. In a new 3-page interview on Wetpaint.com, he talks about “Boo-gate, Maks, Bruno, the show without Edyta, and what’s next for the show. Here’s some snippets of this interview.
So that’s Bolton-gate, then there was Boo-gate. Did the producers have any regrets in cutting right to Sarah Palin? Because it did kind of seem like, what were viewers supposed to think, when you cut right from boos to ….?
I think the thing is, when you’re doing a live show and it’s happening in real time, I don’t know what they would’ve done differently. If I was in the booth — and you hear Brooke and you hear some boos — they probably heard the 9s being yelled too, so they, like me, probably didn’t think anything of it. I certainly didn’t as I was sitting next to Sarah. I didn’t think that anything untoward was going on at all. The judges had booed all night, so this was just another instance. But then I had seen kind of Jamie Lee Curtis instigating a little bit. She’s a good buddy of Jennifer’s Grey’s. So from my perspective, I knew what it was, and as Sarah Palin said to me the next night before I went on the air, she said “I thought it was silly because I was booing the judges too.” So I don’t know what they would’ve done differently in the booth, which again deals with the immediacy of a live show versus something you can tape and edit and think about. I think from the booth’s perspective and from mine it just appeared to be what it was, which was the audience booing the judges. Unfortunately you cut that way, and me sitting there, I can certainly understand why people thought it was different.
What can you tell us about what’s coming up that’s new and exciting this season?
We’re doing an acoustic night next week, which will be really cool. I’ve seen the sketches, they’re probably going to change the ballroom and it’s going to be theater in the round, which is pretty cool. The whole stage area will change. Harold Wheeler and the band will all be acoustic. And it’s going to have a very different kind of feel to it. I think on at least one show we’re going to have a guest judge taken from the ranks of past performing celebrities. I know we’re coming up on our 200th episode so we’re going to have a big to-do about that. I think we’ll have a special show on the 10 top dances from our past 10-plus seasons, voted on by the viewers. So there’ll be some cool stuff.
Would you have ever guessed that some of the celebrities and pro dancers were bullied when they were kids? Well, they were and “fame and fortune doesn’t always erase the memories”. Here are a couple of snippets today from Access Hollywood. I love these messages of “rising above” it;
“[Corky Ballas and I] were both bullied as kids for different reasons,” Florence Henderson told Access, of she and her “Dancing with the Stars” partner. “We were so poor as kids — I’m the youngest of 10 kids, and they would make fun of me because, you know, I had a hole in my dress, or no shoes, or no school books. It’s hurtful.”
The “Dancing” cast member (and former “Mrs. Brady”) was able to push through the pain by keeping her sights set on her future goals.
“Inside I just thought, ‘That’s OK — I won’t let that get me down. I will be somebody, and you won’t, because you’re not a nice person,’” Florence said. “And I just held on to that.
“I held on to faith, and that I would make it. And I did,” she smiled.
Florence’s “Dancing” co-star, professional dancer Louis van Amstel, shared similar sentiments.
“Unfortunately, I was bullied as a fat kid and as a gay kid,” Louis said. “I mean, at the age of 10, being at school, being a dancer, they automatically assumed you were gay, and at the time, you don’t know what that means. I was 10 years old for crying out loud!”
Louis, who says becoming a “world champion in your field” is “the biggest revenge,” tasted a bit of victory over his childhood tormenters when he attended his 20th high school reunion last year.
“All those bulliers changed their tune because they’re still in their own hometown,” he smiled. “Some have been in jail, some are out of jobs, and look where I am — in Hollywood! It’s the biggest revenge.
“That’s my message for everyone who gets bullied: find something that you’re good at… put your mind, body and soul in it because when you grow up, you’ll look back as a stronger human being,” he added.
And for all of you Jennifer Grey and “HOUSE” fans like myself, we are in for a special treat. Jennifer is to guest star on the hit drama some time this month. According to EW Jennifer will find herself in a no-win situation with Dr. House…
Grey (filmed at the of July) will play Abbey, the mother of an infant daughter who is displaying signs of a life-threatening illness. As House and Co. investigate her daughter’s developing symptoms, Abbey is faced with a treatment decision for her newborn that could affect not only her baby’s life but her own.
If anyone knows the exact date of this episode, please let us know. Wow, is her career taking off again or what?
Lastly, if you’ve ever wanted to dance with the Pros, Grinya’s Entertainment is holding a Celebrity Dance Camp. So far, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Elena Grinenko, and Corky Ballas have all signed up.
Start your morning off by working your Cha Cha with Tony Dovolani , followed by sassing your technique with Cheryl Burke. Relax at the pool with some light lunch before hopping back in for an afternoon Waltz with Chelsie Hightower or a hot Salsa with Maksim Chmerkovskiy! Then ease into your evening with a lovely cocktail hour, followed by parties, live bands, DJs, and more! Never before have so many of the world’s best Celebrity Pros gathered in one place to teach YOU!
This Celebrity Dance Camp will be held Feb. 4th-6th in Burbank, California. If interested, read more details at Superstars Of The Ballroom.
Heidi Addition: Derek is auctioning an hour of dance lessons for charity with Charity Buzz. Proceeds go to Communities in Schools.
Ok, that’s it for now. Are we getting excited for Monday night yet?