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PureDWTS Season 23 – All 24 Olympic Athletes Ever To Do DWTS, Ranked From Worst to Best

So with the Olympics in Rio drawing to a close this coming Sunday (and the pros starting to meet their partners later this week), there’s obviously been speculation that we’re going to see some Olympians on the show this season – seems like Ryan Lochte & Simone Biles are the two most talked-about when it comes to casting rumors.  Which got the Pure Angels thinking about all the previous Olympians we’ve seen on the show, and how well (or not well…) they did.  So why not take a look back at every Olympian (from both the summer AND winter games) that’s ever done DWTS, and see how they stack up?

The main rankings are mine, but Heidi, Vogue, & I all had slightly different rankings when it came to the top 10 – so you can see their individual top 10’s at the bottom.  I’ve included videos of a few of the dances we mention, to jog memories – lord knows ours needed jogging from time to time 😯

Interesting patterns? Gymnasts and skaters seemed to fare the best, and tennis players and boxers tended not to leave much of an impression on any the three of us.  I think we all universally agreed on at least the bottom 2 on the list – they were THAT bad 🙁 Read more..

August 16, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

Lesley Ann Warren And DWTS Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Karina Smirnoff And More To Dance In “Dance To The Movies”

Broadway World is reporting that Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, and Karina Smirnoff will be dancing in “Dancing To The Movies” from August 10- 14 at the Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue , New York. Lesley Ann Warren, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol finalists will also be dancing. For tickets, see this link. I so love this idea for a show and the producer tells us more shows are coming. We’ll post more when we know more.

The Gateway presents the high-octane dance extravaganza DANCE TO THE MOVIES at Patchogue Theatre from August 10-14. Tickets start at $59 and are available online at www.gateway.org or by calling the Box Office at (631) 286 1133. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

Starring Dancing with the Stars Pros, and So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol finalists! It celebrates and reinvents some of Hollywood’s best musical moments live onstage. Seven of TV and stage’s top choreographers bring the songs to life – with a fresh new vision!

DANCE TO THE MOVIES recreates some of the most memorable musical moments and iconic characters from movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain and Moulin Rouge. With new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as Dirty Dancing, Titanic, The Matrix and Harry Potter. A perfect evening of cinema magic – LIVE onstage.

The Patchogue engagement features Dancing with the Stars celebrity pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts and Karina Smirnoff at select performances; So You Think You Can Dance finalists Jonathan “Legacy” Perez and Hailee Payne; and American Idol finalists Vonzell Solomon and Von Smith.

More at Broadway World.

July 27, 2016 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.

Ballroom With A Twist-mas Photos With Tristan MacManus, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, And More

Be sure to visit the official Ballroom With A Twist Facebook page. They’ve posted some beautiful photos of the show and cast from their Christmas shows in Florida. Photo below of Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, and their little girl Olivia courtesy of Gleb’s twitter account. Beautiful!

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

Ballroom With A Twist-mas Called “Nothing Short Of Spectacular” (Review)

Be sure to visit The Skip Sheffield. They have some beautiful photos of “Ballroom With A Twist-mas” show in Boca Raton. They also reviewed the show calling it “nothing short of spectacular”. Read on for more…

The dancing, directed and choreographed by Jaymz Tuaileva, is nothing short of spectacular. The real show-stopper is “American Idol” finalist Vonzell Solomon. That girl, aka Baby V, has some fine pipes.

“Twist-Mas” features a live onstage band, with players who double as singers. My favorite is Chantil Dukart, who spent most of her time wearing headphones, hunched over her keyboards. But when she took off the headphones and hit center stage, that girl was on.

While “Twist-Mas” features favorite Christmas themed-songs both sacred (“Silent Night”) and secular (“Jingle Bells Rock”), the main attraction is the dancing, executed by first-class professionals. You even get a question-and-answer session with the headliners.

It’s been a longtime since I took ballroom dancing lessons from the late Miss Betty D’Avray. While the illusion is to look effortless, ballroom dance is deceptively difficult and a lot of work. If you can appreciate that, you will love this show. I know I did.

To read the full review, see The Skip Sheffield. For tickets at more shows in December, see The Wick and The Hartfield Community College.

December 16, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Jonathan Roberts And Lacey Schwimmer Talk About Ballroom With A Twist-mas

What a fun blast from the past this is. If you go to WPBF.com, you can see former Dancing With The Stars pros Jonathan Roberts And Lacey Schwimmer talk about Ballroom With A Twist-mas. Note how Jonathan has choreographed some of the dances. You can see some of the costumes too. To read more on the show, see The Palmbeach Post. For tickets and all the dates in Decemeber, see The Wick.

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December 11, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Gleb Savchenko Interviewed On Ballroom With A Twist-mas, Strictly Come Dancing, DWTS, And More

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What a super interview with Gleb Savchenko and Hot Spots Magazine. He talks on his dancing career, Dancing With The Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, and performing in Ballroom With A Twist-mas In Florida on December 23 – 27th in Florida.

When did you first know that dancing was going to be your career?

When I won my first Russian Championship at the age of 12. I realized that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Tell us a little bit about Ballroom with a Twist-Mas! How does one combine ballroom dancing and the holidays?

I’m very happy to be a part of the Ballroom with a Twist-Mas! show. It’s currently one of the best American dance theatre shows. People love dancing, especially during the holiday season, and they have a chance to see a dance performance in an intimate theatre with all the world’s best dancers in it.

You’ve competed in a number of Dancing with the Stars franchises, and right now you’re in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. How are you doing? Who is your partner and how well are you getting along?

I’ve been doing DWTS in four different countries. At the moment I’m doing Strictly and I’m paired with a TV presenter, Anita Rani. We are doing very well and at the moment, we’re going through week 10 of the competition. Hope with all the hard work we put in, we will be able to get into the final and maybe win the Mirrorball.

Be sure to read more at Hot Spots Magazine. To read more on Ballroom With A Twist-mas which includes other dates starting on December 10th and also includes performances from Gleb’s wife Elena Samodanova, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, and Jonathan Roberts, see The Palmbeach Post. For tickets, see The Wick.

Also, for those living abroad, Gleb’s wife Elena Samodanova is the choreographer for the new Dancing Stars Russia Tour which starts in February. You can read more on it at Dancing Stars Russia. This instagram has some fun teasers too. Beautiful photo of Gleb and Elena above courtesy of Elena’s Instagram.

December 3, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Ballroom With A Twist-mas In Florida With Tristan MacManus, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Chelsie Hightower, Jonathan Roberts

For those living in Florida or wanting to visit, gear up for a Ballroom With A Twist Christmas show which includes performances from Tristan MacManus, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Chelsie Hightower, and Jonathan Roberts. To read on the show, see The Palmbeach Post. For tickets, see The Wick. Oh, if I only lived closer!!

Showtimes:

Thu Dec 10 to Sun Dec 13 – Celebrity Pros: Jonathan Roberts, Lacey Schwimmer

Showtimes: Thu Dec 10 – 7:30PM; Fri Dec 11 – 7:30PM; Sat Dec 12 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun Dec 13 – 2PM

Wed Dec 16 to Sun Dec 20 – Celebrity Pros: Jonathan Roberts, Chelsie Hightower

Showtimes: Wed Dec 16 – 2PM; Thu Dec 17 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Fri Dec 18 – 7:30PM; Sat Dec 19 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun Dec 20 – 2PM

Wed Dec 23 to Sun Dec 27 – Celebrity Pros: Tristan MacManus Gleb Savchenko and partner Elena Samodanova

Showtimes: Wed Dec 23 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Fri Dec 25 -2PM & 7:30PM; Sat Dec 26 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun Dec 27 – 2PM

ETA: Ballroom With A Twist-Mas is also coming to Harford County on December 21 at 7 PM in the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College. Tristan MacManus and Chelsie Hightower will be performing. For ticket information, see this link. Thanks to Claire aka @@clrhmly for the heads up.

November 22, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Millennium Dance Championship Coverage With Dance Pros Jonathan Roberts And Karina Smirnoff – Video

Recently former Dancing With The Stars pros Jonathan Roberts and Karina Smirnoff helped to commentate the Millennium Dance Championships from Tampa, Florida. If interested in watching, see this link. Karina is so fun, cute, and beautiful as always. It’s good to see Jonathan again too. Thahnkis to @Jimmbboe for the heads up!

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

Flashback Friday: Dancing with the Stars Season 3

And I’m back finally, with another Flashback Friday! I hadn’t meant to take as long a break as I did, but my dad died unexpectedly 10 days before Christmas (and just 2 months after we lost my mom!) so my final preparations for Christmas needed to wait.  I had to stop and think where we left off! Here’s season 1 and season 2.

So here we go, on to season 3, the first one I watched. Not many changes this season, same 3 judges, same 2 hosts. They did expand the season to 10 weeks, however.

Another change is to the scoring system that they used, I am quoting from wiki here, and will ask Miss Heidi if this is how it’s done now?

For this season, the scoring system was changed. Fan vote only counted for 25% of the total score and scoring was now translated directly from percentages rather than into ordinals. The judges scores were added up, and each performer was given points based on the percentage of the total points distributed among all performers. (For example, a team received a score of 25. A total of 207 points were awarded to all nine performers. The team received 12.08% of that total, so that team earned 12.08 points. The couple happens to be Sara & Tony.) The fan vote was handled the same way, with the points based on how much of the total fan vote the star received. (So, in the same example, if the team earned 15% of the total fan vote, their grand total is 27.08 points.)[

Andrea Hale, Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya did not compete as pros during this season. Elena Grinenko, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff and Jesse DeSoto joined as new pros. Returning pros included Ashly DelGrosso, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Louis Van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska and Cheryl Burke.

TUCKER CARLSON AND ELENA GRINENKO came in 11th place, being eliminated on week 1 on September 13, 2006. They performed a cha cha cha, otherwise known as the Curse of the Chair dance, and received a score of 12.

SHANNA MOAKLER AND JESSE DE SOTO came in 10th place, being eliminated on week 2 on September 20, 2006. They peformed a foxtrot and a mambo. Honestly, I didn’t remember them at all, so I guess it’s not surprising that they went home early. To my very untrained eyes, I think their mambo was good, and seemed to have some good choreography, but it just isn’t memorable. Here’s their mambo, they received a score of 22. Read more..

January 9, 2015 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..

Flashback Friday: Dancing With The Stars Season 2

We’re back with more Flashback Friday!!  YAY!  I really enjoy looking back at the show, and would love to hear some of the things you remember from each season! Also, I am only posting one video per couple, and I’m trying to get as much variety of dances as I can.

All three of our judges were back for Season 2. Also back was Tom Bergeron. It’s not DWTS without Tom. 🙂 Harold Wheeler and his Orchestra also returned, along with Pro dancers Louis Van Amstel, Ashly DelGrosso, Edyta Sliwinska and Jonathan Roberts.

Lisa Canning, Tom’s co-host for season 1 was replaced by Samantha Harris. Pro dancers Charlotte Jorgensen and Alec Mazo did not return for season 2. New pro dancers for season 2 were Andrea Hale, Nick Kosovich, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and Anna Trebunskaya. Other changes was increasing the number of couples from 6 to 10, lengthening the show from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, and adding the Results Show.

KENNY MAYNE AND ANDREA HALE were the first couple eliminated, on January 6, 2006. They danced a cha cha, and here it is!

TATUM O’NEIL AND NICK KOSOVICH were the second couple eliminated, on January 13, 2006. They danced a waltz and a rumba. Here’s their waltz. Read more..

December 12, 2014 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..