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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

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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

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Flashback Friday: DWTS Season 1

First, I want to give Vogue complete credit for the idea, because she has started  a flashback Friday post over on PDH.

Since Season 20 will be a big 10 year anniversary for DWTS, I thought it would be a nice idea to take the time to look back on each of the past seasons, and see and discuss how the show evolved. We’ll do one season a week, and one dance from each of the contestants. If possible, I’ll try to find a pro dance from the season.

So here we are!

SEASON ONE premiered  June 1, 2005 and ran for 6 weeks. with 6 stars competing. Harold Wheeler Orchestra and his singers provided the music, and we had 3 judges, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tom Bergeron was our host, and his co-host number one was Lisa Canning.

 

TRISTA SUTTER and LOUIS VAN AMSTEL was the first couple eliminated on DWTS. They danced a waltz and a rumba, and left the show on June 8, 2005. Here’s their waltz.

EVANDER HOLYFIELD and EDYTA SLIWINSKA was the second couple eliminated, on June 15, 2005. They danced a cha cha, quickstep and a jive. Here’s their quickstep. Read more..

December 5, 2014 I Written By

Just a typical, ordinary DWTS fan..

PureDWTS Tribute: Julia Ivleva

Remember this gorgeous waltz that Jonathan & Anna danced in tribute to their cancer-stricken friend, Julia, back in season 14?

Sadly, Anna reported on her Twitter today that Julia passed away this morning, after a long & courageous battle with lung cancer.  She remembered her friend poignantly:

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Julia’s passing touched me rather personally, as I had the pleasure of watching Julia and her husband, Igor, dance at one of the first ballroom competitions I attended, almost ten years ago.  I was struck by how powerful they were on the floor, and their showdances were always the most creative and engaging.  I feel blessed to have been present to witness the debut of one of the greatest showdances in ballroom history – when Igor & Julia proved that you can dance ballroom to any music…even Nirvana!

And a few years later, they again proved that rock & ballroom can mix perfectly, when they did this beautiful, vulnerable foxtrot to quite possibly my favorite song of all-time:

We here at Pure send our heartfelt condolences out to Julia’s friends and family during this sad time.  Rest in peace, Julia.

 

April 5, 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!