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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:

A wonderful strong talented and beautiful person left us today... Julia Ivleva ,i will miss you greatly, your spirit ,wit, honesty and charm
@atrebunskaya
anna trebunskaya

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!

Anna Trebunskaya And Jonathan Roberts Interviewed About Ballroom With A Twist And Dancing With The Stars

This weekend several of our pros from Dancing With The Stars are in Lexington, Kentucky to dance in “Ballroom With The A Twist”. Kentucky.com has a feature article up promoting it. Also, in the article, Anna Trebunskaya and former husband Jonathan Roberts talk of the differences between performing in “Ballroom With A Twist” versus performing on Dancing With The Stars. Here is a take….

The celebrity competitors on Stars often overshadow their partners, who dance for a living, but Roberts and Trebunskaya said the big names and the variety of celebrities demonstrate a broad interest in ballroom, and that interest is taken up by the audience.

“You look at your football players,” Roberts says. “When Donald Driver wins Dancing With the Stars, as a guy, you have no excuse not to dance,” he says, referring to the Green Bay Packers star who won season 14 of the show with partner Peta Murgatroyd.

Other NFL players to win the show are Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward. Trebunskaya’s partners have included Super Bowl champions Kurt Warner and Jerry Rice.

“That was phenomenal, to get a taste of their lives and what their talents were all about,” she says. Even as trained athletes, she says, “They all think it’s a walk in the park in the beginning — you get a nice costume and dance with a pretty girl. Then they realize it’s actually hard work.”

She and Roberts, who were married nine years before announcing in October that they were divorcing, like meeting and working with the celebs, but they also like the opportunity that Ballroom With a Twist provides for them to show their stuff as professional dancers, sans competition.

“It’s nice to be a performer and dance and do something that you know you’re good at, and give the joy to people who come and watch,” Trebunskaya says.

Roberts says, “You don’t have to worry about getting the judges’ attention. You just go out there and dance for the audience, and that’s my favorite thing.”

You can read more at Kentucky.com.

Here is another interview and some teasers. It’s so cool that Anna and Jonathan can still work together and so compassionately too, isn’t it?!

Special Message from Dancing with the Stars’ celebrity Anna Trebunskaya from Lexington Opera House on Vimeo.

If you are in the Lexington area, be sure to take the show in this weekend. Dancing With The Stars troupe members Emma Slater and Sasha Farber are also in the show.

January 5, 2013 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.

DWTS Anna Trebunskaya And Jonathan Roberts To Divorce

Awww, isn’t this some sad news this morning. I thought Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts would always be together. Below is what they’ve told People.com exclusively on their break up.

“We have enjoyed more than a decade of a very loving, loyal and happy relationship, but after much soul searching, we have decided to end our marriage. We are committed to staying friends and dance partners. We have immense respect for each other as people and performers,” the pair said in a joint statement Wednesday.

Atleast they will always be “friends” and “dance partners”.

October 18, 2012 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.

PureDWTS Anna Trebunskaya And Jonathan Roberts Star In Shark Tank Episode (Video)

Dancing With The Stars Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts were on a new episode of “Shark Tank” this week. Thanks to WiredSetLLC You Tube, below is some video coverage of their appearance. They dance some (though not enough) and demonstrate a posture correction device designed by two business partners from Portland, Oregon. You can catch “Shark Tank” on Friday’s on ABC and catch the latest episode here.

September 29, 2012 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.

Jonathan Roberts Choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance – TONIGHT!

Better late than never! Set your DVR now for 8 PM EST tonight - yet another DWTS pro is choreographing for SYTYCD this week:

Very excited to be choreographing again on SYTYCD tomorrow. Tune in, it's going to be a great show, so many amazing dances this week!
@JonatRoberts
jonathan roberts

I’m assuming Jonathan choreographed a ballroom routine, given that he specializes in the ballroom dances; looks like we might also catch a glimpse of our favorite Russian redhead in the audience ;-)

At SYTYCD Dress rehearsal. @ choreographed a dance for 1 of the contestants. Please watch and support today :) <3
@atrebunskaya
anna trebunskaya

Other DWTS connections in this week’s episode? Both Ryan DiLello & Anya Garnis of the Vegas show troupe are dancing as all-stars this week:

I'm so excited to dance as an All-Star tomorrow on @ I love my dance & especially my PARTNER!! :-) Tune in 8/7c #sytycd
@ryandilello
Ryan Di Lello

Amazing day of rehearsals for #SYTYCD.So excited to be back as an All-Star this week!!! So much talent in one room...WOW!!!
@AnyaGarnisLA
Anya Garnis

Be sure to check out the Dmitry Chaplin-choreographed cha-cha that Anya did with contestant Cole last week, if you haven’t already ;-) I just have one question: when are we going to get to see a FEMALE DWTS pro’s choreography (Karina, Anna, Kym, etc.) on SYTYCD? You listening, Nigel? ;-)

UPDATE: Video of the quickstep routine Jonathan choreographed for Eliana & Ryan:

August 29, 2012 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!

Behind The Scenes With DWTS Anna Trebunskaya And Jonathan Roberts On Design Star All Stars

Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts pictured with Loren Ruch who is the producer of “Design Star All Stars”. The three worked together on a new episode where contestants redesigned some rooms in Anna and Jonathan’s house. You can read a blog about what took part behind the scenes with them here. When you are finished reading and if you weren’t able to catch it, be sure to see the episode on-line at HGTV. Thanks to to PureDWTS reader TDI19 for the heads up!

August 20, 2012 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 Meets Ballroom With A Twist Summer 2012 (Photos)

So many cool pics have come out of Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Oksana Dmytrenko, Sasha Farber, Dmitry Chaplin, and Peta Murgatroyd while they danced in “Ballroom With A Twist” in San Francisco, California this summer. One weekend, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron was pictured with the cast when he went to one of the shows a few weeks ago (pictured above). To see a slew of pics, see these facebook pages here and here. Below are a few more pics with Peta, Dmitry, Oksana, Sasha, Anna, and Jonathan (be sure to see the “read more” link). If you are in the San Francisco are, be sure to see this show!

Read more..

August 1, 2012 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.

Pure Dancing With The Stars Summer Heat Media Tidbits For July 18, 2012

Just a couple of Dancing With The Stars media tidbits!! First up, get ready to set your DVRs! HGTV is reporting that the five remaining designers on “Design Star All Stars” must transform two large rooms for Dancing With The Stars pros Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskya. It might be challenging since Jonathan wants a “sophisticated man cave” while Anna wants a “chic living room/dining room that can double as a rehearsal space.” You can more at HGTV.

Also, isn’t this a great picture of Peta and Maks below? Now if these two don’t look happy, what’s happiness? :?: :idea: Friday night the two celebrated Peta’s birthday at the Southampton Social Club. Then on Saturday, Maks and Peta along with Val headed to Georgica. You can read all about it and more social events in the Hamptons at Hamptons.com.

And in the land of Tony Dovolani….guess what? Tony will be taking over the “host” spot in the Dancing With The Stars Live In Las Vegas show from August 1st-5th. For more details, visit Broadway World. Louis Van Amstel will also be dancing in the show from July 19-29th. According to his twitter, he just arrived in Los Angeles. Will Louis be seeing a lot of Los Angeles in the next 4 months? It remains to be seen. :D

Last, but, not least, :) don’t miss heading over the Pure Derek Hough as soon as you can. Miss Heidi has more goodies on Derek to share which includes more new gorgeous pics including this hot gem. Someone take our temperature. No don’t. :mrgreen:

And that makes this a wrap!

July 18, 2012 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 Anna Trebunskaya Pictured In Ballroom With A Twist

Isn’t this a beautiful picture of Dancing With The Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya? Her long red hair is one of her best features, isn’t it?!! The photo was taken Thursday night in an opening number of “Ballroom With A Twist” with hubby Jonathan Roberts in San Francisco. There are more pics as well as a “mixed” review on the night at the San Francisco Gate. Dancing With The Stars troupe members Sasha Farber and Oksana Dmytrenko are also dancing in the production as previously reported. Peta Murgatroyd and Dimitry Chaplin will be dancing in it’s second week run. Let’s hope they take more pictures! For ticket information, scheduling, and times, be sure to visit MarinesMemorialTheatre.com.

July 14, 2012 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 by the Numbers – DWTS Season 5 Retrospective!

Since they just aired season 5 on GSN, I figured I would do a little numbers retrospective – particularly because of the supposed “shocking” elimination of Sabrina and the horribly prolonged run of Marie Osmond.

I have to say, after watching Sabrina dance again, I have to agree with Len and Bruno when they commented on how she danced her foxtrot “too hard” – it was way too hard and she did miss a couple steps.  Combine that with the talent and/or name recognition of her competitors, then is it really a surprise? Perhaps so, since Jane had been in the bottom two the week before. But everyone but perhaps Helio and Mel B was much better known with the DWTS demographic than Sabrina was – and Mel B was a better dancer and Helio was a huge and charming personality. Anyway, at the end of the night, week 6, the scores looked like this:

The Judges Scores and Percentages

Place Celebrity Score Percentage
1. Mel B 30 16.67
2. Helio 28 15.56
3. Jennie 27 15.00
4. Cameron 25 13.89
4. Sabrina 25 13.89
6. Marie 23 12.78
7. Jane 22 12.22

Now, what these scores mean should be somewhat obvious to longtime readers of this series – Sabrina was not at the bottom of the leader board and, in fact, had a pretty decent lead on Marie and Jane and was tied with Cameron.  In order for Sabrina to be eliminated, the following had to happen:

-          She didn’t cover the spread of the dancers above her, AND;

-          Cameron got ONE more vote per million votes cast than her, AND:

-          Marie got 11,150 more votes per million votes cast than she did, AND;

-          Jane got 16,700 more votes per million votes cast than she did.

Now, conventional wisdom has always said that Sabrina fans got over confident or were sure she was safe. But look at those numbers. That’s  a good bit of overconfident and I’m not sure I believe it any longer. Marie’s faint was the week before, but there is no reason that Jane should go from a bottom two situation the week before to being safe at Sabrina’s expense the very next week.  She made up a pretty big deficit.  I’m inclined to believe that, like other lesser knowns before her, Sabrina didn’t have the fanbase that many believed. And we all know by now that great dancing isn’t always enough.  And in case you still don’t agree – Sabrina was the high scorer in 3 of the 5 previous weeks. The two weeks she wasn’t the high score, she was in second place. The instant she falls out of the top 2, she’s eliminated. Coincidence?? Read more..

July 5, 2012 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)