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Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff To Star In New Political Comedy Film “Swing State”

Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff has just wrapped up production on a new film called “Swing State”. She fell in love with the script right away and had to do it. You can read more below and at Entertainment Tonight. To read more on the film, see IMDB. It has a (tentative) release date for April 1, 2016.

Karina Smirnoff is dancing to a brand new beat.

The former Dancing With the Stars pro has just wrapped production on her newest project, a political comedy titled Swing State, ET has learned.

Smirnoff stars as Lucy Pollard, the wife of a closeted politician (played by Parry Shen), who is an executive for a radio talk show.

“I am so excited to be a part of this project,” the 38-year-old Ukrainian-born dancer tells ET. “It’s a political comedy which is sharp, quick-witted and has great colorful characters in it!”

“I fell in love with the script right away, [and I’m] so happy to be a part of a special project like this and to do it with amazing and talented people, I can’t wait for everyone to see!” she continued.

January 13, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff And Aaron Carter Reunited To Dance (Videos)

This past weekend, Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff and former Season 9’s partner Aaron Carter were united for a dance event at the Mohegan Sun. It’s great to see them back together again. Check them out.

We're so gooooood@Karina_Smirnoff https://t.co/E9UsA1GZll

— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) January 4, 2016

@aaroncarter still has the moves 6 years later! enjoyed this dance he did with @Karina_Smirnoff so much! 💫 pic.twitter.com/7iCy8g69S6

— Sandra ♡ (@WitneyCarsonFan) January 4, 2016

Backstage with @Karina_Smirnoff @aaroncarter after hosting @DancingABC Reality Check at @MoheganSun @WTNH @ctstyle pic.twitter.com/4BTFSttijx

— Ryan Kristafer(@RyanKristafer) January 4, 2016

January 4, 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.

DWTS Karina Smirnoff, Sasha Farber, Anna Trebunskaya, And More To Dance In “Agent Carter” Season 2

Stay tuned for Episode 8 of “Agent Carter”. Entertainment Weekly is reporting Louis Van Amstel has choreographed a dance that will be featured. Not only that, several pros from Dancing With The Stars and other dancers will be performing. Read on for details. I don’t watch this show, but, I may have to watch this episode.

Here’s the deal: “Episode 8 ends with a cliffhanger where Peggy and Jarvis [James D’Arcy] get in big trouble and are knocked out,” executive producer Michele Fazekas tells EW. “Episode 9 begins with a dream sequence that starts in black and white — by the way, [Atwell] was made for black and white. She looks like Rita Hayworth. She looks spectacular.”

Then, in true Wizard of Oz fashion, everything goes into color, leading into a full-on Broadway musical dance number that features an original song from lyricist David Zippel and composer Christopher Lennertz, in conjuction with executive producers Tara Butters and Fazekas.

Choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Louis van Amstel, the sequence features a number of pros from DWTS, including van Amstel, Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Sasha Farber and Damian Whitewood. Dancers Robert Roldan, Malene Ostergaard, Amanda Balen, Serge Onik, Jenya Shatilova, Lacey Escabar, Alla Kocherga and Paul Kirkland also join them.

December 24, 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.

Slavik Kryklyvyy And DWTS Karina Smirnoff Together Again For Kyiv Open 2015 – Dance Videos

Slavik Kryklyvyy and Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff joined up to dance again at the 2016 Kyiv Open. What’s more, they stunned the crowds again. Thanks to @Jimmbboe for sending us these beauties….

December 2, 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.

DWTS Season 21, Week SIX – Dancing by the Numbers

This week we have a pretty clear division between two groups of dancers and I’m not really sure why. It’s weird. I re-watch the dances and I agree that those three (Alexa, Alek and Hayes) had the weakest dances of the night, but I’m not convinced that the difference between some at the top and those at the bottom is that broad.  I don’t think any of the dances were “perfect” although I think Nick and Bindi were perfect *all things considered*.  Tamar, on re-watching, was not a perfect 40 either. Meanwhile, I think that Alexa and Alek should be tied with Hayes.  Of course, not giving Tamar a 40 and NOT giving Alexa and Alek 7s would have put them in much better striking distance at Tamar. Makes you wonder.

Then again – why give Andy a 40? He definitely deserved a high score…but that high? I loved that routine, for sure…but after giving him such a hard time in previous weeks, this just seems like a turnaround. I dunno, I’m kinda confused.  Anyway, here’s the leaderboard and the percentages.

Week 6 table 1

I’m not a Nick fan by any stretch, but I don’t get why Andy gets a 10 from CAI and Nick doesn’t – that’s weird, unless they’re setting up a redemption arch for Nick to help him to the MBT. But one point doesn’t really make a redemption arch, does it. Read more..

October 21, 2015 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. :-)

DWTS Season 21, Week FIVE – Dancing by the Numbers

I saw some concern this week on the blog about Alek and I want to reiterate right away – I’m not worried about Alek. At all. If he were to go home this week it would be the most shocked I’ve ever been in the history of doing the numbers for this show. Don’t know if that helps anyone or not, but there you have it. He may not be the best dancer, but he has a ton of stuff going for him. These things should be obvious, but let me spell it out for you:

  • He’s a hero in the military in the mold of JR and Noah – who finished 1st and 3rd, respectively.
  • He’s had a run of crap luck (UCC and Spencer) and people love to support someone like that, who has held up well in spite of said crap.
  • The SHOWMANCE. Come on. You watched Meryl and Maks, right? You don’t think it was just dancing that got them the title do you? It was the fauxmance. Alek has it even better because this showmance is a realmance. :-) They ain’t playing, like Meryl and Maks clearly were.

I could probably think of more stuff, but that more than sums it up, doesn’t it?  Read more..

October 15, 2015 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. :-)

DWTS Season 21, Week FOUR – Dancing by the Numbers

Well, another interesting week on DWTS. Really, I don’t have too many complaints beside CAI’s shocking blindness to the lifts that were happening. She really does seem to only see them when Derek does them, and not when other pros let them happen.  But, this shouldn’t surprise me – I was talking tonight over margaritas about what the producers might do to prevent Bindi winning. My friends think Bindi is a sure thing – but they aren’t online and don’t really pay close attention to the show. I think Bindi has to overcome the “everyone gets a trophy” cabal, and that’s no small thing.

I do think it’s going to come down to Bindi, Alek and Nick. I think Hayes and Tamar are going to fight for fourth place and I gotta say – I’m leaning toward Hayes right now. My friends who aren’t online are extremely impressed with him and not at all impressed with Nick. They also love Alek. It’s very interesting to talk to those who aren’t online (and therefore aren’t contaminated by the BS). They may actually be a bit better at calling the show than I am – but they also show me that the general audience is VERY susceptible to the producer’s subtle manipulations. Actually, after talking to them, I wonder if Nick might get edged out of the Top 3 by either Hayes or Tamar.

Well, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. Nick IS a Backstreet Boy, after all.  :-) Read more..

October 11, 2015 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. :-)

DWTS Season 21, Week THREE – Dancing by the Numbers

Maybe one of these days I’ll get my numbers done some time during the week. :-)  Is anyone even HERE on a Saturday besides me? It’s cold and wet outside, and I’ve been away for weeks, so I’m enjoying myself. ETA: Being away made me miss that supposedly this weeks elimination will be the result of Week 2/Night 2 scores and votes combined with Week 3 scores and votes. The result of me adding in Week 2/Night 2 are rather interesting. Scroll to the bottom if you’ve already read the first installment.

I was working on the assumption that Gary would be the next to go, despite how entertaining he is, because he’s not a great dancer and he’s crazy and he’s been “in jeopardy” a couple times. As a refresher, remember that sometimes being in jeopardy is a warning sign and sometimes it’s meaningless…and sometimes they want the person in jeopardy to get some votes (see: Andy).  We don’t usually know until the end of the season how they’re using it.  Anyway, I was working on the assumption that it was Gary, but then I looked at the scores. Now I’m not so sure. At all. Read more..

October 3, 2015 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. :-)

Las Vegas Odds For Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 3 – Do You Agree?

Sports Bavada has posted their new odds for Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 3. Take a look below and see if you agree. Let us know in comments. In my opinion, Bindi is too low…and same with Alek. I’d be putting her at first or second…or tied with Nick for first. Everyone else may be about right.

Nick Carter +200 +
Alexa PenaVega +225 +
Carlos PenaVega +700 +
Tamar Braxton +700 +
Alek Skarlatos +700 +
Bindi Irwin +800 +
Hayes Grier +1200 +
Andy Grammer +1600 +
Gary Busey +5000 +
Paula Deen +10000 +

There are also some Odds posted at Broadway World. Bindi is first in their odds. I think I like these odds better, but, I think Paula should be last.

Heidi and Courtney, what do you think?

Courtney: Hmmm…these seem wonky to me. I don’t think Alexa should be nearly that high – I think that Alek, Bindi, Hayes, and even Tamar might have a better shot at the MBT. Truth be told, I’m a little uncertain of just who is voting for Alexa – are there really a ton of Spy Kids fans around? And I would put Bindi at about even odds with Nick – with Alek not far behind.  As I’ve witnessed from the switch-up voting – Alek seems to have surged to the top of a lot of folks’ lists as the “guy to beat” this season.  Also probably helps that he’s just kind of an awesome human being, too :-) Surprisingly, I’ve found a lot of folks have yet to be really impressed by Nick – I hear the words “intense” and “hard to connect to” thrown around a lot. Is he perhaps more of a Kendra Wilkinson than an Alfonso Ribeiro? I also think Gary is on his way out – so I’d swap he & Paula in the odds. I think the only one that’s about right on the money is Andy – I see him possibly being an early exit.

Heidi: Twitter noise is notoriously faulty when it comes to predicting winners, don’t forget.  I’m as big a Derek fan as they come and I think I’ve cast five whole twitter votes – and for several different partners. :-) Alek will do well as long as his scores hold up, but we haven’t gotten to any fun latin dances yet.  I think that Nick is still the guy to beat with women of a certain age who aren’t broadcasting it on twitter…but I don’t know if that will hold up for long, because I do agree that Alek is gaining ground. Nick needs to get out of his head or he’ll find himself on the outside of the Top 2 looking in. I  very much agree on Alexa – way too high.  Where this is coming from I just don’t know. Carlos too, for that matter. Alexa is behind Bindi, Nick and Tamar in the BW odds and I think THAT is still too high. Both sets of odds also have Hayes too low, I think.  Ultimately, Bindi, Nick and Alek are likely to be at the top in the end, along with Hayes and Tamar. Alexa or Carlos could sneak into the top 5 if Alek’s latin is not good…but I wouldn’t count on it.  I think Andy and Alexa are going to be surprisingly early boots, with Carlos out in 6th place unless he suddenly comes on strong.  That’s my very long way of saying – these odds are a mess and BW is marginally better. Marginally. :-) They do kinda make me want to put some money on Bindi, though…

October 2, 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.

Karina Smirnoff And Derek Hough Attend Knott’s Scary Farm Event – HQ Photos

Last night, Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff graced the black carpet at a Knott’s Scary Farm event. Aren’t they funny? To see more, click on the photos.

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.