Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Season 14 champ Peta Murgatroyd celebrating her Mirror Ball with Maks Chmerkovskiy at the Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas. Also celebrating her victory were Maks’ brother Val, Kiki Nyemchek, and more. Check out all the big smiles and the fun they had in a great gallery at Too Fab.
With the way they have been switching the Dancing With The Stars Troupe these last few seasons, it almost makes a fan not want to get too close or favor any of them? And yet, if it weren’t for the Troupe, we wouldn’t have the magnificent Tristan MacManus and the beautiful Peta Murgatroyd as teaching pros. “Change is good” though (or “beautiful” as my hair stylist likes to say. ) and maybe that is the case this season? From a couple of tweets from Dancing With The Stars 2nd year Troupe veteran, Sharna Burgess, Daria Chesnokova from last season’s troupe is out (this is sad. I just loved her, her passion when dancing, and her long hair!). Pro dancer (and girlfriend to Sasha Farber), Emma Slater is taking her place. Sharna has also tweeted that Dancing With The Stars Troupe veteran, Oksana Dmytrenko will be returning. Second year veteran, Sasha Farber, is also returning to the Troupe. According to an Australian dancer named Henry Byalikovat, he has been chosen to be in the troupe for Season 14 as well and he is beyond excited. Below is what he posted at his facebook page;
In LA! Finally settled in.. Got my phone organised, got my place organised and unpacked. Now to shower and get ready for meetings, fittings and rehearsals! DWTS USA Season 14 is going to be amazing WOOOPPPAAAAAAAAAA!
So, as of right now and what we can gather, below is who is dancing in this season’s Dancing With The Stars Troupe:
For the Girls: Sharna Burgess, Oksana Dmytrenko, Emma Slater
For the Guys: Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov
As you might have noticed, the third spot for the Guys is unknown. No word yet (that I can officially find so far? Maybe one of you know more?) if it will be Ted Volynets or Kiki Nyemchek who danced in the Troupe last season? However, if you’ve been following Ted at twitter, you know he’s been posting some questionable tweets eluding to the fact that he might not be dancing this season?
We hope for some official confirmation soon on everything with this subject.
If you’d like to know more on the new dancers above, be sure to check the links under their names. They both sound like they’d be fabulous on the show!!
Whooo Hoooo!!! It’s nearly that time of year again, folks!! DWTS Season 14!! Me ‘cited.
Okay, this is REALLY early and most pros don’t actually know if they’re dancing yet, and they won’t for about a week and a half. With the cast announcement coming on the 28th, I would expect the pros start getting confirmation the week before that – and many have big mouths, lucky for us. Both Cheryl and Derek have indicated, today (coincidence?), that they are planning on dancing. Derek just now on Twitter and Cheryl earlier this morning. Normally, I wouldn’t report on these plans, because planning doesn’t make it actually happen – but in the case of Derek and Cheryl, I’m putting it out there because those two are most likely to be signed early. Plus, Derek, in the past, has only mentioned DWTS and dancing when it’s been a done deal. So, him saying “Who do you want me to dance with?”” is about as close to a confirmation without a confirmation you can get. Especially from the absurdly tight lipped Derek. 😉
PLEASE don’t tell me that Louis said he wants to be back (same for Dmitry and the rest) because I think that’s blatantly obvious – and Louis and several others aren’t guaranteed a partner. Most of the rest of the pros WANT to be on the show, I just need something more concrete….along the lines of “Yay, I got a partner.” Heh.
ETA 6: @DWTSGossip has had more to say regarding the men – that there will only be five and apparently he/she is retracting Val and saying “a Chmerkovskiy”. Good news for Tristan fans…sucks to be a fan of Louis or Dmitry (or Val OR Maks). MY ASSUMPTIONS ARE IN BLUE, @DWTSGOSSIP IS IN RED. Please take special note of the word “assumption” – please look it up if you have to, I don’t want to have arguments about it tomorrow.
Derek Hough – IN
Maksim Chmerkovskiy – unknown
Mark Ballas – In per @DWTSGossip
Louis Van Amstel – OUT
Tony Dovolani – In per @DWTSGossip
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT per @DWTSGossip
Corky Ballas – OUT
Val Chmerkovski – Unknown
Tristan McMannus – In per @DWTSGossip
Cheryl Burke – In
Kym Johnson – In per @DWTSGossip
Chelsie Hightower – In per @DWTSGossip
Lacey Schwimmer –OUT
Karina Smirnoff – In per @DWTSGossip
Anna Trebunskaya –In per @DWTSGossip
Peta Murgatroyd – In per @DWTSGossip
The Dancing With The Stars Makeup Team has released a new album of the dancers behind the scenes preparing for the show, just posing, or goofing around. Below are a couple of beautiful takes of the troupe members (Teddy, Sasha, Kiki, Shawna, and Dasha) , Peta and Tristan, and Hope. To see the full album and your favorite dancers, be sure to visit their facebook page.
As some of you have posted in the comments sections and in some twitter chat (including @DWTStroupe), Daria Chesnokova and Sasha Farber might be the replacements for Nicole Volynets and Tristan MacManus in the Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe. Another dancer that might be dancing in the troupe is Sharna Burgess.
Daria, also known as “Dasha”, is Val Chmerkovskiy’s former dance partner from from 2008 until this year. She is also from the Ukraine like Val. The two have won numerous World dance titles together and have helped to teach at the Dance With Me Soho Studios in New York.
Sasha was born in Russia, but, moved to Australia when he was 13 at which he started dancing. By the time Sasha was 17, he had won the Australian Youth Latin Championships twice and represented Australia at the World Latin Championships. He was featured in the closing ceremony at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and has danced several times on Dancing with the Stars in the past. He is most known for his role in the highly successful dance theatre production Burn The Floor. He has been described as an “explosively, energetic dancer”.
Sharna Burgess, like Sasha, is also from Australia where she studied dance. She has also been a dancer in “Burn The Floor”.
If true, I think these dancers would be the perfect replacements even though I don’t understand why they dropped Nicole? She was fantastic as well.
The three new dancers will join Teddy Volynets, Kiki Nyemchek, and Oksana Dmytrenko who were are 2nd year members of the Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe.
ETA: Updates are in red.
Note: John taught us a new trick – we can now “stickie” a post to the top of the page and add new posts below it. Which is what I’m going to do with this post, so don’t miss anything down below. ETA: You can tell a stickied post by the lovely blue color.
Okay, so the pros supposedly find out if they are competing on Monday, but in seasons past they actually start getting confirmed this weekend. If you believe @DWTSGossip on Twitter, 8 have been confirmed and 4 are waiting to find out. She also says there will be three “new faces” on the dance floor with partners. Which means only ONE of the currently unconfirmed pros will be getting a partner, according to what she wrote about it. I’m still wondering if it just means 3 new Troupe members, but she implies three new faces competing with celebs (which means they don’t necessarily have to be Troupe, since those aren’t technically “new”). Wow. I just made my own brain ache. I hope you all followed that.
I’ve noted all those called “confirmed” by @DWTSGossip, below. All that said, a word of caution: I do think that @DWTSGossip has a source that is reliable. I say that’s likely because I’ve had them before and @DWTSGossip has been on target in the past. HOWEVER, as with anything you read on the net, it is not “for sure” until it comes from the Pros themselves, Tom Bergeron or DWTS producers via GMA. We’ve seen a previously reliable source (TMZ) go down in flames this season and they were right the last two seasons. Just be cautious before you start throwing parties…or go into mourning. I think she’s (?) probably right…but that’s what I said about TMZ as well. 😉 ETA: Please note that nothing is certain until we hear it from the Pros or the show. Don’t yell at me if something turns out to be incorrect. 😉 Read more..
Did someone say Pro Watch?? Why yes, Courtney did. Every season we do a post that keeps a running update on which pros appear to be confirmed for Season 13. Keep in mind that we post it how we hear it – unless a Pro says “Yes, I am on DWTS Season 13”, the rest is all conjecture and guessing and hoping and inference and gossip. We try very hard to label guesses and hopes as just that – guesses and hope. Ain’t nothing wrong with a good bit of hope – we just try to call it straight up.
I’m not going to continually update this particular post – when it’s time to do a bit of live updating, I will let you know. I think it’s a bit too soon. My boy Tommy B tweeted today that the cast announcement will be August 29th (which Court was “psychic” about), which means we are getting down to the wire and the rumors and pro confirmations will start flying fast and furious. But the “for sure” pro cast list (aka “leaks”) is probably still two weeks out. At least.
Derek Hough – YES, per Deena Katz on Ryan Seacrest’s Radio Show
Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Most likely, per Maks’ twitter
Mark Ballas – Unknown
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Tony Dovolani – Unknown, but a recent interview could be taken as an affirmative – but just a guess, IMO
Dmitry Chaplin – Unknown
Corky Ballas – Unknown
Cheryl Burke – I’d be shocked if not
Kym Johnson – unknown
Chelsie Hightower – strong possibility
Lacey Schwimmer – unknown
Karina Smirnoff – unknown
Anna Trebunskaya – unknown
Ballroom Battlers – confirmed by Louis
Louis Van Amstel
For the record, I do NOT believe that taking part in the Ballroom Battle is indicative of the pros’ participation in DWTS with a celebrity one way or another. I’ve also heard that BB is NOT going to be that time consuming, to the point that it would preclude those pros from competing.
Tristan MacManus – Yes
I assume all the same troupe members will be back – but I will update them as required. As always, give me the heads up if you hear anything that I’ve missed – I’m not stingey with credit.
With a mere 4 weeks of competition complete, we’ve already seen a slew of costume dittos from the pros and also the troupe this season. Let’s have a look, shall we? It’ll give Heidi & I some time to come up with this week’s cheesecake…and I’m sure it will be a doozy, after suffering through “American Night”-mare.
Battle of the lime green, jeweled & feathered Latin costume: Peta in the “On the Floor” pro/troupe dance this season vs. Kym’s pro dance with Tony to Santana in season 11
Courtney: Hmmm. Tough one for me. I like Petra’s hair better, but I think the color looks better with Kym’s skin. Although I’m not wild about that thing they’ve got going across the midriff on Kym…glad they omitted it for Peta.
Heidi: Peta is certainly beautiful, and looks good in the dress, but I don’t think the Awesome Boobage of Kym can’t be beaten – by anyone. Add in that her darker tan compliments the dress and there you go. I do see something resembling a crotch doilie though and it’s giving me flashbacks.
Courtney: I was thinking more “feather loincloth”, but crotch doily works too
The winner: The Awesome Boobage prevails once more 😀
Battle of the beaded black mesh Latin dress with plunging neckline, redux: Karina’s pro dance with Louis to Jennifer Hudson this season vs. Anna’s pre-season photo shoot with Sugar Ray this season vs. Kym’s cha-cha with the Hoff in season 11
Heidi: Again, I have to go with Kym for reasons previously stated. Plus, I think Anna is too pale in her photo and with the red hair it just washes her out. Karina looks amazing, but I would go with Kym.
Courtney: The problem with this dress is that it’s not a typical “Anna” dress – she seems to tend more towards the conservative, less va-va-va-voom Latin costumes these days, so she’s out. I loved the way the dress looked on Karina while she was moving – quite quickly, I might add, which is why it was hard for Heidi to get a clear screen cap – but alas, Kym reigns supreme once more with her sex kitten hair, smoky eye makeup, and perpetual Awesome Boobage
The winner: You don’t mess with the Awesome Boobage.
Battle of the hot pink fringed Latin dress, redux: Chelsea’s pre-season photo shoot with Mark this season vs. Lacey’s Team Kristi cha-cha with Kyle in season 11 vs. Anna in the “On the Floor” pro/troupe dance this season
Courtney: Poor Anna always seems to get stuck with the 3 & 4-peat costumes 😛 God love her…she’s cute, but I’m not wild about the hot pink paired with her red hair. Sticking with cute-as-a-button Chelsea on this one…
Heidi: Ummm….not Lacey? I think I lean toward Chelsea, as I think her hair style compliments the “cute” of the dress.
The winner: Chelsea’s still pretty in pink.
Battle of the red & gold paso doble dress: Karina’s paso doble with Mario in season 6 vs. Oksana’s paso doble demo with Kiki this season
Heidi: I’m going to go with Karina based on skin tone and, even though it’s not a fair comparison since we’re looking at stills, the movement she achieved with this dress. Although that could also be due to what appears to be a different cut to the bottom portion – did they remove a slit and the gold trim for Oksana?
Courtney: Oksana keeps reminding us of how she’s a “powerhouse in a small package”, so I’m guessing they probably had to hem this dress for her – hence, the disappearance of the gold trim at the bottom of the dress. Looks like they also omitted the gold belt (likely to make her torso appear longer) and may have sewn up a few of the slits & jeweled the bodice to balance the look. A good example of how some minor tweaking can really change the look of a costume But I agree – I like the look better on Karina. Just works better with her skin tone and her build.
The winner: Oksana the powerhouse-in-a-small-package is no match for powerhouse-in-any-package Karina!
Battle of the pink & red ruffled Latin dress: Oksana in the “On the Floor” pro/troupe dance this season vs. Cheryl’s samba with Gilles in season 8
Courtney: I feel like a lot of Cheryl’s costumes in season 8 were similar to this – ruffly, midriff-y, and brightly-colored. I guess she was maybe celebrating her weight loss (and departure from the frumpy costumes she wore in season 7 to cover up her weight gain) with all of these loud dresses…but it just doesn’t feel like something that really fits her personality well. For that reason, I’m gonna go with Oksana…seems like something she’d actually pick out for herself.
Heidi: Hmmmm….I think I have to go with Oksana and I’m not really sure why I like it better on her. Overall, I don’t much care for the dress at all, but Oksana wears it well.
The winner: Everyone’s favorite pint-sized mail-order bride – Oksana
Battle of the red & orange fringed Latin dress: Melissa’s would-be jive with Tony in season 8 vs. Lacey in the “On the Floor” pro/troupe dance this season
Heidi: Again, a dress that I don’t care for much – but believe it or not I’m going to go with Lacey. Again, not a fair comparison because Lacey is benefiting from movement whereas Melissa is stationary. That said, Lacey’s hair is gawdawful. But then, Melissa looks like a school marm posing as a hot Latin momma and failing miserably. So, it’s really a double fail, but less on Lacey. This time.
Courtney: Poor Melissa – she didn’t even have a chance to show us this dress in motion (this was the week that she injured herself and was unable to do her jive, so they showed us the footage of the camera blocking instead). She just wore it on the results show for the sake of consistency. Not that I’m too disappointed – this dress reminds me of a Muppet. Or rather, the leftover trimmings of a Muppet on the cutting room floor of Jim Henson studios But weird & Muppet-y fits right in Lacey’s wheelhouse, so I’m gonna go with her as well.
The winner: Lacey rocks the “leftover Muppet” look well.
Battle of the pink ruffled mesh rumba dress & the jeweled & ruffled black mesh samba dress: Lacey’s rumba & samba with Kyle in season 11 vs. 2 wardrobe assistants futzing around backstage this season
Courtney: Two of Lacey’s weirder costumes from last season, fo sho…but these boys are fearlessly rocking them. The Asian guy dominates in this one – he’s even got the artsy Latin hand gesture down cold! Other guy gets points for trying, but the socks, dude? As for Lacey…she never stood a chance against either of these fashion plates
Heidi: The Asian guy, definitely. The other guy would be doing well if not for the white ankle socks. 😉
The winner: Lacey never stood a chance against the fabulosity of these two
From what we can gather from Facebook and Twitter, below are some of the new professional dancers that are all part of the new “Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe”. Elena Grinenko of Grinya’s Entertainment, retired and famed Russian World Champion Ballroom Dancer, is in charge of the new troupe. As reported earlier, the new dance troupe will be choreographing and performing demonstration dances every Tuesday night during the Results show. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this new dance troupe is all about, are you? Now to introduce some of the new dancers….
Kiki Nyemchek & Magda Fialek:
Oleksandr (Sasha) Altukhov and Oksana Dmytrenko:
And last but, not least Peta Murgatroyd who many of you are already familiar with. According to Peta, Damian Whitewood isn’t part of the dance troupe, but, will still be dancing in the pro numbers. Peta is also helping to choreograph the dance troupe according to her twitter.
As soon as we find out more on the new Dance Troupe and more of the dancers, we’ll be sure to let you know. Stop back here after Tuesday night’s show and let us know what you think. 😉
EDIT TO ADD: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Ryan, here is even more on the Dance Troupe from ABC.
Tomorrow, TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the 12th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (“Episode 1202A”), the first couple will be eliminated from the competition, an all-new pro dance troupe of six world renowned performers will make its debut, and top-selling recording artist Chris Brown will perform two numbers.
This week, an all-new troupe of six world-renowned, award-winning dancers joins the series for the first of several spectacular “Results Show” performances this season. On Tuesday, the troupe will perform an opening number alongside six “Dancing with the Stars” pros and do a second, stand alone routine choreographed by Jason Gilkison. The Season 12 “Dancing with the Stars” troupe is:
* Oksana Dmyrenko is a premiere performer in Ballroom and Latin dance around the world. Having studied in her home of Ukraine and around the world, she won the 2010 International World Masters Championship, placed 2nd in the 2009 U.S. National Championships, and was recently among the Top 30 of 500 of the world’s best couples in the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival.
* Tristan MacMahon began dancing in his home of Dublin, Ireland before moving on to compete around Europe, eventually winning numerous Juvenile, Junior and Amateur competitions. After appearing in “Ella Enchanted,” he performed in theatre productions throughout Europe, including Bryan Flynn’s production of “Oliver!” and “Aladdin,” among others. He joined the U.K. tour of “Simply Ballroom” and, after a successful tour in London and Las Vegas, toured as a featured dancer with several successful shows in the U.S. After numerous world tours and a year teaching Ballroom and Latin dancing in the U.S., he returned to Europe to join the cast of “Dirty Dancing” as Dance Captain. He then went on to do a second stint on The West End stage in London
* Peta Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She studied Classical Ballet from age 4 and trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet Madame Lubov Nikonorenko. After becoming the Australian State Champion within three months of beginning Ballroom training, she competed around the world, placing 2nd in the Great World City Championships, was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore, a finalist in the Australian Open Championships, and placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006. After achieving her lifelong goal of dancing on Broadway, she moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in film and television in Los Angeles.
* 19-year-old Christopher “Kiki” Nyemchek began Ballroom and Latin dancing at age 4. Along with his dance partners, he has represented the U.S. at the World Championships three times, and competed in Europe and Asia. Kiki danced at Junior Blackpool three times, placing 29th out of more than 400 couples. He is noted as one of the Top Under 21 Latin dancers in the U.S. and is a National Amateur Finalist.
* Nicole Volynets began Ballroom training at age 14 with coach Maksim Chmerkovskiy. With her brother Ted by her side, Nicole has traveled the world in competition, placing as a top three national finalist for seven consecutive years and in the top eight at the 2007 U.S. National DanceSport Challenge. She performed at The Wynn, Las Vegas and in Macau, China for the opening of The Wynn – Macau.
* Ted Volynets began Ballroom dancing at age 11, following in older sister Nicole’s footsteps. While training with coaches Maksim and Val Chmerkovkiy, he has traveled the world representing his country, placing Top 15 at the National DanceSport Championships 2010. His television credits include appearances on MTV’s “MADE” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Outside the studio, Ted is a senior at New York University, studying Economics.