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Dancing with the Stars – Winning Freestyles Through the Years, Part Two

Okay, here’s part 2 – be sure to watch part 1 so you can get the full history.

Part 2 could be called the “Hough-Ballas-Johnson” Section. :-) What I notice about Derek and Mark’s early Freestyles is that they craft something exciting but they still get a lot of actual dancing in there. I remember critics saying it was all lifts and no dancing….crack is wack, ya’ll. Looking forward to seeing both freestyles from them this Monday as they’ve both matured so much in both style and choreography.

Season 7 – Brooke and Derek. I loved this freestyle. It’s funny to watch now as Derek is a good bit smaller – you’ll also note that this is the beginning of his recurring back problems. What I loved about this freestyle is that, from Brooke, it was unexpected, I think. She was the best dancer this season and I remember thinking that there was no way she was beating Warren the showman – I think this dance might have done it for her. Read more..

May 17, 2014 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. :-)

New “Ballroom With A Twist” Interview With DWTS Tristan MacManus

What a fun new interview with Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus. He and Kym Johnson are out there dancing up a storm in the current run of Ballroom With A Twist. He took time out to talk about it with News Press Now. He puts it all into perspective just perfectly for what this show is about. I can’t rave on it enough. Our schedule has recently been updated. Be sure to see this link for dates and ticket information, etc. Be sure you are following Ballroom With A Twist Facebook too. Things are heating up for the summer season as Gleb Savchenko told us too last week.

“I assumed that I’d come in and do a little bit of dancing, but as it turns out, we host the show,” MacManus says with a laugh.

MacManus quickly became an audience favorite and a great co-host. The friendly Irishman frequently gets the crowd involved, and he really lets them open up during revamped Q&A sessions.

“Over time, I’ve kind of gone a bit rogue with it,” MacManus laughs. “It used to be scripted out what we’d ask each other, and we’d tell them what we’d assume they’d want to know. Now, the audience can shout out any question they want to know the answer to. I find it more fun that way and people seem to appreciate the interaction more.”

As far as dancing is concerned, MacManus is quick to glaze over his portions of the show and pour praise on its other acts. In addition to performances by MacManus and Johnson, “Ballroom With a Twist” features numbers by Jonathan “Legacy” Perez, Randi Lynn Strong and Jonathan Platero of “So You Think You Can Dance” set to vocal performances by former “American Idol” contestants Gina Glocksen and Von Smith.

One of the greatest crowd-pleasers of the evening, MacManus says, is a scintillating contemporary dance routine by the “So You Think You Can Dance” trio set to Glocksen’s rendition of “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. He adds that the Missouri Theater audience shouldn’t blink when Perez showcases his impressive B-boy stylings.

“He spins on his head an awful lot,” MacManus says.

The professional squad runs the gamut of dance styles throughout the night, dabbling in the samba, the rumba, the waltz, the foxtrot, the quickstep, the jive and even a little bit of fusion. While the smaller routines are choreographed by the dancers themselves, MacManus says van Amstel’s signature touches can be seen throughout the large group numbers.

“There’s very ‘Louie’ numbers in there,” he says. “You can see a lot of Louie-esque movements. He loves very intricate choreography and a lot of really fast, double-time stuff, and you can see that influence in the show.”

“Sometimes, people assume that Kym and I are really good because we’re on the TV show, but the chorus numbers are great,” he adds. “I think people will really enjoy them and be surprised by them.”

While “Ballroom With a Twist” consistently brings in fans of “Dancing With the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol,” MacManus says the TV shows just don’t compare with the intimacy of the theater. On May 1, the audience will get an up-close glimpse at the talent, the athleticism and the colorful spectacle that makes those primetime programs a hit.

“Once you see the live show,” he says, “you’ll appreciate singing or dancing more than you’ll appreciate the TV shows.”

More at News Press Now.

April 25, 2014 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.

Kym Johnson And Tristan MacManus Interviewed About Ballroom With A Twist And Dancing With The Stars (Video)

Awww, it’s so good to see Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus again! If you head to WCHS TV, you can hear them talking about Ballroom With A Twist in a new interview. The two former Dancing With The Stars pros are in Charleston, West, Virginia to dance tonight at the Clay Center! In the new interview, Kym and Tristan also talk all about Dancing With The Stars, preparing for the show, their past partners, costuming, and lots more. Be sure you see the new interview HERE. If you live in the Charleston area, be sure to see them in Ballroom With A Twist tonight. If you aren’t able to see them, see our Ballroom With A Twist Schedule as they are travelling to New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Missouri and New Jersey next. I saw the show in February and I can tell you, it’s a great time! It’s so fun to see our Pros up close and personal like that. Be sure to see it!

ETA: Rave reviews for Tristan, Kym, and this show from the WV Gazette! Check it out….

The show’s hosts, Johnson and McManus, injected a bit of light-hearted humor into the evening, inviting the audience to ask them questions.

“I imagined myself with George Clooney,” Johnson said in response to a question as to how her dance partners were selected, “but I got Jerry Springer.”

She went on to add that Springer turned out to be a great dance partner and she had a lot of fun with him.Johnson and McManus also led the audience in a group dance session, cheering and encouraging everyone to get out of their seats and shimmy to the beat.

But if applause was any indication, the evening’s mega star clearly was Jonathan “Legacy” Perez, who captivated and awed with his gymnastic, gravity defying break dancing moves.Indeed, ballroom dance is alive and well, but with a few contemporary tweaks. These twists provided enough oomph to satisfy audiences of all ages and leave them on their feet and cheering for more.

April 3, 2014 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 Peta Murgatroyd, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Maks Chmerkovskiy, And More Attend Oscar & QVC Parties, Etc

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Peta Murgatroyd looks like a princess! Last night, the Dancing With The Stars pro attended the QVC 5th Annual Red Carpet Style Event. Cheryl Burke and Anna Trebunskaya also attended the event (see pic below) in some really cute dresses. If you’d like to see more photos of them, visit Getty Images and Startraksphoto. Derek Hough was suppose to attend this event, but, so far, we haven’t seen any photos. He may be too in deep getting ready for the GMA Oscar Tribute for Monday?

Also, Maks Chmerkovskiy attended Kari Feinstein’s Pre-Academy Awards Style Lounge party at the Andaz West Hollywood in Los Angeles, California yesterday. You can view some new photos of him at Getty Images.

We missed posting new photos of Tony Dovolani attending the OK! Magazine Pre Oscar party. You can view some new photos of him at this Getty link.

It’s also fun to see former Dancing With The Stars pro Kym Johnson again. She attended BritWeek Oscar Party this week wearing a yellow dress and a black silk jacket. So cute!

Lastly, isn’t Karina Smirnoff a vision again? She was seen enjoying the night out at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood, California in a black backless suit (does she not have one of the best backs?). So pretty! You can view more gorgeous photos of her at Zimbio Pictures.

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And that is all…for now! 3 more days until the Dancing With The Stars cast announcement (not counting today)!~Vogue xx

March 1, 2014 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 Season 18 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. :-)  It will be very interesting to see what happens this year, after they let go of the band. That was a huge cost savings to them. The question is: are they looking to save even more money (say goodbye to Derek and possibly Cheryl) or have they saved so much that they can afford the popular, long term pros that have kept people coming back to this show season after season? I personally think that they will do what they can to hold on to Derek – he’s an Emmy winner and that’s very helpful to the show’s cache. I think they will also do their best to hold on to Cheryl, Karina and Mark. I’m GUESSING that Val and Tristan are still locked into contracts that are beneficial to ABC so they aren’t in question as long as they find a partner for them.  As always, I could be wrong. :-) Read more..

February 4, 2014 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. :-)

New “Burn The Floor” Documentary Starring Dancing With The Stars Pros (Pictures)

Just a fun heads up if you are a fan to “Burn The Floor” (for which many of our Dancing With The Stars pros danced in). The official Burn the Floor facebook page has posted new photos of Kym Johnson, Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater. Apparently, they are filming a “Burn The Floor” documentary about the history of the show and how the show has grown. It will feature stories on the dancers too. Be sure to read more info and see the new pictures at this link. Kym looks fantastic!!

Thanks to fan Heather for sending us this news!

January 31, 2014 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.

Popular Cruising Reviews Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise, Videos With DWTS Pros

Be sure to see Popular Cruising’s reviews of the recent Holland America Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise below. They cover everything from the complimentary dance classes, the guest dance competition, pro judging, audience voting, production and fashion shows, comedic interludes, and more. In the coverage below you can see Dancing With The Stars pros and alumni Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone, Carson Kressley, Kym Johnson, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Tristan MacManus, and Sharna Burgess. Lots of fun and laughs. Thanks to Linz for the heads up!!

January 30, 2014 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 Tristan MacManus Marries Tahyna Tozzi, Kym Johnson Pictured At Wedding & More

If you visit the Daily Mail, they have a report about Tristan MacManus’ wedding to Tahyna Tozzi in Australia. You can also view some fun pictures from the event including new pictures of Kym Johnson!! What a beautiful wedding it must have been. Congratulations Tristan and Tahyna!!!

Tahyna Tozzi walked down the aisle to marry professional dancer Tristan MacManus on Saturday – but tried hard to keep the whole thing under wraps.

The 27-year-old model and actress has signed a lucrative magazine deal – rumoured to be more than $10,000 – for exclusive photos rights.

But when you’re a celebrity, you’re marrying a star of hit show Dancing With The Stars, and you have the likes of Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and former rugby league star Jason Stevens as guests, it’s hard to keep things a secret from everybody.

The simple white dress was being shielded because of a reported $10,000-plus picture deal that the couple had struck with a magazine.

Tozzi arrived at St James, Kurnell, for an afternoon wedding hidden behind a reflective car sunshield. She was rushed into the church covered in a white tablecloth keeping her dress hidden.

MacManus, 31, was also taken in to the ceremony under cover.

The couple, who have been together for five years, have been trying to shake off the media in recent weeks, only increasing the speculation that something big was about to happen.

January 25, 2014 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.

Dance Pros Continue To Light Up Holland America’s Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise (New Photos)

The pros from Dancing With The Stars continue to light up Holland America’s Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise. You can view new pictures of yesterday and last night’s events at Popular Cruising Facebook. Also, Chris Cruises Facebook has new pictures and video coverage posted. Lastly, don’t miss viewing this post as a reader from Pure Derek Hough is on the cruise. She took some cool pics of Derek Hough, Emma Slater, and Sharna Burgess. Too fun!! Photos below courtesy of Popular Cruising, @ChrisCruises and @CruiseCurrents…

January 16, 2014 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.

Update On Holland America’s Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise

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Hey All! Pictured above is Emma Slater, Derek Hough, and Sharna Burgess on the judging panel for Holland America’s Dancing With The Stars cruise now taking place in the Caribbean. If you’d like to see more pictures visit and be watching Chris Owen’s Pinterest page. Also, Chris has given an update in a blog. Below is a take for what he wrote about the Dancing With The Stars pros on board. Be sure to read the link for more.

The ship’s entertainers were on hand, showcasing various venues around the ship to give guests an idea of what to expect, and were well received. Based on the night’s preview performances, there is much to look forward to as the ship makes its way through the Caribbean itinerary. Still, headlining tonight’s show were the 15 finalists competing for the coveted mirror ball trophy, one from each ship in the Holland America line.

They came from Florida to California to compete and one by one, television personality Carson Kressley introduced each of them as passengers began choosing favorites in what would be an integral part of the experience. It was just a preview of what was yet to come.

On the ship but absent from the night’s performance were singer Joey Fatone from Orlando (who I met at Port Everglades, during curbside luggage check-in), dancers Tristan MacManus, Kym Johnson, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater along and actress Sabrina Bryan. But it was Derek Hough, the Emmy® Award-winning dancing professional best known for his role on the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars, that drew the biggest round of applause from the crowd as Kressley announced each star on board.

Too fun! Be watching this link as he may update us with more soon!! If you’d like to see more of Derek, visit Pure Derek Hough as we are featuring some new video of him dancing on the cruise.

January 14, 2014 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.