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Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – PRO WATCH!!

Here we are again!! It’s about that time of year, folks.

And, as usual, the pros that I don’t want to be in, are already in. Or in Derek’s case….mostly in. :-)  He’s been telling fans in Meet and Greets that he’s likely going to be on but doesn’t want to confirm in case something happens to change that. DWTSGossip says that he did indeed say yes to this season – but as she correctly pointed out, he’s said no before and it turned into a yes. But, this is Derek’s life right now (many, MANY irons in the fire) – he’s not doing it for PR, he just doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Drives me crazy. :-)  I’ll be writing a blog soon on PureDerekHough.com about my Meet and Greet and how he answered a particular question I asked him that bodes very well for his future.

Val has also said he’ll be back and, as reigning champ, that’s no surprise. He also doesn’t seem to have the options that Derek does. I also will be curious to see how much they pimp and manipulate for him and his partner, now that he actually has a MBT. This could be one of the more interesting things about this season – if their behavior toward him changes, now that it’s mission accomplished. Someone please explain to me why Sharna or Emma don’t get the pimpage treatment?? Their social media accounts can’t touch the men’s, but still.

What about Mark? I expect him back as it helps his music career, and now his studio, for him to be on the show. I think it’s about time for him to have another shot at the MBT again – it’s not like he’s been handed ringers the past couple seasons (unlike some), he’s just been surprised and fortunate, like Derek has in the past. But I haven’t seen any talk from him on the matter. Read more..

August 5, 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. :-)

Olympic Skating Medalist Nancy Kerrigan Visits Ballroom With A Twist At The North Shore Theatre- HQ Photos

It must have been so cool to have Olympic Skating Medalist Nancy Kerrigan attend Ballroom With A Twist and visit with the cast. You can view some high quality shots below courtesy of Producer Scott Stander (click on them to see them in their full size). Thanks Scott! Beautiful!! I wish Nancy would do Dancing With The Stars. Have you seen Ballroom With A Twist yet? If not, be sure you do. The show is going to Texas and New York state next. For tickets, see this link.

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July 27, 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 Tristan MacManus, Chris Soules, Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin At The North Shore – Photos, Videos

Ballroom With A Twist Boston by Andrea

As you might know from a previous post, Andrea saw Ballroom With A Twist last night at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston. She loved the show and said Chris Soules was a “natural” and “charming” (and at the Meet & Greet too). She sent us a bunch of photos and videos from the show of Chelsie Hightower, Chris Soules, Dmitry Chaplin, Lacey Schwimmer, and Tristan MacManus which you can view below. We can’t thank her enough. If you haven’t got tickets yet to see this fun show, see this link.

Click the links to see the videos… Read more..

July 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.

New Funny Ballroom With A Twist Promo With Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin, Chris Soules

These Ballroom With A Twist Promos just keep getting better! Hilarious! I sure miss these pros on Dancing With The Stars. Chris Soules is a hoot in this too. If you like what you see, don’t miss seeing them at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston, MA July 24th and 25th. For tickets, see this link.

Special Side Note: Andrea (who posts in comments) saw the show last night. She said Tristan told her he loves her and she got the final rose! So cute!! See Andrea’s twitter for pictures!!


Funny Ballroom With A Twist Promo by Voguerista

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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 Shout Out From Tristan MacManus And Chelsie Hightower – Video

Come see Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin, Chris Soules, and more in “Ballroom With A Twist” in Beverly, MA at the North Shore Music Theatre from Thu-Sat July 23, 24, 25. Below Tristan and Chelsie give a shout out. For tickets, see this link.


Ballroom With A Twist Shout Out For North Shore by Voguerista

July 21, 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 Chris Soules, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower And More Set for Ballroom With A Twist In Beverly, MA And Westbury, NY

Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor’s Chris Souls has been added to two Ballroom With A Twist Shows in Beverly, MA And Westbury, NY. Former pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, and Lacey Schwimmer of Dancing With The Stars are also dancing. Lots more info below in a new press release. For tickets, see this link.

ABC star of ‘The Bachelor’ & ‘Dancing with the Stars’ CHRIS SOULES JOINS HIT DANCE SPECTACULAR NOW IN ITS 7TH YEAR
‘BALLROOM WITH A TWIST’

FEATURING CELEBRITY DANCE PROS FROM “DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ ‘SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’ AND SINGERS FROM ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ AND ‘THE X FACTOR’

North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly MA – July 23 – 25 And NYCB Theatre at Westbury, NY Aug 9

Audiences who can’t get enough of reality television will enjoy BALLROOM WITH A TWIST’s very special guest star Chris Soules, a recent ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant and star of the most recent season of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor.’ Some lucky audience members will be getting a rose and dance with the hunky farmer turned reality star onstage!

Crowds can take their obsession to the next level when the spectacular dancing and singing extravaganza performs live on stage at the North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly MA and NYCB Theatre at Westbury NY. BALLROOM WITH A TWIST featuring celebrity pros from ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ dancing with finalists from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ along with live vocals provided by finalists from ‘American Idol,’ and ‘The X Factor,’ will play three performances at North Shore Music Theatre from July 23 – July 25 and one show at NYCB Theatre at Westbury NY on Aug 9.

The full cast of BALLROOM WITH A TWIST includes ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Celebrity Dance Pros Tristan MacManus (celebrity partners have included Valerie Harper, Nancy Grace, and Dorothy Hamill), Anna Trebunskaya (celebrity partners included Evan Lysacek, Jerry Rice, Carson Kressley), Chelsie Hightower (celebrity partners have included Michael Bolton, Jake Pavelka , and Romeo), Lacey Schwimmer (celebrity partners have included Chaz Bono, Lance Bass, and Steve O), and Dmitry Chaplin (celebrity partners have included Mýa, Holly Madison, and Petra Nemcova).

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July 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.

DWTS Season 20 – Professional Dancer Announcement LIVE BLOG

Or sort a live anyway. Everything hinges on how they decide to do this. Not to mention that it’s 6am here and “Live” isn’t a word that describes me at this hour. I will do my best to put all the info that comes out into this post. They keep hyping that it’s going to be “BIG” and all other kinds of adjectives that probably won’t live up to the hype – but we will see soon enough. :-) Scroll to the bottom of the post for the live updates that aren’t actual Pro names.

And here are your Pros – supposedly this is IT:

Male Pros
Val – IN
Tony – IN
Mark – IN
Artem – IN

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Peta – IN
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Allison – IN
Kym – IN

ETA: Teasing the announcement at 7:20ish. :::sigh:::

ETA2: I’ve done a great job on my eyebrows while waiting for this announcement…. 😉

ETA3: Definitely Kym Johnson in silhouette!! Damn, missed the baby pix. Court is saying one is Mark and there’s a little blonde boy.  And Emma. :-)

ETA4: I’ve gotten used to the far superior CBS This Morning which doesn’t have nearly the commercials and a lot more actual news.  GMA is….not good.

ETA5: I don’t think those fans are that good – might be right on Val, but the other one looked like Artem to me. Love Melissa’s haircut.

ETA 6: Lost my stream, relying on Court. Val is for sure. They are claiming this is Len’s last “year”.

ETA 7: Still with the bigger and better tag line. Yeah. Sure. Switch up week is back.

ETA8: Hmmmm…..said there were four in studio and they have six more. ONLY TEN???

ETA9: If this is it, there’s going to be trouble on twitter. :-)

ETA10: Questions to the pros. Val’s dream partner. Answer: His season 20 partner. Question to Sharna: How do you prepare for the season? Answer: Picking music, etc.

Well everyone, discuss!! Is this it for the pro dancers this season? Are they holding a few back because Celebs haven’t signed yet? What do you think of this cast?

ETA11: Vogue here. According to US Weekly, TWO more pros will be announced at a later date!

ETA12: The Official Site has announced there will be two more pros announced later. There is a great write up on the ten pros announced today at the link too.

ETA13: ABC Media Net released an official announcement of the 10 pros. They also release info on the theme nights one of which includes “Spring Break” night. WHA?? 😯

February 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 20 – PRO WATCH!!

LIVE BLOG is happening here,  which is where all the pros will be added as it happens. 

Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote one of these posts. In fact, I normally post pro watch for the spring season in early February – yet here we are. Why? Well, Derek is taking a season off to star at Radio City (looks so happy he may never come back), Cheryl appears to have retired from DWTS and is moving on to a different (reality-based?) show, and Val and Sharna are both blabbing about the next season. And as of last night, Karina is OUT. Hell, I had this post scheduled for tomorrow and here I am posting it today – ya’ll gotta have somewhere to be sad about Karina. (ETA: Vogue was at last night’s show and came away with different and new info re: Karina. Stay tuned.)

In Sharna’s case, I think her hint means she’s definitely IN – after last season I don’t think she would be coy if there were any doubt. And if there is doubt? Bad move, girl. As for Val – I don’t think there’s any way in hell he won’t be on, with Maks and Derek gone and Mark making noise. No way. And he’s saying yes, he is back. Read more..

January 25, 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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Opens Up With High Energy And More – Review, Photos

A personal review (and it’s a goodie! 😀 ) of the Dancing With The Stars Live show last night in Buffalo, New York coming up by John as he was there. In the meantime, the Buffalo News has a review up with a picture with Sasha Farber, Kym Johnson, and Paul Karmiryan. Below is a take (though not sure if this person understood that there wouldn’t be celebrities at the show. I also question the “substance” comment). If you’d like to see a beautiful gallery of photos from the show, see this link.

ETA: Witney Carson Fan has a lot of photos from the night as well. Sasha Farber has some instagrams too.

The “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” tour opened its seven-week tour Saturday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The capacity crowd reacted enthusiastically to the dance pros from the ABC show. They were excited to meet the most recent DWTS winner, Alfonso Ribeiro of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fame, who served as the host.

They laughed at the jokes (most, anyhow) and squealed at the sight of the bearded, square-jawed Chmerkovskiy (especially when he was shirtless, which was virtually the whole show).

By every measure, the crowd walked out happy. But if they came for a night of intensive dancing, or if they came expecting to spend an evening with celebrities who they came to know more intimately from the show’s 10 years on air, the evening didn’t quite match up.

Let’s start with the stars – or star, as in singular: The tour show’s sole non-dance celebrity is Ribeiro, who spent much of the evening engaged in banter with Witney Carson, the dance partner with whom he won DWTS’ mirrorball trophy.

Ribeiro, who still projects his circa-“Fresh Prince” Carlton persona, is comfortable on stage and has the give-and-take presence of a stand-up comedian. Not all of his punch lines got gut laughs from the crowd, but many did, and we can give him a pass on those that missed. This was the first night of tour, and from my end, it was interesting to see a show that is still developing.

Any rawness in presentation – and there wasn’t much – was complemented by energy that gave the show a fresh feel. To me, this was especially apparent during a Q&A session Ribeiro held with the seven headlining dancers: Chmerkovskiy, Carson, Kym Johnson, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Keo Motsepe and Sasha Farber. Admittedly this is the inquisitive journalist in me speaking, but I enjoyed seeing the dancers struggle a bit to describe their favorite celebrity partners and characterize their competitiveness.

More at Buffalo News.

December 28, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Val Chmerkovskiy To Play His Violin On The Dancing With The Stars Live Tour – New Interview

Val Chmerkovskiy was interviewed by the Buffalo News before the premiere of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. He talks on the dynamics of the show (on tv), his partners, the reality of the rehearsal packages, off camera friendships, and more. But, interesting note in the interview….Val mentions how he will also be playing the violin in a trio performance with Mark Ballas and another guitarist on the tour. Oh, this is too cool. More below and at the link.

On whether any of his partners on the show ever disappointed him.

“Every partner has challenged me a bit. … For me dancing is about men and women coming together.”

On whether or not there are off-camera friendships between the show’s professional dancers and its judges.

“I feel there’s a certain natural distance that must be kept away from them.” He exempted from that Julianne Hough, a judge last season but before that a “peer” as one of the show’s professional dancers.

On whether his lifelong violin-playing will be part of “Dancing with the Stars Live.” (He and professional dancer Ballas have a trio with Ballas on guitar and another guitarist.)

It will. “I will never turn down a challenge.”

December 26, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.