How about some more coverage of “Sway”? Getty Images has some beautiful photos of the “Sway” Meet & Greet from yesterday. You can view a few of them below. The Daily Mail has photos and coverage as well. You can also read some reviews of the show at the Digital Journal and the Examiner. Peta Jane Fans at twitter attended the show. You can view lots of photos and her comments here. Also below are some dance videos from the show courtesy of Trisha Cannon. Lastly, you can listen to some interviews with Val and Henry. Val talks on Sway and the new Dancing With The Stars tour (thanks to Andrea and Lois for the interview finds). What a fun weekend it’s been for them all.
Last night “Sway: A Dance Trilogy” premiered in New York City. Below are some stunning photos of the cast. To see more photos, see Getty Images. And is “Sway” coming to Miami in Decemeber? Check out this poster courtesy of @Pouncer84 at twitter.
DWTS Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Tony Dovolani, Mark Ballas, Noah Galloway To Dance In “Dancing With Desire” June 18th
Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Tony Dovolani, Mark Ballas, and Noah Galloway will be dancing in a new Fred Astaire Dance Studio production called “Dancing With Desire“. The show will take place on June, 18th, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, Florida. Below is some information from the Kelly Arts Center. Proceeds from the show will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). For tickets, see this link. Special thanks to @cmcsed9 for this news.
Tickets are on sale now through Horizons at (850) 863-1530 or the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at (850) 244-4480. Tickets are $100 each for VIP seating, $50 general seating main floor and $35 balcony.
Experience an unforgettable night, where legends and celebrity dancers from the hit series “Dancing with the Stars” come to Northwest Florida for a night of dancing and entertainment. To make the show even more special–all net proceeds from the event will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). Enjoy the show knowing you are making a real difference in the lives of others here in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties.
Maks Chmerkovskiy dropped by Good Morning America today to talk all about “Sway”. You can see them in rehearsals too. Thanks to @IdolxFactor1 for the coverage….
If interested, be sure you see KITV. They have a fun interview up with Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Sharna Burgess, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The Dancing With The Stars pros talk on Ballroom With A Twist and the importance of dancing. This is just part 1. KITV will air Part 2 later.
“All of us travel and do charity work constantly because dance bring smiles to people and that’s the best healing you could ever have,” said Dovolani.
“Dancing has always been a very healthy activity, no only physically, but for your mind and soul. You see people come out of the dance studio happy. Tired in a good way,” said Smirnoff. “So, this is one of the things we do during the show. We want the audience to get up and actually start moving with us because that gift, that passion for dancing is for all of us. We want to be able to share it with people that love the show and love ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ and, for us, it is the opportunity to do it.”
ETA: Here is the video. Also, see Ballroom With A Twist facebook. They have some fun pictures of the cast playing on the beach.
ETA2: And here is Part2!
ETA3: Be sure to see a beautiful gallery of new pics of the cast enjoying their free time in paradise at Ballroom With A twist Facebook. Breathtaking!
ETA4: More Ballroom With A Twist updates….pictures, reviews, and videos of their last summer show in Hawaii. Be sure to see everything at Ballroom With A twist Facebook. The pics are gorgeous. The Daily Mail has a feature and some professional pictures from Hawaii too. BEAUTIFUL! Must see!
Lot’s to cover this morning, so bare with us! First of all, don’t miss seeing Dance With Me Instagram. Saturday Maks Chmerkovksiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Zendaya, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani, and Elena Grinenko danced in two productions of “Sway” in New York City. They have videos and lots of coverage. This Tumbler page has some fun coverage too. The videos below were provided by Zendaya and a fan named Alannah. What a great night for them all and their fans.
ETA: @Dwtsgossip has a wonderful collection of photos too.
What’s going on with the older pros and the new producers of Dancing With The Stars? Some of you have been commenting on this in comments. In some new interviews with Access Hollywood and an ESPY interview in Glamour, Cheryl Burke has mentioned that she wasn’t sure if she was coming back to the show.
Earlier in the day on Access Hollywood Live, Cheryl Burke revealed to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover that she wasn’t quite sure if she’d be returning to Dancing With the Stars this season. When I caught up with the stylish star (seriously, has she ever looked better?), she admitted that indeed, she may not be returning. “I have spent a decade on the show, and it may be time for me to move on. I don’t know. I’ll decide in a month from now. I love my Dancing family, and I will always be a part of it. Would I still love to do it? Absolutely. But is it time [to move on]? Who knows.”
Also, George Pennacchio posted a tweet yesterday saying this about Cheryl.
Look who’s joined the reporter world! @CherylBurke is working for #ABC, interviewing stars of the fall season.
It sure makes one wonder if Cheryl has other things in the works like reporting on the show for ABC instead of dancing?
And what about Maks Chmerkovksiy? In a new Ballroom With Twist interview (see in a previous post), Maks said he “didn’t know” he was coming back to Dancing With Stars and couldn’t say yet as “life gets in the way” sometimes.
Also, Life & Style (thanks Lori, you are just in time), are reporting Maks is itching to take Len Goodman’s place at the judging table. He’s just waiting to see what Len decides.
Life & Style has exclusively learned that reigning champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy is itching to take his place. “Maks really, really wants to be a judge,” a DWTS insider dishes to Life & Style. “He’s just waiting to see what Len decides before he makes his announcement.”
In light of this news, Maks’ recent confession to Life & Style about his future with the dancing competition series makes a lot more sense: “Len and I will get together and think about [whether I will return],” Maks recently told the mag. “When the season’s over, I’m depleted. I have nothing left.” Sounds like he’s ready to take a seat at the judges’ table!
Derek Hough is a big question mark as well. Though at the Denver “Move Live On Show” (and this I witnessed for myself.), he said (when asked if he was coming back for the new season) he will always be a part of Dancing With The Stars, but, he didn’t know in what role yet.
“Role”? What did he mean by role exactly? Dancing, producing, choreographing for Macy’s …or something else?
I just hope the show isn’t going to rid of old pros too much if that’s what happening? I love Cheryl and Derek as pros and I don’t want them to leave (not to mention that these are my Dad’s two favorites and I’m not sure he’ll watch the show without them). Then again, if they are still staying on the show in another way, I’m open to seeing what they are doing to before deciding.
As for Maks, I really would rather not see him be a pro if his heart isn’t into it. I wouldn’t care if he was a judge as long as it was just a one time thing.
Also, what about Tony? No word on him …yet. I’d like to see him retire from Dancing With The Stars and concentrate more on reporting. He’s excellent for Extra…especially when Leah Remini is around.
Let’s see what Heidi and Courtney think?
Courtney: Well, I think we’ve been predicting this for a few seasons now – that some of the “old guard” would finally hang up their dancing shoes and move on. Cheryl & I are pretty close in age, and if she’s anything like me, the big 3-0 tends to bring with it a shift in priorities – you start to think more about what you really want to do with your life, and how to make it happen. She’s had a great run on the show (particularly the past two seasons), she looks fantastic, and she’s got a lot of opportunities opening up for her – now may be the perfect time to bow out and pursue other endeavors. And we’ve been bittersweetly hoping that Derek moves onto bigger and better things for the better part of 2 years now – and I think he’d probably already be gone if the show didn’t keep finding new ways to challenge him. But he’s done it all now – is there really anything that could top the thrill of helping a double amputee make it all the way to 2nd place? I get the feeling that’s a memory that he might not want to even try to top. And as always, he’s got 15 bajillion other irons in the fire – a book, a national tour, tv shows, movies, etc. I could see him returning to the show in some other capacity (more choreographing, guest judging, etc.), but I think he’s probably gotten all he’s going to get out of being a pro. As for Maks – in the 3-ring circus of ridiculous publicity that has become his post-season 18 legacy, I just find myself rolling my eyes and going “Yeah, whatever” to basically everything he says/that’s said about him. Part of me thinks he doesn’t want another stab at being a pro, because he likely will never win again (unless they set him up with the same primo situation they did this season); but part of me thinks he wants the attention badly enough that he’d begrudgingly accept a pro spot again if they don’t give him the judging job he apparently wants. And the worst part? I think TPTB just might be dumb enough to give it to him, if Len really is passing the judging torch. Since they’ve apparently decided that Maks is the lifeblood of this show (not the case – the show is bigger than any single pro), I could see them figuring that his season 18 win is the perfect lead-in for his segue into judging. Nevermind the fact that he’d be judging not only his own brother, his best bud, and two of his ex-girlfriends, he’d also being lecturing some far more experienced and successful pros on how to win. No thank you…
Heidi: In terms of Maks, we should also look at this Glamour article I posted the other day that says that Len says he’s coming back. So if Maks wants a spot it’s as judge number 4. It’s also pretty stupid of Maks to claim that he and Len will discuss it; it’s not up to EITHER of them as to whether Maks is a judge or not. The only reason he could plausibly make such a claim is if the producers told him he could have Len’s spot if Len decided to leave. Well, in the article I linked, the producers said that all three judges would be back. All that said, I have to agree with Courtney that it seems like a natural segue to the producers. And considering the fact that the BWAT show on Saturday is less than half sold, I think he should probably jump at it. This may also explain the 3-ring circus around him. And really, if you want people to stop speculating about your private life, STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. Cheryl? I can see people saying, “Oh, she always says that at this time of year because they don’t know if they have partners.” No, listen to what she says in the second video on this earlier post by Vogue. She explicitly says SHE hasn’t decided yet. Not that she hasn’t heard. She goes on to say that she’s been on the show for 10 years, which is a really long time. None of the usual claptrap about “oh, I have to wait to see if I get a partner.” Very telling, IMO. They might lure her back…but they might not. Maybe Billy and the other AH chick are right and she’s negotiating her contract. I’ve thought that Derek has been going season to season for a while, I imagine Cheryl (and others) are too. As for Derek….well, I may have to fly to LA and slap him if he signs up for a partner after such a great, DWTS-career defining one as Amy. Dude, please. But besides that, if he actually gets a partner he will have been dancing nearly every day 8 months, assuming he yet again makes a trip to the finals. This on top of all the other stuff he has going on. When I saw him in June, it certainly sounded like he wouldn’t have a partner if he was on again. I’m thinking Macy’s. Interestingly, Julianne was asked the question too and didn’t say an outright “no” which also makes you wonder. Perhaps Maks has some competition in the judge department? 😉
Courtney: Ooh! About Tony – some of you probably saw me talk about it on Twitter, but the bf actually had dinner with Tony last Friday when he was in town doing a meet-and-greet at a dance wear store in Indy (they go back to Tony’s competition days – they hated each other back then, but get along well now). Tony didn’t say anything SPECIFICALLY, but the bf said that Tony “spoke as if he were planning on coming back”. The bf is of the opinion that Tony can probably stay on the show as long as he wants, as he played a “pretty pivotal role” in getting a lot of the pros to do the show back in the early days, and gave the producers a lot of suggestions about the format itself. For that reason, a lot of the pro ballroom world kind of looks at him as the “godfather of DWTS”. That probably has a lot to do with his longevity on the show – and if Cheryl does opt not to return this season, Tony will become the longest-tenured pro on the show. But anywho – random fun fact: Tony is apparently a big cigar enthusiast, and convinced the bf to go to a cigar bar after dinner. Take note, fangirls looking to woo him 😛
Heidi: Ugh. The man needs to retire. But Courtney…which fangirls are you talking about? Tony’s or your bf’s? 😀
Courtney: Tony’s. My bf’s already got too many fan girls (his students) and his newfound fondness for cigars is a habit I’d rather not encourage.
Thanks for all of your votes in our first round in Battle Of The 2nd Place Finishers On Dancing With The Stars!! Mel B and Maks Chmerkovksiy, Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough came in first place in the three polls! Now let’s take a final Poll to see who wins between these three couples. VOTE away and be sure to let us know in comments how you voted! You can also RANK them as well.
OK! Magazine interviewed Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd while she was in New York City last week. They ask her all sorts of questions like….who has been the faster learner of her partners and who had the most rhythm. She also answers questions about the show in general for who has the best body, who has been the moodiest celebrity, who has been the most stylish, etc.. Some of her answers might surprise you. Lot’s of mentions on Maks Chmerkovksiy, James Maslow, and Donald Driver. Fun interview. Be sure you take a listen at OK! Magazine.
So, Peta has inspired a new question. If you were to rank Peta’s partners on Dancing With The Stars from your favorite to least favorite, how would you rank them? Let us know in comments. Here’s how I’d rank them:
1. Donald Driver – this was the ultimate!!
2. Brant Daugherty
3. Gilles Marini
4. James Maslow
5. Metta World Peace
6. Sean Lowe
Note: We’ll have more questions like these in the future. So, stay tuned!
ABC World news featured a segment with Maks Chmerkovksiy last night. They talked of his life and his road to winning a mirror ball on Dancing With The Stars. I’m loving the footage of when he was little…
Also, People has an article posted with some pictures of Meryl and Maks celebrating their win at a New York City night club. Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Jenna Johnson were also there.