I’m having a serious awww moment!! This is so sweet. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up!
I’m having a serious awww moment!! This is so sweet. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up!
Yesterday, we told you a little about the “state of the art” light show in the Dancing Pros Live Tour. Well, if you head to Live Design Online, you can read a fun article on the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour and how lighting designer Butch Allen put it together so it would fit in one trailer.
When you have only one trailer for a high-profile tour, every fixture you load into it had better count. Butch Allen, the 2014 Parnelli Award Lighting Designer of the Year who has toured with a long list of superstars from Van Halen and Jennifer Lopez to Metallica and Usher, demonstrated this principle in stunning fashion recently when he created a maximum “bang for the inch” rig for the sold-out Dancing With The Stars Live! tour.
“We had to fit everything – and I mean everything — from costumes and props to the show’s famous mirror balls into a single trailer for this tour,” said Allen. “Ray Woodbury of RK Diversified Entertainment did an amazing job helping me put together a rig that delivered all the lighting punch we needed, while not taking up an inordinate amount of space in the trailer.”
The “workhorse” of this rig, according to Allen, was CHAUVET Professional’s Q-Wash 560Z-LED, a high-output moving head wash powered by 91 3-watt RGBWA LEDs. “We have a lot of great fixtures in the rig, but the Q-Wash is the light that stands out,” said Allen. “It’s the workhorse and the ‘lighting star’ on the Dancing With The Stars Live! tour hands down.”
There are a number of features that made the Q-Wash 560Z- LED an ideal fit for Allen’s Dancing With The Stars Live! rig. “The color rendering and optic zoom range on that light are awesome,” said the LD. “We’re using only 18 of these fixtures, yet we’re completely covering a 50 foot by 30 foot stage with just about every color imaginable. Plus since the fixtures are so light (21.2 lbs.), we have no difficulty hanging them from house pipe at different stops during the tour.”
More Live Design Online.
Also, below is a new instagram collection from the Pros this week. Some fun photos and videos….
Today the cast of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Below are some super cute instagram and twitter pics courtesy of the cast. See if they don’t warm your heart. Just precious as can be….
Keo Motsepe, Kym Johnson, Witney Carson, and Alfonso Ribeiro of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour did a segment on Good Morning America today. They were interviewed and they danced too (Keo & Kym’s dance took my breath away!). They also showed some behind the scenes coverage with Melissa Rycroft from the Nashville show and some dance clips. Thanks to @idolxfactor1 for being so speedy with getting this video to us. Be sure to follow him at twitter!! Photo above courtesy of @GMA twitter.
Last night, the cast of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour rocked the Beacon Theatre in New York City!! Below are some high quality photos. See Getty Images to see even more. The Daily Mail wrote about the night as well.
Also, visit 13NewsNow for a fun review from the Hampton Roads show They also made a video (see below). Let’s just say one fan’s dream came true for sure. So cute….
The Wall Street Journal reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. They saw the show this past Sunday.
Speaking of music, the audience was treated to the musical stylings of some of the pros, including Ballas on guitar with Dylan Chambers and Chmerkovskiy on violin. Carson had her own cute musical moment involving an instrument nearly the size of her entire body.
Ribeiro and Carson said audience participation would be a component of the tour, and Sunday didn’t disappoint. Chmerkovskiy made the life of the preteen girl behind us by dancing with her in the aisle, and Johnson coached some husbands and sons in the art of dance. On stage. With props. (At the other Red Bank show, Chmerkovskiy danced with the father of Season 19 runner-up Sadie Robertson. What will NYC bring?)
With the elimination of Tuesday’s results show, we lose the opportunity to see the pros dance together except in giant group numbers or 15-second bumpers around commercial breaks. The tour gives audience members the chance to see the pros in different pairings, with the most-common ones being Ballas/Carson, Chmerkovskiy/Slater and Motsepe/Johnson. (This would seem to be for height reasons.)
After several seasons with conservative partners such as Robertson and Candace Cameron Bure, Ballas let loose in a funky, steamy love triangle with Carson and Chmerkovskiy set to Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” just after intermission. And producers, can we PLEASE get Slater a young, decent dancer as a partner for Season 20? She had chemistry aplenty with Chmerkovskiy in a samba, Farber in a jive and Motsepe in a contemporary-like rumba (the latter accompanied by Ballas and Chambers with an acoustic version of the Cure’s “Love Song”).
Some things you can’t appreciate as well on TV include the muscle definition, especially in the ladies’ legs; the circular fans pointed up on stage to make the women’s hair blow around sexily when they’re performing (Ribeiro had an entertaining moment or two in front of one of them); and famous people in the audience — we were across the aisle from former Chmerkovskiy partner Sherri Shepherd.
Chmerkovskiy, who is Ukrainian-born but grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in New Jersey, said this segment of the tour was like coming home. He told the audience that while people in Los Angeles can’t ever place his accent because they know he’s from another country, they can’t figure out the Jersey piece. “I’m Russian, but we all sound Italian – how you doin’?”
After Sunday’s entertainment, we’re doin’ just fine.
More at the Wall Street Journal .
In other tour news, it appears Janel Parrish will not be doing the tour after all.
And finally, how about a new video below by Sasha Farber? This is so fun…
Awww, this is such a great interview with That’s Your Reality and pro Keo Motsepe! I wish we heard more from him. What a big and gentle heart he has and so humble and thankful to be dancing. I love what he said about Emma and what happened after their Rumba on tour…
Also, Cleveland.com interviewed Val Chmerkovskiy. In the take below, Val talks of the differences between dancing live on the show versus the when he dances on tour. Be sure to read the link for the full interview.
“The live show is awesome. It’s very interactive for both us and fans of the show, who can see us live and get more of a sense about who we are and even ask questions. . . . So many times, a fan will come up to me and say, ‘You inspired me to get up and dance and do something with my life.’ ”
As an artist, Chmerkovskiy says the live format is inspiring to him, too.
“When we do the TV show it’s live, but there are times you have to be thinking about the camera, and to be honest, that’s not when I am my best. That’s why this tour is such a blessing. You get to be onstage and have this immediate interaction with the audience. The more energy they give ne, I give them back. You don’t get that reaction with a camera.
“For me, I feel like a superhero onstage. These are the people who made the show No. 1 in the world and gave me a platform, and I can’t wait to give them the best they’ve ever seen from me.”
That includes the shirt off his back.
“On a lighter note,” Chmerkovskiy adds with a laugh, “I take off my shirt during the show. A lot.”
How about some goodies from the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour? First,…a couple of reviews!!! The Pittsburgh Post Gazette calls the show is an “entertaining extravaganza”! Here is more from the link…
But “Dancing With the Stars” is in the entertainment business and that is its brand — to entertain. That it did surprisingly well. Some favorites included Mark Ballas’ geometric contemporary with Ms. Carson and a silver cube and a fleet-footed jive from Emma Slater and Sasha Farber.
All of the dancers were on point in this well-balanced program in which picturesque routines alternated with charming chitchat. The audience also delighted in backstage stories. Of particular local interest, Ms. Johnson loved winning with former Steeler Hines Ward. Her worst moment? When he dropped her on her neck.
They talked of how Mr. Ballas (also a singer-composer on display here) is encouraged to push the envelope by producers, while Mr. Goodman complains about it on camera. Valentin Chmerkovskiy (also a violinist) said he is pushed by producers to go shirtless. Much to the delight of Pittsburgh women, he joked, “I’m not a piece of meat.”
Nonetheless, if you were lucky, you could have ended up in a selfie with those two and guitarist Dylan Chambers, one that made the vast confines of the Benedum seem really intimate.
To read the full review, see the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
MassLive.com also has a review posted of the show. They said, “The evening was a mix of spectacular dance, entertaining backstage tales, and some impressive musical performances.” Below is a bit more…
“DWTS Live” was at its best when the pros did what they do best – dance.
Watching dancers like Ballas or Johnson perform without having to hold back because of a novice partner was a treat for fans of the show.
And it’s a crime that the “Jailhouse Rock” jive performed by Farber and Slater at the Mohegan Sun was not seen by millions of television viewers.
Chmerkovskiy was clearly the fan favorite, drawing hoots, whistles and declarations of love from some of the women in attendance when he removed his shirt.
The Ukranian-born dancer gave a touching speech about realizing the American dream and the debt he owes his parents for their financial and emotional support.
“DWTS Live” comes to Massachusetts for two performances on Jan. 16 at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston.
More at MassLive.com.
Next are some photos and videos courtesy of the cast at their instagrams and twitter. Note how Will Smith, Melissa Rycroft, and Shawn Johnson were at the shows this week. You can also see a few dance clips and Val playing his violin…. Read more..
Season 13 – JR and Karina. I remember not being overly impressed by this one at the time, possibly because I saw so many moves that I had seen in Derek’s previous dances, not that they belonged to him or anything. But in retrospect, it’s quite good and it’s certainly the best of the season. Loved the ending bit the most. Read more..
OMG Yahoo has posted a new article about where the winners of Dancing With The Stars have put their trophies. J.R. Martinez joked that he’d put his trophy in bed or on the hood of his car. However, his partner, Karina Smirnoff, had more traditional plans. Shawn Johnson’s trophy is at her parents’ house. Apparently, they show off her Dancing With The Stars trophy more than they do her Olympic medals. So cute. Here is more in detail….
Season 13 winner J.R. Martinez joked about his plans for his trophy in 2011. He told Us Weekly, “Right now I’m going to tuck mine into my bed and it’s going to roll around with me. And then after that, once we’ve kind of grown apart, I’m going to glue it on the hood of my car and drive around Los Angeles and honk my horn, and I’ll be my own parade!”
But J.R.’s is pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, had more traditional plans: “I’ll put my trophy in my studio in Woodland Hills,” she said. “I have a space with spotlights and I’m going to polish it every morning!”
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (her season 8 partner was Mark Ballas) told the Des Moines Register her trophy is home sweet home — at her parents’ place. “It’s at my parents’ house (in West Des Moines), actually,” she said. “It’s not on display, but my parents seem to show it off more than my (Olympic) medals.”
You can more about where the other winners of Dancing With The Stars have put their trophies at OMG Yahoo.