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PureDWTS Exclusive Interview: Sasha Farber Talks On His Teaching Tour, His Summer, DWTS, And More

Dance pro Sasha Farber talked to us about how his summer has been in the off season of Dancing With The Stars. He’s been busy and recently he is doing a teaching tour for ballroom dancing. He also visited with us about the changes coming to Dancing With The Stars for what he knows and his favorite dances so far. He also comments on the best dance he’s ever seen in his life (I love his answer). Lots more below. If interested in Sasha’s teaching tour and how you can attend, contact The Ballroom Dance School here or here. You can also call Stacy Newman at 602-525-3842. Above is a picture of Sasha at the Fashion & Music Make Miracles Benefiting Miracles For Kids at Kyle by Alene Too on June 19th, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

How has your summer away from Dancing with the Stars gone so far?

I HAVE HAD A GREAT SUMMER! I always try to keep myself busy with shows and dancing and improving myself as a dancer.

But I must say I am having major DWTS withdrawals. Although the world cup this year kept me busy too J

We hear you are embarking on a summer dance teaching tour soon. Can you tell us more about it and what it’s about? How can fans take part in it?

Yes I will be touring Tucson, Phoenix and finishing up in Las Vegas. Basically I love to teach and I love to see people fall in love with this art form called dance! I will be doing a number of workshops and lessons and little demonstrations. I’m very excited as this is my first one of this little tours! I mainly just travel for shows where I perform so this one is a little different. For bookings please call Stacey Newman on 602 5253842 There is a big ball on the 18th of July where I will be dancing!

Are you hearing anything on the new season of Dancing With The Stars? We are hearing there are going to be “changes”. Would you know anything on them? Read more..

July 21, 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 Sasha Farber To Teach On Summer Tour, New Dance Video

Isn’t this a fun little video? Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber posted it on his You Tube channel last night. He’s doing a Cha Cha/Jazz number to Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm”. Note that soon Sasha will doing some teaching in a new summer tour. For more info and if interested, contact The Ballroom Dance School here or here.

July 11, 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.

Could Sharna Burgess And Charlie White Have a Michael Jackson Song For American Icons Dance?

Could Sharna Burgess and Charlie White have a Michael Jackson song for one of their dances for American Icons week? As you know from recent interviews, Sharna has mentioned being really excited about one of their songs. What’s more, her boyfriend/choreographer/dancer Paul Kirkland and another dancer named Ferrari Kid are helping them as you can see in a new instagram below that was captioned with “Just finished an amazing rehearsal with @charlieawhite @sharnaburgess @paulkirkland01 incorporating some #jookin to make the recipe complete!”. Note that both Paul Kirkland and Ferrari Kid helped to choreograph and danced in the recent Michael Jackson “I Heart Music Awards” production of “Love Never felt So Good“. Sure makes one go Hmmmm especially since Kenny Ortega is going to be a guest judge too….or do you think something else is up? NOTE: This is a prelude post too! Stay tuned! Courtney has a new Song Prediction/Wish List Post coming up a little later!! ;)

May 9, 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.

Paul Kirkland Dances In JT/MJ’s “Love Never Felt So Good” Premiere At 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Hey, did any of you catch the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards? A huge highlight of the show was this premiere of Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson’s new duet “Love Never Felt So Good”. How is this related to Dancing With The Stars you might be asking? Well, it’s full of great dancing. Not only that, Sharna Burgess’ boyfriend, dancer, and choreographer Paul Kirkland danced and helped to choreograph this production. You can see him explaining and pictured a in black and yellow jacket here. Too fun and what a epic night for him!!

May 2, 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.

DWTS17 Corbin Blue And Karina Smirnoff Spent Day Rehearsing With “Michael Jackson ONE” Artists

Not sure what’s up with Karina Smrinoff and Corbin Blue’s freestyle next week, but, it sounds like they might be getting some inspiration from the “Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil” show in Las Vegas? Below is more from Vegas News. You can read the full article at the link and see a picture! This is going to be cool. I loved loved Michael Jackson!

They had spent the day in Las Vegas rehearsing with Michael Jackson ONE artists, the show’s Artistic Director and coaches, and choreographer Travis Payne, getting some Michael Jackson inspiration in advance of their season finale performance next Monday, November 25, on ABC.

After watching the show the couple went backstage to see all of their friends from earlier in the day and couldn’t stop saying how excited and inspired they were for their performance, with Corbin even saying the show made such an impact on him that he wanted to start singing again.

November 22, 2013 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.

Witney Carsen And Sasha Farber Perform Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” At Gina Starbuck’s Annual Art 4 Life Gala

Awwww, AfterBuzz loads up a treat for dance fans before the Dancing With The Stars Cast Season 17 Announcement. Not sure, but, I think this happened in July? Enjoy. This is HOT…especially if you love Michael Jackson too!!

September 4, 2013 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.

In Loving Memory Of Michael Jackson: Post Your Favorite Songs, Videos, Pro Dance Wishes, Etc.

Can you believe it’s been 4 years since Michael Jackson’s passing? :( In honor to the King Of Pop, his legacy, and our love for his music and his dancing and how he’s inspired other artists and dancers to dance, etc, post anything you like in his memory. This can be anything to just thoughts, memories, or your top 5 songs, your fave videos, etc. Or maybe you could post about what new Michael Jackson song you’d like the pros to dance to next season on Dancing With The Stars?

For starters, a friend on Facebook reminded me of this song and video from Michael’s “Dangerous” album. One of my favorites!! I’d like to see a Dancing With The Stars pro number to this one….

To Michael Jackson!!!!

June 25, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Reflects & Talks On DWTS 17, Gives “Michael Jackson One” Show Review

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Hi All!!! Sharna Burgess talked with us recently about the new changes for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. She also reflected on the past season of Dancing With The Stars and what her first year was like as a pro. Sharna was also gracious enough to give us a sneak peek into what the new “Michael Jackson One” Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas is like one of which I’m dying to see and maybe you are too? Lots more below with our beautiful Sharna and we thank her once again for taking time to answer a few questions. Without further ado….

1. Hey Sharna!! How are you and how are you feeling after your first season as a Pro on Dancing With The Stars? Is it everything you hoped it would be?

It was amazing!! It certainly lived up to what I had hoped and Andy surpassed any expectations people had of him. Truly I enjoyed every moment, creatively and emotionally it was challenging rewarding and beautiful.

I don’t think I could ever have prepared myself for the weekly roller coaster of not knowing if my decisions were the right ones, if my choreography was enough or did my concept make sense. Wondering when it would come together or did I have to re think everything. It always came together because Andy is such a superstar, he truly helped me make my ideas come to life. I also couldn’t have guessed that I would make the emotional connection I did with Andy. He was such an amazing person to get to know and become a part of his life.

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2. How are you feeling about the new changes coming to Dancing With The Stars next season? Whatever happens, many fans like myself just hope you’ll be returning. Read more..

June 15, 2013 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 15, Week 9 – Power Rankings

Well, if you’re reading this, it means enough people FINALLY stopped hitting “refresh” on the homepage that I could get logged into the dash and actually get these posted :-P And with the way things are going, things might not calm down until Tuesday morning…so if this is late, sorry, but we got hit with too much traffic and my pleas for people to scale back the traffic on Twitter went unanswered.  C’est la vie.

Maybe I’m just tired and apathetic from a full day of Thanksgiving grocery shopping and house cleaning, but I’m feeling a bit blasé about tonight – a few standout performances that I enjoyed, but overall, nothing too surprising, and I think things played out the way they should have…and as we suspected, the judges finally got real and managed to call certain couples out on the crap they’ve been getting away with for the past several weeks, and couples that have been putting in the effort finally got the love they deserved. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

1.) Shawn & Derek - In quite possibly the biggest surprise of the night for me, I actually ended up enjoying their Knight Rider bhangra the most out of any dance I saw tonight! Judging from some of the frustrated tweets we were seeing from the usually-unflappable Derek this weekend, I was fully prepared for this to be a hot mess – but it actually was the most high-energy, in-synch, and entertaining routine for me tonight.  I think the speed of it was what really impressed me – they were both moving so fast, and doing such intricate steps, and were still somehow staying almost perfectly in synch.  And the most amusing aspect? Shawn actually seemed to dance it better than Derek! :-P I also thought they managed to put that hideous Bollywood routine that Gilles & Peta did to shame, which was another perk ;-) Overall, I think they handled the wacky dance  theme challenge the best of the five couples.  Moving onto their Argentine tango – another technically flawless dance.  Shawn’s feet & legs were sharp and precise, which was the main complaint I had about Melissa’s dance – but I do agree a bit with Carrie Ann (and those words literally hurt my mouth) that Shawn & Derek had a little bit of a disconnect with the emotion of the dance.  HOWEVER – this is something for which I really have to blame the music.  “Bad” is a great song, but maybe not a great song for an Argentine tango – it’s a song about a guy asserting his authority and masculinity, and he’s doing it in a cheeky way.  It’s not about passion or the thrill of the chase between a man and a woman…so I feel like if they had actually gone the smoldery route, it would have looked a little odd and out of place given the music.  I also thought Derek did a slightly better job of really accenting the music with his choreography than Tony did.  When it came to the two Argentine tangos we saw tonight, Melissa may have had more of an emotional connection, but I thought Shawn had the better technique.  I thought they should have gotten the same score – either downgrade Melissa a point or upgrade Shawn a point, whichever.  In the end, I think they may be the only couple that is a lock for the finale…at least I hope.

2.) Apolo & Karina – HALLELUJAH!!! They finally got the praise they deserve for their chemistry.  Loved their rumba – I thought it was the perfect combination of good choreography and good emotion, and Apolo just NAILED the technique.  And for those who poo-pooh “Man in the Mirror” as a rumba song – I think they injected far more romance into that rumba than Kelly & Val did with a song that was far more outwardly romantic.  Then there was the “Big Top Jazz” – sigh.  It wasn’t perfect – I agree that there were a few stumbles, and it felt a little frantic at times.  But I really don’t think it was nearly as bad as the judges (Carrie Ann in particular) were making it sound – the degree of difficulty was much higher than Kelly’s flamenco or Emmitt’s Lindy hop, and possibly even Melissa’s hustle, and I still think he managed to stay far more in-synch than both Kelly & Emmitt.  I also thought the lifts were amazing, and didn’t know what Carrie Ann was talking about, claiming they were clunky – I actually think Apolo could give Tony a run for his money, and I’ve always said that Tony is the best lifter we’ve ever seen on the show (and Julianne the best liftee).  Was it his best dance? No.  Did I enjoy it? Somewhat.  But hopefully it’s just a minor, mediocre hiccup in an otherwise pretty damn strong season.  I think Apolo is the strongest guy left, and deserves to be in the finale – and I feel a little bit better knowing he’s got a 3-point lead over Emmitt & Kelly, even if it doesn’t equal out to a huge margin.  I do think he’s getting a decent amount of votes – both from loyal voters who’ve gotten pissed at his low-balling this season, and possibly from the voters who go for the “hot guy”…now that Gilles is gone, at least some of them must be impressionable enough to toss a few votes Apolo’s way ;-) Perhaps I’m being optimistic there, but while I wouldn’t necessarily put money on Apolo making it through to the finale next week, I would say I’m at least 76% confident he will.  I think the judges do realize he’s one of the strongest dancers left, and probably want him in the finale…hopefully America agrees. Read more..

November 19, 2012 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

OT: Should “Dirty Dancing” Be Remade? (TAKE POLL)

Hey All! I’m curious about what you think of the news on a new “Dirty Dancing” remake? If you haven’t heard yet, one of the most loved, iconic dancing movies and classics of all time is in the works. Kenny Ortega is set to choreograph the second as he did the first. His producing, directing, and choreographing credentials are a mile long including the recent Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” concert tour and movie. Kenny had this to say about it…

“Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him,” Ortega said in a statement. “I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can’t wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats.”

Jennifer Grey, the female lead in the first “Dirty Dancing” and Season 11 Dancing With The Stars Champion is excited about the project. When she heard the news, this is how she reacted….

“I’m so excited about this news, and I think there’s nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one,” Grey said. “I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with it.”

So, what do you think? Do you support the idea of this remake? Will the Dirty Dancing remake be as good and as successful as the first? Do you think a remake is disrespectful to Partick Swayze’s memory? Did any of you see “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” seven years ago? It was good. I love dancing movies of any kind, but, it was lame compared to the first. Lastly, who should play the leads in the movie? I have not a clue who the female lead should be. But, last night at twitter, several of us were commenting how perfect Derek Hough would be in the Johnny Castle part. I couldn’t agree more!! I say bring the remake on!!

EDIT TO ADD: ABC is reporting on the “outrage” over the news of this remake. Also, read below for who the front runners might be for the lead predicted by an Irish Bookmaker. Carrie Ann’s tweets are also being reported by the link as well. It appears the promotion for Derek Hough to star in this remake has officially began. :) ;

According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Justin Timberlake is the front-runner to fill Swayze’s iconic role, followed closely by “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth and Derek Hough from “Dancing With The Stars.”

Hough’s close pal from the show, Carrie Ann Inaba, is already leading the campaign for him to win the role.

“If they do a dirty dancing remake – THEY BETTER USE DEREK HOUGH,” she tweeted Tuesday.

August 9, 2011 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.