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.
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!!
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!!
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.
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!!
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!!!!
PureDWTS Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Reflects & Talks On DWTS 17, Gives “Michael Jackson One” Show Review
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.
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..
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! 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..
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.
Ok, get ready for a rant and maybe you need to do so too? Currently, Aaron Carter, former Dancing With The Stars Season 9 contestant with Karina Smirnoff, is in the news headlines everywhere claiming Michael Jackson gave him drugs and wine when he was 15. But, I’m having a hard time believing this story especially in 2004 Aaron told People he never used drugs? Even if Michael Jackson did give him drugs and wine, why talk about it now and after all of this time? Sorry, but, in my opinion, this is a poor attempt to getting his name and career back in the headlines not to mention dishonoring Michael’s memory which is totally uncool. Aaron always put me off a little when he was on Dancing With The Stars as well. So curious for your thoughts on this? From USA Today:
“This is the first time. … I miss Michael. … I have spent such incredible times with him. I did things with him that nobody else did.. … But I was also troubled about what he did to me.”
When asked if Jackson gave him wine, Carter said, “Yes, he gave me wine. I mean, I could have refused, but I was 15.”
And, says Carter, “He gave me cocaine. … We spoke afterwards, hours and hours, on the phone. I admired Michael, but his behavior bothered me a lot. Then my mother called the police…”
Back in 2004, Carter’s mother told Access Hollywood about a night Aaron spent unsupervised at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, suggesting that the elder singer gave her son drugs. But Carter told People magazine, “I don’t do drugs. I didn’t do them with Michael Jackson and I don’t do them with anyone else.”
Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, entered rehab in January for seek help for “some emotional and spiritual issues.”