Isn’t this a fun take of two of our Dancing With The Stars pros? Lacey Schwimmer and Tristan MacManus were pictured at the Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” in New York City, New York on Tuesday night, June 26th. According to the Las Vegas Sun, it was Lacey’s fourth visit and Tristan’s first. They invited the cast backstage to their show across the street.
Wowza!! These two are just so incredibly on FIRE and the Mohegan Sun was able to capture that “fire” in top form in the video below. As as you know from an earlier posting from our Miss Heidi, Peta and Derek performed last weekend at the Mohegan Sun. If you haven’t seen her post, be sure you do. She’s collected even more at Pure Derek Hough and worked tirelessly at it. Be sure you check it all out when you get a chance. “Great balls of FIRE” INDEED!
Apparently, they danced and did a Q&A – then Derek apparently stopped in at a dance competition that was also being held there and all the little girls went crazy. Lots of pictures on purederekhough.com but here’s a video of their Shine 360 Cam – you can also see it at MoheganSun.com but the video takes forever to load. Or it did for me.
Love this picture from @LyssPop of Derek and Peta
Here’s another one from her that….well, I love it.
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Derek also did a Schwinn/US Magazine Bike In Event yesterday in NYC
ETA: Here’s the video of the Argentine Tango, if you’re curious. I suggest clicking “full screen”. Pretty damn good.
Divadom at it’s finest and even when flying. Pictured above are some recent pictures of Dancing With The Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd arriving at LAX after a trip from Miami for the Pensacola ‘Life’s A Dance’ event. Peta is wearing a dress from the Tolani Collection. Gorgeous as always. You can view more pictures of Peta at Zimbio Pictures.
Also, Sun Of Hollywood caught up with Peta while in the airport. They asked her a few questions on Dancing With The Stars, dieting, and where the Best Dancers come from and she said the “Ukraine. Cute.
Special Note: Peta is now in London rehearsing with Derek Hough for something they won’t give any details about until a month from now. When we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, feel free to speculate?
Derek and Peta will also be dancing this Sunday at the Mohegan Sun shops. Go here for more information and be watching Pure Derek Hough closely for any and all information on Derek as our Miss Heidi will have the ‘goods’ in more detail soon.
Thought that might get you guys’ attention Yes, friends, the rumors are true: we have in our possession a copy of Mark Ballas’ album HurtLoveBox that is signed by none other than Mark himself! And we know there’s several of you out there that are probably just DYING to get your hands on it…
…so how can you win this fabulous prize? Well, we’re gonna make you guys work a little harder for it this time. In order to enter, you’ve got to play “Impossible DWTS Trivia” – the questions will all be about Mark & DWTS, and you will be able to find all the answers somewhere on PureDWTS.com. But you will have to do a little bit of digging Each correct answer will count as one entry into the contest, and the winner will be chosen randomly from all the entries – so the more questions you can answer correctly, the better your chances of winning. No good at trivia? NO WORRIES! There are other ways to enter, too.
So here’s what you have to do:
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Last night, Mark Ballas did a free musical performance at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Before doing so, he was interviewed by ABC6 in Providence, Rhode island. Mark talks of his musical style and his inspiration for music since he was 9 years old. He wants to be an all around performer like Gene Kelly who can dance and sing. The interviewer tries to get Mark to reveal some secrets for the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Mark wouldn’t reveal much except to say that none of the dancers know if they are coming back yet and they will in a few weeks. More below….
Speaking of Mark, the tweets between he and Good Morning America’s Lara Stone continue. He wants her to dance and be his partner so badly as well as Jennifer Aniston.
Adding: Below is some fun coverage of Mark from the Mohegan Sun You Tube Channel. Wow, I am liking this song! They may post more so watch the link.;
What a weekend it was for a bunch of lucky fans and spectators at the Mohegan Sun. Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Champs Karina Smirnoff and J.R. Martinez took to the stage one more time to dance. Emcee Gary Craig of WTIC-FM said “it was the largest crowd ever” for the “Reality Check” series that comes to the Mohegan Sun four times a year and Karina and J.R. danced for free. More below and he sure to read the full article at TheDay.com for how Karina and J.R. answered questions and signed autographs. There is also a stunning gallery of “must see” pictures here (the first picture is precious as can be. I’ll let you look to see why!).
Martinez and Smirnoff greeted fans with hand slaps and smiles before launching into fast-paced dance that took them to every inch of the small stage, ending with a dramatic dip, Smirnoff’s head just inches from the stage floor.
The crowd erupted.
“You are so loud and so marvelous,” professional dancer Smirnoff said grabbing the microphone, “and we are very, very, very appreciative.”
She then darted off the stage to change outfits for the next number, leaving Martinez with the microphone. It was a comfortable spot for the wounded Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker, actor-turned-celebrity dancer. He declared himself a “microphone hog” and answered questions from the audience while waiting for his dance partner to return for one more number.
ADDING: Thanks to the Mohegan Sun You Tube Channel, below is a video of Karina and J.R. dancing, signing autographs, and being interviewed. Thanks to PureDWTS reader and Karina fan @Jimmbboe for the heads up!!
Did you know Dancing With The Stars’ Karina Smirnoff started her career in figure skating, ballet, and then gymnastics? It wasn’t until later Karina started ballroom dancing. Karina talks all about it and how ballroom dancing is “the perfect combination of art, sports and showbiz.” Karina also talks about Dancing With The Stars and the criticism behind casting the celebrities, her past partners, and more. Here is a snippet from the interview. Is her answer to the first question below true or false? I’d say true, but, I still wish they’d get a few more A-listers. I still have loved this show regardless and I always end up liking people I have never heard of and/or thought I wouldn’t like.
The most recent season of “Dancing with the Stars” was criticized for a celeb cast that didn’t engage the public the way that past casts have. Here’s Smirnoff’s take:
“There is an element to that I can agree with, but we always have some sort of controversy. If the public likes the cast and everything’s happy about that, then the controversy’s, well, is it fair that he or she is a different type of dancer (meaning non-ballroom dancer)? … There’s always something, in a way, to complain about. Which is good – as long as we discuss the show, it keeps it relevant and going. But I feel like we do a great job because we have characters from a different area of the industry every single time. We have the reality star, we have the war hero, we have the athlete. There is one for every taste, which is one of the reasons why the show is so successful, because it pulls in so many different demographics.”
The relationships don’t necessarily end after the show wraps:
“I’m good friends with most of my partners. I’m probably best friends and the closest friend with my season 12 partner, Ralph Macchio. He is a dear friend, and his family is unbelievable. We rang into the New Year together. We try to see each other as much as we can. Some people do become part of your life after that experience. You get to see each other at your worst, at your best, at your strongest, at your most vulnerable. So you really grow together as a team. After 10 hours a day for three-and-a-half months, you get tired of that person, you can’t wait to have an opportunity to miss them. But, at the same time, you grow so close together.”
You can read the full interview at The Day. Note how Karina and Season 13 partner, J.R. Martinez will be dancing at the Mohegan Sun this upcoming Sunday. For information on how you can attend, see the Mohegan Sun.
Last night, Kym Johnson and Dmitry Chaplin gave a free dance for some lucky fans at the Mohegan Sun. Gina Scarpa (pictured above with the two dancers) of Reality Wanted sat down with an exclusive interview with the two before they danced. She asks them what they’ve been doing in the off season and how they feel on becoming celebrities in their own right. She also ask them on their favorite styles to dance (I’m not surprised how they answered this, are you? ). This and much more below and at the link.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What do you both do during the off season, when you’re not on Dancing With The Stars?
A. Kym: At the moment, we’ve been doing a lot of shows around America. We just came from Florda, San Francisco, I’m going somewhere else tomorrow… we’ve been very busy. I’m hoping to enjoy some of the summer here in America and have some time off soon.
A. Dmitry: Everybody’s teaching. We’ve been dancing. We’re dancers. That’s what we do best. I’m going to be choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance this summer. Louis [van Amstel] will be choreographing as well.
A. Kym: Yeah, we teach and we do shows. We’re always keeping really busy.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You guys are becoming celebrities in your own right. Do people recognize you when you’re out?
A. Kym: Yeah, especially when the season has just been on. The show is so popular and I think that this was the most watched season ever. It’s incredible that we’ve been on for so many seasons…
A. Dmitry: Well, you have!
A. Kym: The fans just love the show. Some of the die hard fans have watched it since day one.
A. Dmitry: Oh yeah. Some of them record every episode and have like, a library of every season. They know exactly what happend five seasons ago.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What will you guys be doing tonight?
A. Kym: We’re going to do three dances. We’ve danced together quite a bit.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Is there a style that you prefer to dance?
A. Kym: He likes more of the Latin stuff.
A. Dmitry: Well, I’m more Latin trained.
A. Kym: I like more the Ballroom stuff. Tonight, we’re doing a tango, cha-cha, and rumba.
The Day spoke with Kym Johnson on the phone last week. They talked of how she is healing up from her fall with Hines. She’s doing “so much better now”. Kym plans to keep doing physical therapy over the summer. She’s still dancing too. Her and Dmitry Chaplin are dancing at the Mohegan Sun tomorrow (Friday). They will also sign autographs as part of the Sun’s Reality Check series. You can read more about the event at the link as well as what drew Kym to ballroom dancing.
The video of Johnson being injured in rehearsal was stunning:
“I still actually haven’t seen it myself. But, you know, I’m so much better now. My neck’s feeling okay. It’s actually my shoulder. I tore a little tendon off the bone when I fell on my neck, so that’s what I have to look at now. And that’s what I have to fix up. I’m just going to be having physical therapy, and I’ve got time now to get better.”
When complimented on how easy she made dancing look on her first post-injury show, her response is:
“Well, I did have a few painkillers to get me through it. When the doctors cleared me, they didn’t clear me until Monday to dance that day. … I knew I wasn’t doing anything dangerous where I could hurt myself again. We both decided, let’s do it. I was more concerned about Hines because he knew to dance with me. It’s hard when you have to then suddenly dance with someone else, and that’s what we would have had to do. We both decided, yeah, let’s do it. …
“He was great. He really pulled me through the routine.”
Johnson has partnered with celebs who each had their own level of abilities. She explained the knack of choreographing dances that makes them each look their best:
“The first (celebrity) I had was Jerry Springer. I had to be a little bit more accommodating for the routines because there were a few things he couldn’t do. Then I had Joey Fatone, and Joey’s an incredible dancer. So I changed it up with him. It really just depends on who you get.
“And then with Hines, he just had the whole package. I could do so much with him. He was strong, he was young. Donny Osmond, I would do a lot with as well. He was from a performing background. He was the showman, and we could be very showy with him.
“You just have to adapt to whoever you have. I have done 12 seasons, so you’d think I’d get bored with it, but each season is so different. Whoever you’re dancing with inspires you to come up with different stuff, so you don’t get stale.”
How can anyone not think Kym is show stoppingly beautiful in and out?!! Here’s to Kym continuing to get better from her neck injury!