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Dancing Pros Emma Slater And Derek Hough On Fire At The Mohegan Sun

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Hey All! In case you haven’t seen Pure Derek Hough in the past few days, be sure you do for lots of coverage on Dancing With The Stars Emma Slater and Derek Hough at the Mohegan Sun. The two pros danced and met with fans over the weekend. Below is some coverage from the Mohegan Sun, but, you can view more pictures, read guest blogs, and see more video coverage at Pure Derek Hough. What a blast! These two were on fire to say the least. Pic above courtesy of the Mohegan Sun Facebook.

Thanks to Linz for finding this video this morning….

January 20, 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.

PureDWTS Tristan MacManus And Lacey Schwimmer Attend Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” in New York City

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.

June 28, 2012 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.

DWTS2012 Derek Hough And Peta Murgatroyd ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ At The Mohegan Sun

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!

June 26, 2012 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.

Derek Hough and Peta Murgatroyd at the Mohegan Sun

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. ;-)

Wow -by @tiffany0507

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.

June 24, 2012 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Catching Up With DWTS Pro Peta Murgatroyd At LAX, New Tolani Collection, And More

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. ;)

June 21, 2012 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.

Mark Ballas Autographed CD Giveaway – Courtesy of Mohegan Sun & PureDWTS!!!

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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March 8, 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!

Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas Talks with ABC6 In Providence, Rhode Island! (Video)

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.;

February 11, 2012 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 Season 13 Champs Karina Smirnoff And J.R. Martinez Light Up Mohegan Sun

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!!

January 23, 2012 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.

Karina Smirnoff On Controversial Dancing With The Stars Casting And More

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.

January 19, 2012 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 Kym Johnson And Dmitry Chaplin Light Up 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.

June 18, 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.