Laurie Hernandez and the Final Five attended and presented an award at the CMA Awards last night. While there, they were interviewed by People. Aly Raisman and Laurie even talked about Dancing With The Stars.
Just an FYI!! Did you know former Dancing With The Stars costume maker Randall Christensen designed Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s costumes for the Olympics? This is so cool. Read on….
“The Olympic stage is the biggest stage in the world. It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
In a workshop full of sequins, sashes, and all things that sparkle, Christensen is creating works of art.
United States ice dancers Meryl Davis and her partner Charlie White are showing off Randall’s designs on the ice in Sochi. Randall says he was moved to tears by the pair in rehearsals.
“All of a sudden I felt something on my cheek, and realized it was tears. I was crying, I was so proud.”
He believes getting the outfits just right is crucial for the athletes.
“Everything is riding on their look when they take the ice. The hair, the makeup, your presentation, fingernails, everything, including the costume sets the tone before you have to back it up with your skating.”
Randall hopes he provides the tools needed to be the best.
“If I can help you feel that way when you take the floor or take the ice, my job is done, and I have you on your way to being successful, I think.”
He did such a good job. I’m loving their costumes. More at ABC15. Don’t forget, Meryl and Charlie skate this weekend. For more details, see this link at Pure Derek Hough. Pure Derek Hough is also featuring a new interview with Derek Hough where he talks of how he choreographed their short program. All eyes on this captivating pair! Let’s hope they take Gold!!
Former all star of Dancing With The Stars Apolo Ohno was interviewed by Huff Post LIVE. He talks all about his current projects one of which includes reporting in the next Olympics. But, that’s not all! Apolo also talks all about his two journeys on Dancing With The Stars. He compares what it was like to dance with partners Julianne Hough (he knew she was a superstar the first time he saw her!) and Karina Smirnoff (LOL to her knowing how to “crack a whip”). Cute interview and he loved them both!
You can watch more of this interview at Huff Post LIVE! I loved Apolo on Dancing With The Stars. He indeed is in my top 10 celebrities to ever do Dancing With The Stars.
Also, don’t miss seeing some new pictures of Karina at Getty Images today as she works out for her return to Broadway in ‘Forever Tango’. So cute as always!!
UPDATE: Don’t miss seeing this Getty Images link. They have just posted new pictures of Karina and Maks rehearsing for “Forever Tango”! So cool!!! I so want to see this show!
Should the Olympics add “Ballroom Dancing” to it’s field of categories (or any kind of dancing)? I sure think so. If they have Ice Skating And Ice Dancing, etc., why not Ballroom Dancing? Mark Ballas remarked on it in a new interview with OK! Magazine. Do you agree or disagree?
“I think it would be a great Olympic sport, just because we’re athletes,” the hoofer, 26, tells me this week while promoting his gig performing at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana’s Summer With The Stars event taking place now through Aug. 16.
“With what we do, we have to train hard, but the technicality is it’s extremely difficult, it’s amazing to watch. It’s like any pair sport — you have synchronized diving and all that kind of stuff. The one thing that would be difficult is making sure the judging was fair.”
Let us know what you think and be sure to read the full interview here. Mark also talks of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte dancing in the future on Dancing With the Stars as well as his trip to the Dominican Republic to take part in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana’s Summer With The Stars where he’ll join fellow Dancing With The Stars All-Stars competitor Joey Fatone.
Did you know dance pro Elena Grinenko has been helping some ice dancing Olympic hopefuls? She is!!
As most of you know, Elena is Tony Dovolani’s former dance partner when they were competing. She was also a pro for Dancing With The Stars in Seasons 3 and 4. Since that time, she’s helped on the side lines with the show. She’s also helped Dance With Me Studios. She also has her own talent and booking agency called Grinya’s Entertainment where she helps people achieve and find their goals in the Performing Arts for whatever they may be. One such couple she’s been recently helping is ice dancing and reigning World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
You may remember this skating team from the 2010 Olympics where they won a Silver medal. Well, the two are very much still competing to keep their American and “World” titles and working harder than ever to win a Gold medal come 2014. In doing so, they’ve asked Elena to help choreograph their dances which have been stunning audiences since last summer. Elena has also been helping to choreograph dances for ice dancing pairs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. Below is a little take explaining what the experience has been like for Elena. You can read even more on it at Ice Network.
The first time she went to Detroit, she worked with Davis and White focusing on choreography for their Latin short dance. They hadn’t yet chosen their music, so they played with different pieces of music before putting the whole program together.
During the trip, she met Marina Zoueva. Shortly after Grinenko returned home to Los Angeles, Zoueva called and asked her come back and work with some of the other teams. Before accepting, Grinenko made sure that was alright with Davis and White, who gave her the okay. On her second visit to Detroit, she worked with all of Shpilband and Zoueva’s teams. She’s since been back for a third visit.
“It’s very exciting and it’s amazing how your work can transfer to ice,” Grinenko says. “It’s actually even more amazing to see certain things they can do on ice way better than they do it on the floor.”
So far, the experience has been a thrill for Grinenko, who grew up in Moscow (she became a U.S. citizen in 2008) and watched a great deal of figure skating on television with her mother. She intently watched the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on TV, and when she was doing research on the couples she’d be working with, she realized how much she’d enjoyed their Olympic performances.
Although she worked with all the couples on the dance floor, much of the actual choreography was done right on the ice. Rather than mapping out a program only to find out certain moves weren’t viable, they took the creative process onto the rink.
“It’s faster to digest what is working and what is not,” Grinenko says. “I’ve taught since I [was] 15 years old, and I have a very good sense of what’s working and what’s not. I thought it would be actually a harder transition for me to try to do it on ice and see what works and what doesn’t, but it went pretty smoothly.”
For Davis and White, she even choreographed hand gestures to go with the required steps in the compulsory rumba to make it more authentic.
“Obviously, we did completely different steps when it’s allowed to do it,” Grinenko says. “When we touched rumba part, it was pretty much all about upper body.
“They’re such amazing athletes,” she adds. “They pick up on it so quick. It was very exciting to see how fast they catch onto it. Pretty amazing.
Below is Meryl Davis and Charlie White November 29th at “Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular”. You can view more here. As a dancing and ice skating fan, I’ve got my eye on these two. Good luck Elena!
For those interested, here is a TV Schedule of the ice skating events taking place in the next couple of months where you can watch these couples and other ice skaters dance.
Dancing with the Stars’ own Louie Vito just made the US Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe team. Congrats to Louie. Here’s a part of the news from his website:
Louie Vito has qualified for the US Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Team on January 23rd in Park City, UT. Vito finished with 800 points on the season after having secured two 2nd place finishes at the Copper and Mammoth Grand Prix stops.
“When I get to Vancouver, I want it to be an experience and really take it all in”, said Vito of his Olympic opportunity. “You know, it’s a once in a lifetime chance and I want to do well and put down a good run, but I just really want to take it all in and enjoy it, and have fun.”
Too bad this Olympic fame wasn’t before Dancing with the Stars. Would have gotten him some more votes. I can’t wait to see him represent the US in the Olympics.