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PureDWTS Media Round-up: A Birthday Bash, Across Grace Alley Stills, A Floor Show In Australia, And A Benefit Gala

Just a little Dancing With The Stars media round-up!!! This weekend, Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff attended a big birthday bash for dancing alumni Maria Menounos. Julianne Hough and Shirley Ballas also attended the fun event as well as a total of 800 guests. Derek’s sister Katherine and baby were also there. It started at noon with a pool party and ended with a Hawaiian party. Below is Derek and Karina dancing together during the festivities.

You can see more coverage at Pure Derek Hough!!

Speaking of Karina, have you seen this instagram photo yet? The photo features some beautiful stills of Karina from her first movie role “Across Grace Alley“. With an exception to some sound adjustments from Ralph Macchio, it sounds like the movie is almost finished and ready to go. Well, we hope?


Went back in to make adjustments to sound mix on ACROSS GRACE ALLEY today. “A film is never done, only abandoned” True that! Good day
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Ralph Macchio

And moving down under! Pros Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova are currently in Australia. This weekend they gave a floor show and lecture. Below they Cha Cha and do a Paso Doble for the audience. Nice!! I need to add Elena to my Pro Wish List. :D

Lastly, remember dancer and ballroom instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis who was tragically hurt and lost her leg in the Boston bombings? Dancing With The Stars plans to help and follow her on her journey of recovery. Well, on June 15th, you can help too. There will be a Fundraising Gala for her and her husband Adam Davis in Boston. If interesting in attending and helping them, visit Aurthur Murray Facebook and Authur Murray Event Bright for details and ticket information. Thanks to Tumbles for the heads up on this news.

And that makes this post a wrap for now! More later! ;) xxx

June 10, 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.

Ralph Macchio And Karina’s Smirnoff’s New Movie To Be Called “Across Grace Alley”, More Details Released


This will evolve – just getting started – stay tuned! @ @ Marsha Mason http://t.co/fWi7TORx1t
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Ralph Macchio

Finally, we’re getting some new information about Ralph Macchio and Karina’s Smirnoff’s new movie which they filmed last summer. As you can read from Ralph Macchio’s tweet above, it’s going to be called “Across Grace Alley” (Isn’t this a beautiful title? I love it!). You can read this link for more details on the cast and movie for what they have so far. As previously reported, Karina will be playing one of the main characters. She’ll also be choreographing. Ralph is the writer, director, and the producer. Below is the plot summary….

ACROSS GRACE ALLEY – A young boy struggling with his parents’ divorce seeks solace in his infatuation with a captivating woman he discovers through a neighboring window. This poignant and visual coming-of-age story illustrates how brief encounters can have profound emotional effects. Written and Directed by Ralph Macchio. The film stars new discovery, Ben Hyland, four time Oscar nominee, Marsha Mason and world-class dancer, Karina Smirnoff, in her film lead debut.

Looks good. I can’t wait to see it!

April 26, 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 Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio Attend 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Together again! This past week, Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio attended the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. And check out Karina’s new hair style. Do you like? I liked it long more, but, she’s looks cute with it short too. Be sure you see Getty Images as they have this picture in a bigger size and others.

January 26, 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 Karina Smirnoff Takes Pre New Years Eve Toast At The Catalina Hotel (Photos)

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As previously reported Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff is holding a New Years Eve Studio 54 themed party at the Catalina Hotel in Miami, Florida tonight. Above she takes a pre New Years Eve toast. You can see more fabulous photos of her at the Daily Mail (courtesy of Splash News) in a bikini and lounging around at the hotel here. Gorgeous (cute shoes too!)! Jimmbboe will love this post! John might as well. Happy New Years! :D

Picture above courtesy of Karina at twitter.

UPDATE: You can go to World Red Eye to see some stunning new photos of Karina at her party last night. Check out her “Happy New Year” tiara!!!! Beautiful!!!

December 31, 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 Karina Smirnoff To Hold New Years Eve Party, Makes Resolutions, Few More Details On New Movie

Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff is holding a New Years Eve Studio 54 themed party at the Catalina Hotel in Miami, Florida. She’ll also be turning 35 the next day. Karina plans to go all out. Here is more from Miami.com.

“When I was younger my friends and I would celebrate the night of Dec. 31 and then finish by the morning of the 3rd,” she says from Los Angeles. “But now sometimes people are too overpartied. They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s too close to New Year’s Eve. We need to do something chill. We’re still recovering!’ ” The Dancing with the Stars pro also gets occasionally cheated out of good gifts.

“What’s this combined-present thing?” she says, laughing. “You can’t go that route with me. I can understand the thought process, but you need to go all out. Don’t double it. Triple it!” As fantastic as Smirnoff looks, she also isn’t crazy about aging: “A lot of people say, ‘Oh this is so exciting.’ No! It was exciting turning 25. Counting how many years you’ve been alive? I don’t like that at all.”

South Florida also has an article up with Karina about her New Year’s festivities which includes times and ticket information. She also gives a few more details on her new movie directed by Ralph Macchio. Here is a take…

The movie tells the story “about two people who have a chance encounter which gives them a new perspective on life.”

Although she admits the flick, also starring veteran actress Marsha Mason, may be a bit of a tear-jerker, Smirnoff says it’s about finding peace within yourself and helping others in life. “It leaves you thinking and hopeful.”

Macchio and Smirnoff, who were partners on Season 12 of “Dancing with the Stars,” have a family-like bond and will often hang out for family dinners and on holidays. However, watching him as a director was a new experience.

“Seeing him behind the cameras was definitely memorable and very cool…honestly, the whole filming process was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

I’m really looking forward to this movie, are you? More at South Florida where Karina also gives her New Year’s resolutions.

December 29, 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 Karina Smirnoff Looking Festive As Ever

Awww, isn’t it great to see the beautiful Karina Smirnoff again? According to Zimbio Pictures, the Dancing With The Stars pro was “all smiles” as she dined at Boa Steakhouse with a friend in West Hollywood, California this past week. You can see more fun takes like this of Karina at Zimbio Pictures. What do you think? I love her coat! :D

ADDING: The paparazzi caught up with Karina while leaving the Boa Steakhouse. They ask on her new movie with Ralph Macchio and dancing next season with James Van Der Beek (this would be so cool. I really hope this happens!). You can listen to it here.

December 22, 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 Karina Smirnoff Attends Lucky Brand’s New Flag Store Opening, Information On New Movie Revealed

How does Karina Smirnoff look this time? The Dancing With The Stars pro attended the opening of Lucky Brand’s new flagship store at the Time Warner Center in New York City yesterday. From her sexy, lace sweater to her black and white pumps, I think she looks dazzling. You can see more photos of her at this event at Zimbio Pictures.

There has also been a little more revealed about her new movie with Dancing With The Stars season 12 partner, Ralph Macchio. US Weekly is reporting the movie is about a 10 year old boy who becomes fascinated with a beautiful older woman. The beautiful older woman will be played by Karina. Below are a few more details….

The dancer, 34, is currently filming a new movie written and directed by the actor, 51, about a 10-year-old boy who becomes fascinated with a beautiful yet troubled older woman he sees dancing in a neighboring house. Smirnoff plays the woman — and she couldn’t be more excited.

“It is a dream come true to have this opportunity in working with Ralph again,” she tells Us. “He wrote such an inspiring script, and I’m grateful to be a part of it. The story is sweet but profound, and my character is very compelling. I’m loving the process!”

Be sure to read the full article at US Weekly.

Sounds really cool. I can’t wait to see it!

December 6, 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.

Ralph Macchio Thinks Cast Is Already Set For DWTS All Stars, Heard It’s Previous Finalists

I’m sad. It sounds like Ralph Macchio won’t be dancing for the Dancing With The Stars All-star Season liked many of us hoped. Below is more from USA Today. Note what he reveals about the cast being already set (he thinks) and that he’s heard it will be previous top 3 “finalists” and note the word “all” (which I’m not sure how to take? 8O ). Be sure to see the link because Ralph is interviewed about his role on “American Gypsies” too which sounds really good. Check it out!

Ralph Macchio says Dancing With the Stars gave him “a very positive shot in the arm.” Competing on the show last year was hard work, and his knees would have liked it a lot better “20 years ago,” says the original Karate Kid star, who is now 50.

But he loved performing and loved the fans. “The joy I got was how much joy everyone else got out of it.”

However, he will not be on the All-Star edition that kicks off in the fall. “I think that cast is set already,” he said Monday in a phone interview. He says, “I hear it’s finalists,” all previous top-3 performers.

“I never campaigned,” he says. (Like Joey Lawrence has on Twitter.) “I would have been flattered if they came to me, but I think it happened at the right time.”

In other words, he has other things to do.

July 17, 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 15 All-Star Cast Rumors List: Who’s In, Who’s Out, Who’s a Maybe, Who Knows???

With all of the coverage of the upcoming all-star season we’ve been doing, we realize it can get a little hard to keep up and remember who’s said yes, who’s said no, who’s just a maybe, etc.  So for the sake of maintaining everyone’s sanity and trying to keep at least some degree of organization, here’s a handy list of what celebs we’ve been covering as it pertains to the all-star season, broken down by their original season, along with a brief summary of where they stand.  We’ll keep this post stuck to the main page until the cast announcement, and we’ll post updates in red as they come in. 

ETA #1: Updated with coverage of Joey Fatone & Trista Sutter, and an update of Ralph Macchio. 

ETA #2: Added info on Kelly Monaco. 

ETA #3: Update on Maria Menounos. 

ETA #4: A little over 24 hours until the cast announcement and updates & rumors coming fast & furious! Thanks Vogue & Heidi :-)Updates on Gilles Marini, Joey Fatone, Melissa Rycroft, Stacy Keibler, Kendra Wilkinson, & Carson Kressley; added info on Melissa Joan-Hart & Pamela Anderson. 

Season 1:

Trista Sutter – a few interesting tweets that seemed to imply she was heading somewhere to do something secret, but now says she is definitely not taking part in the all-star season :-(
Kelly Monaco – hinted at a GH fan event that she was “going to need fans’ help with something that’s getting announced next Friday!”

Season 2:

Stacy Keibler – played coy, said “possibly” if she was asked to return; says we’ll “have to wait & find out”; rumored as a possible X-Factor host; Entertainment Weekly claiming she’s not likely to do the show
Drew Lachey – said he “had a blast and would be open to doing it again”, but wasn’t sure how things would play out

Season 3:

Jerry Springer - said he may do SOMETHING for the show and would love to be in the audience, but wouldn’t dance again
Mario Lopez – spilled the beans about being asked to do the all-star season on Live with Kelly way back in May, and was thinking about it; however, he now says he’s “too busy” and “doesn’t think he’ll be able to do it” – mentioned as a rumored candidate to host X-factor
Joey Lawrence - asked fans on Twitter to vote for him to get on the all-star season

Season 4:

Joey Fatone – says he isn’t really sure if he’d do it or not, and that he hasn’t gotten a call yet; Entertainment Weekly claiming he’s “likely” to do the show Read more..

July 13, 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!

DWTS Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts In Florida For Millenium Dancesport Championships (Interview)

A big weekend is on tap for dancers and dancing fans alike in Florida! Tampa is hosting the largest ballroom dance competition in America. In honor of the events, Karina Smirnoff and Anna Trebunskaya will be kicking the Saturday night show off. Jonathan Roberts is one of the Judges. You can read more on the events at ABC Action News. Below is an interview with Karina who talks about the competition which she’s been involved with for a long time. The competition and the show next year will be even bigger. She talks a little on Dancing With The Stars as well. She mentions seeing J.R. Martinez yesterday and working with Ralph Macchio (her extended family) on a “special project” in a month. Lots more below….

June 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.