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Exclusive PureDWTS “Dancing Pros Live” Report: Review, Photos, Backstage Information, And Lots More

Below is my report from the “Dancing Pros Live” shows this past week! I hope you enjoy!! You can click on any of the pics to see them in a bigger size (sometimes you have to click it on the next page too. sometimes you have to click the arrows in the gallery a few times too depending on your computer). If you want more, let me know. Be sure to see this fun and exciting show! I can’t stress this enough!!! Tickets and Cast information HERE!

DANCING PROS LIVE Report and Review:: “You will be touched, you will smile, you will laugh….and you will also “Oooo” and “Awwww”

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Wow, what a week it’s been….and a magical one at that! I was so blessed to see “Dancing Pro Live” in Cheyenne, Wyoming and then in Denver, Colorado. I am so glad I saw both shows because each had different dances and mixed things up. That’s why I think it always pays to go more than once to a dance show if you can because you never know what’s going to happen and such is true for Dancing Pros Live.

I was struck immediately with the fabulous “state of the art” light show. It set the tone for the whole show for what was to come…..a show of professionalism, high entertainment, royalty, and class. Also, with the additional times of the stage smoking and steaming combined with the lights, it made one feel as if time had stood still. It made you feel as if you were in a dream.

I can’t rave enough about all the dancers and cast. They were carefully selected with a fun mix of personalities. For instance:

-Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo couldn’t have been more elegant, flawless, powerful, gorgeous, sexy, classy, and romantic as everything they are known for. Edyta is a Princess and she is as limber as the day when she was on Dancing With The Stars. They took my breath away and left me spellbound like always. True Dancing With The Stars Legends!

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-Benji Schwimmer and Torri Smith’s choreography couldn’t have been more entertaining, dynamic, clever, show stopping, and fun for all of their numbers. Benji beats to a different drummer. He’s phenomenal. So much so, I would love to see him be a Pro on Dancing With The Stars now.

-Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Demidov had wistful, beautiful and athletic routines. Their extension and lines were so beautiful. Every time Chelsie came on stage, she would light it up just like on Dancing With The Stars. She was like a “ray of light”. …Read more

January 26, 2015 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.

Alan Thicke Talks On Dancing Pros Live, Karina Smirnoff And Benji Schwimmer Pop In Too – Video

Alan Thicke of Dancing Pros Live was interviewed about the show, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and more. He’s a hoot. You can see Karina Smirnoff and Benji Schwimmer in this interview too.

January 24, 2015 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.

New Dancing Pros Live Interview With Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, And Benji Schwimmer – Video

Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, And Benji Schwimmer tell you all about Dancing Pros Live and why you should come to the show!! You can also read a new article about it here. Too fun. Check it out to see just a little of why I’m raving so much on this show.

ETA: Scroll below for some Denver coverage and an interview with Angel Taylor from 9News. She talks about the pros and more. She is so good in this show!

ETA2: Karina talked with KGWN in Denver. More below in the 3rd video.

January 23, 2015 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 Pros Live In Cheyenne, Wyoming: “Captivating”, State Of Art Light Show, Fun, And Beautiful Dancing

Hey Everyone! Last night, I was able to see “Dancing Pros LIVE” in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I’m planning to report on everything in more detail after I see the show again in Denver on Saturday, but, for now, I just wanted to let you know how amazing this show is!!! The first thing that struck me was “the state of the art” light show. It was so beautiful!!!

Also, from the beginning to the end, my eyes were captivated with such great dancing. It was so cool seeing Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo dancing again. They took my breath away with their beauty and love for each other. Karina was a hoot as a judge and so cute. She also danced a fiery Tango. Chelsie Hightower was a “ray of light” like always. Oscar Orosco was ON FIRE! And oh my goodness, then there was BENJI SCHWIMMER!!!! I have no words for how entertaining this guy is and how he was loving and feeling every moment. He owned it out there!! He’s made me a huge fan. More after Saturday. In the meantime, check out this schedule and GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! You will be captivated from the beginning to the end. Pic below courtesy of @DancingProsLive twitter to give you just a glimpse of how amazing the light show was. B-EAUTIFUL!!

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January 22, 2015 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 Pros Live Brings The Fever To The Midwest – Review, Gallery Of New Photos, Video

Dancing Pros Live” continues to draw audiences. KITV from Souix City, Iowa has a report and some video coverage of the show.

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Also, the
Desmoines Register has a beautiful Gallery of photos. You can see Edyta Sliwinska, Chelsie Hightower and some of the dancers from the show. Below are some instagrams and a video from Edyta and Karina Smirnoff. Beautiful! I’ll be seeing the show and reporting on it this upcoming week. Stay tuned! If you haven’t got tickets yet in a city near you, see this link.

January 18, 2015 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 Pros Live “National tour truly highlights the “stars” – Review, Photos

The Souix City Journal is good about reviewing dance shows when they come to town and this is no different for “Dancing Pros Live“!! Read on for a little take from the link. You know where to go for more. Photos below courtesy of Karina and Edyta’s instagrams. Beautiful!

But this national tour truly highlights the “stars” – those incredibly talented professional dancers who show off their own style and athleticism in this live dancing competition.

The show was hosted by “DWTS” veteran Edyta Sliwinska and Alan Thicke, star of the television show “Growing Pains,” and — for you younger readers – the father of singer Robin Thicke.

Professional dancers from “DWTS,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and dance champions from around the world competed with one another in a variety of dance styles, including cha-cha, waltz, tango, swing and jitterbug, to name a few.

The evening was a mix of breathtaking dance, fun backstage stories and some impressive vocals from Holly Tucker, a finalist on “The Voice.”

Although the outcome is determined by the folks in the seats, three judges provided insights. “DWTS” pro Karina Smirnoff and choreographer Oscar Orosco were the national touring judges. Each competition also invites a local judge to assist, and that honor went to KTIV-TV news anchor Matt Breen.

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January 15, 2015 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 Pros Live Begins With Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, Chelsie Hightower, And More – Photos, Videos, Interviews

And so “Dancing Pros Live” begins!!! Below are just a few instagram pictures and videos coming out courtesy of Benji Schwimmer and Karina Smirnoff. Also below, Northland News Center interviewed Chelsie Hightower. She stopped by to teach some dance steps at the Dreamdance Academy. You can also read an interview at the Duluth News Tribune. If you’d like to see “Dancing Pros Live”, see this link for tickets. I am loving this first picture…

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January 14, 2015 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 Exclusive Interview: Edyta Sliwinska Chats About “Dancing Pros Live”, Dancing With The Stars, And More

Would you like to know a little more about the upcoming “Dancing Pros Live” tour? We asked Edyta Sliwinska to tell us a little about it. She also tells us on her and her baby’s first Christmas together (#AwwMoment). Edyta also answers a question about Karina Smirnoff who is judging and also a dancer in the show. Lots more below including some breathtaking photos from “Dancing Pros Live” of Edyta, Chelsie Hightower, So You Think You Can Dance’s Ryan Dilello, and other world champion dancers (click on the pics twice to see them in a bigger size). If you’d like to see more photos and read on “Dancing Pros Live”, see the official site. Also, if you haven’t got a ticket for “Dancing Pos Live” yet, be sure you do so soon HERE as tickets at venues are filling up fast. Special thanks to Edyta and her marvelous team for all the goodies to go with this interview!! Enjoy! It’s so good to see her again….

Hi Edyta!! How are you and how was your holidays? I bet it was fun having a little wee one to share them with this year?

It was a very special time for us; Michael’s first Christmas and shortly after his first birthday. We got to celebrate with our closest friends and family, which was really great and fun, since a lot of our friends have kids close to Michael’s age.

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So, we hear you are about to embark on a new tour for “Dancing Pros Live. Can you tell us a little about it? What kind of dancing will it feature?

It’s an interactive competition on the stage where five professional couples compete for the audience’s vote by dancing solos in two rounds. The most fun part of the show is that in the end every member of the audience gets to vote for their favorite couple via remote device attached to their seat.

Besides couple’s solos there are big production numbers featuring variety of dance styles; ballroom, lyrical, west coast swing, jitterbug…Our cast is truly amazing, so it’s a very entertaining and high quality show.

We hear Karina Smirnoff will be a judge. Will she also be dancing in the new tour?

From what I know, Karina will dance in a featured solo performance. I am really excited to see Karina again!

Will you be dancing in the tour as well? If so, what kind of dances?

I will participate in a very energetic group jitterbug and will dance a paso doble solo.

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Many of us, including myself, miss you on Dancing With The Stars. In fact, YOU were responsible for many of us becoming fans to the show in the beginning including myself and John (the administrator to PureDWTS). So, if you were to name your favorite season, which one would it be? What were a few of your favorite dances on the show?

It would be season 3 where I danced with Joey Lawrance and season 5 with Jason Taylor. I loved the Rumba with Joey and Quickstep with Jason but my favorite were some of the result show performances I did with my real life partner, Alec. We danced to Adele, Celine Dion or Colbie Calliat. These were very special to me.

Follow Edyta at Twitter and Instagram.

Fall 2014 – 22 second video preview from Dancing Pros Live on Vimeo.

January 9, 2015 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-Stars: The Great “Previous Dance Experience” Debate – Sabrina Bryan Edition

Let’s continue on our journey through this season’s couples today with a look at the fan-appointed 13th contestant – Sabrina Bryan.  And if you want to refer to my previous editions of the series, check out the Helio Castroneves edition – there are links to all the previous posts at the top.  :-)

I picked Sabrina & Mark’s perfect-scoring paso doble as her best dance:

And as her worst dance, I picked her foxtrot, which was the dance that ultimately sent her home:

Echoing Len’s sentiments after Sabrina’s foxtrot, the thing that jumps out at me in both dances is that Sabrina just hits everything so HARD – which is sometimes good (in dances like the paso doble & tango), but can often be bad (in slower, more fluid dances like the foxtrot).  The impact she gives each line & step seems to be a product of her hip-hop training from the Cheetah Girls, possibly mixed with some jazz/Broadway musical-style training.  If having really sharp, flashy hands is considered “jazz hands”, then I think Sabrina might have an entire jazz body – which could be problematic.  Obviously it’s a huge advantage in very aggressive dances like the paso doble (which is why I think her paso doble is her best dance), but when you’ve got a dance like the foxtrot that is supposed to be slick & fluid, and you’re hitting each line with the force of a sledgehammer – it’s time to dial back the aggression.  If she can overcome that, she’s obviously got some good musicality and stage presence for Louis to work with…but the question is: will he know how best to utilize it? Even in Louis’ stronger seasons (like Kelly Osbourne’s), I find that he often doesn’t seem to know quite how to choreograph to his partner’s strengths and weaknesses – and even though Sabrina might be his strongest partner yet, it won’t mean anything if he doesn’t know how to tap into that talent.

So obviously, like Joey, one thing that may give Sabrina an edge in this season is the time she’s spent in the Vegas show prior to now – she’s been dancing for 3 months already.  Will it help? Well…I’d say yes & no.  I’ve said it before, but I think anyone that’s been doing any kind of onstage performing the past year or so will likely have a bit of an edge, just due to their performance skills not getting rusty.  However, as with Joey, I think Sabrina spent a good deal of time in Vegas doing stuff that wasn’t “strictly ballroom” – she did quite a bit of more jazzy, hip-hop influenced stuff, and even her paso doble with Ryan DiLello felt a little watered down to me.  Is Vegas really going to help when it comes to remembering the finer points of samba & foxtrot? Probably not.  And you also have to keep in mind that Sabrina was doing the same routines, night after night – if they looked fabulous, it was because she had had weeks to perfect them.  Will she be able to adjust to back to the breakneck pace of the tv show, where she only has a few days to learn a dance? 

Court’s verdict: Sabrina’s got potential – she’s a good dancer and a good showman.  But if she wants to be a contender, she needs to soften her lines, and make sure she’s “strictly ballroom” – no hip-hop or jazz infusion.  And Louis will have to deliver some great choreography to really make her stand out.

What are your thoughts on Sabrina? Is this her season to win, or could it just be a repeat of season 5?

August 30, 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!

Jonathan Roberts Choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance – TONIGHT!

Better late than never! Set your DVR now for 8 PM EST tonight – yet another DWTS pro is choreographing for SYTYCD this week:

Very excited to be choreographing again on SYTYCD tomorrow. Tune in, it's going to be a great show, so many amazing dances this week!
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I’m assuming Jonathan choreographed a ballroom routine, given that he specializes in the ballroom dances; looks like we might also catch a glimpse of our favorite Russian redhead in the audience ;-)

At SYTYCD Dress rehearsal. @ choreographed a dance for 1 of the contestants. Please watch and support today :) <3
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Other DWTS connections in this week’s episode? Both Ryan DiLello & Anya Garnis of the Vegas show troupe are dancing as all-stars this week:

I'm so excited to dance as an All-Star tomorrow on @ I love my dance & especially my PARTNER!! :-) Tune in 8/7c #sytycd
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Amazing day of rehearsals for #SYTYCD.So excited to be back as an All-Star this week!!! So much talent in one room...WOW!!!
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Be sure to check out the Dmitry Chaplin-choreographed cha-cha that Anya did with contestant Cole last week, if you haven’t already ;-) I just have one question: when are we going to get to see a FEMALE DWTS pro’s choreography (Karina, Anna, Kym, etc.) on SYTYCD? You listening, Nigel? ;-)

UPDATE: Video of the quickstep routine Jonathan choreographed for Eliana & Ryan:

August 29, 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!