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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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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

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:

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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 😉

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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:

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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!

Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas Lighting Up Las Vegas (Dancing Video, New Interview)

As you know from a previous posting with new interviews, etc., Dancing With The Stars pro Mark Ballas has been performing at the Dancing With The Stars Live in Las Vegas show this week. Well, the Morning Blend has interviewed him as well where Mark talks about the 6 numbers he’s in, his pets (did you know he has two dogs and three turtles?), his favorite partners on Dancing With The Stars, his parents and how he got into music and ballroom dancing, and more. You can listen to the fun interview in full here. Thanks to CMHagey You Tube, here’s some great footage of Mark dancing in the show as well. I love this song!

July 12, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Mark Ballas Plays At The Viper Room, New Interview About DWTS Live In Las Vegas (Photos, Video)

Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Mark Ballas. Sunday night, he looked lean and mean playing his guitar at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Seeing this picture and others like it at Getty Images makes me want to see him perform on Dancing With The Stars in a string duo with Val Chmerkovskiy again. How about you? Be sure to see all of the pics. They are some of the best music performing pics I’ve ever seen of Mark in action! He really gets into it!

Also, Fox 5 in Las Vegas interviewed Mark on Dancing With The Stars Live In Vegas. Last night, he danced for the first time in the show. He’ll be dancing until July 12th if you’d like to take it in. He will also be performing his music in the Tropicana Lounge on Thursday night. Details below.

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Thanks to MarkBallas Facebook and MarkBallas.com for the heads up on the video above!

ADDING: KTNV in Las Vegas interviewed Mark as well as Sabrina Bryan. Yes, the two are reunited again. Watching this interview makes one wonder on if she will be back for the All Star season which is briefly mentioned? You can see the new interview HERE.

July 10, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

EW’s Video Interview With DWTS Tristan MacManus, Lacey Schwimmer, Joey Fatone, and Carson Kressley

As promised, Annie Barrett of Entertainment Weekly posted the videos of her backstage interview with Tristan MacManus, Lacey Schwimmer, Joey Fatone, and Carson Kressley before she saw Dancing With The Stars Live In Las Vegas. Carson shows off all of his costumes including his “Vogue” and “Moves Like Jagger” costumes. Tristan and Lacey talk on their injuries and the show’s ‘different vibe’ from the TV version. They say Tom Bergeron is jealous of Carson’s part and he is a “Silver Fox”. Joey Fatone talks of why he returned to dancing and how he loves his two dances. You can see more of this fun interview in four parts HERE.

July 9, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Entertainment Weekly Gives Dancing With The Stars LIVE In Las Vegas Rave Reviews

What a great in-depth three page review for Dancing With The Stars: LIVE In Las Vegas by Annie Barrett of Entertainment Weekly. She gives huge props to Carson Kressley calling him a “marvel” in his hosting duties and how he is “never not funny” much like Tom Bergeron. She calls the show “quite stunning, especially during the many bombastic group numbers” and how the lack of cameras (seen if you are sitting in the audience on the TV version) “frees up the dancers to use the entire stage and actually move.”

The whole thing felt more like a musical — with slow/sensual or fierce/emphatic movements instead of dialogue, or literally (if we want to get all Carrie Ann about it) “beautiful lines” instead of spoken lines.

She also raves about dancing pro Lacey Schwimmer (who got hurt this past week) saying she “commands the stage”…

As I expected, the dancer who embodied that classic for-the-love-of-the-game performance quality the most for me was Our Pro Lacey Schwimmer. Girl knows how to command a stage — even if she had just slunk into a corner, she was all I could see. Also, uh oh: I just read that Lacey hurt her ankle during the week and didn’t dance last night. Noooooo. If she can’t return that’ll be a huge loss for the show. Lacey and her crazy hair extensions (currently pink and purple) are truly the life of the party.

But, Annette’s favorite dance in the LIVE show was, to her surprise, a Rumba with Dmitry Chaplain and Anya Garnis….

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Anya as one of Our Pros at some point — though if there’s any intention of maintaining a DWTS Vegas run throughout the rest of the year instead of just in the summer, whoever’s in charge may want to shackle her (using prop police handcuffs) and Dmitry to a Tropicana slot machine right now. She’s on fire!

YES. Fave dance of the night: Dmitry and Anya’s rumba. It took 14 seasons and a trip to Vegas for me to realize this, but maybe there IS a place for barefoot men in the ballroom. They just have to look/play the guitar/open their shirts like Dmitry. Oh screw that, they just have to be Dmitry. NEW RULE: Only Mr. Chaplin can remove his shoes.

Anya can barely even process his hotness.

You can read lots more of this fun review on the show and the cast at Entertainment Weekly. You can see more pictures as well. Also, be sure to read the part on Tristan MacManus. He joined her, Lacey, Carson, and Joey Fatone for a pre-show backstage chat in Carson’s dressing room. We hope to post that interview as soon as it’s made available.

July 7, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.