Oh, I love when Sasha posts dance videos like this! Sasha, more please please!
Highlands Today caught up with Emma Slater to talk about Dancing With The Stars and the Ballroom With A Twist and how much she has enjoyed dancing in both. Here is more. *love her!!
Slater, who grew up in the Midlands of England, moved to London when she was 16 where she performed in competitions and theater shows. She joined “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012 and made her pro dance debut in Season 17 with funny-man Bill Engvall. The exposure from the TV show has been both “shocking” and “heartwarming,” with everybody saying nice things about her, Slater said. “Career wise it has been the most significant for me,” she said. “It literally changed my life.” She had to move to a different county and faced new and different challenges such as taking care of a celebrity and creating the choreography, Slater said. The outcome of the dance pairing of Engvall and Slater surprised many. “We got to the finals and it was very unexpected because he was literally thought of as a person who would go out first. The bookies in Las Vegas had him leaving the show first and he ended up going all the way to the finals and no one was more shocked than he was.”
Slater enjoys dancing to the live singing of “American Idol” finalists Gina Glocksen and Von Smith on the “Ballroom with a Twist” tour. “They are amazing,” Slater said. “It’s so much better to dance to than just a recorded track.” The show’s dancing styles includes: ballroom, Latin, hip hop and contemporary. “There is nothing that can really replace live performances,” she said. “So the audience can expect a lot of energy, a lot of passion and very, very high quality live dancing.”
More at Highlands Today including ticket information how you can see Ballroom With A Twist in Avon, Florida.
ETA: Fun picture of Emma, Val, Sasha, Peta, and the Ballroom With A Twist gang in Florida at Ballroom With A Twist Facebook. So cute!!
Here’s to the “Ballroom With A Twist” shows in Florida this week!! For tickets and scheduling information (and info on who the pros who will be dancing), see this link. Below is a teaser from Keys News as they chatted with Val Chmerkovskiy about the show.
“Yes, there is definitely a difference in that Ballroom with a Twist doesn’t include the competition factor,” Chmerkovskiy told The Citizen Sunday. “But I love live performance, no matter what. I love being on a stage and the energy that goes along with it.”
Ballroom with a Twist also includes audience interaction with the performers and a question-and-ansewr session at the end.
“Fans of Dancing with the Stars can expect to see us perform different and exciting numbers during Ballroom with a Twist, and they can get to know us a little,” Chmerkovskiy said. “This show combines incredible performance with a very intimate, and cozy kind of feel because of the interaction we have with the audience.”
Chmerkovskiy said he has not been touring with Ballroom with a Twist for all of its performances, but said he is excited to be in Key West, where he visited several years ago.
I will admit it’s no accident that I happened to sign on and be available for this show, which happens to take place in Key West in February, said the dancer who was born in Ukraine and moved to Brooklyn when he was 8.
It’s a great show. Be sure you see it!! More at Keys News.
Awww, check out Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber! According to his You Tube Channel and twitter, this was an intro he did for a student’s dance showcase in Tucson, Arizona. This is full of intensity and energy. Go Sasha!
It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. It will be very interesting to see what happens this year, after they let go of the band. That was a huge cost savings to them. The question is: are they looking to save even more money (say goodbye to Derek and possibly Cheryl) or have they saved so much that they can afford the popular, long term pros that have kept people coming back to this show season after season? I personally think that they will do what they can to hold on to Derek – he’s an Emmy winner and that’s very helpful to the show’s cache. I think they will also do their best to hold on to Cheryl, Karina and Mark. I’m GUESSING that Val and Tristan are still locked into contracts that are beneficial to ABC so they aren’t in question as long as they find a partner for them. As always, I could be wrong. Read more..
What a night last night for so many of the pros from Dancing With The Stars! Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess absolutely magnified the crowd in Cheyenne, Wyoming in “Ballroom With A Twist”. I was able to attend the show. Stay tuned as I’ve got lots of photos to share of them and more on how they took my breath away.
Also, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Sasha Farber, and Chelsie Hightower performed at the “America’s Favorite Dancers” show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Because of flight delays in Denver, Colorado from winter storm Nika, they didn’t arrive to Tulsa until yesterday afternoon sometime, but, that didn’t stop any of them from putting on amazing, show stopping show. You can see some fun video coverage of Derek and Chelsie at Pure Derek Hough. Below is Sasha Farber and Emma Slater courtesy of Sasha and his You Tube. Way hot performance as you can see. More coming Up with Gleb and Sharna!! Stay tuned!!
ETA: Helen Orcutt Photgraphy has some breathtaking high quality photos of the “meet and greet” after the show. You can view them at her site. A must see!!
Just a fun heads up if you are a fan to “Burn The Floor” (for which many of our Dancing With The Stars pros danced in). The official Burn the Floor facebook page has posted new photos of Kym Johnson, Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater. Apparently, they are filming a “Burn The Floor” documentary about the history of the show and how the show has grown. It will feature stories on the dancers too. Be sure to read more info and see the new pictures at this link. Kym looks fantastic!!
Thanks to fan Heather for sending us this news!
By the looks of it, the Ballroom With A Twist show in Billings, Montana last night was a show stopper. If you visit Alberta Bair Theater Facebook and Dmitry Dream Team, you can view loads of new photos of Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin rehearsing and then dancing in the show. They also answered questions from fans. Picture below is of Chelsie and Dmitry pictured in Billings courtesy of @ErinWaldorf at twitter. Looks like they were prepared and dressed warmly. Good thing!!
Wyoming News interviewed Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess about the “Ballroom With A twist” show coming up in Cheyenne, Wyoming February 1st. She talks of why the show is a “beautiful experience” for how unique it is for fans and herself. Below is more. Be sure to read more at the link. Also, if you haven’t read our new interview with Gleb Savchenko, be sure you do as he talks a little on the show as well other fun things in getting to know him. Here’s to Saturday Night, Gleb and Sharna!!
“It is a beautiful experience to perform one night to a live audience. Once that show and that moment are over, it’s gone, and that makes it very special,” she said.
Burgess will be joined by fellow “Dancing With The Stars” coach Gleb Savchenko and an all-star cast that includes performers from “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” It all comes together for a night of different styles and music that Burgess said gets everyone out of their seat.
“The show is so unique. It brings competitive pros from all over and mixes them up. We perform everything from hip-hop to waltzes, samba and contemporary,” she said.
Burgess is originally from Australia but was working on Broadway before being discovered by “Dancing With the Stars.” An accomplished choreographer, she appeared on the series twice, first with comedian Andy Dick and later with former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Burgess will be performing two solo numbers as well as a few with a group during the show.
She said she was looking forward to dancing with other professionals who loved the craft as much as she does. She said it was a whole new set of challenges and excitement from her role on TV.
“We did judge dance numbers, which were great, and I love teaching, whether that is celebrities or anyone else,” she said. “But I know the cast on this tour really well, and I can’t wait to get out there with them.”
In addition to the professional dance numbers, Burgess said there would be audience participation sections as well.
“We go around and talk with people and call them up on stage, but even if that doesn’t happen for you, I bet you are going to be dancing in your seat along with us,” she said.
Hey Dancettes! If you head to the official page of “Ballroom With A Twist HERE and HERE, you can view some amazing new photos of Derek Hough, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke from yesterday’s shows in Wilmington, Delaware. So much passion and energy can be seem in all of them!!! Also, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough as you can see some fun fan photos and coverage there as well. What a fun run it’s been in Delaware. Now, here is to the upcoming shows this week in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Special Note: if you are able to go to any of the shows and would like to send us a review or photos, write to us at our “contact Us” link (same at Pure Derek Hough). We’d love to feature your story!! xxx