Below are some cool photos of some of the pros from Dancing With The Stars from their twitter and instagram accounts. You can see them at sea on the Holland America Cruise, on the road with the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour, enjoying some vacation time, doing some modeling, or working out, etc.. I can’t get enough! Beautiful!!!
If you go to TBO.com, you can read a new interview with Val Chmerkovskiy. He talks of Dancing With The Stars, his partners, and how he was disappointed in a 3rd place finish last season. He also talks on the showmance with his partner Janel Parrish and how people had the wrong impression of their relationship. He also talks a little on the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. Note that Season 19 partner Janel Parrish will join the tour when it gets to California.
Chmerkovskiy says his former partner Parrish is scheduled to join the tour when it gets to California. There were rumors that the two became an item during this 19th season and that Parrish had fallen for the charming Ukrainian-born dancer.
Chmerkovskiy’s previous partners include former “Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar, comic Sherri Shepherd, actress Kelly Monaco, actress Elizabeth Berkley, and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis.
“And I loved dancing with every one of them,” he says, adding that because Parrish was close to his age and they looked good together people got the wrong impression about what he calls “showmance” rather than romance.
“My commitment and dedication never change,” he says. “I was very proud of her. She was incredible, truly incredible. She was willing to work hard, and she was so beautiful. I literally have no regrets about the experience.”
He says he was disappointed in the third-place finish because he is so competitive. He has yet to be part of a winning team on “Dancing.” He also finished in third place with Kelly Monaco during “Dancing’s” all-star season.
Now focused on the tour, Chmerkovskiy has other career goals. He and his brother, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, own a chain of dance studios (Dance With Me) with locations in Connecticut, New York and near their New Jersey-area home. He says they want to expand the franchise to the West Coast. Since he was a child, he has played the violin and hopes to perform professionally one day. He also raps under the stage name of VC and has released one album.
He doesn’t know if he will be back for season 20 of “Dancing With the Stars” because ABC has yet to announce the cast.
“Right now, I am enjoying the tour without the pressure of being judged,” he says.
The Orlando Sentinel has a nice piece up with Mark Ballas. He talks about the Dancing With The Stars Live tour. He can’t say whether he’s returning for Dancing With The Stars for the 10th Anniversary, but, he has fun talking about all of his partners. Here’s more on the tour itself….
Ballas praises Ribeiro’s style. “He’s got a loud voice and a huge presence. He brings the show together,” he said.
During the tour, Ballas performs his songs, such as “Get My Name”; plays three numbers on guitar; and dances at least eight times.
“My goal is to entertain, not put my eggs in one basket,” Ballas said, noting that he choreographs and started in musical theater. “At some point I’d like to do a Broadway show. Music is a tremendous focus for me. I don’t want to succumb to the idea you can do only one thing.”
He writes or co-writes his songs: “It’s more personal when it’s coming from the artist’s heart.”
His album “Kicking Clouds” has drawn comparisons to Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but Ballas says his guitar style, with flamenco and blues techniques, gives his music a fresh, percussive style. His song “Miss Incredible” aims to celebrate and inspire women.
More at the Orlando Sentinel.
What a moving and great way to end 2014! Today the cast of the Dancing With The Stars live Tour visited the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Below are some photos coming out courtesy of Emma Slater, Brittany Cherry, journalist AJCRodneyHo, Witney Carson, Brittany Cherry, Kym Johnson, and Sasha Farber. If you’d like to help contribute to this cause, visit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
ETA: Radio TV Talk covered this event today. To see a blog and lots of pictures, see this link. Here’s a video too…
Happy New year, Everyone!!! How about a collection of instagram pictures and videos (six total) from the cast of the Dancing With The Star’s Live Tour? All of them have been posting on all of the fun they are having. I love the dance poses the best! Enjoy and if you don’t have tickets yet, be sure to do so at this link as more and more shows are selling out by the day.
ETA: Scroll below for more videos….
And there is more…. Read more..
What a great review of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour from WYN Papers. They posted pictures as well as raved on the show. Here’s a little take…
Seeing the professional dancers in person, rather than through the lens of biased highlights on a television show, their personalities and skill became more apparent than ever before.
A crowd favorite for his fun personality and enchanting good looks both on and off screen, Chmerkovskiy swooped a female audience member off her feet during one of his musical numbers. He played up his role as “shirtless man candy” from the show and helped everyone to have a great time.
Three of the female professional dancers, including Carson and Johnson, also selected members of the audience to dance with. Three gentlemen from the VIP section of the showroom enjoyed the spotlight, shimmying with some of America’s favorite dancers to Christina Aguilera’s “But I am a Good Girl,” assuredly making the night unforgettable.
The first performance of the “DWTS” live tour was not predictable, making it even more special. Chmerkovskiy and some of the other performers surprised the audience by proving their expertise was not limited to dance. He played the violin alongside Ballas, the season 19 runner-up, who joined on guitar.
To conclude the night, a freestyle rendition of DJ Snake and Lil John’s “Turn Down For What” and Pitbull’s “Fireball” was led by Ribeiro and Carson. The entire professional dance cast joined them.
The modern beats, ornate costumes and unbelievable skill transformed the first stop on the tour into anything but your typical dance program.
To read more, see WYN Papers.
Hot Spot Magazine interviewed Mark Ballas about Dancing With The Stars. He talks of chemistry in dancing, why the show has lasted as long as it has, and more. Mark also chats about the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour for what fans can expect. More below at the link.
Please tell us a little bit about the show and what people can expect.
On the show, where you have a celebrity and a professional dancer dance together, you never really get the full effect that you’d see when you see two professionals dance together. This show is a very heavily professionally-danced show. You will really get to appreciate the movements, or what we like to call the “clarity and quality” of the dances. I’m excited to present the show live, too, so I think it’s going to shape up to be a great show.
We’re going to be having a celebrity host but for the most part it’s all about the professional dancers, and I’m excited to come to the cities down here and show everyone what we’re capable of doing when we’re paired with our professional colleagues.
What do some of your professional dancer colleagues bring to the tour that’s unique?
All of our dancers are very different and very powerful in their own ways. Val brings an amazing quality in his performance, a skilled technique and power. I feel like I bring a lot of character to my dances; they’re very expressive. Witney is a powerhouse; she brings a natural sexiness and beauty to her movements. When you see Emma dance, you feel like you know her. She has this amazing personality on and off the dance floor and I think that really shines through in her movements.
Aren’t these pics just stunning of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour in Buffalo, New York? You can even more at Getty Images. Stay tuned. John will be sharing more soon from his private collection.
ETA: Entertainment Tonight has a nice feature on the tour too.
A personal review (and it’s a goodie! ) of the Dancing With The Stars Live show last night in Buffalo, New York coming up by John as he was there. In the meantime, the Buffalo News has a review up with a picture with Sasha Farber, Kym Johnson, and Paul Karmiryan. Below is a take (though not sure if this person understood that there wouldn’t be celebrities at the show. I also question the “substance” comment). If you’d like to see a beautiful gallery of photos from the show, see this link.
The “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” tour opened its seven-week tour Saturday night in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The capacity crowd reacted enthusiastically to the dance pros from the ABC show. They were excited to meet the most recent DWTS winner, Alfonso Ribeiro of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fame, who served as the host.
They laughed at the jokes (most, anyhow) and squealed at the sight of the bearded, square-jawed Chmerkovskiy (especially when he was shirtless, which was virtually the whole show).
By every measure, the crowd walked out happy. But if they came for a night of intensive dancing, or if they came expecting to spend an evening with celebrities who they came to know more intimately from the show’s 10 years on air, the evening didn’t quite match up.
Let’s start with the stars – or star, as in singular: The tour show’s sole non-dance celebrity is Ribeiro, who spent much of the evening engaged in banter with Witney Carson, the dance partner with whom he won DWTS’ mirrorball trophy.
Ribeiro, who still projects his circa-“Fresh Prince” Carlton persona, is comfortable on stage and has the give-and-take presence of a stand-up comedian. Not all of his punch lines got gut laughs from the crowd, but many did, and we can give him a pass on those that missed. This was the first night of tour, and from my end, it was interesting to see a show that is still developing.
Any rawness in presentation – and there wasn’t much – was complemented by energy that gave the show a fresh feel. To me, this was especially apparent during a Q&A session Ribeiro held with the seven headlining dancers: Chmerkovskiy, Carson, Kym Johnson, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Keo Motsepe and Sasha Farber. Admittedly this is the inquisitive journalist in me speaking, but I enjoyed seeing the dancers struggle a bit to describe their favorite celebrity partners and characterize their competitiveness.
More at Buffalo News.
Val Chmerkovskiy was interviewed by the Buffalo News before the premiere of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. He talks on the dynamics of the show (on tv), his partners, the reality of the rehearsal packages, off camera friendships, and more. But, interesting note in the interview….Val mentions how he will also be playing the violin in a trio performance with Mark Ballas and another guitarist on the tour. Oh, this is too cool. More below and at the link.
On whether any of his partners on the show ever disappointed him.
“Every partner has challenged me a bit. … For me dancing is about men and women coming together.”
On whether or not there are off-camera friendships between the show’s professional dancers and its judges.
“I feel there’s a certain natural distance that must be kept away from them.” He exempted from that Julianne Hough, a judge last season but before that a “peer” as one of the show’s professional dancers.
On whether his lifelong violin-playing will be part of “Dancing with the Stars Live.” (He and professional dancer Ballas have a trio with Ballas on guitar and another guitarist.)
It will. “I will never turn down a challenge.”