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
The Reporter Herald interview Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus and Emma Slater about their upcoming shows for “Ballroom With A Twist. Below are a couple of up-close and personal takes which describe the show. Too fun….
Visiting by email from a cruise ship, where they are performing, Slater and MacManus shared their thoughts about the upcoming show.
“This is not my first time with ‘Ballroom with a Twist’,” said Slater. “Both Tristan and I have been a part of this fabulous show in the past. It’s wonderful fun, and I love being involved.”
“The talent in the show is mind-blowing, whether it’s the singing or the dancing,” said MacManus. “We have both singers and dancers who rotate in and out for different shows. The energy is always high, and the experience is always different for us, as well as the audience, which is great for keeping the show and the numbers fresh.”
“Ballroom with a Twist” promises something for every lover of dance from jazz to hip-hop, contemporary to ballroom, along with powerful vocals. “My favorite number from the show is called ‘Gravity,'” shared Slater. “Three of the amazing ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ finalists dance together in a beautiful contemporary piece. It’s unbelievable, they are so talented.
“There is also a number sung beautifully by our male vocalist, while a very talented young chap spins on his head! Crazy.”
During the evening, a few audience members will be asked to join the dancers onstage. Those in the audience can dance along as well. “It’s a great interaction between the audience and the cast,” shared Slater.
Both MacManus and Slater come from across the Atlantic. MacManus began dancing in his hometown of Bray, County Wicklow in Ireland, while Slater is from Tamworth in England. “I do absolutely love being here in the U.S. — the weather and opportunity among other things,” said Slater.
She hopes those watching “Ballroom with a Twist” will “enjoy watching dynamic dance live and up close (not possible on TV) and really be inspired to dance at home.”
“People want to come to a show, see something they haven’t before, feel involved and then go home smiling,” said MacManus. “There is nothing better then the next few days after seeing something and still thinking about it and smiling, and for me, that’s what ‘Ballroom with a Twist’ does.”
More at the Reporter Herald.
Isn’t this an adorable picture? Yesterday, despite snowy conditions, @DmitryDreamTeam went to the first Ballroom With A Twist show in Wilmington Delaware. If you’d like to see more fun photos from the show, visit her personal facebook page. Note how she even got autographed pictures from the pros. She said she “loved the show”. A fan from Pure Derek Hough saw the show as well. You won’t want to miss what she wrote at this link. Below are a few instagrams of the pros taken during their stay courtesy of Derek Hough, Peta Murgatroyd, and Cheryl Burke. Brrr, but, so cute and having fun!
ETA: Below is a new radio interview on Ballroom With A Twist with Tony, Peta, and Cheryl. Thanks to @DWTSGossip for this gem. Also, don’t missing seeing DuPont Theatre Facebook for some beautiful high quality photos from the show last night.
ExperiencedSD wrote a fun review on the Ballroom With A Twist show that took place in San Diego last weekend. This is a must read…especially if you plan to attend one of the Ballroom With A Twist shows. Below is a take about the “question and answer” part of the show. Check out what Mark said about Maks. lol Hilarious!!
In the middle of the show, there was a Q&A session with Peta and Mark. It was an open session and anyone in the crowd could ask any question they want. We learned that in Dancing with the Stars, the dancers are paired to their celebrity by height or by personality (which is sometimes usually clashing). We also learned from Mark Ballas that Maks Chmerkovskiy can be as Mark describes it, “pranky,” that in the Mark’s first appearance at DWTS, Maks cup-checked him!
More at ExperiencedSD including pictures of Mark and Peta!!
For scheduling and ticket information for how you can see Ballroom With A Twist, visit this link.
Who is planning to see “Ballroom With A Twist”? Producer Scott Stander told PureDWTS that we will see “a very special show as we have a few people in covering for some cast members. We are doing a performance in San Francisco with Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. So a lot of surprises.” Surprises indeed. I can’t. I plan to see the Wyoming show. If you haven’t got tickets to a show in your area, see this link as they are travelling all over the country. Scott along with Cheryl Burke also talked with Delaware Online. Below is a take from the article on the show….
“Ballroom” has “kind of evolved,” says producer Scott Stander from a concept that began with: What do you get when you combine three television reality shows? “You get ‘Ballroom With a Twist,’ ” he says.
This is the first time that Burke, a California native from the San Francisco area, will be on the “Ballroom” tour, although she remembers visiting Wilmington with the “Dancing With The Stars” tour a few years ago, but the show left after a night, she says. This time around, she’s looking forward to being in Delaware for a week.
“I have no idea what to expect on the show,” Burke says, “But I know I’ll be dancing with Tony Dovolani, Derek Hough and Peta Murgatroyd. A lot of my friends are part of ‘Ballroom with a Twist,’ and have been for the last few years. I’m excited to be able to dance in front of live people and just have a good time. For me, when it comes to dancing, it’s always better to perform in a more intimate setting like a theater.”
Dancing in a big arena requires big performances, she says. But dancing in a theater allows the audience to see the interplay between the dancers and appreciate the emotion and subtle moves.
This show will start with a Broadway-style number. During the night, fans will see dances that include samba, waltzes, foxtrots, quickstep and jive.
“If you’re a fan of these shows, you’ll be tickled pink,” Stander says. “If you’ve never watched the shows, you will end up a fan of those shows because of the amazing talent on the stage. What they do with their bodies is amazing. Dancing is all different these days, very athletic.”
The show will a question-and-answer session with the stars.
“I do expect to be getting a lot of questions,” says Burke, who has been on “Dancing With The Stars” for 15 seasons. The questions always include things like whether they pick their own partners, how much work they do and who their favorite partners were. (Jack Osbourne and Emmett Smith were two of them).
“Ballroom With a Twist” is designed to be the kind of show you can bring kids to, or you can bring grandma, and they’ll all have a good time, Stander says.
“You’ll see flashy costumes, you’ll see some great production numbers and some great singing,” he says. “The audience will get up and have a good time and dance.” One of the numbers is a Cirque du Soleil-style number featuring Cirque performer Eric Newton to soaring vocals.
To read more, visit Delaware Online.