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Behind The Scenes Of The Two Night Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale – Video

Are you ready for tonight, Everyone? Who will you be voting for? Here’s a Good Morning America preview of what’s to come of the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. Tanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

May 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.

The Dancing Poetry Corner – DWTS Season 20 “Road To The Finals” Review And “Speaking of Specials”

Speaking of Specials

On May 16, 2015, ABC treated us to a Special, The Road To The Finals. Said Special served as a season review for the three Finalists:

Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess

The Special resembled a comprehensive “Trip Down Memory Lane”. Dances were reviewed, scrutinized, and favorites of the pairs were chosen. The Judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonoili, joined the “Trip Down Memory Lane”. They shared their thoughts on each pair, their strengths, and overall commentary of their performances.

A “Trip Down Memory Lane” took us to the early days of each finalist. People and places who were influential in making them what they are today shared their feelings.

Noah was described as a tough little boy, kids being kids. His father Andy and Mother Bebe provided insight into their son’s life. His newly-proposed fiancé Jamie Boyd chimed in, as well as William Shatner who gave his heartfelt words, “Noah teaches us to take what life offered. Not only to deal with it but make it a plus.”

Noah was touched by the September 11, 2001, destruction of The World Trade Center. That was the impetus that led him to the Armed Services. His life was turned upside down by his amputations. Eventually, his life was turned downside up again. He desired by sheer will and determination to be an example to his three children.

Pivotal moments included attempting to use an artificial arm. However, he nixed the idea. Sharna turned the Argentine Tango into a thing of beauty without the arm. Other moments featured were the Mirror Dance and the electrifying Paso Doble with the Troupe.

People and places in Riker’s life shared pivotal moments. His Father Mark, his Mother Stormie, Brothers Rocky and Ross spoke. Early on in life Riker loved performing with his brothers and sister. They could often be found in the basement rocking the house! The Mother moved with the children to Los Angeles, leaving the Father behind. It was hard on Riker to do that. A family friend Michael Vartan pontificated on how Riker’s head had not gotten big yet.

Pivotal dances showcased were the dynamic, beast of a Jack Sparrow Paso Doble. And the Trio Jazz dance with Brittany Cherry. Riker says hands down that was the most fun he had on the show!

People and places in Rumer’s life were her high-powered family. Mother Demi Moore, Father Bruce Willis, and Sisters Scout and Tallulah related how they were always together on various movie sets. Demi said her first thought was that Rumer not do the show. Demi related how low Rumer’s self-esteem could be in the past. But, Demi says it has been beautiful to watch Rumer’s confidence far outweighs her fears. It has everything to do with who she is. A friend of Rumer’s, Tye Blue, and Glenn Close and Annie Starke remarked how proud of her they are.

Rumer and Val agreed their Week One Foxtrot was their favorite dance. Rumer said she felt so beautiful doing that dance. She felt she had become a dancer.

A few fan questions were answered by each pair. A special treat was dancing by Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson, Brittany Cherry, Mark Ballas, Lindsay Arnold and Keo during the show.

Tom Bergeron mentioned the exciting Freestyles coming on the first night, Monday of the Finale shows. Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, and Tony Dovolani related a pair can live and die by a Freestyle. They have to be big, special and leave a lasting impression. The Freestyle can win the competition.

Peta, Emma, Tony, Derek, Witney Carson, Keo Motsepe, Kym Johnson, Mark Ballas, and Artem Chigvintsev had some parting thoughts. They discussed what it took to prove to be a winner. It is necessary to move people, to go to new heights of emotion, to be incredibly powerful!

The Golden Mirror Ball Trophy will be awarded Tuesday night, May 19, at 11 PM. Season 20, Tenth Anniversary of the show will be in the history books. Who will create a new page in that book by winning the Trophy? As Emma said it is closer than it has ever been. Don’t miss a second of the two-night Finale!

Speaking of Specials:

As this season meandered on, I thought of many Dancing Specials ABC could offer to us. How cool would it be to perhaps have one Special in between each season! It would keep our dancing appetites whetted and help ease the major withdrawal we go through as the seasons end. I thought of:

A pro competition between the astounding pros we watch every week on the shows.

A pro exhibition of those we see every week. And certainly former pros could get in on the exhibition or competition.

A star competition between the stars who have danced on the shows. Two stars paired up to compete with other stars.

A stars exhibition, the stars paired up to bring us a Special.

Exhibition dancing or competitions from amateur dancers across the United States.

Exhibition dancing or competitions of the amazingly talented dancing children across the United States.

A Senior Citizen competition or exhibition.

The list could go on, Perhaps you could think of your own ideas to add to the list.

A wish of mine that is echoed by countless others I have seen is for ABC to release the seasons on DVD. Come on ABC, how about it?!

Another thought came to me today. How about:

Dancing With The Stars – The Movie – A Feature Film! Of course starring the pros from the show! I am sure some genius writer could come up with a concept and pen a Blockbuster!

Please stay tuned for more from me this week. And, I have some ideas to keep my work on this site going between seasons.

To be continued……………….

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 17, 2015

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Len Goodman’s Thoughts On The Final Three Of Dancing With The Stars Season 20

Be sure to see USA Today! They have a special preview of the final three couples of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 where Len Goodman highlights each couple’s strengths.

The mirrorball trophy is up for grabs as Dancing with the Stars’ final three couples take the floor Monday to compete in the ABC dance competition (8 p.m. ET/PT).

After last week’s surprise elimination of Olympian Nastia Liukin and five-time pro champ Derek Hough, it’s hard to guess who will be crowned Season 20 winners Tuesday.

Judge Len Goodman places Willis at the top of his leader board going into the finale, but says the best dancer doesn’t always win. “It’s anyone’s to win and anyone’s to lose now,” he says.

More at USA Today!

May 17, 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.

Louis Van Amstel Discusses The Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale And More

Louis Van Amstel was a guest on Good day Utah. He gives dancing tips and also talks about the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. He loves Noah, but, thinks Rumer will win. I don’t agree with what he said on Mark and Derek. I’ll take their freestyles any any TIME! Thanks to Edwina for sending.

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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 with the Stars Season 20, THE FINALE – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

Sounds like we’re going to get a whole bunch of contemporary, whether we like it or not. I say not, for the most part. It’s so over done now. Geez, I’m not old enough to be whining about the Good ole days, but that’s what I feel like doing. :-) Remember Derek and Jennifer’s freestyle – simple dance, but so nostalgic and tailored perfectly for Jennifer. Half the internet screamed “She carried a watermelon!!” What about Hines Ward? Love it or hate it, that Freestyle was different. As was Amber Riley’s. I could go on, but what’s the point?

Thing is, when you do contemporary, you’re now working against a very strong couple of dances from Derek and his partners. Unless you really go out there, you run the risk of being very derivative. Although that’s not really new for one of our couples. ;-) Anyway, I still have high hopes for Noah and Sharna – theirs looks like it has potential. The rest? Jury is definitely out.

I got this info from the press release via @DWTSGossip. Could have gotten it myself but I can’t find the damn password to the ABC site and the lovely Vogue is taking care of some personal stuff. :-)

In the two-hour Season Finale on TUESDAY, MAY 19 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET), the show kicks off with a high-energy opening number featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples in addition to the judges and hosts. Then, one couple will perform an encore of their Freestyle dance as decided on by the judges. The finale will also feature a performance to “Juicy Wiggle,” by RedFoo and encore performances by Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe to “California Girls,” Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani to “Copacabana” featuring six additional dancers, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson to “Bills,” Chris Soules and Witney Carson to “Footloose,” Willow Shields and Mark Ballas to “Alice’s Theme,” Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough’s Charleston to “Honey, I’m Good” featuring a performance by Andy Grammar and much more. The night will also include a reprise performance from Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev to “In Da Club,” and the Grammy award winning artist will also perform her hit song “2 Steps Away.” Additionally, fan favorites from past seasons Amy Purdy, Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson return to the ballroom for special performances. Sia will perform her hit song “Elastic Heart” with a special dance performance by Derek and Julianne Hough. The star studded night will continue with a performance by Jason Derulo singing his hit song “Want To Want Me.” In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for additional judges’ points. At the end of the night, the winner of the Gold Mirrorball trophy will be announced!

ETA: Good for Riker, redoing the Pirate Paso!! Loved that dance.

ETA2: Be sure to see this link and this link for some fun rehearsal teasers. Lookin’ good!!!

Rumer and Val
Previously Performed Dance – Foxtrot (??)
Freestyle – AT/Contemporary Fusion
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)

Noah and Sharna
Previously Performed Dance – Argentine Tango
Freestyle – Contemporary with four other pros
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)

Riker and Allison
Previously Performed Dance - Pirate Paso Doble
Freestyle –
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)

A photo posted by rikerr5 (@rikerr5) on

May 16, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

The Dancing Poetry Corner – A Jammin’, Jam-Packed, Jamboree

A Jammin’, Jam-Packed, Jamboree

There was a Jammin’, Jam-Packed Jamboree in the Ballroom on Tuesday night! A potpourri of song and dance numbers populated the show! Unfortunately, one couple would not make it to the Finals next week.

The Jamboree

The Opening – A Simply Americana Performance
Dedicated to the Women of the United States Military
A Pro and Troupe Revue
Danced to the Song – Bryan Adams Lyrics – Summer of 69

A country-hoedown atmosphere, a Western Wonder
Supercharged, high-powered, high-energy dance extravaganza
Tremendous display of high-steppin’, high-peppin’ dance talent

GDFR and Flo Rida Explosion
With Female Pros

Rappin’, Rollin’, and Rockin’ the Ballroom House
A ball of dynamite, explosive song and dance number

Teen Beach 2 – Disney Channel Movie
Ross Lynch and Company
Gotta Be Me

A blast, a Tempting, Tantalizing Treat
Fabulous fun, a teenager’s dream song and dance number

The Hard-Working Ladies of Dancing With The Stars

A Sparkling, Shiny, Spectacular Show-Stopper
Show of specialicious dancing splendor
A dazzling spectacle of astounding talent

A Dance Challenge – A Century of Dance in Two Minutes
Dancing Through the Ages
Clever, delightful creativity
By the Dream Dancing Pair – Emma Slater and Sasha Farber

Waltz – Early 1900s
Foxtrot – 1914
Charleston – 1920s
Lindy Hop – 1930s
Jive – 1950s
Swingin’ 60s
Disco 70s
Hip Hop 80s
The 90s
Modern 2015

The Monday night dances were reviewed. The pros and stars gave opinions on what it would mean to them to get through to the Finals.

The Jamboree ended with the dreaded elimination. No one wanted to see anyone miss the Finals. But, one couple had to leave the competition. In a show of dignity and grace, Derek and Nastia took their final bows. They received hugs and words of encouragement by the Finalists,

The Two-Part Finale will be May 18 and 19. Those dancing for the coveted, new Tenth Anniversary blinged-out Golden Mirror Ball Trophy: Rumer and Val, Riker and Allison, and Sharna and Noah.

This coming Saturday night, May 16, will be another special, Road To The Finals. Be sure to tune in for all the details. A review will be forthcoming.

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 14, 2015

May 15, 2015 I Written By

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Fifth Harmony To Perform On DWTS Season 20 Finale, Second Stage, And More

Some details are starting to surface for the Dancing With The Stars finale. Fifth harmony is to perform. Also, note that there will be a 2nd stage. Read below. Thanks to Donamadrina for the heads up as well as @ImLaraBlanco at twitter.


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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.

Las Vegas Odds For The DWTS Season 20 Finale : Let Us Know What You Think

So, the odds makers at Sports Bovada have placed their bets for the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. I have to say, I am not surprised how they placed them again for the story boarding that has taken place on this show, the last elimination (that I’m still not over. :( ), and how much promotion there has been for Rumer and Val. Though one thing to note: the odds makers haven’t been right about who they’ve placed first or last this whole season. Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in comments.

Rumer Willis 2/5
Riker Lynch 7/4
Noah Galloway 12/1

My thoughts: They most likely have it right. Rumer and Val are going to win…especially being TPTB seem to be getting their way for how they want this show to turn out this season. And how convenient too with a looming summer tour about to take place. So, all odds are in Rumer and Val’s favor. But, with everything I am, I hope Riker or Noah (either one) win this competition. I’m not a fan of manipulation and promo of one couple being shoved down my throat. When it happens, I run the other way. I’m not a fan to egotistical pros who diss their fellow pros. With that said, I want Riker and Allison to win for all of their hard work, dancing ability, and creative and powerful productions. I’d also love to see Noah and Sharna win for how they’ve touched us week after week and all of their productions too…..and I especially loved their cool lifts. So, I imagine you know how I’ll be voting. :)

Let’s see what Courtney and Miss Heidi think…..

Courtney: I’m having a really, really hard time with this – especially since Nastia’s elimination is still not adding up to me, since it seemed to really go against what we know from the history of this show to be typical voting behavior.  It was almost as if Nastia got Sabrina’d – but that only happens when a celeb seems to struggle with votes for the ENTIRE SEASON, and we know for a fact that Nastia was leading in the votes at some point, because of what Tom said.  The only thing that I think may have legit contributed to it was the unflattering, Russian ice-princess portrayal they gave Nastia last week – both in her package AND that sorry excuse for Dance Center humor.  Since when is being Russophobic funny? It’s not – except when you somehow need to make a symbol of national pride (an Olympic gold medalist) somehow unpalatable to a conservative-leaning viewing audience. I would hope that viewers would have seen through all that, but clearly I may overestimate their collective emotional intelligence. It all just BUGS.  While the pattern of pimping and cramming Rumer & Val down our throats makes part of me want to throw in the towel and go “Fine, you win – now go away!”, a bigger part thinks Nastia’s elim may actually make it harder for Rumer to win –  because now you’ve got quite a few pissed off fans looking to get even, and the random sampling I’m seeing online seem to be directing their blame for Nastia’s elim towards Rumer or Noah.  This may give Riker a bit of an edge – ability-wise, he’s got the best chance of beating out Rumer, and nobody seems to really be blaming him for Nastia’s elimination.  But then there’s the two elephants in the room: he’s got dance experience (which Tallulah Willis seems to be losing sleep over on the regular) AND some folks seem to still have a bee in their bonnet over the fact that he’s a distant relative of the Houghs.  So that brings us to Noah – ability-wise, he’s got the hardest row to hoe of the 3 finalists, but he also seems to have the strongest sympathy (and patriotic) vote on his side.  But as I mentioned before, I also see him getting quite a bit of blame for Nastia going home – even though I’m not convinced that he would have been the one leaving if Nastia had stayed. As for Rumer – TPTB have done a bang-up job of making sure she comes out smelling like roses next to the other two.  They’re still pushing the “I have no dance experience!” narrative (lie), the bullying narrative, and the “Val’s never won!” narrative (nevermind that neither of the other 2 pros in the finale this season have, either – IT’S VAL’S SEASON, Y’ALL!!!), and there’s the fact that she’s the only female finalist in a season right after one where a dude won (never understood some fans’ need to “alternate” between a male & female champion, but some really seem hung up on it) – on paper, it’s looking like she’s going to win this.  But part of me is still holding out hope that manipulation we’ve endured all season backfires, and we see Noah or Riker hoist that trophy.

Heidi: I’m going to do my best to make sure they’re NOT right. :-)  I haven’t seen the blame on Noah, however. What I have seen are a bunch of Derek/Nastia fans who are: a) Pissed at the producers for the obvious manipulative efforts to get rid of Nastia (confirmed to a degree by Derek in his post show interviews and blog), and b) a bunch of Derek fans pissed at Val for being…Val. Typically idiotic. That’s quite a combo. Is it the perfect storm? I have a feeling there will be a lot of people voting for anyone but Val – whether that will work or not, I have no idea. The manipulation is still on full force. Saw a commercial last night for DWTS and it was all Rumer, some Riker and very little Noah. That tells me I need to vote Noah. :-)  At the end of the day, I have no idea if people will actually power vote against Val, but some may.  It might be enough.  They are pushing so hard for it, I would LOVE to see it backfire. It’s very possible that Rumer will end up winning this thing, but I wouldn’t call it in the bag by any stretch. They’re working so hard to make it happen, ya gotta wonder.  I wonder who they will sandbag on Monday night. Both men, or just Noah? And I wonder if Rob Wade will take his hand off the wheel a bit in the finale, after Kristyn Burtt finally got her real reporter wings by grilling him a bit last night at the Paley Center. He was squirming a good bit. Yo, Rob, Conrad always read this site a lot – maybe you should start, cuz people are really seeing the man behind the curtain now and it wasn’t so obvious when Conrad was that man.  The road to cancellation is paved with video tapes of highly manipulated episodes.

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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.

The Dancing Poetry Corner – “Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom

“Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom

Whereas, it was declared on the 11th Day of May, 2015, that Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonoili, and Len Goodman, have issued an edict. Said edict requires each pair, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Nastia Luikin and Derek Hough, and Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway, to follow their choices for dances, costumes, and music for Week 9 Semi-Finals.

Teeth chattering, hands wringing, nerves jangling, said pairs hunkered down in rehearsals with their designated Judge. “Here comes the Judge” was heard echoing throughout the rehearsal complex.

Said pairs had the pressures of learning two dances for the Semi-Finals. The race was as tight as a mammoth rubber band tightened around the Ballroom. Our own tensions were as tight as a drum! Electricity pulsated out of every pore, every corner of the Ballroom. The quality of dancing was higher than a kite in the sky!

Wherefore, in the annals of the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books, the declaration is:

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, it was:

“Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom

The Power-Propelled Opening

A bowl-us-over, Jumpin’ Jack Flash Jive
A strike in every way, a Dance Troupe extravaganza
Delivering a knock’em-out-of-the Ballroom-punch
Leading to the introduction of the Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finals Swing Set One
Rumer and Val – Viennese Waltz

A spotlight and a vision of white, star-quality
Waltz of wonderment, lyrical, romantic, angelic
America falling in love with Rumer, perfect Diva

Judges Choice – Bruno
Rumer and Val – Contemporary
Troupe Balletic Assist – Swan Lake

Balletic brilliance, a bright light
Stunning, spectacular, lift to the rafters
Brilliant concept, choreography, dramatic ending

Semi-Finals Set Two
Sharna and Noah – Viennese Waltz

A magical, mystical, marvelous time of life
Fluid, fabulous ease of movement, charming
Fresh romantic approach, honest, natural

Judges Choice – Carrie Ann
Sharna and Noah – Paso Doble
Troupe Assist

Like an opera house performance, high-end drama
Metaphor of Noah’s life, a story with passion
Masterful, a bull taking control of a herd

Semi-Finals Set Three
Riker and Allison – Contemporary

Raw, putting it all out on the floor, haunting
Hard core range, right on target, killed the dance
Pro quality from the star – Riker, incredible talent

Judges Choice – Julianne
Argentine Tango
With a Julianne Performance

A controlling dance like a lion taming two lionesses
With flair, musicality, a technical marvel
A beauty of a dance, classical, timeless classic

Semi-Finals Set Four
Nastia and Sasha – Quickstep

Flying feet across the floor, show stopper
Sequins on fire, with acrobatic artistry
A glowing, glamorous blonde bombshell

Judges Choice – Len
Nastia and Derek – Viennese Waltz
A Performance with Len

Dance for a Memory Book at a Golden Ball
Caressed with clarity, a love song, sublime refinement
A heart stopper finale with Len – a True Hero of Dance

Perfect Ten Dancing With The Stars Summer Tour Preview
With Hostess Melissa Rycroft
Val, Keo, Artem, Alan, Sasha
Emma, Brittany. Peta, Jenna, Witney

Dazzling display of polished precision
Dynamic dancing, powerhouse preview
A spotlight of astounding star quality

The Diamond on The Semi-Finals Cake

A marriage proposal – Noah professing his love
Noah says to Jamie – “Will you marry me?”
Jamie says – “Heck, yes,”.
To rousing applause and approval
Rocking the Ballroom House

A Semi-Finals of professional quality to remember in every way!
A heart-tugging, heart-stopping, epic, enthralling Ballroom scene!

Please stay tuned for a Tuesday Night Results Show Review!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015 I Written By

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Tom Bergeron Interviewed About Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale and More On The Wendy Williams Show – Video

Tom Bergeron was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show today. He talked about Dancing With The Stars, the finals, and more. Check it out….

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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.