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Shirley Ballas To Write About Her Life, Dancing Career, Teaching Dance, And More

Copy and pasted from Pure Derek Hough! Where can I put my pre-order in?:
What a great read this is going to make. Shirley Ballas has announced at her Facebook page that she is going to write a new book. She plans to write about her entire career. She also plans to write about Mark Ballas….and of course Julianne and Derek. Here is more…

Not many teams achieved such wonders and went through so many ups and downs.

Including Changing partners. Having a baby. (Back then no one did that) then traveling all over the world for Marks first ten years with him. He was always the star of the show.

Sometimes we forget , but I feel proud of all I achieved and learnt in this industry I love so very very much.

For all the memories the tears and laughter I thank all those who where part of my journey.

I have been asked to write my book about a young girls life from the beginning in this industry. How I survived it. What I learnt. To the raising of Mark Derek and Julianne to all my relationships. I will be penning my life and the people who passed through my life. And the loyal and honest ones who remain in my life. The reasons why some passed through and some stayed. And course much much more. Exciting

Be sure to read her full announcement here.

January 3, 2016 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 Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas Talk To Fans On New Periscope

Below is Mark Ballas and Shirley Ballas answering questions from fans on a new periscope today!! I’m just listening in right now. I’m loving their English accents.

ETA: Ok, I’ve listened to it all now. Just a few mentions….Mark and BC hope to tour next year. Mark won’t know if he’s coming back to Dancing With The Stars until February, and Derek still steals Mark’s clothes like he did when they were growing up together(LOL). Be sure to listen to the whole video. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

December 3, 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.

Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Sadie Robertson, BC Jean, And More Enjoy Lunar Eclipse – Video

POPTVDotCom caught up with Shirley Ballas, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, and more at Craig’s in Hollywood last night. Henry asks some fun questions as always. They talk on Kim Zolciak and wish her the best. LOL to Henry asking them on Donald Trump for President too! Hilarious! More on this outing at Pure Derek Hough.

September 28, 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 Season 21 – Questions We’re Tired of Answering, Volume I

Let me lead off with this: I love our readers. You make everything we do worthwhile, and inspire us to continue writing. We appreciate you…don’t forget that 🙂

That being said – sometimes some of you inadvertently (or intentionally) try to test the limits of our patience…and one way in which some individuals seem to do that is to repeatedly ask questions that we’ve already answered – repeatedly – without bothering to check if we’ve already answered it elsewhere first. I get it – we’ve got over 7 years of content here at Pure, and while we do our best to tag the posts so that it’s easier to find things later, sometimes the search bar doesn’t always pick up on some offhand comment that contained a piece of intel, or an explanation of why something happened in the comments section of a post. That being said – if you tune into a post where everyone is talking about “what happened with Henry” and you don’t know what they’re talking about…perhaps it’s a good idea to read a few comments upstream (or even reread the post itself) before you start asking someone to drop everything and fill you in 😉 Don’t be that guy that shows up to a party, butts into a conversation, and demands that everyone fill him in on what has been discussed so far so that he can feel important. Don’t be a needy, lazy reader, k?

All that said – I figured it would probably quiet a lot of inquiries if we started a series where we answered a lot of these popular questions all in one, easily-accessible area, so that we don’t tell the same stories over and over again. I’m sure this will end up being a multi-part series as the season wears on, so if you have any of those burning questions – send ’em our way through the “contact us” button at the top of the page, and we’ll try to answer them in a future installment. So without further ado, here’s the first batch of questions were are just sick to death of answering…this is the last time we’re answering them, so bookmark this page if you think you might forget!

1.) Why isn’t Henry on the show anymore????/What happened with Henry last season???

I’ve probably gotten at least 8 people asking this just in the last few days, and none of them seem willing to do me the courtesy of reading through the comments sections of multiple posts where I’ve explained what happened at-length. So for the FINAL TIME, here is the full story, from the beginning: Henry was tapped to assist Derek with Nastia last season, since Nastia would fly to L.A. from NY on Saturday (and Derek wouldn’t fly out until Sunday night, due to his Spring Spectacular gig) and would need someone to run through her routine with a few times, and then to do camera blocking with on Sunday. In short – Henry was basically just a stand-in for Derek for a few hours a week: not a choreographer, not a creative collaborator, just a stand-in to run through the week’s routine with Nastia. However, somewhere around week 3, when Nastia was doing the samba, Henry started to overstep his bounds a bit – he was trying to change Derek’s choreography as he was doing run-throughs with Nastia, he was confusing her by telling her things that contradicted what she had been taught by Derek, and probably worst of all: he was publicly trying to take a lot more credit for Nastia’s success than he was due. This was perhaps most evident on the week 3 episode of Afterbuzz last season, when Anna *eye roll* made a point of mentioning “how great” Henry had been doing with Nastia…as if he, not Derek, was Nastia’s real partner (and this, kids, is also a reason why I don’t particularly care for Anna anymore – she has had a tendency to take cheap shots at other pros for a few years now). Henry even made a point of referring to Nastia as “his little samba queen” in the same episode. So began the myth that Henry was the one doing all the work in Derek & Nastia’s partnership, and Derek was the big ol’ meanie taking all the credit from poor widdle Henry – and it was a myth that Derek’s detractors just LOVED to repeat, and it didn’t help that the rehearsal package Nastia & Derek got for their samba seemed to paint Derek as the cold taskmaster that was too busy to rehearse with his partner, and Henry as the caring co-collaborator that helped Nastia realize her full potential. In reality, Derek had spent 20+ hours rehearsing with Nastia that week, had choreographed the whole routine, and had Skyped with Nastia & Henry between shows on Saturday night to critique their rehearsals (all of this confirmed by our source). Henry spent about 3.5 hours just running through the routine with Nastia…but was willing to take all of the credit. Now Derek, who tends not to get his feathers too ruffled, was understandably a bit bothered by this, and asked the producers to just be “more honest” with the rehearsal packages, as the samba package was a very inaccurate representation of what went down that week (again, confirmed by our source).  In turn, the producers informed Henry that they would no longer be filming he & Nastia rehearsing together, since it was such a small amount of time compared to what she spent with Derek – and apparently Henry flipped out. Suddenly, he claimed that he didn’t want to help out with Nastia anymore, and was “too busy” with other projects anyway. And before you accuse us of fabricating this story – watch episode 7 of Afterbuzz last season, where Shirley Ballas corroborates it.  God I love Shirley 🙂 Anywho, god bless our favorite little left crab Sasha, who graciously stepped in and went on to be the best damn stand-in/temporary performance partner Nastia & Derek could have asked for the remainder of the season…and they all lived happily ever after, at least until the propaganda train completely plowed over Nastia in week 9, in a quest to get Rumer Val her his MBT. For Henry, the result was a not-so-happy ending – like most bosses with insubordinate employees, Rob & Co. likely disciplined him for his diva fit by sitting him out for a week or two after the blow-up, and he remained pretty scarce for the rest of season 20, only cropping up in a handful of routines (most notably, on the far right in Nastia’s Charleston…which she danced with Sasha 🙂 )  And then, when it came time to hire dancers for this season’s troupe, I’m guessing the diva fit was a bit of a black mark on Henry’s resume for the casting staff, and it suddenly became evident that they would rather hire employees that will actually do what they’re told, instead of throwing a tantrum when they’re asked to do something they don’t want to.  Like pretty much every other job on the planet 🙂 But don’t shed too many tears for poor Henry – he appears to be running a pretty successful escort service out of his Instagram account.  Sorry, did I hit anybody in the head with that shade I just threw? 🙂

2.) Why isn’t Artem a pro this season???

The short answer? We, like you, have no idea – Artem was confirmed as a pro in mid-August, and then when it came time for the full cast announcement last week…he was gone. We’re working on hitting up some sources to see if they have heard anything, and all Artem has said is this.  But our theory is that Artem may have originally been paired with Tamar, and for whatever reason, the partner they had allocated for Val either didn’t end up signing or backed out at the last minute (Shay, perhaps, realizing that she really didn’t have time to do DWTS this season after all?) and they opted to give their returning champ Artem’s partner and Artem…was left out in the cold. Could explain why it took so long for Val to meet his partner (even though, from what I can tell, there was no prior commitment Tamar had that prevented him from meeting Tamar earlier), and why he was being melodramatic about not having a partner less than a week ago…perhaps he really didn’t think he had one. Anyone else have any (good) theories?

3.) Who is replacing Len???

No idea at this point.  We’ve heard murmurings about DWTS France somehow being involved, and we’ve got SCD South Africa head judge Michael Wentink acting awfully coy about his possible participation…and then yet other sources are claiming that there will not be a new permanent 4th judge, but a series of guest judges.  Court’s theory? Perhaps they’re tapping a judge from some of the international versions of DWTS each week to be guest judges.  But who knows…

4.) Who was Allison originally paired with?

This seems to be a point of contention – I was told by a source that, as of 8/24, all of the pros except Emma (who didn’t even know if she was going to be on the show or not until that day) either had already met their partners, or at least knew who they were. According the Kristyn, Allison was always guaranteed a partner (as I’m sure Val was as well – perks of being a finalist the previous season, I suppose), but hadn’t been specifically assigned one yet as they were still waiting for some celeb to sign on…so when it came out that Peta wasn’t going to be able to participate this season, Allison was still waiting on a partner and was available. What makes me wonder, though, was that the word on the street was that Lindsay was the one that was planned as Peta’s replacement as late as Monday afternoon – so how did Allison suddenly end up with Andy? And who was this mysterious partner they were waiting on for her? We may never know, as it seems like this season was a comedy of casting errors with multiple celebs that didn’t work out, partner switches, and last minute signings. My one thought is that Lindsay was supposed to be with Andy, but they signed Alek at the last minute and thought she was better suited to him than the “24-7 balls to the walls” attitude of Allison – which, after witnessing how absolutely bewildered poor Alek was at the announcement the other day, I guess I agree with…I think one hour with Allison would have left an Alek-shaped hole in the door of the rehearsal studio.  He’s probably better off with the much-calmer Lindsay, who has hopefully matured a bit since her first outing as a pro 2.5 years ago. But anyway – no idea if Allison was originally paired with someone or not, let alone who it was.  Sorry.

5.) Why was Brittany cut from the troupe?

She appears to actually be back now (I guess both Brittany and Lindsay should thank their lucky stars that Peta had to sit this season out – otherwise, Lindsay would not have been promoted and Brittany would still be without a job) Deep Throat speculates that it’s likely due to a perceived lack of maturity – since the troupe is basically the training ground for potential new pros, if they don’t think you’ll one day (soon) hack it as a pro…you’re out. Deep Throat noted that Brittany just didn’t quite seem mature enough to effectively handle teaching a celeb – so they likely thought it better to cut her loose instead of keeping her on for several seasons and never giving her a pro partner. Plus it made room for a potentially more effective troupe member – though judging from some of the murmurings I’m hearing about how Hayley is struggling with the Latin dances, I’m not sure she’s necessarily an “effective” replacement.

Got more burning questions? Submit them here and we might answer in a future installment.

September 8, 2015 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 And Shirley Ballas To Encourage Smokers To Quit During SELFtember™ Event

Heads up! Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and his mom, Shirley, are teaming up again to encourage smokers to quit during SELFtember™. Below is more information from PR Newswire.

The main event will take place at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive onsite support from smoking cessation experts and quit-smoking products and resources, including a 20-count pack of Nicorette® gum, a 7-count pack of NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards either product. Visitors can also join free morning and evening yoga classes, receive a yoga mat and, additionally, participate in a raffle for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses.

“For nearly four decades, I struggled to break my social smoking habit. My decision to quit smoking was a major turning point in my life,” said Shirley Ballas. “When Mark told me he was quitting smoking, I couldn’t have been more proud and inspired by him. That’s when I knew it was also time for me to make a change and start living a healthier life. I want SELFtember™ to be a major turning point in all smokers’ lives and inspire them to take that important step towards quitting.”

“Gearing up for new projects, challenges and professional obligations can bring additional stress, potentially derailing even the best-intentioned quit attempt,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation, GSK Consumer Healthcare. “While many will benefit from a smoke-free you, it’s important you do it for your own reasons… and this SELFtember™, we’re here to help.”

August 26, 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.

Paula Abdul, Kenny Ortega, Nicole Scherzinger, And More Attend Julianne and Derek Hough’s MOVE Live On Tour

What a night for Dancing With The Stars Derek and Julianne Hough at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California last night! It was a packed house for their Move Live On Tour! What’s more, friends and fellow celebrities came out to support them….Nappytabs, Kenny Ortega, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, Elizabeth Berkley, Nina Dobrev, Maria Menounos, Tommy Chong, Shirley Ballas, Brooks Laich and more! Elizabeth Berkley tweeted that it was “the most amazing night of incredible dance” and “what a gift to witness such extraordinary talent.” To read more on the night, see Pure Derek Hough here and here. Below are some high quality photos from the night as well. To see more photos, see Getty Images.

Here’s a stunning shot courtesy of @MicrosoftTheatre as well….

Move Live On Tour LA by MSTheater 2

August 8, 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 Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas Dance At “What’s Your Why” Campaign Event In New York City

Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas held an event in New York City today to help people quit smoking. You can read all about their “What’s Your Why” campaign here. If you’d like to see them dance at the event in Times Square, see this twitter link. Look at Shirley go!

ETA: Here is Mark with Fox Business talking about smoking, how he was able to quit, and taking the first step…

ETA2: Below is Mark with Fox and Friends. Shirley pops in at the end too…

May 27, 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.

Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas To Hold “What’s Your Why” Smoke Swap Event In New York City

This is so cool. Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas are holding an event in New York City to help people who smoke to quit. More below from PR Newswire.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Every smoker has a reason for how they started smoking and why they want to quit. With one of the largest global quit-smoking days approaching, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) and its Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® smoking cessation brands are encouraging smokers to share their “why” for quitting by providing them the “how” at a free What’s Your Why?™ Smoke Swap event.

The event will take place in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., anchored by a 20-foot smashed-out cigarette butt. Adult smokers will be encouraged to share and celebrate who or what motivates them to quit – their “why.” All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive support from smoking cessation experts and free quit-smoking product and resources, including a starter pack of Nicorette® gum, NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards Nicorette® mini Lozenges.

“It is such an inspiration to hear the “why” from smokers who have quit. What we are learning, too, is each “why” is as individual as the person who shares it. But if I had to share the most common one, I would say it’s a family member’s encouragement. It’s invaluable to smokers who have made this life-changing decision,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation. “We want to help every smoker in his or her effort to quit by providing tools and resources, like Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ®, which have helped millions of smokers all over the world in their quit attempt.”(1)

“Dancing with the Stars'” Mark Ballas, who quit smoking more than one year ago, and his mother, world-renowned ballroom dancer and former 40-year smoker Shirley Ballas, will be on site from 2-4 p.m. meeting fans, providing quit tips and taking the stage for a dance demonstration.

“I was very inspired as a child by my mom. So when I put my mind towards quitting smoking, I knew she was going to be the best support and partner. It was the right choice for both of us and we did it together,” said Mark Ballas.

“Mark is my world. I would do anything for him – even quitting smoking. When he asked me to do this with him, I couldn’t say yes fast enough, but there are still times I struggle with cravings. When that happens, I remind myself of my “why” – being there for Mark and my future grandchildren – and it gives me the strength to remain smoke-free,” said Shirley Ballas.

To read the full press release, see PR Newswire.

May 20, 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 Pros Attend 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala – HQ Photos

This is awesome. Last night dancers from all over the world (including those from Dancing With The Stars) attended a Royal Ball Hollywood Gala to honor “dancing” for which you can read about at this link. To see loads of beautiful photos, see Getty Images. Here are a few…

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March 22, 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 With The Stars Pros Attend 2014 OK! TV Awards Party, Mark Ballas Performs

What a wake up call today. Derek Hough, Gleb Savchenko, Mark Ballas, Shirley Ballas, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold attended the OK! TV Awards Party at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles, California last night. Also, Amy Purdy, Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater were there as well. Mark Ballas also performed. Be sure to see Getty Images for lots more pictures of them all. Looking over that link makes me wonder if there are some celebs there who will be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars?

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August 22, 2014 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.