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DWTS Derek Hough And Nappytabs Become Official Board Members Of The DizzyFeet Foundation

Take a look at these two tweets below. Derek Hough and Nappytabbs (choreographers that help with So You Think You Can Dance and who helped with Derek’s new movie, Cobu3D) announced they are official board members of the DizzyFeet Foundation. The DizzyFeet Foundation was founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes. Their mission is “to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.” In doing so, they help to “(1)provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited dance schools, studios, or institutions; (2)establish national standards for dance education and an accreditation program for dance schools in all of the major styles of dance; and (3)develop, provide, and/or support dance education programs for disadvantaged children through and with local community organizations”. You can read more on their work at the DizzyFeet Foundation.


I am officially a DizzyFeet Foundation Board Member. Look forward working with a great group of people to help the arts .
@derekhough
Derek Hough


We are officially DizzyFeet Foundation Board Members. Great meeting, good peeps involved. I’m pumped to get some good programs going this yr
@NAPPYTABS
Napoleon and Tabitha

As Heidi said privately, what an “interesting venture” for Derek to take… and a ‘giving back’ one as well!!!

In other Derek things, don’t miss visiting Pure Derek Hough when you get a chance. Heidi has posted some more Cobu3D instagrams of Derek. They are so good, they are iconic in my opinion!

January 24, 2012 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.

DWTS More Coverage Of Casa Dorada’s New Year’s Eve Barefoot Formal (Photos, Video)

The Zaring Group has sent us some awesome photos from Casa Dorada’s New Year’s Eve Barefoot Formal which, as most of you know from previous reports, took place in Cabo San Lucas this past weekend. Performers from three different reality shows, “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” collaborated to entertain guests at Casa Dorada’s New Year’s party.

The event was hosted by Mary Murphy (“So You Think You Can Dance” judge) and featured performances and entertainment by “Dancing with the Stars” Louis Van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin; “American Idol’s” Michael Johns, Melinda Doolittle, Rickey Smith, LaToya London; “So You Think You Can Dance’s” Allison Holker and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss.

According to The Zaring Group, everyone sang Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” to close out the night and welcome in 2012 with a fireworks display over the Sea of Cortez.

Casa Dorada’s New Year’s Eve Barefoot Formal was produced by The Zaring Group. The stage show was presented by Jay D. Schwartz and Louis Van Amstel, with Louis choreographing as well as performing.

The photos below of Allison and tWitch, Jonathan, Chelsie, and Dmitry were taken by Enrique Morales. The photo with Anna and Louis was taken by Omar Wrtiz/Fernando Lugo.

Special thanks to Kathy of The Zaring Group for taking us there up close and personal!!

Also, below is a fun video of Chelise, Dmitry, and Stephen tWitch Boss performing and dancing to “Moves Like Jagger”. Thanks to the Dmitry Dream Team at facebook for the find.

I think I know where I’d like to go next New Year’s if they hold this event again! How about you? :)

ADDING: You can view another performance HERE of Jonathan Roberts, Mary Murphy, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis Van Amstel and Chelsie Hightower dancing to Melinda Doolittle and LaToya London’s “Proud Mary”.

January 3, 2012 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.

Dmitry Chaplin Talks About Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Fashion, And More

MF Magazine has a great new interview up with Dmitry Chaplin. He talks of his experiences on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars and how much he has learned from each of them. Of Dancing With The Stars, he described it “as one of the most exciting and memorable experiences ever!” He hopes to come back as a “regular pro” for future seasons. All this and more below. Be sure to read the link for the full story for what he says on fashion and how he keeps in shape, etc.

Okay, let’s move back to your performances. Tell me about your days on Dancing With The Stars.
I really enjoy my experience on Dancing With The Stars because not only do I get to meet and dance with different celebrities, but I find the whole process from putting the choreography together and teaching your partner to dance, picking the music, costumes, and then performing live in front of 22 million people every night as one of the most exciting and memorable experiences ever! This show has made an incredible impact on people around the world and changed the industry completely! I received some very touching emails from people around the world telling me how watching us dance has made a huge impact on their lives and that dancing has given them a new hope and inspiration!

Wow, that’s awesome. Ya think any more seasons on the horizon for you after this past one then?
I hope that I get a chance to come back to the future seasons as one of the regular pros on the show and that I can continue to enjoy my dancing career as I’m doing it now!

Was your schedule strenuous and exhausting though?
There are a lot of responsibilities when you have a celebrity partner and it takes a lot of time to turn them into a dancer! I always try to find their best qualities and then try to showcase them on the dance floor. If they have a fun personality I try to have them do some exciting moves so they could really connect to the dance. If they have good lines like Petra for example, I definitely try to give them some lyrical moments that will make us stand out! In reality it takes some time to learn about your partner and make them trust you, so rehearsal hours can be very long…

How did you balance your personal life and other obligations during that time?
I pretty much don’t have any time for my personal life when I’m on the season. The schedule is so packed that I would literally leave my apartment at 8am and get home around 10pm and by that time you don’t feel like going out or doing anything else but going to bed. (He laughs.)

August 12, 2011 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 Talks So You Think You Can Dance And Dancing With The Stars

Wetpaint has a great new interview up with Louis Van Amstel. As some of you know, he’s been currently helping to choreograph some routines for So You Think You Can Dance. According to our Heidi in the Emmy post, Louis choreographed “two kickass dances” that were “strict and difficult ballroom”. What’s more, she said his work was “better than anything he’s done on DWTS in YEARS.” Of the experience in the new interview, Louis said….

You also choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance recently. How do you find choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance compared to Dancing With The Stars?
It’s different… This week on So You Think You Can Dance it was very challenging. They had never done Tango, ever. So I thought, you know what, you’re going to have to rise to the challenge. I am not going to make it easier… If you have trained dancers that are out of their comfort zone, it is a completely different challenge than someone who has never danced before, where you have to just teach them how to dance. It’s different, but I love both, I absolutely love both.

Stay tuned because Chelsie Hightower will be helping with So You Think You Can Dance next week for one show.

Louis also talks about Dancing With The Stars. I didn’t realize he had taught many of the current pros on the show.

Before Dancing With the Stars you worked with a lot of the pros who are now on the show as their coach, right?
Yes. ABC doesn’t talk a lot about that, but yes, I couched ninety percent of the dancers on the show right now.

What has it been like to watch your pupils become your colleagues and co-stars on DWTS, which is a huge phenomena?
Now it’s great, but in the beginning — let’s say between Season 3 and Season 10 — there were conflicts. You get the dynamic that I had been the coach then [before the show], but now I’m not. And then some [of the pros] feel, in their minds, that they’re more celebrated than others, and others feel that now they want to compete with me. I’m not doing Dancing With the Stars to compete with someone else. My job is to develop, and create a journey for my celebrity, so that I can truly help my partner and make her as good as I can. And when we do group numbers, it’s to create the best number for the show, because we want to entertain. So, there had been conflict…

But now, in the last two seasons, the pros have now found their own self, and their own route, and their own niche, and it’s really good. I think people see it, and the celebrities feel it, and the celebrities have more camaraderie, and we all help each other.

A lot of pros have started to branch out into other projects, and seeing success there. Do you think that’s part of why they’re less competitive on the show itself?
If you’re very competitive by nature, in the end, there is some insecurity there. If you’re insecure about yourself, you focus on your product, your dancing, your art. You have to be pretty secure about who you are as a person to be able to say, “I’m not trying to put you down, or beat you, I am just focusing on my heart.” It’s not easy to do, sometimes.

Ineresting. Be sure to read more of this interview >>>>here. Louis also talks of his past partners on Dancing With The Stars. Note: Louis will be on “Drop Dead Diva” with Margaret Cho on Sunday, July 17th at 9:00pm ET on Lifetime if you want to check it out. Below is a hint of what’s to come….

July 15, 2011 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.

DWTS Search Engine Round-Up – Week of June 24, 2011

 Sorry this is kinda late, kids – I’ve been caught up with end-of-quarter stuff at work, and have been spending more time at the office than I have at home, I’m afraid.  But things ought to let up a bit after next week, so look forward to some more fun posts headed your way ;-) I gotta admit – it’s getting harder and harder to write this each week, because we’re currently in the summer doldrums between seasons where we’re not getting as many hits as we do when the show is in-season…and fewer hits usually means fewer unique terms getting searched.  So just a warning – this may become a bi-weekly feature in the future, if I can’t get enough good material for it. 

Season 12 ratings

A quick search of “ratings” in the search bar will pull up all of the ratings posts, but here’s a link to the last one of the season.  Vogue posts them each week during the season, just so we can see how DWTS is stacking up against all the other shows.  They’re almost always in the top 5, but it is kinda cool to see how certain events on the show (say, “American Night” or the winner-take-all cha-cha) can affect the ratings for a particular week. 

Kyle Petty recent photos

Erm, I’d say his website would probably be the best source for that.  I was stumped as to how some of you ended up here looking for pictures of Kyle, until I did a search and realized Shawn Johnson rode along with Kyle for a few laps at the Coca-Cola 600 back in May of ’09 after winning DWTS.  I wouldn’t mind Kyle doing the show – we haven’t had anyone from the racing world since Helio, and Kyle would be the first Nascar representative to do the show.  What do you guys think?

What were Maks & Cheryl paid for dancing at the Southwest Airlines 40th Anniversary party?

A bajillion, fafillion, sho0-bad-ooh-wopillion dollars. *pinky to corner of mouth like Dr. Evil* Honestly, I don’t know…none of us know, with the exception of Maks, Cheryl, the folks at Southwest accounts payable, and the IRS. I’m sure it was a pretty penny…most well-known ballroom pros can command several grand for private exhibition performance.  DWTS pros can probably command even more.  I’m guessing at least $15K each. 

So You Think You Can Dance songs list 2011

Head on over to Pure SYTYCD for that…if you are still watching the show after the sham that was Iveta’s elimination the other night. It’s safe to say I’m pretty salty about it – it’s only week 2 and already the sole ballroom dancer this season is gone, along with the only true tapper.  I know a lot of us were talking about it on Twitter, and the topic came up of Iveta doing DWTS.  While I love Iveta, I don’t wanna see it happen – she’s just so damn good, and I almost feel like doing the show would be a waste of her talent.  Then again, maybe her talent would be better appreciated on DWTS than it was on SYTYCD.  I’m beginning to think they’re intimidated by ballroom dancers over there…

Mark Ballas gay

Hehe.  *shaking head* Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.  I’m guessing this musing sprung from the interview Mark did where he said he wouldn’t mind having a same-sex partnership, and the subsequent discussion we had about the implications of said statement.  If he is indeed gay, he’s doing a pretty damn good job of concealing it, considering the bevy of babes he’s been linked to since starting DWTS.  There was Sabrina…and Joanna Pacitti…and I think one of the Pussycat Dolls…and then there was Jeanine…and the Bristol rumors…and the Chelsie rumors…and then the other other Chelsea…which brings us to Pia, the current girl du jour.  If he is gay, he’s got a whole wardrobe of beards to chose from :-) Honestly, if nothing else, I think Mark’s stance on same-sex ballroom says less about his sexual orientation and more about his need for attention. You know that box on facebook that says “interested in” and you choose “men”, “women” or “both”? They’d need to add one for Mark – “attention of any sort”. :-D

Back in town jive song

I think you’re referring to “The Boys are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy, the song that Mike & Lacey jived to. 

Bristol Palin book

I’d personally rather use it as a doorstop than summer reading material, but there’s a few excerpts from it in a post Vogue did earlier this week.  Overall, it just sounds like a bitter, sensationalized attempt to prolong her 15 minutes of fame a bit more – she takes some cheap shots at her fellow contestants and her baby daddy, and seems hellbent on reminding us about the “hefty check” she got for doing DWTS.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard another celeb talk about the money they made on DWTS as much as Bristol.  And Bristol, honey, no matter how easy or irresistable it might be – don’t Hassle the Hoff.  You may just get yourself labeled persona non grata in Germany…and what would that do for your political aspirations? Tsk, tsk.

Derek Hough little toe

*facepalm* No comment…

HEY! If you haven’t voted in the End-of-Season Awards yet, do so quickly – voting ends soon!!!

June 25, 2011 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 2011 – For Your Consideration…

It’s almost that time of year, folks – Emmy Nominations. In case anyone was wondering if DWTS was serious about wanting an Emmy (any Emmy) at this point, you can rest assured they are serious enough to pay for ads in Hollywood Reporter. :-) How do I know? I’m a subscriber and check out this screen cap of an email I just got:

I think it’s WAY past time for the show and Tom Bergeron to win the damn thing already. And don’t get me started on Derek as groomsman never the groom. :-) Yes, blah blah blah, it’s wonderful to be nominated – but I want them all to WIN. :-)

Anyway, we’ve been throwing lots of questions at you guys in this hiatus thus far so here’s another one: What dances from Seasons 11 and 12 do YOU think should be nominated for choreography?? Don’t forget the pro dances, since those stand a much better chance for a nomination than a celeb partner dance. Why do I say that? Well, it’s a choreography nomination, but I think we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t think that execution counts. Oh, and you CAN’T include the last….probably 2 weeks of Season 12. I haven’t looked at the rules for this season, but the DVD submission date last time eliminated the last 2 or 3 weeks of Season 10 from eligibility.

What do I think?? Well, if I recall, Louis and Maks did the lion’s share of the pro dances which increases their odds. UNFORTUNATELY, I think it would be very difficult to get a nomination for a dance done with a musical act, which knocks their odds right back down again. I also think it would be tough for Mark and Val to get one because more than half of their challenge thing was non-dancing. Derek? Well, he didn’t do the choreo for any pro dances and was only on Season 11 – that leaves his dances with Jennifer. Since he’s been nominated a good bit recently, I think the odds of, say, his Argentine Tango or second Paso with Jennifer might might be okay. But the odds are slimmer than usual simply because there’s only one season to choose from. Maks might have a shot with Brandy, Mark might have a shot with Chelsea (and really, wasn’t that the whole entire point of the Wizard Waltz?)…can YOU think of any other dances that are really, truly Emmy-worthy?? Be honest now. What you also have to consider is “So You Think You Can Dance” – that show, along with some of the award shows, tends to take the lion’s share of the nominations and more often than not, the win. Why? Well, all the dancers are trained and it’s ALL dancing – no musical acts with dance accompanying. Plus, there are no rules on SYTYCD – that makes a HUGE difference when it comes to choreography. For that reason, odds are that DWTS will be limited to ONE nomination for choreo. Who will it be? Or will they be shut out entirely?? What do you think??

June 15, 2011 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. :-)

Pure DWTS 2011 – Derek Hough Starts Filming Cobu 3D This Week

Hey Derek Hough fans, just a quick update to let you know Derek begins the filming of Cobu 3D this upcoming week. In honor of the event Heidi and friends have put a super cool update detailing the event, the movie, the cast, what the title of the movie means, and more. Be sure to check it out if interested at Pure Derek Hough here. Below is a picture of Derek, BoA, and some of their castmates for what BoA recently tweeted. They look like they are having fun, don’t they?!

May 8, 2011 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.

Another DWTS Pro Crosses Over to So You Think You Can Dance!!

Congratulations to Fabian Sanchez!! I assume that Marlee knows of what she Tweets. :-) Nice gig for a guy who’s been under utilized by DWTS.

June 14, 2010 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. :-)

Nuttin’ But Stringz On Dancing with the Stars Season 10

I must admit that I was distracted (screaming baby or something) last night during the part of DWTS where Tom Bergeron announced the special guest performances that were happening tonight. However, I couldn’t help but hear him announce that tonight Nuttin’ But Stringz would be performing on DWTS. I know this group really well since Nuttin’ But Stringz was on America’s Got Talent. I loved them then and I can’t wait to see their performance tonight on DWTS.

Just to give you a flavor for this violin duet (not the normal violin duet) check out their initial audition on America’s Got Talent:

You can also find the rest of the Nuttin’ But Stringz America’s Got Talent performances on my AGT website.

Nuttin’ But Stringz also has a music video called Thunder. You can see the video below or download the song on Nuttin' But Stringz - Struggle from the Subway to the Charts - Thunder

I also heard that Nick Lazzarini and Jaimie Goodwin from So You Think You Can Dance Season 3 will be on DWTS tonight in a piece that Travis Wall choreographed. Actually, just checked their twitter accounts and this is definitely happening. I wonder if it’s with Nuttin’ But Stringz or separate. Talk about the merging of the 3 TV shows I blog about..lol.

April 13, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS Season 10: Possible Female Contenders :)

Alright, I’ve debated on whether or not to put my choices for next season out there since this season is still going on, but I’m just going to do it since I’ve been working on my pairing for quite sometime! Who knew it was going to be SO difficult to put a decent cast together to represent multiple cultures (i.e. athletes, singers, actors, etc.)

I read Heidi’s post on things she’s heard/seen around the internet and I would bet that someone from the Jackson family might be on, but I didn’t put them in my pairings because I don’t care to see them next season! So here is what I’d like to see go down :)

GIRLS:
Miley Cyrus (17, Pop Singer/Actress), she has been getting a lot of heat lately and I don’t think she deserves it! I think she is a genuine teen at heart who is trying to grow up and America won’t let her!

Partner: Mark Ballas…I think he’d have the patience with her and he’d be a great role model for her to have!  And he’s dating someone in her industry which would be a nice balance for her!
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Mary-Kate Olsen (23, Actress), It is time for Mary-Kate to put those hideous outfits away and put on a sparkling ballroom gown :)

Partner: Benji Schwimmer…season 2 SYTYCD contestant and brother of Lacey…I think he’s just what MK needs, spunk!  AND I think it’s time we get some new pro dancers :)
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Nicole Richie (28, Reality TV Star), she was the bad girl and notoriously funny girl from the ‘Simple Life’!  She’s now mellowed down and has two children with Joel Madden.

Partner: Derek Hough…I think these two would be hilarious together!  Both goofballs!
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Malia Jones (33, Surfer), I don’t know much about her except that she is a kick ass surfer from Hawaii!

Partner Dmitry Chaplin:  This would be the hottest couple, hands down, on the girls end :)
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Tyra Banks (36, Model/Talk Show Host), she’s done everything else so why not put her on DWTS :)  I think she’d take the experience to heart and find someway to put it on her show!

Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy…he needs someone to keep him in check and Tyra would do just that!
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Nadia Comaneci (48, Olympic Gymnast) To have the first gymnast to ever recieve a perfect 10 on DWTS would be such an honor for ABC!   She’d be AMAZING to watch!

Partner: Louis Van Amstel…I think she’ll need someone to make her laugh and not get stressed over taking the competition to seriously and we’ve seen what he’s done with Kelly this season!
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Ellen DeGeneres (52, Talk Show Host) We all know that Ellen loves to dance and she does not qualify for her favorite show So You Think You Can Dance, so why not give her a spot on an equally amazing dancing show :)  I think she’d be hilarious and jump right into the experience!

Partner: Tony Dovolani…I think these two have very similar personalities and Tony would be able to bring out Ellen’s passion for dance in brilliant choreography!
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Anna Wintour (60, Vogue Editor-in-Chief), she is widely famous for being chic and always in style and I would love to get her out of her comfort zone and be equally chic in some ballroom gear :)

Partner: Jonathan Roberts….he always seems to bring out the best in his partners and I think he’d be the only person to keep up with her busy schedule!
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Let me know your opinions and look for the male contenders next week :)

October 30, 2009 I Written By