Below is a fun new interview with Charlie White and Meryl Davis on Dancing With The Stars, Latin week, and the two team dances. From Michigan Live…a nice teaser for tomorrow night!
PureDWTS Exclusive: Sharna Burgess Discusses Charlie White, Choreographing, Teases On New Dance, And Lots More
Give it up to Sharna Burgess! Even with her super tight schedule currently, she took some time to answer some fun questions from our readers about Dancing With The Stars. She answers questions about partner Charlie White and their challenges, choreographing, and how she gets inspired. She also answers questions about the judging this season, costuming, and the non-standard footwear seen in rehearsals. She also teases us with some hints on she and Charlie’s new dance and how Charlie’s hair will be fixed (which I think will be perfect for a Paso!). She’s also seen Maks and Meryl’s new dance and says it’s amazing. Lots lots more below!! Sharna, from the bottom of our our hearts, thank you so much for another fantastic interview and good luck Monday night!!!xxx
On how you approach your partners differently, do you feel even more challenged to harness all of the potential Charlie has, or was there greater pressure to compensate for Andy’s shortcomings?
That’s a great question!! Every partner is going to be different, and so each season my first week is based around discovering their strengths, weaknesses and most importantly breaking down walls and building trust. For us to create something amazing we have to be completely comfortable with each other and have great trust and communication, just like any relationship.
As far as being challenged with Charlie, or the pressure with Andy? I think I would reverse it. With Andy I was certainly challenged to find ways to keep our routines as simple as possible for him, but without losing the entertainment factor as that was his strength. With Charlie, I can creatively and choreographically do most things given time to work on them. Also teaching for me is a passion, not a challenge. But!! With great talent like his comes great expectation, and I feel the biggest pressure is the one I put on myself. I’m constantly asking myself “is it enough?” I want him to be as amazing as you expect and then some! Read more..
In a new interview with US News, Meryl Davis talks all about her crazy schedule these days with ice dancing partner Charlie White. Where they use to get 8 hours of sleep of day preparing for the Olympics, now they only get 3 or 4 hours since they are touring and dancing on Dancing With The Stars. Below Meryl answers questions about the differences between dancing on the floor and the ice. She also answers a question for what it’s like dancing with a new person.
How is dancing on a floor on “DWTS” different from dancing on the ice?
It’s definitely an adjustment. I think the mechanics of movement are a little different – we’re used to taking a push and moving a certain amount of space, and what we’ve been accustomed to on the ice is certainly very different from what we’re doing on the floor. It’s been a big adjustment, but we have amazing teachers so we’re doing the best we can.
And we’ll absolutely be able to apply what we’re learning to the ice. From the different styles of dance to just performance, we’ll take it with us in the future – whether it’s on the ice or off.
You and Charlie have been a team for 17 years. What’s it like to be dancing with a new person?
It’s definitely different. But it’s a different dynamic already, because our partners on “DWTS” are also our instructors. So that’s very different from the dynamic Charlie and I have had in our career, just being partners.
How much sleep do you get these days?
Leading up to the Olympics, Charlie and I both tried to get around eight hours a night. But at this point, we’re getting closer to three or four. It’s been quite a change. And with both “DWTS” and “Stars on Ice” at the same time, we feel like we have two full-time jobs, so that doesn’t allow for a lot of down time when we’re not on the road. But we’re so excited to be part of both the tour and the show, so that really keeps us going.
Lots more at US News.
What a great new interview with Charlie White and Meryl Davis! They talk about the Switch Up dance on Dancing With The Stars last week, the competition, what it’s like competing against each other, and the new Stars On Ice Tour. They also give a little sneak peek into tonight’s dances on Dancing With The Stars. From TV Guide….
Is it odd to be going up against each other?
White: For Meryl and myself, it just really feels like we’re in it together still. I don’t know what it would take [for us to] actually be competing against each other. At this point, coming off of winning the Olympics … we just have a different mindset coming in. We feel like we’re doing a lot of this together. And in fact, we are. Right now we’re sitting in a car together and we’re traveling all over the country together and learning these steps, and we’re on the same journey together. Our approach to everything is really just about self-improvement. It’s not so much about competing against other people. That’s how it was on the ice, and that’s how it is on the ballroom floor. So, in that sense, we feel like we have each other’s support, and I think that makes it a lot easier.
Davis: It’s hard to explain. I guess technically speaking, we are competing against each other, but it couldn’t feel further from that. We’ve been on this incredible journey together for 17 years, and our interests have been aligned almost our entire lives, so we just have this team mentality. We have this natural support for one another that has been formed over such a long period of time, and in this circumstance, I feel like we’re supportive of one another. We are having fun together. We really feel like we’re in it together.
Charlie, Erin Andrews told me last week that she feels like your personality is starting to come out more. Are you getting more comfortable in the ballroom?
White: It’s tough, with the change of dance, to get some consistency. But at the same time, I definitely do feel like I’m a lot more comfortable week to week. I do think it’s showing, and that’s super sweet of Erin to say. With the jive definitely, it was fun, and that is sort of my personality. That’s what I like to bring to everyday life, and not just the dance floor. Being able to sort of have that translate into a dance was special.
What are you working on for this week?
White: This week is Disney week. I can’t tell you the song, but we’re doing jazz. I think the whole Disney thing is about cheerfulness, and so much of it for me and for a lot of the other dancers is sort of connecting with your childhood and what made you so happy back then. I think it’s going to be a very fun and funny week that everyone should look forward to.
Davis: Maks and I will be dancing a samba. I’m excited to get going with it. … I think it’s going to be a fun week.
More at TV Guide.
Parade.com has a small interview up with Meryl Davis. She talks a little of what it’s like competing against her skating partner Charlie White, if she’s nervous performing on Dancing With The Stars, and more. Below is a little take. And by the way, if you’d like to see Meryl and Charlie skate, be sure to check this link for scheduling and tickets as the “Stars On Ice” tour has began.
How is it competing against Charlie White, your skating partner?
It’s something fun we’re going through together, so it’s very good-natured.
Were you nervous before performing?
With skating I’m always nervous. But here there were no nerves, shockingly.
I love this instagram….
New Interview With Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Sharna Burgess and Maks Chmerkovskiy, ABC To Air Ice Skating Specials
The Ice Network has a cool article up about Meryl Davis and Charlie White dancing on Dancing With The Stars. The article features interviews with them and their dance partners Sharna Burgess and Maks Chmerkovskiy. Below is a take about their goals and what it’s been like working with each other so far. Note how they’ve been rehearsing in Michigan since Meryl and Charlie are also getting ready to tour for “Stars On Ice“.
“The goal wasn’t to prove anything to anybody or try and outdo myself,” Chmerkovskiy said. I’m just doing my thing. I’m coming in, I’m dancing, I’m teaching. I wanted my mom and my grandma to enjoy me being back on TV one more time.
“It really is fascinating to work with Meryl,” he added. “I’m not stressing out about anything. I’m not worrying about anything. I’m just enjoying her company; she’s a cool chick.”
White, 26, will be dancing with Sharna Burgess, 28, who is bubbling with enthusiasm about the possibilities this season presents. Their first dance will be contemporary.
After working together for just a few hours, White has already taught her a new lift that they’ll use at the end of their routine.
“Charlie is absolutely wonderful; he has such beautiful lines,” Burgess said. “For me, it’s so amazing to be this creative, to have so much freedom in the steps and the choreography that I want to do. He’s wonderful to talk to about my concepts and the characters because I dived straight into that, and he seems to love it.”
She asked him to listen to the song to which they’ll perform and asked his thoughts on the story line. White’s response mirrored Burgess’ ideas. At the start of each season, teams are allowed to submit wish lists for music. White and Burgess prepared their lists separately, but when they compared notes, found a lot of similarity.
After the cast announcement Tuesday, both teams headed to Michigan to train. Davis and White are also preparing for the upcoming Stars on Ice tour. Their partners will accompany them on the road and train between shows.
Lot’s more at Ice Network. Thanks to Dominique for the heads up!!
In other things with Meryl and Charlie….according to Entertainment Weekly, ABC has announced a deal with Disson Skating to air a series of four 2-hour figure skating specials which will star Meryl and Charlie. The first two specials will air in the fall of 2014. What an exciting year for them and it’s so cool how Dancing With The Stars is a part of it all.
Dorothy Hamill Chats About Her First Rehearsals For Dancing With The Stars, Costumes, Ice Skating, And More
The Chicago Sun Times has a great new interview up with Dorothy Hamill where she talks all about her new ice skating shows, but, she also discusses Dancing With The Stars and what her first rehearsals have been like. She also tells us what kind of coach Tristan MacManus is making and how skating and dancing are different….
Q.You are partnered with Tristan McManus. What kind of a coach is he? Tough love or laid-back?
DH: Tristan is patient, patient, patient! He’s a saint. I’ve never seen frustration on his face though we’ve only been training for three days. I know he’s gotta be frustrated, because I am.
Q.How similar are skating and ballroom dancing? Or are they worlds apart?
DH: The dancing is sorta similar to skating but dancing really isn’t about movement; it’s all about the rhythm. People think skating would translate very easily to dancing but it really doesn’t. Dancing is a lot of fun and not as dangerous as being on the ice. But I’m starting to feel like the hippo in “Fantasia” [Laughs] and that’s embarrassing and humiliating. I have the most incredible partner in Tristan, but I’m starting to think he has the worst partner in me. We’ll see.
Q. Did you study dance when you trained as a skater?
DH: I didn’t study dance. I had some ballet lessons because I needed it for posture and for my arms, mostly. My skating coach said I really needed it, from the belly button up, as opposed to the footwork. In skating, the shoes don’t move. In ballroom, your feet move in all sorts of ways. So it’s very different. The dancing is a different kind of physically demanding work.
Q. What has early training for “DWTS” been like? Is it all about the basic steps or do you jump right in and learn a dance right out of the gate?
DH: Well, after four steps I’m pretty much lost right now! But Tristan has been teaching me basic steps. And we just got our music for our first dance. It’s a contemporary dance. We started the choreography yesterday. We’ll be getting the music for our second dance soon. As for rehearsals, we’re only allowed right now to work four hours with a half hour break, for the first two weeks of competition. After that I guess we’re on our own in terms of how much time we choose to rehearse.
This is a fun take about the costumes and the dances she’s dreading the most….
Q. What’s your take on the “Dancing with the Stars” costumes, which can be very revealing and have often been compared to the sparkly costumes of professional skating?
DH: The costumes are very different, though I haven’t had a wardrobe fitting yet. They are very revealing, that’s true. I’m just hoping mine won’t be too revealing. I’m the oldest person on the show this season. That was a revelation! I just have to make sure they cover up as much as possible. But I am looking very forward to the spray tan on my legs! That will be fun. My legs are ice skaters’ legs. No tan in sight.
Q.Which dances are you dreading and which are you looking forward to the most?
DH: I’m intimidated by the Jive and the Quickstep, I think. The quickness and the rhythm of the steps of those dances as far as I’ve seen are very intimidating. In skating we get to glide. Interestingly, Kristi said the Fox Trot was the most difficult for her.
I’d be intimidated by those dances the most I think too. Great interview! Be sure you read it in full here.
UPDATE: And here is Tristan and Dorothy on ET in a rehearsal interview. So cute and I’m loving their moves. What do you think?!!