Former Dancing With The Stars troupe member Nicole Volynets got married this past week in Curacao. Below is some instagram coverage courtesy of those who attended. What a beautiful wedding!! #LoveIsInTheAir
Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess And Tony Dovolani Dance At 7th Annual BMA Foundation Benefit – Videos
Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess and Tony Dovolani attended and danced at the 7th Annual BMA Foundation Benefit. You can watch them below. The benefit’s aim is to positively touch the lives of others through charitable giving, providing educational opportunities and promoting animal welfare. To read more on the benefit and how you can help too, see the BMA Foundation.
E News is reporting that Toni Dovolani would like to be a judge on Dancing With The Stars. Yes or No to the idea?
“I would love to judge,” longtime pro Tony Dovolani told E! News backstage at Sway: A Dance Trilogy. “If that’s the call they make, I would accept it graciously and happily.”
Tony is confident he’d “bring something to the table,” as he’s “been on the show for 19 seasons.” (He joined DWTS in its second season and has competed every season since.)
“I’ve been partnered with so many different celebrities,” he said. “I have a lot of knowledge of what they go through. I’d judge fairly.”
More at E News.
Also, here is Tony and Maks talking to the Golf Channel. Thanks to DWTSGossip for this find….
DWTS Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Tony Dovolani, Mark Ballas, Noah Galloway To Dance In “Dancing With Desire” June 18th
Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Tony Dovolani, Mark Ballas, and Noah Galloway will be dancing in a new Fred Astaire Dance Studio production called “Dancing With Desire“. The show will take place on June, 18th, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, Florida. Below is some information from the Kelly Arts Center. Proceeds from the show will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). For tickets, see this link. Special thanks to @cmcsed9 for this news.
Tickets are on sale now through Horizons at (850) 863-1530 or the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at (850) 244-4480. Tickets are $100 each for VIP seating, $50 general seating main floor and $35 balcony.
Experience an unforgettable night, where legends and celebrity dancers from the hit series “Dancing with the Stars” come to Northwest Florida for a night of dancing and entertainment. To make the show even more special–all net proceeds from the event will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). Enjoy the show knowing you are making a real difference in the lives of others here in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties.
As most of you know who follow the site, we’ve had rumors of Bruce Jenner dancing on Dancing With The Stars for several seasons. Now that she has made the transformation to a woman, will this be the season she dances? If so, who would she dance with? Although not reliable, Hollywood Life reported Mark Ballas and Derek Hough would dance with her. They also report that producers told Caitlyn that she would be “given one of best dancers they have.” Tony Dovolani talked on the possibility of Caitlyn dancing with Wendy Williams this week (you can watch this interview here if you haven’t yet). To the possibility, Tony called Caitlyn “brave” and “inspiring” and then said, “Absolutely! Why not? We’re ground-breaking people.” Derek Hough also said he’d dance with her in this new interview yesterday with Entertainment Tonight (watch below). Derek is up for any challenge and taking chances. He loves stepping out of the box and inspirational stories for what Dancing With The Stars has been about. More below. So yeah, all eyes on Caitlyn for Dancing With The Stars Season 21. It will be interesting to see if this is when Caitlyn finally dances as she has a lot of reasons to dance these days. #GoForItCaitlyn and bring on that glam if you do it. Read more..
Below is Tony Dovolani on The Wendy Williams Show today. He talks about Dancing With The Stars, Suzanne Somers, Rumer Willis, Sway, and more….
This is a little dated (and I can’t remember if we posted this), but, it’s fun to watch in case you missed it. #DWTSOffSeasonFun Thanks to Lois for the find.
What a super and touching read this is! If you go to New You, you can read Tony Dovolani’s story in overcoming the darkest circumstances to who he is today. Below is just a sample to get you started…
IT ALL BEGAN THAT FATEFUL DAY IN Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, when Dovolani heard a commotion outside his classroom window. “They threw smoke bombs through the windows, so we went out and protested that we wanted freedom of speech and a republic. But they kept shooting bullets at us,” he recalls. When he returned home from school that day, his father, a political figure in the country and the only one with a diplomatic pass, was advised by the chief of police to leave the country within 24 hours. “We drove to my uncle’s house in neighboring Macedonia where we switched the car plates so that they wouldn’t recognize our car as we drove through enemy lines to the Italian border,” he recalls. From there, Dovolani, his father, his sister, and his brother traveled on tourist visas via Canada to Mexico. By the time they reached the actual border in Tijuana, Dovolani’s father used their remaining funds to get his family across the border while he used his diplomatic pass to cross and wait for them on the other side.
“To this day, this journey has carved me to be who I am, because I know I’m living on borrowed time,” says Dovolani. One of the hardest conversations he says he had was when his father told him to quit school after his first day in order to help the family earn a living. Seeing the despair wash over his son, his father sat him down and spoke of the importance of having his children safe and the opportunities that lay ahead in America. “That was the last time I ever felt sorry for myself,” says Dovolani. “My dad instilled in me values about making the right choices, how our life meant more than the average person because of what we went through and our need to protect it. So I picked myself up and went to work.”
At 15, that work translated into washing dishes 70 hours a week in a restaurant. Within two years, Dovolani graduated from dishes to waiter to managing the restaurant to learning how to be a cook. One day he saw one of the other cooks in the restaurant toss an invitation to a Fred Astaire dance studio in the trash. As a young boy, Dovolani used to watch classic MGM musicals with his father and recognized Astaire on the invitation. “I took it out of the trash can and asked the cook if he minded taking me to the studio as I did not have a car at the time.” Little did the cook realize that he had actually chartered Dovolani’s course: The minute he set foot in the studio he fell in love. “I had done ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dancing back in Kosovo, so when I came into the ballroom, it was like ‘bing,’ a light went on and I knew this was what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life.”
More at New You.
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.
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
24-hr Fusion Challenge (Tuesday)
Huge love to @markballas @lindsarnold @dance10jenna and of course my amazing man @paulkirkland01 for being apart of @noahgallowayathlete and my freestyle. Not to mention @bcjean & @travisgarland for taking it to the next level with their incredible voices. There are some epic, emotional and beautiful things happening. #dwts #teamshway love you all ❤️
— BC Jean (@BCJean) May 16, 2015
Tony Dovolani, Alfonso Ribiero, and Bruno Tonioli were interviewed at the Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center last night by Afterbuzz TV. They talk of their fondest memories and lots more. Be watching this link in case more interviews are released.