Hey, just a shortie! Did any of you see Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani on “The Exes” last night? If so, how was he? If you head to Zap2It, you can view some stills from the show of he and former Dancing With The Stars partner Leah Remini. I’m loving some of their poses….well, and her shoes especially!!!
This is such a cool, inspirational story. Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani granted a wish through the “Make A Wish” Foundation to cancer victim Isabella Corcelli who loves ballroom dancing and Dancing With The Stars. Below is take of her story. Be sure to see Providence Journal for more including new pictures of she and Tony dancing. Thanks to @adwtsfan for the heads up.
To get in shape, she began working out at the college gym (even though, she says, “I’d rather play sports than go to the gym …”) and started running again.
“She’s getting her mojo back,” her mother said.
This weekend, she and her mother stayed at the DoubleTree hotel near Rockefeller Center. They lunched at the East Side restaurant Serendipity (cheeseburger and a “frozen hot chocolate”). And Corcelli danced with Dovolani at his Soho studio, “Dance With Me.”
“He came in, and he’s like, ‘Let’s start dancing!’” Corcelli said. “He showed me the routine, we practiced a little and we did the final dance.”
It took her less than an hour to learn the salsa routine he’d choreographed. Then they spent the next hour dancing.
Said Corcelli: “I enjoyed every moment of it.”
ETA: You can watch a video of Tony and Isabella dancing here. Tony also helped to promote Maks Chmerkovskiy’s new “Cantamessa Men” jewelry line this week. He also helped Extra interview at the Westminster Dog Show (seen below). Also on Feb. 19th, you can watch Tony on The Exes.
ETA2: Below is Tony on GMA today giving a wedding dance lesson…
Just a couple of TV Heads up! Wednesday, Feb. 12th, Karina Smirnoff will be a guest on Good Morning America. Let’s hope she talks of the new season of Dancing With The Stars and gives some info on the cast announcement? Also, Tony Dovolani will be on Good Morning America on Thursday, Feb. 13th to give a dance lesson. From ABCMedia Net.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – Lucky Magazine’s Eva Chen with her favorite picks for Valentine’s Day; “Dancing with the Stars” pro dancer Karina Smirnoff; GMA’s Epic Wedding Showdown
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 – Actors Bruce Dern and June Squibb (“Nebraska”); singer Francesca Battistelli performs; “Deals and Steals” with contributor Tory Johnson; GMA’s Epic Wedding Showdown: the winning couple gets a dance lesson from “Dancing with the Stars” pro dancer Tony Dovoloni
And speaking of Karina, it appears she may have a new part in a new movie called “In Light of the Dance”. Below are a few details….
In Light of the Dance, a feature film being produced by Curliss Entertainment and Hey Girl Hey Entertainment has attached Karina Smirnoff, ballroom’s top female dancer to the production. Smirnoff best known for her accolades on Dancing With The Stars has recently branched out as an actress, starring in the lead role in the theatrical short Across Grace Alley that was produced by her former DWTS partner Ralph Macchio.
The film evolves around the stage show hit Burn The Floor. Since 1999 Burn the Floor has thrilled audiences around the world. Years before Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, this sizzling Ballroom and Latin dance spectacular was setting stages ablaze and will now be making its debut on the silver screen.
Too cool! More at PRlog.
If you head to the Broad Street Review, you can read a fun review up of the “Ballroom With A Twist” show that took place in Wilmington, Delaware. Below is a take about how superb the performances were…
If you enjoy the TV series Dancing With the Stars, as I do, you’d be more than pleased with its transmutation to the live stage. This dance production is touring the country with its combination of ballroom, jazz, hip hop, and Latin choreography.
The headliners are four of the most charismatic (and popular) regulars from Dancing With the Stars — Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, and Peta Murgatroyd. Their performances were superb and the audience experienced the frisson of seeing real people instead of a flat screen.
These headliners established a casual rapport with the audience. They fielded questions with more candor than I expected, naming their favorite celebrity partners and their most unpleasant ones. As fine as any of the celebrities have been, they said, “they’re never going to be as good as our fellow professional dancers on this tour.” They also went into the audience and brought random civilians onto the stage for brief hoofing turns.
MORE at Broad Street Review. You can also read several fan blogs at Pure Derek Hough that are touching to say the least. Also, if you haven’t read my review of the Cheyenne, Wyoming show with Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess, you can read and see pics at this link. If you get a chance to see this show, be sure you do!! I can’t stop raving about it. Here’s to the shows now in Colorado, Florida, and North and South Dakota next!!!
It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. It will be very interesting to see what happens this year, after they let go of the band. That was a huge cost savings to them. The question is: are they looking to save even more money (say goodbye to Derek and possibly Cheryl) or have they saved so much that they can afford the popular, long term pros that have kept people coming back to this show season after season? I personally think that they will do what they can to hold on to Derek – he’s an Emmy winner and that’s very helpful to the show’s cache. I think they will also do their best to hold on to Cheryl, Karina and Mark. I’m GUESSING that Val and Tristan are still locked into contracts that are beneficial to ABC so they aren’t in question as long as they find a partner for them. As always, I could be wrong. Read more..
What a night last night for so many of the pros from Dancing With The Stars! Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess absolutely magnified the crowd in Cheyenne, Wyoming in “Ballroom With A Twist”. I was able to attend the show. Stay tuned as I’ve got lots of photos to share of them and more on how they took my breath away.
Also, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Sasha Farber, and Chelsie Hightower performed at the “America’s Favorite Dancers” show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Because of flight delays in Denver, Colorado from winter storm Nika, they didn’t arrive to Tulsa until yesterday afternoon sometime, but, that didn’t stop any of them from putting on amazing, show stopping show. You can see some fun video coverage of Derek and Chelsie at Pure Derek Hough. Below is Sasha Farber and Emma Slater courtesy of Sasha and his You Tube. Way hot performance as you can see. More coming Up with Gleb and Sharna!! Stay tuned!!
ETA: Helen Orcutt Photgraphy has some breathtaking high quality photos of the “meet and greet” after the show. You can view them at her site. A must see!!
What a diva!! Last night, Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff attended the ESPN Party at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street in New York City. You can view more photos of her at Zimbio Pictures.
ETA: Tony Dovolani and his wife Lena also attended the ESPN Party. You can view more pics of them at this Zimbio link. Lena is so pretty, isn’t she?!
By the looks of it, the Ballroom With A Twist show in Billings, Montana last night was a show stopper. If you visit Alberta Bair Theater Facebook and Dmitry Dream Team, you can view loads of new photos of Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin rehearsing and then dancing in the show. They also answered questions from fans. Picture below is of Chelsie and Dmitry pictured in Billings courtesy of @ErinWaldorf at twitter. Looks like they were prepared and dressed warmly. Good thing!!
Wyoming News interviewed Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess about the “Ballroom With A twist” show coming up in Cheyenne, Wyoming February 1st. She talks of why the show is a “beautiful experience” for how unique it is for fans and herself. Below is more. Be sure to read more at the link. Also, if you haven’t read our new interview with Gleb Savchenko, be sure you do as he talks a little on the show as well other fun things in getting to know him. Here’s to Saturday Night, Gleb and Sharna!!
“It is a beautiful experience to perform one night to a live audience. Once that show and that moment are over, it’s gone, and that makes it very special,” she said.
Burgess will be joined by fellow “Dancing With The Stars” coach Gleb Savchenko and an all-star cast that includes performers from “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” It all comes together for a night of different styles and music that Burgess said gets everyone out of their seat.
“The show is so unique. It brings competitive pros from all over and mixes them up. We perform everything from hip-hop to waltzes, samba and contemporary,” she said.
Burgess is originally from Australia but was working on Broadway before being discovered by “Dancing With the Stars.” An accomplished choreographer, she appeared on the series twice, first with comedian Andy Dick and later with former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Burgess will be performing two solo numbers as well as a few with a group during the show.
She said she was looking forward to dancing with other professionals who loved the craft as much as she does. She said it was a whole new set of challenges and excitement from her role on TV.
“We did judge dance numbers, which were great, and I love teaching, whether that is celebrities or anyone else,” she said. “But I know the cast on this tour really well, and I can’t wait to get out there with them.”
In addition to the professional dance numbers, Burgess said there would be audience participation sections as well.
“We go around and talk with people and call them up on stage, but even if that doesn’t happen for you, I bet you are going to be dancing in your seat along with us,” she said.
Hey Dancettes! If you head to the official page of “Ballroom With A Twist HERE and HERE, you can view some amazing new photos of Derek Hough, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke from yesterday’s shows in Wilmington, Delaware. So much passion and energy can be seem in all of them!!! Also, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough as you can see some fun fan photos and coverage there as well. What a fun run it’s been in Delaware. Now, here is to the upcoming shows this week in Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Special Note: if you are able to go to any of the shows and would like to send us a review or photos, write to us at our “contact Us” link (same at Pure Derek Hough). We’d love to feature your story!! xxx