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2016 Strictly Come Dancing Pros Revealed, Gleb Savchenko, Tristan MacManus, And More Not Returning

Waking up to some sad dancing news this morning. According to the BBC, Gleb Savchneko won’t be dancing on Strictly Come Dancing this up coming season because of family commitments. Gleb also confirmed the news at twitter (more below). As you know from previous reports, Tristan MacManus won’t be dancing as well Aliona Vilani, Kristina Rihanoff, and Ola Jordan. Wow, lots of changes and not sure what to think? 🙁 🙁 To read on the new Strictly Come Dancing Pro line up for the 2016 Season, see the BBC. Strictly Spoiler also has written a piece on this news (thanks David!).

We’re dusting off our dancing shoes to reveal our professional dancer line up for 2016 which includes three brand new dancers alongside the return of viewers’ favourites.

New to the fold are world-class Latin and Ballroom dance experts – World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.

Returning to the Strictly dance floor are our male dancers, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice; and fabulous female dancers are Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse.

Strictly extends its thanks to Tristan MacManus and also to Aliona Vilani, Kristina Rihanoff, Ola Jordan who announced at the end of last series that they wouldn’t be returning to the show, and finally to Gleb Savchenko who has decided that due to family commitments he will not be appearing in the next series.

Gleb said: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part on the last series of Strictly Come Dancing and especially the way that the UK gave me such a warm welcome but due to family commitments I won’t be returning to the show for the next series – I’ll definitely be tuning in though.”

June 28, 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.

Watch Sasha Farber And Emma Slater Dance In “Life’s A Dance”, Reunited With Tristan MacManus

As you know from a previous post, Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber and Emma Slater danced in a “Life’s a Dance” celebration in Pensacola, Florida over the weekend. Well below is a beautiful video Sasha posted at his instagram. He tells us there is more to come (a Jive). So, stay tuned to his Instagram.

Also, isn’t it great to Tristan MacManus again? What a breath of fresh air all three of them are.

Finally reunited with my brother! So good to finally catch up! #TristanMacmanus

A photo posted by Sasha Farber (@sashafarber1) on

June 20, 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.

“Life’s A Dance” With Sasha Farber, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, Tony Dovolani, And Tristan MacManus

Last night Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, and Tony Dovolani danced in “Dancing With Desire” in Niceville, Florida(which you can read about here). Tonight they (along with Tristan MacManus) dance in a “Life’s a Dance” celebration in Pensacola, Florida. PNJ.com reports on Tony and how much the event means to him….and for a long time now.

“Tony is always consistent, even with his growth in popularity,” Luna said. “There’s so much talent to that guy, and he comes here every year; has not missed one.”

“This is home away from home,” Dovolani said.” This is always on my calendar because of the relationships here. They are like family.”

The Life’s a Dance celebration, tonight at the Saenger Theater, pairs local celebrities with instructors from Luna’s dance studio. In addition, there will be performances by cast members of “Dancing With the Stars,” including Dovolani, Shana Burgess, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber and Tristan MacManus.

This year’s local celebrities include Carey King of the Studer Group; Dr. Luis Navas, Medical Center Clinic; Jason Crawford, Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems; John Lark Herron, John Lark Herron Insurance LLC; John McLean, Pensacola Ice Flyers; Karen Sindel, candidate for District 1 County Commissioner; Laura Hussey, WEAR ABC3; and Nicole Stacey, Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Barry Cole of Bere Jewelers donates a watch each year. Dovolani was at Bere today to pick out the new watch he will wear for next year. He also returned last year’s watch, which will be raffled off.

“Tony is a great guy,” Cole said. “He’s a normal guy with three kids and he is big into supporting charities. You know when you have someone like him, you can count on him.”

“He could be doing anything,” Luna said. “But he brings his family and spends Father’s Day weekend here.”

Awesome. To read more, get tickets, and see a cool pic of Tony and Emma, see PNJ.com.

June 17, 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.

Congratulations Tristan MacManus And Tahyna Tozzi On Your New Baby Girl!!

Guess what? Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing Tristan MacManus And Tahyna Tozzi had a baby girl. From all of us at PureDWTS.com, we couldn’t be more happier for you!! Thanks to Cath for the heads up!

tahynavalentina: Our baby girl Echo Ìsolde Macmanus was born 05/04/2016 healthy and happy. Tristan & I are so thankful for everyone’s support Xx

April 5, 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 22 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year again and who knows what kind of funky will go down this season. Will Derek finally hang up his DWTS shoes? Will Artem get hosed again in favor of the ever annoying Val? Will Sasha finally get his chance? Will Sharna continue to follow in the wrong footsteps, making unwise statements? Who will take Allison’s spot? These questions and more will hopefully be answered soon. 🙂

I don’t want to hear about Jenna being dance captain. I think that is likely decided among the dancers themselves and I doubt it has any significance in regard to the show – maybe she’ll be a pro, maybe she won’t. Derek and Julianne’s dance captain was someone you’ve likely never heard of. So what?

Kristyn Burtt claims that the pros have been told rehearsals start on February 22 – it remains to be seen if that is true or if it actually happens. Last season was so…fluid…that we’ll have to wait and see. I do think we’ll start to hear stuff from those with a lack of ability to keep their mouths shut. 🙂 There are some Derek fans that worry his media sweep happening next week will include an announcement about his status. The media sweep is because of Disneyland 60 – if an announcement happens, it will likely be that he’s out. If he says nothing or hems and haws, it might be that he’s in. He’s a tough call, as usual Read more..

February 10, 2016 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. :-)

Ballroom With A Twist-mas Photos With Tristan MacManus, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, And More

Be sure to visit the official Ballroom With A Twist Facebook page. They’ve posted some beautiful photos of the show and cast from their Christmas shows in Florida. Photo below of Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, and their little girl Olivia courtesy of Gleb’s twitter account. Beautiful!

December 30, 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.

Ballroom With A Twist-mas Called “Nothing Short Of Spectacular” (Review)

Be sure to visit The Skip Sheffield. They have some beautiful photos of “Ballroom With A Twist-mas” show in Boca Raton. They also reviewed the show calling it “nothing short of spectacular”. Read on for more…

The dancing, directed and choreographed by Jaymz Tuaileva, is nothing short of spectacular. The real show-stopper is “American Idol” finalist Vonzell Solomon. That girl, aka Baby V, has some fine pipes.

“Twist-Mas” features a live onstage band, with players who double as singers. My favorite is Chantil Dukart, who spent most of her time wearing headphones, hunched over her keyboards. But when she took off the headphones and hit center stage, that girl was on.

While “Twist-Mas” features favorite Christmas themed-songs both sacred (“Silent Night”) and secular (“Jingle Bells Rock”), the main attraction is the dancing, executed by first-class professionals. You even get a question-and-answer session with the headliners.

It’s been a longtime since I took ballroom dancing lessons from the late Miss Betty D’Avray. While the illusion is to look effortless, ballroom dance is deceptively difficult and a lot of work. If you can appreciate that, you will love this show. I know I did.

To read the full review, see The Skip Sheffield. For tickets at more shows in December, see The Wick and The Hartfield Community College.

December 16, 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.

Jonathan Roberts And Lacey Schwimmer Talk About Ballroom With A Twist-mas

What a fun blast from the past this is. If you go to WPBF.com, you can see former Dancing With The Stars pros Jonathan Roberts And Lacey Schwimmer talk about Ballroom With A Twist-mas. Note how Jonathan has choreographed some of the dances. You can see some of the costumes too. To read more on the show, see The Palmbeach Post. For tickets and all the dates in Decemeber, see The Wick.

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December 11, 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.

Gleb Savchenko Interviewed On Ballroom With A Twist-mas, Strictly Come Dancing, DWTS, And More

elena samodanova instagram and gleb savchenko

What a super interview with Gleb Savchenko and Hot Spots Magazine. He talks on his dancing career, Dancing With The Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, and performing in Ballroom With A Twist-mas In Florida on December 23 – 27th in Florida.

When did you first know that dancing was going to be your career?

When I won my first Russian Championship at the age of 12. I realized that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Tell us a little bit about Ballroom with a Twist-Mas! How does one combine ballroom dancing and the holidays?

I’m very happy to be a part of the Ballroom with a Twist-Mas! show. It’s currently one of the best American dance theatre shows. People love dancing, especially during the holiday season, and they have a chance to see a dance performance in an intimate theatre with all the world’s best dancers in it.

You’ve competed in a number of Dancing with the Stars franchises, and right now you’re in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. How are you doing? Who is your partner and how well are you getting along?

I’ve been doing DWTS in four different countries. At the moment I’m doing Strictly and I’m paired with a TV presenter, Anita Rani. We are doing very well and at the moment, we’re going through week 10 of the competition. Hope with all the hard work we put in, we will be able to get into the final and maybe win the Mirrorball.

Be sure to read more at Hot Spots Magazine. To read more on Ballroom With A Twist-mas which includes other dates starting on December 10th and also includes performances from Gleb’s wife Elena Samodanova, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, and Jonathan Roberts, see The Palmbeach Post. For tickets, see The Wick.

Also, for those living abroad, Gleb’s wife Elena Samodanova is the choreographer for the new Dancing Stars Russia Tour which starts in February. You can read more on it at Dancing Stars Russia. This instagram has some fun teasers too. Beautiful photo of Gleb and Elena above courtesy of Elena’s Instagram.

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.

Ballroom With A Twist-mas In Florida With Tristan MacManus, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Chelsie Hightower, Jonathan Roberts

For those living in Florida or wanting to visit, gear up for a Ballroom With A Twist Christmas show which includes performances from Tristan MacManus, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Chelsie Hightower, and Jonathan Roberts. To read on the show, see The Palmbeach Post. For tickets, see The Wick. Oh, if I only lived closer!!

Showtimes:

Thu Dec 10 to Sun Dec 13 – Celebrity Pros: Jonathan Roberts, Lacey Schwimmer

Showtimes: Thu Dec 10 – 7:30PM; Fri Dec 11 – 7:30PM; Sat Dec 12 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun Dec 13 – 2PM

Wed Dec 16 to Sun Dec 20 – Celebrity Pros: Jonathan Roberts, Chelsie Hightower

Showtimes: Wed Dec 16 – 2PM; Thu Dec 17 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Fri Dec 18 – 7:30PM; Sat Dec 19 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun Dec 20 – 2PM

Wed Dec 23 to Sun Dec 27 – Celebrity Pros: Tristan MacManus Gleb Savchenko and partner Elena Samodanova

Showtimes: Wed Dec 23 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Fri Dec 25 -2PM & 7:30PM; Sat Dec 26 – 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun Dec 27 – 2PM

ETA: Ballroom With A Twist-Mas is also coming to Harford County on December 21 at 7 PM in the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College. Tristan MacManus and Chelsie Hightower will be performing. For ticket information, see this link. Thanks to Claire aka @@clrhmly for the heads up.

November 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.