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Tristan MacManus Discusses DWTS And More, Ballroom With A Twist Pictures Including Emma Slater

What a fabulous interview with Tristan MacManus by MacManiacs.org. Tristan answers questions about Dancing With The Stars, the Holland America Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise, Dirty Dancing The Musical, Ballroom With A Twist, and more. Below are a couple of takes including his thoughts about the orchestra being let go. Be sure to visit the link for more. A great weekend read!! Instagram below is of Tristan and Gina Glocksen. Currently they are in Ft. Collins, Colorado doing “Ballroom With A Twist” which one fan reports was a “great show” Thursday night. Also below is a picture from Emma Slater from behind the scenes of “Ballroom With A Twist” in Ft. Collins.

We’ve recently learned that Harold Wheeler and his orchestra as well as the singers will not return for Season 18. Do you have any special memories of working with them? What did you enjoy most? What will you miss the most?

Yeah, I just read that the other day, and I have reached out to a few of the singers who I really like. It’s such a shame and I’m disappointed but I don’t know the reasons behind it and won’t really have an opinion on the new structure until we see or hear how it’s gonna play out. I think the singers and band are as big a part of the show as the dancers and celebrities and I think it will be a huge loss but unfortunately, just like us, everyone and every idea is replaceable. I hope that everyone moves on to bigger and better things and maybe it’s a blessing in disguise for some. Time will tell, I guess.

You were Dance Captain for Dirty Dancing. That must have a been a lot of responsibility and likely gave you a broader perspective as to what overall production entails. Would you tell us what that job was like and what responsibilities you had?

Dirty Dancing was great craic. I was the Ballroom Dance Captain so I was supposed to be teaching the ensemble and actors how to do the ballroom. I got to help some but not as much as I would have liked and I wasn’t allowed to make any changes (which annoyed me) to choreography. Some of the actors had been in the show a few years so they did what they did and left it at that. I would have liked to re-choreograph it to suit everyone in it better. Dirty Dancing The Musical is the same as the movie; you don’t change lines and you don’t change anything….at all – haha. The cast were the best people I ever met. We honestly all got on great with each other so I miss it a lot sometimes and I’m am still in touch with the majority of them. I was more responsible for the morale in the end – haha. Seriously though I had to clean numbers and if someone was sick I had to make sure the swings (covers) knew where to be and what to do.

In one of your venues for Ballroom With a Twist last summer you performed on a circular stage. How did you have to adapt the dancing for that?

Yeah. It was tough enough but great though. I like having everyone all around but you always have your back to somebody. It was tough because it was so dark and there was only one ramp exit off the stage so when you have been spinning and turning to keep everyone involved for the whole dance finding the way off in the dark was very amusing. We tried to catch each other out and send someone off to the far end until the lights came back on. Haha!

February 8, 2014 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 – PRO WATCH!!

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..

February 4, 2014 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. :-)

Popular Cruising Reviews Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise, Videos With DWTS Pros

Be sure to see Popular Cruising’s reviews of the recent Holland America Dancing With The Stars At Sea Cruise below. They cover everything from the complimentary dance classes, the guest dance competition, pro judging, audience voting, production and fashion shows, comedic interludes, and more. In the coverage below you can see Dancing With The Stars pros and alumni Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone, Carson Kressley, Kym Johnson, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Tristan MacManus, and Sharna Burgess. Lots of fun and laughs. Thanks to Linz for the heads up!!

January 30, 2014 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.

Stunning New Wedding Photos Of DWTS Tristan MacManus And Tahyna Tozzi

As you know from a previous posting, Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus married model Tahyna Tozzi in Australia. To see some absolutely STUNNING photos of the beautiful pair, see Who Magazine!! They will take your breath away. Below is a little take from the article as well.

When actress Tahyna Tozzi and U.S Dancing with the Stars performer Tristan MacManus met in Los Angeles two years ago, they both knew they had found the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with.

Two years later, the couple made it official when they said “I do” in front of 140 guests during an emotional ceremony in Sydney’s Kurnell on January 25. “My breath caught in my throat the minute I entered the church and saw Tristan,” Tozzi, 27, reveals exclusively to WHO. “In that moment, no one else existed.”

More at Who Magazine including their plans for the future.

From Tahyna’s instagram…

January 29, 2014 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 Chelsie Hightower And Dmitry Chaplin Light Up Billings, Montana In Ballroom With A Twist

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!!

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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.

Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess Gears Us Up For Ballroom With A Twist In Cheyenne, Wyoming

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.

January 27, 2014 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.

New High Quality Ballroom With A Twist Photos From Wilmington, Delaware

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

January 26, 2014 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 Tristan MacManus Marries Tahyna Tozzi, Kym Johnson Pictured At Wedding & More

If you visit the Daily Mail, they have a report about Tristan MacManus’ wedding to Tahyna Tozzi in Australia. You can also view some fun pictures from the event including new pictures of Kym Johnson!! What a beautiful wedding it must have been. Congratulations Tristan and Tahyna!!!

Tahyna Tozzi walked down the aisle to marry professional dancer Tristan MacManus on Saturday – but tried hard to keep the whole thing under wraps.

The 27-year-old model and actress has signed a lucrative magazine deal – rumoured to be more than $10,000 – for exclusive photos rights.

But when you’re a celebrity, you’re marrying a star of hit show Dancing With The Stars, and you have the likes of Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and former rugby league star Jason Stevens as guests, it’s hard to keep things a secret from everybody.

The simple white dress was being shielded because of a reported $10,000-plus picture deal that the couple had struck with a magazine.

Tozzi arrived at St James, Kurnell, for an afternoon wedding hidden behind a reflective car sunshield. She was rushed into the church covered in a white tablecloth keeping her dress hidden.

MacManus, 31, was also taken in to the ceremony under cover.

The couple, who have been together for five years, have been trying to shake off the media in recent weeks, only increasing the speculation that something big was about to happen.

January 25, 2014 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 Emma Slater And Tristan MacManus Dish On Ballroom With A Twist In New Interview

The Reporter Herald interview Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus and Emma Slater about their upcoming shows for “Ballroom With A Twist. Below are a couple of up-close and personal takes which describe the show. Too fun….

Visiting by email from a cruise ship, where they are performing, Slater and MacManus shared their thoughts about the upcoming show.

“This is not my first time with ‘Ballroom with a Twist’,” said Slater. “Both Tristan and I have been a part of this fabulous show in the past. It’s wonderful fun, and I love being involved.”

“The talent in the show is mind-blowing, whether it’s the singing or the dancing,” said MacManus. “We have both singers and dancers who rotate in and out for different shows. The energy is always high, and the experience is always different for us, as well as the audience, which is great for keeping the show and the numbers fresh.”

“Ballroom with a Twist” promises something for every lover of dance from jazz to hip-hop, contemporary to ballroom, along with powerful vocals. “My favorite number from the show is called ‘Gravity,’” shared Slater. “Three of the amazing ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ finalists dance together in a beautiful contemporary piece. It’s unbelievable, they are so talented.

“There is also a number sung beautifully by our male vocalist, while a very talented young chap spins on his head! Crazy.”

During the evening, a few audience members will be asked to join the dancers onstage. Those in the audience can dance along as well. “It’s a great interaction between the audience and the cast,” shared Slater.

Both MacManus and Slater come from across the Atlantic. MacManus began dancing in his hometown of Bray, County Wicklow in Ireland, while Slater is from Tamworth in England. “I do absolutely love being here in the U.S. — the weather and opportunity among other things,” said Slater.

She hopes those watching “Ballroom with a Twist” will “enjoy watching dynamic dance live and up close (not possible on TV) and really be inspired to dance at home.”

“People want to come to a show, see something they haven’t before, feel involved and then go home smiling,” said MacManus. “There is nothing better then the next few days after seeing something and still thinking about it and smiling, and for me, that’s what ‘Ballroom with a Twist’ does.”

More at the Reporter Herald.

January 24, 2014 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.

Dancing Pro Tristan MacManus Prepares For His Upcoming Wedding To Model Tahyna Tozzi (New Photos)

Tristan MacManus is getting married in the comings days. If you check the Daily Mail, you can view some new photos of him in Australia with fiancé and model Tahyna Tozzi. Also, below is a take from the Sunday Morning Herald on their upcoming wedding…

Weddings are on the brain for Tahyna, who is engaged to Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Tristan MacManus.

“I’ve been home for three weeks planning the wedding,” she says.

“We’re getting married in Sydney in January. The venue is locked in and Pallas Couture are making my dress. I’d been trying dresses on in the States but I needed my mum with me.

“I’m excited now. Before I was just stressed. Cheyenne will be my matron of honour. She wanted to pick her own dress but I said no. There will be no Pippa Middleton moments at my wedding!”

I bet it will be such a beautiful wedding. From PureDWTS, we wish Tristan and Tahyna much much happiness!!!

January 23, 2014 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.