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Tristan MacManus Chats On The Differences Between Dancing With The Stars And Strictly Come Dancing And More

The MaManiac’s posted a new interview with Tristan MacManus. He tells us all about his summer projects so far. He also discusses Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing and some of the differences between each show. It’s always good to hear from him. This pro is so missed. Thanks to Andrea for the heads up on this fun interview.

What is one of your favorite moments from SCD 2014?

I really enjoyed my time on Strictly and enjoyed getting to know the pros I hadn’t met before and the crew. Jenny was obviously a highlight to meet and spend time with and I’m glad that her family is now a part of my family. I had always been a fan of Michael Flatley so to meet him and talk with and the cast of Riverdance was amazing for me. I got to meet a number of amazing choreographers each week as well as I had missed the original rehearsal schedule because of Alec and Edyta’s show [Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska’s Dance Temptation, August, 2014]. The whole experience was pretty special for me as I was losing motivation a little bit before I came.

Sometimes the songs chosen for SCD and DWTS don’t seem to be suited to the dance style you are assigned to do. Obviously you make the best of it but do you recall any cases where working with certain music was particularly challenging as you tried to choreograph and/or create a story?

Yeah, you have a lot less influence in a lot of the things on Strictly or at least it seems that way for me but it may just be circumstance and the way the weeks of the show were going. I think Strictly is more about songs that everyone knows and are aware of where I feel you can use any music that’s great on DWTS. I’m usually pretty good at just going with what I got unless I have a real issue with a particular song. I think I made it clear I didn’t wanna dance to ABBA – ha – but what can you do?! Jenny was a huge ABBA fan. Once we got that we just had to go with it. I wanted to use a song by The Beautiful South. Hopefully I can use it on a future season. Movie Week I wanted “Jump In The Line”. I just love that song. Sometimes you get a song you just love but you have no idea after that about what to do – haha – you are just happy you got a great song and then everything is always relative. You should only do what suits your partner and maybe costumes and things like that – dress them for the same reasons. So I let the relevant departments do their job and I focus on my job. On Strictly you teach and try to influence and on DWTS you create more.

Lots more at MacManiacs.Org.

June 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.

DWTS Tristan MacManus And Anna Trebunskaya Bring “Magic” To Winnipeg, Canada In Ballroom With A Twist – Review

What a wonderful ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ review from the Winnipeg Press. They wrote that Tristan MacManus And Anna Trebunskaya bring “magic” to Winnipeg, Canada. Below is more on the show. Also Producer Scott Stander tells us, “The crowds have been loving the show and the amazing dancers that make this show’s heart …beat!!”

ETA: Be sure to see the show if you can near you. Jimmbboe saw it in Winnipeg. He described it as an “awesome” and “amazing” show. Even a day after the show, he says he has a “Ballroom With A twist” hangover (lol). He particularly mentioned a funny scene with Anna especially when she told Jonathan to take his cake and get off the stage! lol Jim also said the Winnipeg Symphony was “outstanding” as they provided live music throughout! To see some fun photos, see Ballroom With A Twist Facebook and Tristan MacManus Fan Page at Facebook.

After a subdued orchestral introduction, the corps of five males came onstage to slink their way through The Look of Love. In fact, these testosterone-fuelled dancers were one of the show’s highlights (no bias here), as they performed the Bob Fosse-inspired choreography with swaggering ease.

Then Trebunskaya and MacManus took the stage for two dances: Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm — a stylized mosh pit of waltz, quickstep and Charleston — that earned the evening’s first loud cheers. This, in turn, morphed into Singin’ in the Rain that also provided one of the show’s true-blue ballroom dances.

The two then ostensibly became hosts, with the Irish-born MacManus introducing the famously red-haired Trebunskaya as “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Despite their, at times, awkward stage banter, they were nevertheless able to whip the already rowdy, younger crowd of 1,691 into a frenzy, cheekily promising “the hotter you get, the less clothes we wear.” The Russian-born Trebunskaya also showed her renowned, adorable wit during a Q & A session, with one audience member even shouting out a marriage proposal to the lithe artist.

The high-octane show is mostly well-paced, with ballads such as Smith’s blistering interpretation of Michael Bublé hit Feeling Good showing off his powerhouse vocals. Glocksen-Ruzicka also treated us to a soulful Gravity that also allowed the dancers to catch their breath — or change into their next, eye-popping, sequin-encrusted costume.

More at the Winnipeg Press including a beautiful new photo. If you missed this CTV News interview with Tristan MacManus and Anna Trebunskaya, be sure to see it too. For tickets to this show and more across the nation, see this link.

May 24, 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.

PureDWTS Tristan MacManus And Anna Trebunskaya Interviewed On Ballroom With A Twist, Give Dance Lesson

CTV News in Winnipeg talked with Tristan MacManus and Anna Trebunskaya about Ballroom With A Twist which is taking place in Winnipeg, Canada this weekend. They give a dance lesson too. It’s good to see them. If you’d like to see the show this summer, see this link for ticket information.

May 23, 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.

DWTS Gleb Savchenko And Tristan MacManus To Dance In New Season Of “Strictly Come Dancing”

Good news for fans of Gleb Savchenko And Tristan MacManus! The two dance pros of the US version of Dancing With The Stars are going to be pros in the UK’s version of Dancing With The Stars “Strictly Come Dancing”!! The new season will start in September. To read more, see this official link. Special thanks to Nathan ‏@thengp12for for the morning wake-up call. I think I just died and went to heaven again. 😀

We’re dusting off our dancing shoes to bring you the news that three new professional dancers are joining our Strictly ranks ready for when we return in the Autumn. Russian-born Dancing With The Stars favourite Gleb Savchenko, 2012 Italian Champion Giovanni Pernice and eight-times South African Latin American Champion Otlile Mabuse. Our three new faces complete our sparkling sixteen alongside Strictly favourites who are returning to the show.

The line-up in full:

Aljaž Škorjanec
Anton Du Beke
Brendan Cole
Giovanni Pernice
Gleb Savchenko
Kevin Clifton
Pasha Kovalev
Tristan MacManus

Aliona Vilani
Janette Manrara
Joanne Clifton
Karen Hauer
Kristina Rihanoff
Natalie Lowe
Ola Jordan
Otlile Mabuse

April 23, 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.

DWTS Season 20 – Professional Dancer Announcement LIVE BLOG

Or sort a live anyway. Everything hinges on how they decide to do this. Not to mention that it’s 6am here and “Live” isn’t a word that describes me at this hour. I will do my best to put all the info that comes out into this post. They keep hyping that it’s going to be “BIG” and all other kinds of adjectives that probably won’t live up to the hype – but we will see soon enough. 🙂 Scroll to the bottom of the post for the live updates that aren’t actual Pro names.

And here are your Pros – supposedly this is IT:

Male Pros
Val – IN
Tony – IN
Mark – IN
Artem – IN

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Peta – IN
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Allison – IN
Kym – IN

ETA: Teasing the announcement at 7:20ish. :::sigh:::

ETA2: I’ve done a great job on my eyebrows while waiting for this announcement…. 😉

ETA3: Definitely Kym Johnson in silhouette!! Damn, missed the baby pix. Court is saying one is Mark and there’s a little blonde boy.  And Emma. 🙂

ETA4: I’ve gotten used to the far superior CBS This Morning which doesn’t have nearly the commercials and a lot more actual news.  GMA is….not good.

ETA5: I don’t think those fans are that good – might be right on Val, but the other one looked like Artem to me. Love Melissa’s haircut.

ETA 6: Lost my stream, relying on Court. Val is for sure. They are claiming this is Len’s last “year”.

ETA 7: Still with the bigger and better tag line. Yeah. Sure. Switch up week is back.

ETA8: Hmmmm…..said there were four in studio and they have six more. ONLY TEN???

ETA9: If this is it, there’s going to be trouble on twitter. 🙂

ETA10: Questions to the pros. Val’s dream partner. Answer: His season 20 partner. Question to Sharna: How do you prepare for the season? Answer: Picking music, etc.

Well everyone, discuss!! Is this it for the pro dancers this season? Are they holding a few back because Celebs haven’t signed yet? What do you think of this cast?

ETA11: Vogue here. According to US Weekly, TWO more pros will be announced at a later date!

ETA12: The Official Site has announced there will be two more pros announced later. There is a great write up on the ten pros announced today at the link too.

ETA13: ABC Media Net released an official announcement of the 10 pros. They also release info on the theme nights one of which includes “Spring Break” night. WHA?? 😯

February 11, 2015 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 20 – PRO WATCH!!

LIVE BLOG is happening here,  which is where all the pros will be added as it happens. 

Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote one of these posts. In fact, I normally post pro watch for the spring season in early February – yet here we are. Why? Well, Derek is taking a season off to star at Radio City (looks so happy he may never come back), Cheryl appears to have retired from DWTS and is moving on to a different (reality-based?) show, and Val and Sharna are both blabbing about the next season. And as of last night, Karina is OUT. Hell, I had this post scheduled for tomorrow and here I am posting it today – ya’ll gotta have somewhere to be sad about Karina. (ETA: Vogue was at last night’s show and came away with different and new info re: Karina. Stay tuned.)

In Sharna’s case, I think her hint means she’s definitely IN – after last season I don’t think she would be coy if there were any doubt. And if there is doubt? Bad move, girl. As for Val – I don’t think there’s any way in hell he won’t be on, with Maks and Derek gone and Mark making noise. No way. And he’s saying yes, he is back. Read more..

January 25, 2015 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. :-)

Tristan MacManus Dances In Strictly Come Dancing Special – Video

Merry Merry Christmas, Everyone!! How has your holiday been? We hope your day has been full of fun and good food. And how about this lovely? Tristan MacManus danced in a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special in the UK tonight. Special thanks to Gitte for sending!!

December 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Is Pro Tristan MacManus Returning For Dancing With The Stars Season 20?

What a Christmas present it would be to see pro Tristan MacManus return to do Dancing With The Stars in Season 20, eh? Thanks to Gail for the heads up on this news from the Grimsby Telegraph….

He said he had appeared on six seasons of the American version of Strictly Come Dancing – Dancing With The Stars – and will be returning there in the new year.

“We will see how that goes,” he said.

He is also hoping to be back on Strictly Come Dancing next year.

“Strictly is huge here,” said Tristan. “I have been very lucky in that I have had a chance to work as a dancer.”

To read the full story, see Grimsby Telegraph.

December 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Our Loss Is UK’s Gain: Tristan MacManus Jives To “Happy” With Jenny Gibney In Strictly Come Dancing

Check out Tristan MacManus. He and his ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ partner, Jenny Gibney blew the audience away this weekend in the UK! TPTB should have never let Tristan get away. Thanks to Vin for sending.

September 28, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Peta Murgatroyd And Tristan MacManus Do ‘Dance Temptation’ In Canada (Pics)

Dancing With The Stars Tristan MacManus and Peta Murgatroyd are currently dancing in Dance Temptation at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada. Below you can view some instagrams from Peta and Edyta Sliwinska (she helped to create the show alog with hubby Alec Mazo in case you don’t know). Below are some twitter pics from fan MelDiP as well who attended the show. Too fun and it’s so good to see Edyta again.

August 17, 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.