Did anyone see Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy on The View yesterday? I didn’t get to see the show and their official site doesn’t have a clip (and you have to pay to watch the full episode at their site), but, apparently the two talked a little about Dancing With The Stars and “Sway” in a Pop Culture segment according to some tweets out there. If you know more on their appearance, let us know in comments and we’ll add your thoughts to this post. Thanks All!x
Yesterday, Val Chmerkovskiy attended the Hollister House summer concert series where former Dancing With The Stars partner Zendaya put on a show. Below are some pictures and video coverage. If you’d like to view more photos of the two of them at this event, see Getty Images. It’s fun to see them reunited again.
Pictured above is Val Chmerkovskiy And Anna Trebunskaya! The two dancing pros really brought the house down in Brooks, California last night in Ballroom With A Twist. According to fan Maria Pena, it was “such a fun show”. Maria took some wonderful photos of the entire night if you’d like to see them at her facebook page. Thanks Maria for sending!!
The official summer season of Ballroom With A Twist starts this weekend. Val Chmerkovskiy and Anna Treybunskaya will be dancing in Brooks, California at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. The Sacramento Bee interviewed Val about the show. He talks all about it below for how the show is more than just dancing. He also talks about Dancing With The Stars and being a violinist…
“This show is a fusion of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ alumni and finalists from ‘American Idol,’ ” Chmerkovskiy explained. “It’s hip-hop with a bit of a twist, bringing in some ballroom dancing. Somewhat into the show, we invite the audience to come on stage and it turns into a big dance party.
“Nobody feels intimidated,” he continued. “We don’t grab people and throw them on stage. We’ve never had a problem, believe me, getting people to participate. The group that comes on stage is clearly dominated by women, but there’s a mix. The audience is so comfortable by that time because we work hard to build a relationship.”
But the show is more than just dancing, Chmerkovskiy said.
“Another twist is a Q and A we have at the end of the show,” he said. “I am enjoying these shows immensely and the venues in which I’ve performed. I’ve never had such a privilege before.”
Chmerkovskiy has been with “Dancing With the Stars” through many changes, a significant one last year being the dropping of the live orchestra, which stirred a controversy among loyalists.
“I was sad, of course,” Chmerkovskiy said of the change. “There’s a beauty in live music that can never be substituted by electronics. But there’s also another side. Pop music changes so much there are sounds that can’t be replicated by live musicians, and last year, I think, was the best season we had music-wise.”
Chmerkovskiy knows more about music than just how to dance to it. He’s also a violinist, which he describes as his “first passion.” He took up the instrument when he was 5 years old in Odessa, Ukraine.
“I took it very seriously until I became a concert master of a youth orchestra when I was 17 or 18,” he said. “Then my teacher moved to San Francisco, and once he was gone, I lost it. Without practice, my skill level fell. I don’t play it with any seriousness now.”
A lot is happening at Dance With Me Studios over the summer including two “Sway” shows on July 26th which will include the Chmerkovskiy brothers Maks and Val, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Jenna Johnson, Zendaya, and more. The site has also made a new video promoting dancing and soccer/football and “showing the world we are one”. It’s pretty cool. Check it out here when you get a chance. You can see Val Chmerkovskiy at the end.
We’re not sure on all of the pros from Dancing With The Stars who will be featured in this show officially, but, pictures at the link show Peta Murgatroyd, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, Tristan MacManus, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff and more as dancing in “Dancing With Desire” in Niceville, Florida on June 19, 2014. All the proceeds from this show will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). If interested in tickets, go HERE. Thanks to Tracey for the heads up!
DWTS Maks Chmerkovksiy Doesn’t Think He’s Coming Back Next Season, People Shoot Video Behind The Scenes
Good Morning, Dancettes. See, we never go away!! We love the off season as much as the on season. Stick around and see why!!
So, for starters today, below is some more Dancing With The Stars media on Maks Chmerkovksiy and Meryl Davis with Entertainment Tonight. Note how Maks remarks that he doesn’t think he’s coming back to Dancing With The Stars next season…it’s too exhausting. Also, below is some “behind the scenes” coverage of Maks and Val’s People shoot which comes out in the magazine on Friday. Omg, I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t gone there? lol More coming up! Stay tuned!
ETA: If interested, the Detroit Press has an article up about Meryl Davis and her transformation. It includes interviews with her parents and coach. Thanks to Anna for sending.
ETA: Here is the full People interview. Thanks to Nancy for the heads up…
How about some new photos of Karina Smirnoff (Jim? )? This past week, she attended the 3rd annual Hank Baskett Classic (seen above) that took place at the Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The event raised funds for Griffin Gives, Hank’s charity, which supports the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Other stars that were attendance included Bruce and Brody Jenner, Hank Baskett, Jr, Sr and the III, Ryan Merriman, Scheana Marie, Mike Shay and professional athletes like Jermaine, Dye and David Justice. More photos of this event can be found at Wire Images, Getty Images, and Drop Box.
Also, be sure to check out Karina’s instagram as yesterday she also helped with a dance movement therapy for www.dreasdream.org. The funds provided were divided between CHLA and Mattel children’s hospital. Sasha Farber and Val Chmerkovskiy also helped with the movement.
Danica McKellar says she won’t let the pain from her injury last week ruin their Tango on Dancing With The Stars. Val Chmerkovskiy said “he is going to tailor the dance to her injury.” From ABC…
For celebrity duel night, also the quarterfinal round, McKellar told ABC News Radio she isn’t going to let the pain from the injury ruin the tango she and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, have planned.
Chmerkovskiy said he is going to tailor the dance to her injury.
“We’re just going to have to be creative, choreographically, and very careful when we’re working,” he told ABC. “But I definitely don’t want to tone it down, it’s like finish line, pretty much. We’re almost there. We can’t afford to make it too simple.”
Last night, several of our pros from Dancing With The Stars attended OK! Magazine’s Pre-Oscar Event! From what we can gather so far, Gleb Savchenko was there along with his former Dancing With The Stars partner Lisa Vanderpump. Maks and Val Chmerkovksiy were also in attendance. You can view some new photos of Maks and Val at Getty Images. Photo below is courtesy of Gleb’s instagram. Adorable and it’s so good to see Lisa and Gleb together again. I’m also glad to see Gleb is still in LA being his wife Elena flew back to Australia yesterday. Can I entertain the thought that he might still be a part of Dancing With The Stars Season 18? *sigh and still hoping* All I know is I will always be a fan and nothing is final until Tuesday.
ETA: Gleb will be teaching a master class at LA Ballroom Studio on April 11th. If interested in attending, see LA Ballroom Facebook. They also have some new pictures of he and Elena dancing this week at their studio at this link.