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Cheryl Burke, Val And Maks Chmerkovskiy Interviewed On Ballroom With A Twist And Dancing With The Stars

In a new Ballroom With A Twist interview with Equality 365, Val Chmerkovskiy chats about why he loves doing the show. His favorite part is the “human element” and how “inspiring” it is to share the stage with such “passionate” talent. Val also talked about his brother Maks and the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Below is more….

ED: How do you feel about returning to DWTS next season?
VC: I am very excited. The announcement was just made Wednesday. I feel very fortunate to be able to perform on a show that provides me the platform to share my talent and passion with an average of 20 million people a week. I am incredibly lucky for that. I am very grateful to be called back. I love all the work that goes into the show. It is a lot of work. It isn’t easy. I am also very excited to meet my new partner. I have no idea who it might be. I love the process of meeting someone new and finding out more about them while building a lifelong relationship with them. This journey that we go through each season is the greatest thing ever.

ED: What do you think about your brother (Maksim Chmerkovskiy) leaving the show?
VC: About time man, he is always hogging the spotlight (laughing). I am joking. It is rare these days for siblings to work in the same city much less the same industry. To be able to work in the same industry at the same job that also happens to be the number 1 TV show in America is just crazy. For me it has been an incredible ride. We are super close and it has been great for our family to witness that and watch us together. I think it will be amazing for our future children to know that we had that experience. Our lives didn’t start with Dancing with the Stars and it certainly isn’t ending there. My brother and I have a lot of projects that we want to do together. We are very close. We love one another and support each other. I am sad that this chapter of our life has come to an end and we won’t be able to share the stage on DWTS anymore. But at the same time, there are plenty of other projects that we will partner in. I do think it is a great time for him to exit gracefully. Leaving on top after last season is an incredible blessing. He has a decade of commitment to DWTS and I think it is time for him to work on other projects.

More at Equality 365.

There is also a new Ballroom With A Twist interview with Maks Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke at Honolulu Pulse. Both dancers talk of why they love to do Ballroom With A Twist. Cheryl said, “It’s a very high-energy, two-hour show. We go into the audience and get them moving. It’s really a chance for them to connect with us. A lot of people have questions, and they’re always interested in (the) behind-the-scenes of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’” Cheryl and Maks also talked on Dancing With The Stars. Here is more from Maks and why he decided to retire from Dancing With The Stars and how shows like Ballroom With A Twist are a better fit for him now.

Though he will continue dancing, he has announced that he is retiring from “DWTS.”

Part of that decision is the grueling nature of the show.

“By week seven, no matter who you have, no matter how brilliant they are, no matter how easy they are to work with, your body is exhausted and you just want to die,” he said.

Nonetheless, his victory also has given him a sense of accomplishment and appreciation for what he does so well.

“I never really appreciated myself or the talent that I have, till now,” Chmerkovskiy said. “So now I do a show like ‘Ballroom With a Twist.’ I never would do this kind of thing before.

“Finally I said yes to these things because I just want the stage. I love the stage, I love to move, I love the audience interaction. I want to say thank you — live.”

Lots more at Honolulu Pulse.

If interested in seeing Ballroom With A Twist before Dancing With The Stars begins, see this link for ticket information. This weekend they are in Seattle and then they go to Hawaii next week!!

ETA: You can also listen to Karina and Val talking on Dancing With The Stars and Ballroom With A Twist at Komo News. Note how Karina mentions there will be a bigger digital presence and a “Q & A” on Dancing With The Stars this season. ABC and BBC have something special planned this season and they are excited. Hmmmm….

August 15, 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.

Extra Interviews DWTS Pros After The Pro Announcement

Great interview!! Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke talk on the new season, new pros, and more!

August 13, 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.

Ballroom With A Twist Review From Lancaster, PA August 10, 2014 (Photos)

Our resident poet, Lois, and her friend, Kathy, saw ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania last weekend. Below Kathy writes all about their experience. Afterwards, Lois adds her thoughts too. You can also see a fun album of pictures at Shutterfly. THANKS GIRLS!! Much appreciated!!

BALLROOM WITH A TWIST REVIEW
Written By: Kathy L. Erdman

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, I had a the pleasure of attending with my dear friend, Lois Troutman, the 2:00 p.m. performance of Ballroom With A Twist at Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA.

We arrived at Fulton Theatre and were treated splendidly by the entire staff at Fulton Theatre. We had front row seats for the performance and believe me we had the best of views.

The show started with the director of Fulton Theatre welcoming the audience and advised that taking photos were permitted, but if you planned on doing so, please share on the Fulton Theater Facebook. The show then began.

The announcer introduced the cast, which consisted of finalists from American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and of course , the featured stars from our favorite show, Dancing With the Stars, Sharna Burgess & Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The stage was set for an amazing day of song & dance.

Sharna & Val performed with such intricate detail and precision. Watching them dance live, as opposed Read more..

August 12, 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 Sharna Burgess And Val Chmerkovksiy Light Up Lancaster, Pennsylvania In Ballroom With A Twist

And so the Ballroom With A Twist fun continues…this time with Sharna Burgess and Val Chmerkovksiy and the cast and crew in Lancaster, PA. You can view some pictures and videos at FOX43. Also, below is some coverage and interviews with ABC27…

abc27 WHTM

Lastly, here are some instagrams from Sharna and Val. *choose something to be passionate about* indeed!

August 7, 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.

HQ Photos Of DWTS Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess, Val and Maksim Chmerkovksiy In Ballroom With A Twist

Playbill has some awesome high quality photos of Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess, Val and Maksim Chmerkovksiy from the Westbury, New York Ballroom With A Twist show. 55 shots in all. You can see some backstage pics as well. Be sure to check them out if interested.

If interested in seeing a show in your area, see this link.

August 4, 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.

Val Chmerkovskiy Chats On What He Tells His DWTS Partners The First Time And More

Val Chmerkovskiy was interviewed by Gossip Cop about Dancing With The Stars. Below he talks of what he says to each of his partners when they first meet. He also talks on being a sex symbol and thanks his fans. This gets me so excited for the new season. You can read even more at the link. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the find.

When the next season of “Dancing with the Stars” begins, Val Chmerkovskiy knows exactly what he’ll tell his new celebrity contestant.

Chmerkovskiy reveals to Gossip Cop, “I tell all my partners when we first meet, ‘Listen, this is like an arranged marriage. You are my everything for the next three months and vice versa.’”

It’s that dedication that has led the dancer to the show’s finals twice, and he tells us that coming so close to the Mirror Ball trophy but just not close enough can be a hard pill to swallow.

“It’s tough because you’re emotionally invested every single time,” shares Chmerkovskiy. “You build a certain relationship every single time.”

He continues, “But it’s always very exciting to meet a new person [the next season] and to start a new journey.”

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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.

DWTS Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess, Val and Maksim Chmerkovksiy Light Up The North Shore Music Theatre In Ballroom With A Twist

What a great night it must have been for the lucky fans at the North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts last night. They got to see Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess, Val and Maksim Chmerkovksiy in Ballroom With A Twist. Special thanks to Karina and fans at twitter Ann Dwan, Stephanie Davis, Monica Vogelsang, Mary Grimmer, and Lisa Davis, below is some fun coverage on the night. If you’d like to see the show in Boston or any future shows coming up, see our Ballroom With A Twist schedule for tickets and information. Too fun!!

And…. Read more..

July 31, 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 Maksim Chmerkovksiy Says He’s “Done Dancing” On The View

Val and Maksim Chmerkovksiy were on The View today. One of the things that Maks mentions is that he’s done dancing on Dancing With The Stars. He said, “When I came back to the show, it was not the same. I was different, probably. When I came back, I saw this amazing talent, Val [Chmerkovskiy, his brother] included. I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better, I was taking up a huge spot.” Thanks to The Wrap, here is some video. The Wrap also included this quote…

At the end of the episode, moderator-for-a-day Jenny McCarthy clarified that although Maks is not going to come back as a pro dancer, but he may return in some capacity at a later date. That can be translated as “judge,” but we don’t know for sure.

I don’t mind if he comes back as a judge once…just please, don’t let it be full time. I like the judging panel just as it is.

ETA: So, Andy Cohen interviewed Maks on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens LIVE” while Joan Rivers sits in. He talks on more of the same on Dancing With The Stars. And did you know that Kirstie Alley isn’t speaking to him? Interesting. And again, they have to ask on his relationship with Meryl and J Lo.

ETA2: Interesting….Maks has signed with a different agency. You can read about it at Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to Ashley for the heads up.

Dancing With the Stars’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy has signed with ICM Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

On July 29 he announced on The View that he would not return for DWTS’ 19th season. His signing with a major agency (he previously was with Rebel Entertainment Partners) signals that he is ready to parlay his DWTS fame into further opportunities.

July 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.

Dance With Me Studio’s “Sway” Lights Up New York City (Photos, Videos)

Lot’s to cover this morning, so bare with us! First of all, don’t miss seeing Dance With Me Instagram. Saturday Maks Chmerkovksiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Zendaya, Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani, and Elena Grinenko danced in two productions of “Sway” in New York City. They have videos and lots of coverage. This Tumbler page has some fun coverage too. The videos below were provided by Zendaya and a fan named Alannah. What a great night for them all and their fans.

ETA: @Dwtsgossip has a wonderful collection of photos too.

July 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.

DWTS Val Chmerkovskiy And Zendaya Visit St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, “Sway” Countdown

Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy and Zendaya took some time away from their “Sway” rehearsals to visit the kids of St. Mary’s Children,s Hospital In New York City, New York. According to StMarysKids.org the kids were all “pleasantly surprised”.

For all the latest on “Sway” including some fun promos, see this link. There are still tickets left for the afternoon show if interested on Saturday.

July 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.