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DWTS Karina Smirnoff, Sasha Farber, Val Chmerkovskiy Help With Cancer And Children’s Charity Events

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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.

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May 10, 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.

Danica McKellar Won’t Let The Pain Ruin Her Tango On Dancing With The Stars

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.”

To read the full article, see ABC. For some fun spoilers, go here.

May 5, 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 Gleb Savchenko, Maks and Val Chmerkovksiy Attend OK! Magazine Pre-Oscar Party

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.

February 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.

Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy Pulls Z100 Radio Prank On Former Partner Zendaya

This is hilarious. Be sure to watch if interested….

February 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.

Emma Slater Interviewed About Dancing With The Stars And Ballroom With A Twist

Highlands Today caught up with Emma Slater to talk about Dancing With The Stars and the Ballroom With A Twist and how much she has enjoyed dancing in both. Here is more. *love her!!

Slater, who grew up in the Midlands of England, moved to London when she was 16 where she performed in competitions and theater shows. She joined “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012 and made her pro dance debut in Season 17 with funny-man Bill Engvall. The exposure from the TV show has been both “shocking” and “heartwarming,” with everybody saying nice things about her, Slater said. “Career wise it has been the most significant for me,” she said. “It literally changed my life.” She had to move to a different county and faced new and different challenges such as taking care of a celebrity and creating the choreography, Slater said. The outcome of the dance pairing of Engvall and Slater surprised many. “We got to the finals and it was very unexpected because he was literally thought of as a person who would go out first. The bookies in Las Vegas had him leaving the show first and he ended up going all the way to the finals and no one was more shocked than he was.”

Slater enjoys dancing to the live singing of “American Idol” finalists Gina Glocksen and Von Smith on the “Ballroom with a Twist” tour. “They are amazing,” Slater said. “It’s so much better to dance to than just a recorded track.” The show’s dancing styles includes: ballroom, Latin, hip hop and contemporary. “There is nothing that can really replace live performances,” she said. “So the audience can expect a lot of energy, a lot of passion and very, very high quality live dancing.”

More at Highlands Today including ticket information how you can see Ballroom With A Twist in Avon, Florida.

ETA: Fun picture of Emma, Val, Sasha, Peta, and the Ballroom With A Twist gang in Florida at Ballroom With A Twist Facebook. So cute!!

February 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 Val Chmerkovskiy Excited To Be In Florida For Ballroom With A Twist Shows (New Interview)

Here’s to the “Ballroom With A Twist” shows in Florida this week!! For tickets and scheduling information (and info on who the pros who will be dancing), see this link. Below is a teaser from Keys News as they chatted with Val Chmerkovskiy about the show.

“Yes, there is definitely a difference in that Ballroom with a Twist doesn’t include the competition factor,” Chmerkovskiy told The Citizen Sunday. “But I love live performance, no matter what. I love being on a stage and the energy that goes along with it.”

Ballroom with a Twist also includes audience interaction with the performers and a question-and-ansewr session at the end.

“Fans of Dancing with the Stars can expect to see us perform different and exciting numbers during Ballroom with a Twist, and they can get to know us a little,” Chmerkovskiy said. “This show combines incredible performance with a very intimate, and cozy kind of feel because of the interaction we have with the audience.”

Chmerkovskiy said he has not been touring with Ballroom with a Twist for all of its performances, but said he is excited to be in Key West, where he visited several years ago.

I will admit it’s no accident that I happened to sign on and be available for this show, which happens to take place in Key West in February, said the dancer who was born in Ukraine and moved to Brooklyn when he was 8.

It’s a great show. Be sure you see it!! More at Keys News.

February 10, 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 Interviewed At Tulsa Women’s Living Expo About Dancing With The Stars (New Photo)

Dancing with the Stars Val Chmerkovskiy has been in Oklahoma to attend Tulsa Women’s Living Expo at the River Spirit Expo Center. KTUL covered the event and was able to interview him and a little about Dancing With The Stars. Below Val chats about celebrities on the show and some of the hardest things about meeting and training them. More at the link including a new picture!

When asked if he thought the long-running show would run out of stars, he said “With all these reality stars. I think there’s a new celebrity every day.”

He also shared some of the challenges of being on the show, where celebrities are paired with professional dancers to train and prepare a dance routine.

“One of the hardest things about the show is you meet this person that you don’t know anything about,” he said. “You meet them on camera and you take their hand and you don’t let go for three and a half months. It’s like an arranged marriage that you have to make work.” The dancer said that it’s important to be able to compromise and find ways to build camaraderie with his partner.

Preparing for the show is physically very demanding. He said he does six hours of dancing a day.

“Generally it’s a very, very tough process but it’s all worth it when you see the final product…when you see your celebrity turn into a dancer or at least overcome a challenge that she never thought she would be able to do.”

February 9, 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 Is On Diana Nyad’s Bucket List, Val Chmerkovskiy Dances With Her

This is too cool for words. Yesterday, swimmer Diana Nyad was a guest on The Katie Show. She talks with Katy all about her life and how she never gave up no matter how tough things got …and especially when some tried to tell her she was too old to do something. At one point in the conversation, she tells Katie one of things on her Bucket List is to do Dancing With The Stars. After that, Katie has a surprise and brings out Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy. What an incredible life story with an amazing inspirational message. You can watch Diana and Val dancing in the second video at the 3:40 minute mark. We better keep a ‘watch out” on this one too as maybe she will be asked to dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 18? Thanks to Vin for letting us know on this interview yesterday.

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.

DWTS Cheryl Burke And Val Chmerkovskiy Dance And Attend 2014 UNICEF Ball (New Photos)

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Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke and Val Chmerkovskiy. Last night, the two pros from Dancing With The Stars danced and attended the 2014 UNICEF Ball at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. You can view some amazing pics of them both at Zimbio Pictures and Getty Images.

Beautiful though not sure I’m a fan of Val’s pants (in the first picture) and that he didn’t wear socks?

ETA: You can watch Val and Cheryl dancing at this event below. Very sexy!

January 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.

Anna Trebunskaya Talks Of Returning To Dancing With The Stars For Week 5

Hey Guys!!! Be sure to tune into the new Afterbuzz Dancing With The Stars After show when you get a chance. I haven’t listened to it in full yet, but, PureDWTS reader Jenn (THANKS JENN!!) reports to us that Anna Trebunskaya mentions how she and Maks will be dancing with Val and Zendaya in their individual dance as well as with Jacoby and Karina in theirs. She will also be dancing with Henry Byalikov in Kellie and Derek’s individual dance. Exciting!! Also, in this interview is Victor Ortiz talking about his time so far on Dancing With The Stars.

And while we are on the subject of Anna, who needs another dose of this? Let’s hope she’s back on the show again next season full time! If not, let’s hope producers will always make sure to feature her in dances like this. Just breathtaking!

Thanks to Jimmbboe’s You Tube Channel for the video above.

April 11, 2013 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.