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Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson And Dmitry Chaplin Light Up The Mohegan Sun

Last night, Kym Johnson and Dmitry Chaplin gave a free dance for some lucky fans at the Mohegan Sun. Gina Scarpa (pictured above with the two dancers) of Reality Wanted sat down with an exclusive interview with the two before they danced. She asks them what they’ve been doing in the off season and how they feel on becoming celebrities in their own right. She also ask them on their favorite styles to dance (I’m not surprised how they answered this, are you? 🙂 ). This and much more below and at the link.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What do you both do during the off season, when you’re not on Dancing With The Stars?
A. Kym: At the moment, we’ve been doing a lot of shows around America. We just came from Florda, San Francisco, I’m going somewhere else tomorrow… we’ve been very busy. I’m hoping to enjoy some of the summer here in America and have some time off soon.
A. Dmitry: Everybody’s teaching. We’ve been dancing. We’re dancers. That’s what we do best. I’m going to be choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance this summer. Louis [van Amstel] will be choreographing as well.
A. Kym: Yeah, we teach and we do shows. We’re always keeping really busy.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You guys are becoming celebrities in your own right. Do people recognize you when you’re out?
A. Kym: Yeah, especially when the season has just been on. The show is so popular and I think that this was the most watched season ever. It’s incredible that we’ve been on for so many seasons…
A. Dmitry: Well, you have!
A. Kym: The fans just love the show. Some of the die hard fans have watched it since day one.
A. Dmitry: Oh yeah. Some of them record every episode and have like, a library of every season. They know exactly what happend five seasons ago.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What will you guys be doing tonight?
A. Kym: We’re going to do three dances. We’ve danced together quite a bit.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Is there a style that you prefer to dance?
A. Kym: He likes more of the Latin stuff.
A. Dmitry: Well, I’m more Latin trained.
A. Kym: I like more the Ballroom stuff. Tonight, we’re doing a tango, cha-cha, and rumba.

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and view more loves of mine, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Pros Dance For Hospice In Pensacola, Florida

The pros of Dancing With The Stars are certainly having a busy summer so far. Such is true for Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, Dasha Chesnokova and Lacy Schwimmer. This week the three took off for Pensacola, Florida to dance and attend the third annual “Life’s a Dance” benefitting Covenant Hospice which took place at the Pensacola Saenger Theater. According to, last year’s event raised $58,000. No doubt this years benefit raised the same amount of money if not more?

What’s more, following the show, VIP ticket holders were invited to an exclusive casting party that took place place in the Saenger’s mezzanine and ballroom, where they ate, drank and mingled with the stars. All three dancers tweeted how much fun they had at the benefit. Below are some videos of Tony and Lacey dancing;

You can view a few more videos of the event HERE including one of Maks joking with the crowd.

Lacey posted this picture of Tony and Maks at her twitter while in Florida of the two funning around.

Special Note: This isn’t the first time our pros have danced for this Benefit. In 2009, Derek Hough and Mark Ballas danced. You can read a cool fan story on them at Pure Derek Hough at this link.

Are our Dancing With The Stars pros the coolest or what?!! 🙂

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"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and view more loves of mine, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Spends Time With The Troops In Germany

This past week, Dancing With The Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd, Tristan MacManus, and Chelsie Hightower travelled to Germany for the USP Tour to spend some time with the troops. Peta wrote that she had fun learning on the history of Germany. “Our first meeting with the troops today was amazing, sitting and eating with them, hearing their stories, was so heart wrenching”, Peta wrote of their first meeting. Peta also wrote that they are “truly unbelievable people” and “we cannot thank them enough!!!” Chelsie tweeted that Germany was “amazing” and it was “awesome to meet the troops and to see what they do on a “day to day” basis. The troops were so appreciative. In fact, one of the troops (I believe it’s one of the troops or someone else they met?) tweeted this touching line to Peta after they left.

Adding: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Rory, here is some cool video coverage of the event.

So cool! I’m so glad they went! I bet they brought many smiles, relief, and comfort to them away from the front lines and their tour of duty!

If you’d like to see more pics like the pics above, be sure to visit Peta’s facebook page. They are amazing!!

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Dance of the Day…. Let’s compare Emmitt and Apolo!

So, we’re going to continue comparing our Dancing of the Stars Champions, pitting two of them against the other using the first dance they did. We have 12 seasons, so we have a few more days (at least, haha). So last, we had Season 1 champ Kelly vs Season 2 champ Drew which you can see here. You can continue to vote which dance you prefer, Kelly or Drew.

Today, we will turn our attention to Season 3 Champ Emmitt Smith and Season 4 Champ Apolo Anton Ohno. Upcoming will see Helio vs Kristy, Brooke vs Shawn, Donny vs Nicole, Jennifer vs Hines. And at the end of our Champion Comparisons, I’m thinking of creating one mega post, pitting the 6 winners against each other using their Week 5 dance. Ultimately, only one can be DOD Champion, and we’ll post the final winner’s Freestyle. I could make this series go longer, but I do want to begin to focus on other things to feature in our Dance of the Day, such as favorite rumbas or quickstep or theme dance, randomly chosen, or dances requested in the comments.

It’s Emmitt and Apolo Day!!

SEASON 3: Emmitt Smith is a football player, and Carrie Ann’s original “Twinkle Toes.” His professional partner was Cheryl Burke, in her second season on the show. Season 3 was the first season I saw, and I’ve been hooked on the show since. Emmitt’s win made Cheryl the FIRST Professional dancer on DWTS to have 2 wins, and the first back to back winner.

SEASON 4: Apolo Anton Ohno is a speed skater, and a multiple Olympic gold medal winner. At the time he competed in DWTS, he was also actively training and racing in World Class speed skating, and he had to fit training for DWTS into his already hectic schedule for his speed skating. His professional partner was Julianne Hough in her first season of the show, she was 18 years old, the youngest professional dancer on the show. (She still holds that title, since Chelsie Hightower was 19 yo when she started on the show)

Without further ado, here’s our Champions in their first week

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke performed a cha cha on Week 1 to “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough performed a cha cha on Week 1 to “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” by Deniece Williams

Again, we’ll take a Poll… Which dance did you prefer, Emmitt or Apolo? Tell us why in the comments!

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DWTS Search Engine Round-Up – Week of June 17, 2011

 Oh you crazy kids and the things that get you searching 😉 Seriously – I still scratch my head every week when perusing the search terms for the site…I have to wonder how exactly Google brought you here to answer some of these quirky queries…but alas, I feel obligated to answer nonetheless.  I should start calling this feature “Ask Courtney”…

Ted Volynets

This has easily become the most searched term since the show wrapped – far more hits than any of the other troupe members.  Apparently Teddy’s got some of you ladies feenin’ 😉 Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of info about Ted out on the net…but here’s the best dossier I can give you.  He’s a senior at NYU (economics major), he’s likely 21 or 22, he’s Jewish, he & his sister both trained at Maks’ studio, he’s bff with Val, and has appeared as a Latin dance coach on MTV’s Made and has also appeared on Real Housewives of New JerseyHe also likes really small sweaters.  Ok, I may have been drawing my own conclusions on that last one 😉 Anywho – for a better glimpse into the life & times of Teddy V., you might check out his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter

Bachelor Ukraine naked video

Ok, I admit it: I was only kinda half-paying attention when some of the Maksettes were Twittering away about this last week.   I like Maks & all, but I’m just not passionate enough to sit through entire episodes of Bachelor Ukraine when they’re completely in Russian, and I simply don’t have the patience for Google translate.  So thankfully, the Maksettes on my Twitter timeline were able to fill me in when I was begging for info last night so I could relay the message to you guys 😀 Special thanks to Maria (@MariaNiwiwiN) and Marlene (@marleneb4) for sending me some links I was too lazy & uninformed to find myself 😉 I’m afraid the story isn’t as salacious as this search term would suggest – basically, Maks mooned the production crew a few times while filming, and it ended up on the gag reel they showed on the “After the Final Rose” post-show for Bachelor UK.  Here’s a still of it (I have to give a shoutout to Tracy – @FLLottoDreamer – for having the most comprehensive DWTS picture gallery I’ve ever seen on the net…she’s got season 12 AND Bachelor UK on lock!), as well as a YouTube video of the gag reel – a short montage of Maks’ great continental divide is visible at 3:25, but I recommend watching the whole video, as it’s got some priceless footage of Maks engaging in some tomfoolery we’re not used to seeing from him.  It’s funny in any language, trust me 🙂

Will there be a DWTS tour in 2011?

No official word yet, but it seems doubtful, considering there hasn’t been one since the last one wrapped in early 2009Derek mentioned last fall that there might be one in the winter of 2010…and clearly, that didn’t happen. I think it’s likely quite a bit harder for them to do a tour now than it was 3 years ago, with so many of the popular pros busy with movies, music, and other ventures in the off-season – plus the celebs themselves seem to be of a higher caliber now than the first few seasons of the show, so the possibility of getting someone as famous as Kirstie or Nicole to go out on tour is not very good…plus the cost would likely be exorbitant.  And honestly, I’m not sure that the tour was ever super-profitable in the first place…I went to the one in Indy back in 2009, had pretty good seats, and didn’t pay much for my tickets (in comparison to, say, the ridiculous amount of money I’m gonna plunk down to see NKOTBSB :-D)…and the arena was maybe a little more than half-full.  If you’ve got fairly famous celebs and nearly-equally famous pros to pay and you aren’t selling out arenas – I don’t know how this could be a profitable venture.  You know what they say…if it don’t make dolla$, it don’t make sense.

What color necktie does Pitbull wear in the “Give me Everything” video with Ne-Yo?

It appears to be red.  More specfically, a shade of cranberry. 

Shantel Vansanten Cabo

The One Tree Hill actress was in Cabo San Lucas at the same time Louis, Jonathan, Anna, and Dmitry were there doing a wrap party and also a little vacationing.  Greg Louganis was also there, which I find interesting, considering he’s been trying to get on the show for a few seasons now…then again, maybe Cabo is just a popular spot for celebs to go & play, and his being there was pure happenstance. 🙂

Best ballroom dance for “Addicted to Love”

If you’re going with the original Robert Palmer version, I’d go with a cha-cha.  But if you’re using the Florence + the Machine version, which is much slower & sexier, I’d do a rumba to it.  It’s not ballroom, but SYTYCD season 7 contestant Adechike did a contemporary routine with all-star Kathryn to the latter version – quite sexy.  And here’s your little ballroom trivia tidbit for the day, kiddies: slow down any song with a cha-cha tempo and you can do a rumba to it.  Both are in 4/4 time with a break on the 2.  </smartypants> 🙂

Edyta bulge/Anna Trebunskaya cameltoe/Derek Hough topless/Zac Hanson shirtless/etc.

Ok, now I’m CONVINCED that you guys are just being cheeky and searching random, absurd stuff in order to get here 🙂 Not sure what type of bulge you’re referring to, since I’m fairly certain Edyta is a girl; and I’m not even going to entertain the Anna one, because I love her too much.  Once again, any requests for pix of various parts of Derek’s anatomy (pinky fingers, elbows, that hangy thing in the back of your throat, etc.) should be directed to Pure Derek Hough; and as for Zac…oh what the hell, I’ll humor you 🙂 After all, 13 years ago I was screeching over them along with all the other teenyboppers…glad I grew out of that phase.  Then again, “grab Donnie Wahlberg’s ass” is still on my bucket list…  

PSSST! Have you gotten your votes in for our End-of-Season Awards yet? Time is running out…let us know what you think! 🙂

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