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PureDWTS Season 27 – Jenna Choreographs for SYTYCD; Jensen Arnold Advances to the Finale!

Jenna got to choreograph for SYTYCD for the first time this week – and she did a cha-cha for Jensen and All-Star (and Jenna’s partner from last year) Kiki.  And I think it was actually phenomenal:

Granted, it was the only ballroom dance we’ve had this season that was danced by two actual ballroom dancers, so it was well-executed; but I feel like Jenna actually struck a nice balance between creativity and content, and the routine was entertaining.  THIS is why she deserves her pro spot on DWTS – we need this kind of choreo.

Jensen & Jay Jay also did a pretty neat Tahitian dance:

I think voting has already closed for the finale, but I threw 20 votes Jensen’s way.  I’d love to see a ballroom dancer finally win this thing!

August 28, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 27 – Sasha & Emma Choreograph For SYTYCD; Jensen Arnold Advances to Top 6

Time for the weekly DWTS/SYTYCD weekly cross-over update 🙂 This week, it was Sasha & Emma’s turn to choreograph, and they gave contemporary dancer Hannahlei and Latin ballroom dancer Cole a cha-cha:

This one…was a bit of a strange one for me.  I dug that they went an edgier, more unexpected route with the music & staging, but I don’t know that it really felt like a cha-cha to me – it felt more like a fusion of cha-cha and Argentine tango, and was a bit too heavy on the tricks and lifts. However, I will say that it was nice to see an actual ballroom dancer doing it, and I definitely preferred this edgy take on cha-cha to Val’s fluffier choreo from week 1. But I still think Sharna wins the prize for most authentic Latin ballroom choreo this season…

Unfortunately, both Cole and Magda (another ballroom dancer, and a friend of the Chmerkovskiys), the only two other Latin/ballroom dancers left in the competition, got eliminated last night. Which leaves Jensen as the sole ballroomer left in the top 6, with 3 contemporary dancers, a jazz dancer, and a hip-hopper – and I think she stands a decent shot of winning this whole thing. We got to see a jazz, a hip-hop, and a cha-cha solo from her last night:



So I’ve seen several of you mentioning that you’d “love to see Jensen as a pro/troupe on DWTS”…y’know how we’d make that happen quicker, right? By getting her as far as possible on this season of SYTYCD…and if she wins, you can bet that DWTS will probably be begging her to join the show after season 27 (she’s likely on contract with SYTYCD through the end of the year).  So I encourage everyone to vote for her, if you want to see more of her – you can text “JENSEN” to 21523, and you can do that up to 20 times (super easy, it only took me a minute), or you can vote using the FoxNow app or here at the Fox website. I encourage you all to take moment to do it – it could mean having the Arnold girls as the first set of three siblings to do DWTS 😉

August 21, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Val Choreographs for SYTYCD; Lindsay & Rylee’s Sister Competes

So begins the yearly series of cross-over posts between DWTS & So You Think You Can Dance 😎 This week was the first of the live shows, and Val choreographed a cha-cha for top 10 finalists Magda (a Latin/ballroom dancer) and Darius (a contemporary dancer);

Overall, wasn’t bad – definitely better content-wise than the bulk of the stuff Dmitry has choreographed for SYTYCD, though there was some time-wasting and a bit too much “posing” for my taste…then again, I have found most of SYTYCD’s Latin & ballroom routines in recent years to be pretty watered-down, choreography-wise; I tend to think it’s because most of the non-ballroom contestants likely couldn’t handle a full-on Latin or ballroom routine.

Jenna & onetime DWTS troupe member Nicole Volynets were on-hand to support Val – and somehow got stuck in the nosebleed seats.

Lindsay & Rylee (and Mama Arnold!) were on-hand to support sis Jensen, who is one of the top 5 girls this season – she danced a samba (choreographed by Jean-Marc) & a jazz (choreographed by Mandy Moore, of course), to some interesting comments from Nigel (couldn’t find a video with them, but Google it and you’ll see what I mean):

Nigel had a rather convoluted explanation for Kristyn when asked about his comments about Jensen. Oh well – looks like a contender to me 🙂 More over at Pure SYTYCD.

August 8, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS – Dmitry Choreographs for Jenna & Kiki; Val Choreographs for Paul & Sydney on SYTYCD

So the live shows this season on So You Think You Can Dance started last night, and there was of course cross-over to DWTS – Jenna is back as an All-Star again, as is sometimes-DWTS-pro-dance-lurker/former MOVE cast member Paul Karmiryan; Dmitry is also choreographing again.  Additionally, Jenna has picked former DWTS troupe member Kiki Nyemchek as her partner this season, and Val has signed on to choreograph.

I was kinda shocked to see Kiki again – I didn’t realize he’s as young as he is (25 – I honestly thought he was already in his late 20’s five years ago), which means he was only 18 when he started in the DWTS troupe wayyyy back when; pretty sure he was a Fam hire. Judging from the comments on YouTube for their cha-cha, he still appears to be the pretty bland guy I remember from the troupe – the general sentiment seems to be that people preferred Jenna’s other partner and are disappointed that she picked Kiki over him:

Oof.  I see that Dmitry’s choreography hasn’t improved much – the song is awful, and the whole dance just felt like a non-event.  Couldn’t even tell you what Kiki did, as Jenna outdanced him the whole time. Paul & Sydney seemed to fare slightly (very slightly) better with Val’s choreography…

Oh look – the high kick is apparently a permanent thing now 😛 And there seemed to be a lot of stop-and-go, so no question – this is Val’s choreography, and this felt like a slight remix of Normani’s cha-cha…but less energetic. I will say I preferred it slightly to Dmitry’s cha-cha; but is it just me, or is Sydney…not all that great? She looks more like a contemporary or hip-hop dancer trying to do ballroom to me, than an actual ballroom dancer. She reminds me of that salsa dancer from several seasons ago (Cristina something, maybe?) that they tried to pass off as a ballroom dancer – just seems to lack polish & confidence in her movements.

Prediction: neither couple is likely to last long on SYTYCD, as is usually the trend – SYTYCD is just not particularly ballroom-friendly or ballroom-appreciative. Did any of you watch? What are your thoughts?

Be sure to check out Amanda’s review of last night’s show over at Pure SYTYCD.

August 8, 2017 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

Audience Loving Lesley Ann Warren And DWTS Tony Dovolani In “Dance To The Movies”

Have any of you seen “Dance To The Movies” yet? Currently it’s touring on the east coast. Newsday has a cool article on it and how Lesley Ann Warren and Tony Dovolani are nothing short of amazing together. Below is a take from the story….

“They asked me literally last week while I was on tour in Staten Island if I could do this one, too,” Warren says. “So it should be an adventure because I’ve never done a musical in the round.”

Producer Scott Stander isn’t worried. “The audience goes nuts for her,” he says. “She’s 70, but she still looks like Cinderella. During her first number, the audience always starts cheering.”

More of a challenge, Warren says, has been the hectic touring schedule. “I’ve done Broadway and theater in L.A., but I’ve never gotten on a plane and the next day performed in a city and then gotten on a plane and flown from one coast to the next,” she says. “The performing itself is exhilarating and fantastic, but the traveling is exhausting.”

FILLING OUT THE ‘DANCE’ CARD

In addition to Warren, Stander is happy to have Dovolani touring with the show, especially since he could not perform two years ago in Stander’s previous dance extravaganza, “Ballroom With a Twist.”

“People love his energy and natural ability to connect with the audience,” Stander says.

To read more, see Newsday. For tickets to the Beverly, MA show on April 29th, see this link. For more upcoming shows, go to Vivid Seats. For updates on any cast additions, changes, and more, follow Dance To The Movies Facebook.

April 27, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Mark Ballas Interviewed On So You Think You Can Dance And Dancing With The Stars

As you might know from a previous post, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas choreographed two routines on So You Think You Can Dance on Fox last night. Below you can watch him talking about it with Kristyn Burtt. She also asks him on Dancing With The Stars. He doesn’t give her many hints of what’s happening in the new season, but, it’s a fun interview. To see more interviews with Kristyn from last night, see Dance Network Facebook. Also below are the two routines choreographed by Mark recorded by @Idolxfactor1.

August 23, 2016 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

TV Heads Up: DWTS Mark Ballas Choreographs Two Routines For So You Think You Can Dance

If interested, be sure to catch So You Think You Can Dance on Fox tonight. Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas choreographed two routines which will be fun to watch. More info below. Also, if you’d like to watch a snapchat where Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert stop by to visit him, see Pure Derek Hough.

August 22, 2016 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Sasha Farber And Emma Slater Choreograph Cha Cha For So You Think You Can Dance

Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber and Emma Slater choreographed a Cha Cha for Tahani & J.T on “So You Think You Can Dance” last night. You can see some photos, video, and the fun routine below. Dang, these kids are so good.

Watch us all choreograph something. Right now. No seriously, turn the TV on ? @danceonfox #Squad

A photo posted by Emma Slater (@emmaslaterdance) on

August 2, 2016 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Lesley Ann Warren And DWTS Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Karina Smirnoff And More To Dance In “Dance To The Movies”

Broadway World is reporting that Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, and Karina Smirnoff will be dancing in “Dancing To The Movies” from August 10- 14 at the Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue , New York. Lesley Ann Warren, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol finalists will also be dancing. For tickets, see this link. I so love this idea for a show and the producer tells us more shows are coming. We’ll post more when we know more.

The Gateway presents the high-octane dance extravaganza DANCE TO THE MOVIES at Patchogue Theatre from August 10-14. Tickets start at $59 and are available online at www.gateway.org or by calling the Box Office at (631) 286 1133. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

Starring Dancing with the Stars Pros, and So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol finalists! It celebrates and reinvents some of Hollywood’s best musical moments live onstage. Seven of TV and stage’s top choreographers bring the songs to life – with a fresh new vision!

DANCE TO THE MOVIES recreates some of the most memorable musical moments and iconic characters from movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain and Moulin Rouge. With new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as Dirty Dancing, Titanic, The Matrix and Harry Potter. A perfect evening of cinema magic – LIVE onstage.

The Patchogue engagement features Dancing with the Stars celebrity pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts and Karina Smirnoff at select performances; So You Think You Can Dance finalists Jonathan “Legacy” Perez and Hailee Payne; and American Idol finalists Vonzell Solomon and Von Smith.

More at Broadway World.

July 27, 2016 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Sasha Farber And Emma Slater Choreograph For So You Think You Can Dance, Jenna Johnson And Allison Holker Interviewed

Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber and Emma Slater choreographed a Jive for Tahani & Jake on “So You Think You Can Dance” last night. You can watch them in rehearsals below and the ending result was on FIRE (Goodness! They are so GOOD! I should be watching this show! 😯 ) You can also watch new interviews with Jenna Johnson, Allison Holker, and tWitch with Kristyn Burtt. Note how Allison says she hopes to be back on Dancing With The Stars this coming season and “that’s the plan” (like in a previous interview). Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording and Kristyn for the fun interviews!

July 19, 2016 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.