Another Dancing With the Stars Injury! – E! Online

February 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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These injuries keep happening sooner and sooner in the season.  What’s next, someone gets hurt during the announcements?

Another Dancing With the Stars Injury! – E! Online.

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Steve “The Woz” Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff

February 27, 2009 at 9:55 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

We’re wrapping up the week’s couple previews with the duo of Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff. We hope you are enjoying these ongoing previews. For a dance fix while we wait for the new season to begin, why not head over to Ballroom Dance Channel? With our new all access pass, you can try all of our dances with a well known roster of instructors for under $10 a month. That’s cheaper than dinner and a movie, and it could be a whole month of dates with your sweetie or a good time with some friends! Enjoy today’s profile, we’ll wrap up the series next week.

Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak is an American computer engineer who founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs. His inventions and machines are credited with contributing significantly to the personal computer revolution of the 1970s. Wozniak created the Apple I and Apple II computers in the mid-1970s. The Apple II gained much popularity, becoming one of the best selling personal computers of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Did you know?

-Steve has many nicknames, including “The Woz”, “Wonderful Wizard of Woz”, and “IWoz”.
-Steve dated Kathy Griffin, and they remain close friends.
-He quit working at Hewlett Packard to form Apple with Steve Jobs.
-Steve graduated from college under the alias Rocky Clark.

Karina Smirnoff (Ukrainian: Карина Смирнова) is a world champion professional dancer from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She has appeared on Dancing with the Stars seasons 3 through 8. Her partners include Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, and R&B singer Mario.

Did you know?

-Karina is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion.
-She is the first woman to make the British Professional Final with three different partners.
-Karina became a U.S. citizen in 1992.
-She graduated from Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming. Blogs – Passing of The Season…With A Twist – Louis MySpace Blog

February 27, 2009 at 9:27 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The following was just posted by professional dancer Louis Van Amstel on his MySpace page, and we thought you might want to give it a read.  Thanks for keeping us all in the loop, Louis!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Passing of The Season…With A Twist

Hey Everyone,

So I’m sure you’ve heard by now that I will not be on this season’s DWTS. While it is disappointing news to hear, the casting process is very complex and sometimes things just don’t work out. But I want all of you to take heart in the fact that I will still be involved in much of the group choreography and results shows as I have been in seasons past. When it is possible, I will definitely let you know in advance.

Also, although it’s in the preliminary stages, I am proud to inform all of you out there that I am collaborating with an independent producer to craft a touring show entitled BALLROOM WITH A TWIST. The show is a blend of ballroom along with elements of jazz and hip-hop. I am in the process of recruiting some top talent for the show so it should be a fabulous cast. As a bonus, Barbara Eden will be making an appearance in select cities. Mario Lopez will also be a be hosting the production during the productions run in Palm Springs!

The city lineup SO FAR is as follows:

Wabash, IN March 13

Palm Springs, CA March 27 and 28 with special host Mario Lopez

Newberry, SC April 23

Aurora, IL April 25 (matinee and evening show) with special guest Barbara Eden

Norfolk, VA April 29 (matinee and evening show) with special guest Barbara Eden

If there are any updates or additional dates, I will be listing them in an upcoming blog entry.

So eventhough I am not playing a major role in DWTS this season, I will have my hands full as you can see.

Stay tuned for more updates and thank you as always for your tireless support.



via Blogs – Passing of The Season…With A Twist – Louis MySpace Blog.

Belinda Carlisle Has The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Beat

February 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Finally there is some news about Belinda Carlisle!  There really hasn’t been much reported about her yet.  Enjoy the video at this link for more info.

Belinda Carlisle Has The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Beat.

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower

February 26, 2009 at 8:15 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance | 1 Comment
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Hey Everyone,

We’re back with another couple profile for you today. This time it is Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. We hope you’ll learn something new about this pair today, and that they will inspire you to take lessons yourself. At Ballroom Dance Channel, we have professional lessons at an affordable price, and you can take them in the comfort of your own home. With our new All Access Pass, you can try all of our quality lessons for under $10 a month. That’s cheaper than a movie ticket in most areas, and you could get more quality time with your date! Enjoy this look at Ty and Chelsie, we’ll be back tomorrow with another profile.

Ty Murray is one of the most accomplished rodeo athletes in the sport’s history. His nickname is “King of the Cowboys.” Since he was in the fifth grade, his goal was to beat Larry Mahan’s record. In 1990, Sports Illustrated said that “At age 21, Ty Murray is the best danged rodeo cowboy of ‘em all.”

After achieving his childhood dream, Murray shifted his focus to riding bulls in the PBR. He won the 1999 PBR Finals and finished as the reserve PBR Bud Light Cup World Champion the next three years. In July 2004, he personally took the reins as president of the PBR, steering the organization to even greater mainstream popularity.

He is married to singer Jewel.

Fun Facts:

Events: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding
College: Odessa College, TX
Special Interests: Roping, Ranch Work
Career Earnings: More than $3 million, combined PRCA and PBR
PRCA Membership: 1988
PBR Membership: 1993 NFR Qualifications: 8: 1989-94, ’98-’99
World Titles: 9: 1989-94, ’98 All-Around; ’93, ’98 Bull Riding

Chelsie Hightower was born July 21, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada, but was raised in Ortem, Utah. She began dancing and nine and by the time she was fourteen was working with world renowned dancers. She was a US World finalist in 2005 and competed on Team USA. She went on to compete on So You Think You Can Dance and was eliminated one week shy of the finals.


• Chelsie was one of six dancers to never be in the bottom two on SYTYCD
• Some of her past trainers include Corky and Shirley Ballas, Jonathan Wilkins and Katusha Demidova, Karina Sminoff, Paul Green, Vibeka Taus, Goran Nordin and Louis VanAmstel
• Was an international finalist in 2006 at the age on seventeen
• Was ranked as one of the top three couples in the country
• She loves the dancing in Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Jewel | Jewels Blog

February 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance | Leave a comment
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Jewel | Jewels Blog.

Jewel’s first hand report on what is going on with her injury.  Hope she isn’t out before she starts! | News – Jewel Sidelined From Dancing With the Stars

February 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , , | News – Jewel Sidelined From Dancing With the Stars.

The latest from US Magazine says that if the treatment prescribed by her doctor doesn’t work, she may have to pull out of the competition before it starts.  Click the above link for more details.  Don’t forget to visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel to get your dance fix!

Dancing with the Stars 8: Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

February 25, 2009 at 6:00 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for joining us for another couple’s profile on Ballroom Dance Channel’s blog. We are grateful for your support! Today’s featured couple is Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke. Remember, for more great dance discussion, you can join us on Ballroom Dance Channel Social, and for a dance fix, please try our lessons! With our new All Access Pass, you can try all of our lessons for just one low monthly price. If you prefer to take our lessons on the go, please visit us at the Itunes App Store.

Gilles Marini is best known (especially to the ladies!) as Dante, the naked neighbor (who liked to shower outdoors) of Samantha Jones in the Sex and The City movie. His other films include One and the Other (L’Une et L’Autre),” “Pirates of the Caribbean 3,” and “The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down.” He has also appeared on television shows such as “Ugly Betty,” “Dirty, Sexy Money,” “Criminal Minds,” “Windfall,” and in several soap operas including “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Passions.” He will also appear on Nip/Tuck as Vanessa Redgrave’s husband.


• Was once in the French Army
• Was a baker at his fathers bakery as a child
• Photographer Fred Goudon got him into modeling in Paris
• He has 2 children, Georges and Julianna with wife Carole
• Modeled for Armani Jeans in Milan
• Won Best Rear Award from Bravo TV

Cheryl Burke was born May 3, 1984 in Northern California. She began dancing at age four and began competing at age thirteen. She was discovered in 2005 at a competition with her ex-partner Jesse DeSoto and was asked to join the cast of Dancing With The Stars. She has since won two seasons with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith and competed on the show for seven seasons.

• 2008 Asian Excellence Award.
• Champion, Dancing With The Stars Season 2 and 3
• Nominee PrimeTime Emmy 2006, Outstanding Choreography
• Nominee PrimeTime Emmy 2006, Outstanding Art Direction For A Variety/Music Program/Special
• Champion, Dancing With The Stars Season 2
• 2005 World Cup Latin Professional Rising Star Champion
• 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champion
• 2005 San Francisco Open Latin Champion

• Cheryl is of Filipino, Irish and Russian descent.
• Has two sisters Mandy and Nicole
• Began ballet classes at age 4 but switched to ballroom dancing at 11.
• Made her TV acting debut in a 2006 episode of Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
• Was also paired with former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Ian Ziering (Season 4), entertainer Wayne Newton (Season 5) and actor Cristián de la Fuente, with whom she made the finals in Season 6.
• Opened a San Francisco dance studio named Cheryl Burke Dance in April of 2008.

Dancing with the Stars 8: Jewel and Dmitry Chaplin

February 24, 2009 at 6:00 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Today brings a profile on Jewel and new pro dancer Dmitry Chaplin. Dmitry should be familiar to long time Ballroom Dance Channel Social members, as we did a video chat with him last June. Enjoy!

Jewel is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet. She has received three Grammy Award nominations and has sold twenty-seven million albums worldwide and almost twenty million in the United States alone. She is married to fellow contestant Ty Murray.

Did you know?
-Jewel’s debut album, Pieces of Me, is one of the best selling debut albums of all time, and went platinum twelve times.
– She is the cousin of actress Q’Orianka Kilcher.
– Jewel starred in the 1999 Ang Lee film Ride with the Devil.
– Her grandfather, Yule Pilcher, was a state senator involved in drafting Alaska’s constitution for its admission to the Union in 1959.

Dmitry Chaplin (Rusian: Дмитрий Александрович Чаплин Dmitry Alexandrovich Chaplin) is an International Latin dancer, best known for being a Top 10 finalist on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance (season 2).

Did you know?

-Dmitry has been coached since 2004 by Louis Van Amstel?
– He partnered with Heidi Groskreutz and was a national finalist in US National Amateur DanceSport Championships in Provo, Utah on March 11, 2006.
-Dmitry choreographed a samba for Lacey Schwimmer (with Danny Tidwell) when she was a contestant on season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance.
– He has also been teaching dance classes at Champion Ballroom Academy, owned by SYTYCD judge Mary Murphy.

Dancing with the Stars 8: Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough

February 23, 2009 at 6:00 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

We hope your weekend treated you well. Today’s profiled pairing is Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough. Don’t forget that you can learn like the stars at Ballroom Dance Channel. For under $10 a month, you can access all of our dances at the pace that works for you with our new All Access Pass. If you’d prefer to take your lessons on the go, try our apps in the ITunes Store.

Lil’ Kim was born July 11th, 1975. Her real name is Kimberly Denise Jones. She is perhaps best known for being one of the singers features in the 2001 version of Lady Marmalade for the movie Moulin Rouge, along with Christina Aguilera, Pink and Mya. She is also known for her wild fashion sense, particularly at awards shows.


• Notorious BIG helped Lil’ Kim get her start.
• Former member of junior MAFIA
• Worked with Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, Da Brat and Left Eye from TLC
• Modeled for Candies, Versace, Iceberg and Baby Phat
• Her album Norotious KIM was certified platinum
• Recorded an entrance theme for World Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Champion Trish Stratus
• Won two Source awards for her album La Bella Mafia
• Sang Can’t Hold Us Down with Christina Aguilera for her (Aguilera) album Stripped
• Other albums include The Naked Truth and The Dance Remixes

Derek Hough has been a fan favorite on Dancing With The Stars since he joined the show in season five. The May 17th 1985 born dancer attended and taught at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, something that helped build his career. He was also trained by Corky and Shirley Ballas in London, along with his sister Julianne.


• Derek is also an actor, having appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and several theatrical performances, including Footloose, Chitty, Chitty Band Bang and Jesus Christ Superstar
• Is a part of the Ballas Hough Band (formerly known as Almost Amy) with fellow dancer Mark Ballas and is one of the lead vocalists and guitarists
• Was a panelist for Bruno Tonioli’s show Dance X
• Was partnered with Jennie Garth in season five and came in fourth
• Was Shannon Elizabeth’s partner in season six. They came in sixth place.
• Won with Brooke Burke in season seven.


• IDSF World Youth Latin Champion (2002) for Poland with Aneta Piotrowska.
• LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year
• New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.

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