ABC’s Press Release for 3/24 results show

March 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Just got a google alert about this press release, and I thought you might want to see what is in store. Looks like our dances this week are the samba or the foxtrot. If tradition holds, the couples that danced the salsa will have the foxtrot, and those that danced the quickstep will dance the samba. Remember to keep checking with Ballroom Dance Channel for your dance fix!

Friday, March 20, 2009
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Darryl Hall & John Oates Perform

Grammy Award Winner Adele Performs

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas Return

Bottom Two Couples Compete in the Live “Dance Off”

“Episode 803A” – After a night of samba and foxtrot, the second couple to be eliminated from the competition will be announced on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY,
MARCH 24 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Famed duo Daryl Hall & John Oates take the “Dancing with the Stars” stage by storm with their Billboard No. 1 single, “Maneater,” from their 1982 album, “H2O,” accompanied by professional dancers Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Dmitry Chaplin. According to the R.I.A.A, Daryl Hall & John Oates are the No. 1 selling duo in music history with their seven R.I.A.A. platinum albums and six R.I.A.A. gold albums, along with 29 No. 1 hits.

British singer-songwriter Adele takes to the “Dancing with the Stars” stage with her single, “Chasing Pavements,” from her first album, “19,” which debuted at No. 1 on the UK album chart and has since been certified platinum with sales of more than 500,000 copies in the UK and over 1,200,000 worldwide. Adele took home two Grammys, including “Best New Artist,” at this year’s 51st Grammy Awards. She will be accompanied on the stage by professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo.

Former “Dancing with the Stars” favorite Cloris Leachman returns with her professional dance partner, Corky Ballas, to offer a sneak peek at how to perform next week’s dances — the argentine tango and the lindyhop.

This week the bottom two couples facing elimination, determined by the lowest combined viewer votes and judges’ scores from Monday’s performance, will “Dance Off” to determine who is dismissed. The couples will have a chance to perform Monday’s dance for new scores from the judges. The judges’ scores from the “Dance Off” performance will replace their Monday night scores. A combination of the new judges’ scores from the “Dance Off” dance, along with viewers votes from Monday’s show, will be calculated following the “Dance Off” to determine the eliminated couple.

By evening’s end one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. Who among the following 12 teams will leave the ballroom floor?

David Alan Grier (comedian and actor) and partner Kym Johnson
Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnastics medalist) and partner Mark Ballas
Lil’ Kim (Grammy Award winning rapper) and partner, reigning champion Derek Hough
Holly Madison (reality television star) and partner, newcomer Dmitry Chaplin
Gilles Marini (model and actor) and partner Cheryl Burke
Ty Murray (“King of Cowboys”) and partner, newcomer Chelsie Hightower
Steve-O (star of “Jackass” and “Wildboyz”) and partner Lacey Schwimmer
Denise Richards (actress) and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Melissa Rycroft (from “The Bachelor”) and partner Tony Dovolani
Lawrence Taylor (National Football League Hall of Famer, a.k.a. “LT”) and partner Edyta Sliwinska
Chuck Wicks (country music star) and partner Julianne Hough
Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple, a.k.a. “The Woz) and partner Karina Smirnoff

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T subscribers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (standard text message rates apply). Viewers may also vote online at starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast and until 12:00 Noon, ET the following day.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Samantha Harris (“The Insider”), the celebrities will perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.

About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide Productions, with headquarters in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Miami, brings together all of BBC Worldwide’s businesses in the North and South America region. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Sales and Distribution, Content and Production, Home Entertainment, Digital Media and Magazines. Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. – digital cable channel BBC America and a bi-coastal production arm responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” for ABC.


Dancing with the Stars 8-Our Guesses at the Likely Pairings

February 10, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

I don’t know anything official about the pairings other than what we shared with you yesterday, but I’ve taken a look at some past trends, and would like to offer some speculation where I can on who is likely to be paired together. Feel free to leave your guesses in the comments!

Our own Tony Dovolani is likely to have either Belinda C. or Nancy O’ Dell, as they are the two oldest contestants, and both match him well physically.

We know that Maksim Chemerkovskiy is paired with Denise Richards. Here is the video clip of their meeting yesterday on Good Morning America:

My guess is that Jewel will be paired with Alec Mazo, and her husband, Ty Murray, will be paired with Alec’s wife, Edyta Sliwinska. This creates the maximum drama for that head to head competition.

I think Derek Hough will be paired with Lil’ Kim, and his bandmate Mark Ballas will partner with Shawn Johnson.

As I told you yesterday, strong rumors indicate that Chuck Wicks will be paired with his real life lady love, Julianne Hough.

I think Karina Smirnoff will have Gilles Marini, and Kym Johnson will have Steve ”the Woz” Wozniak. Lacey Schwimmer could be paired with either David Alan Grier or Lawrence Taylor.

I know I have left a few couples out, but Cheryl Burke confirmed last week that there are two new pros. What we don’t know is who they are, or if it is one male and one female. The only real buzz I have heard about the whole thing other than Cheryl’s statement is that Chelsie Hightower from season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance is said to be one of those pros. Of course, we’ll carry the full list here on the Ballroom Dance Channel’s blog on Thursday as soon as the information is made public.

If you’d like to see how much you can learn from our pros in the same amount of time as these new dancing stars have, please swing by and see us at Ballroom Dance Channel. To take your lessons on the go, visit us at the Itunes App Store!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Superstars of Dance, Night 2

January 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Hey Everyone!

Glad you’re back with us for the recap of the second night of Superstars of Dance. For a rehash of the first night, please click here. We’re starting tonight with a quick recap of last night, ending with a final shot of those incredible Shaolin monks. I just have to say that while I am enjoying Michael Flatley very much, if his co-host doesn’t learn some descriptive words, I might scream. I’m tired of the word ‘amazing’ already!

Los Huinicas Gauchos are the large team representatives for Team Argentina. While this group is entertaining, I have to take issue with it being truly called dance, because of all the emphasis on the drums and other props. This is more like entertaining tricks to me than dance, I’m sorry! I guess my definition of dance must be too limited, or I’m too spoiled by So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, this isn’t cutting it by a long shot. They score a 48, giving them a new combined total of 171.

Mythili Prakash is the second soloist from India, and she will be doing a cultural dance for us tonight that I can’t even begin to spell. This is another form I am completely unfamiliar with, but it is fascinating to watch, and she appears to be very good at it. We’ll see what the judges say, since they are the experts, but I will comment that she has great musicality and I see why she was asked to take a break from touring to compete here. She scores a 58, putting them tied for first with Argentina with a combined total of 171.

Ireland’s second soloist is Kelly Hendry, another step dancer. I know it is a cultural dance for their country, but I have to say that I am a little disappointed that Ireland didn’t diversify their dance types a bit more. Kelly does have beautiful lines and extensions, and is very expressive, something I thought was not allowed in this form of dance. If there is someone reading that knows more about this art form, could you explain in the comments, both for me and for the other readers of this blog? Thanks! Kelly scores a 56, giving them a new combined total of 179, squarely in the lead.

Team Australia has selected Henry Byalikov and Giselle Peacock, a Latin ballroom couple currently performing in “Burn the Floor” as their couple for the competition. I really like what they have done here tonight, the chair seems like a third dancer with the way they involved it in the choreography, without making it all about the props. It was about the dance itself, which was a freestyle. Henry and Giselle earn a 56 as well, giving them a new combined total of 170.

Team Africa has selected Victor Da Silva and Claudia Savvides, another ballroom pair, as their couple for the competition. Good heavens, but they are hot! I almost feellike I shouldn’t be watching. Unlike our other ballroom couples, this pair seems to have stayed closer to just one dance, a rumba, and delivered a very lyrical interpretation, full of stunning lifts. It doesn’t hurt that Victor is one sexy man, and in the name of fairness, I have to tell you that my husband is quite taken with Claudia. To give you Dancing with the Stars fans a point of reference, they have the same kind of chemistry as Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, or Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff. I’m not sure if these two are involved off the floor, but maybe they should be if they are not! If you’d like to learn the rumba on your IPod or IPhone, please check out our new app at the ITunes store. The salsa and waltz are also available. Victor and Claudia scored a 59 individually, and is tied for second with a combined total of 171.

Team China has selected Yang Yanan as their second soloist, and he is another of the Shaolin monks, the same company that amazed us last night. I enjoyed them last night, and am enjoying Yang tonight, but like with the Argentinian group this evening, I have to take issue with the use of so many props. This is entertaining, to be sure, but is closer to martial arts than dance in my opinion. I guess I’m not completely out of my tree, because the judges are having the same complaints with content. Yang receives a 51 individually, and they have a combined score of 168 at this point.

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is a tap soloist competing for Team USA tonight. If memory serves, Dormeshia had an amazing audition for So You Think You Can Dance, and just didn’t get the hang of other dance forms well enough to do the all around competition. She puts in an incredible performance tonight, solid and not overly flashy, letting her skill speak for itself. Dormeshia scored a 55 individually, and a 169 for the new combined total.

Team Russia has selected a team of Cossack dancers for their large group. Remember this from Twitch and Josh?

Yeah, like that, but with a whole team of them! Dang, the stamina this must take, and the strength. That was very entertaining, and was dance, as well. Thank you, Team Russia! I’d like to note that Maria, the judge from Team Argentina, seems to be a real witch. She can get on her broom and fly back, as far as I’m concerned. Team Russia had a 51 for that performance, and a combined score of 165.

Team India has a Bollywood team for their large group. Ugh. These cameramen are making it SO hard to watch this show. I don’t need tricky camera angles, okay? I need to see the team that is dancing. Also, we don’t need or want to see the crowd! THEY can see the dancers, I deserve the same respect! While I enjoyed what I could see of the routine, I think this dance style was executed better on the last season of So You Think You Can Dance, and it was a new form to all of those dancers. Look:

Again, the judges seem to be in line with my comments, and they scored a 54 for the performance. This gives them a combined total of 225.

Mamela Nyamza is the second soloist for Team Africa. She will perform a cultural dance or us this evening. Gee, I wish I could see more, but the arty lighting just blinded the camera! Based n what I’m seeing here, quite a bit of contemporary dance has roots in the tribal dances of her country. I thought it was risky and different, although I found her screams a little distracting. Mamela earns a 58 for her performance, and 229 for a combined total.

Miriam Larici is the second solo artist for Team Argentina. You’ll remember her as half of the scorching hot tango duo from last night. Tonight she has very cleverly brought a man’s shirt with her onto the stage, and is using it much like a partner, almost as if her lover has gone away, and she is left with her memories. I thought it was a stunning performance. It earns her a 57, and a 228 combined score. Hey, does the Chinese judge know any number other than 8? I don’t think I’ve seen him deliver any other score, although my husband thinks he may have given out a 7 last night.

Damien O’Kane and Bernadette Flynn are dancing a jig as Team Ireland’s couple. Damien was the soloist last night for the team. I think that of all the performances by their dancers, this one is my favorite, because there is a nice balance with the storytelling and all the dance. Neither side suffered, you understood the story, and the choreography was magical. Damien and Bernadette scored a 58 for this routine, and here’s a news flash…China knows the number 9! Their combined score is now 237, placing them squarely in the lead.

Team China has selected an acrobatic team, Zhen Zhu Zheng and An Nan, to compete as their couple. They have taken time off from performing in the Big Apple Circus to compete on the show. Again, while their act is entertaining, I’m not at all sure it is dance, but maybe I am just to rigid in my definition. This seems like walking and posing to me. I’m sure it is very difficult, I just don’t think it is dance. The judges seem to agree, citing a lack of content once again in almost all cases. They score them with a 53, and a combined 221. China and India are eliminated in the duet portion of the competition.

Our second soloist from Russia is Maria Kochetkova, a prima ballerina. What a lovely young woman she is, and while I am a ballet novice, I thought that was beautiful. Well, maybe I am not too far off the mark, because Maria has scored a 63, giving Russia a tie for third with a combined 228.

Team Australia’s second soloist is a contemporary dancer named Reed Luplau. Why is there so much falling down and rolling around in contemporary dance? I am being serious, I don’t understand. Is it supposed to be representative of something? To me, it just is making him look like he has less content than the beautiful young prima that just danced. His leaps are stunning, however, and overall I really enjoyed the performance, even if I don’t understand parts of it. Reed is scored a 65 for his solo, placing him in first, and giving Australia a combined score of 235. We also just eliminated a lot of the soloist field, and had a vote for who would get to stay for the last place in the solo portion. Robert Muraine from the United States won that vote.

Our last performance tonight is the large group for Team USA, The Groovaloos. They are a hip hop team, of course, and a dang good one at that. Quit showing us the audience, though! If they are cheering, we missed something good on the stage! That was very easily the performance of the night. I didn’t like the music much, it just isn’t my thing, but the dancing was off the chain!!! The Groovaloos are scored a 67 for Team USA! Whoo hoo! This gives USA a second overall for the night, with a combined 236. Russia and Argentina are removed from the group competition.

That’s it for the first week of Superstars of Dance. Please make sure to come back next week for the recap, and if you are inspired by all this dancing and want to try your hand at some ballroom, please make sure to visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel. With instructors like Nick Kosovich, Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Yesenia Adame, and Paul Barris, how can you go wrong? See you soon!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel


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