Ballroom News and Notes, January 27

January 27, 2009 at 8:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to this week’s edition of ballroom news and notes. This week saw the finale of the new show “Superstars of Dance” on NBC. Michael Flatley said they would see us for season two, but I’m not so sure. Many fans of all forms of dance were deeply disappointed in the program. Check back with us later in the week for analysis on what could be done to fix this show, which had a promising concept, but ultimately failed to deliver.

The Dancing with the Stars Winter Tour is drawing to a close. Here are your remaining dates, and again, if you have a chance, please go see this amazing show. Remember that the Ballas-Hough Band is performing at clubs in some of the venue cities, in case you want to catch the talented Mark Ballas and Derek Hough showing off their other great talent!

Tuesday, January 27 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina
Wednesday, January 28 RBC Center Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, January 29 Verizon Center Washington, District Of Columbia
Friday, January 30 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut
Saturday, January 31 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut
Monday, February 2 Dunkin Donuts Center Providence, Rhode Island
Tuesday, February 3 Wachovia Arena Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, February 4 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Long Island, New York
Friday, February 6 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
Saturday, February 7 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, New Jersey
Sunday, February 8 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As the tour nears its conclusion, that means we are getting close to cast announcements for Season 8. One recent rumor has been that Kevin Federline would be joining the show, but Hollyscoop has word from his rep that the rumor is not true. Another star has all but confirmed his appearance on the show, Donnie Osmond. Donnie let it slip that he was in talks with the show’s producers on the Bonnie Hunt show set to air on Tuesday. Who would you like to see on this season’s run? Let us know in the comments below.

Well, that should do it for this week. If you need a ballroom fix during this winter season, please come visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel or check us out on ITunes

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Getting to know Snow Urbin

January 21, 2009 at 7:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

I thought you might like the chance to get to know our female samba instructor, Snow Urbin. I was lucky enough to work with Snow on this shoot, and she is such a beautiful woman, both inside and out! I thought sharing this interview we did with her would help you get to know her a bit better:

Remember, you can dance with Snow as your instructor both at Ballroom Dance Channel or via our ITunes App.

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Ballroom News and Notes, January 20, 2009

January 20, 2009 at 7:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Hope this post finds you all well. We have just a few areas for the Ballroom News and Notes segment this week. First, we’d like to send our condolences to the family of Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguliar, who passed away at the age of 81 on January 13th. If you’d like to read more about this remarkable man, please read this piece from the LA Times.

In happier news, Ashly Costa (Delgrosso) has announced via her Facebook that she is expecting her second child with husband Mike. Congratulations, Mike and Ashly! I had a chance to visit with Ashly over the summer about her time on Dancing with the Stars, look for that interview to run soon.

Moving on to other bits from Dancing with the Stars, rumors circulated over the last week that Cindy McCain has been asked to join the show and turned it down, and that Misty May Treanor would be returning to give the competition another shot. I am hoping the Misty May rumor is truth, and expect that we should start to hear a lot more rumors over the next two weeks or so. If the prevailing trend for cast announcements holds, look for the cast announcement as soon as February 9th. The final date on the tour is the 7th, and the 9th is exactly one month from the show’s spring premiere. Keep in mind that is far from official, just this blogger’s best guess. Ballroom Dance Channel is NOT affiliated with the show!

Speaking of the tour, I’ve heard that Karina Smirnoff has hurt her knee and has been missing from recent performances, but this is only what I’ve heard from others that have attended tour dates over the last several days. Here’s hoping the injury isn’t serious and that Karina will be back to performing soon! Here are your remaining tour dates:

Tue, 01/20/09
07:30 PM
Sommet Center
Nashville, TN
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Thu, 01/22/09
07:30 PM
St Pete Times Forum
Tampa, FL
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Fri, 01/23/09
07:30 PM
BankAtlantic Center
Sunrise, FL
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Sat, 01/24/09
07:30 PM
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Sun, 01/25/09
07:30 PM
The Arena At Gwinnett Center
Atlanta, GA
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Tue, 01/27/09
07:30 PM
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Greensboro, NC
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Wed, 01/28/09
07:30 PM
RBC Center
Raleigh, NC
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Thu, 01/29/09
07:30 PM
Verizon Center
Washington, DC
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Fri, 01/30/09
07:30 PM
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, CT
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Sat, 01/31/09
07:30 PM
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, CT
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Mon, 02/02/09
07:30 PM
Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Providence, RI
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Tue, 02/03/09
07:30 PM
Wachovia Arena
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Wed, 02/04/09
07:30 PM
Nassau Coliseum
Long Island, NY
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Fri, 02/06/09
07:30 PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Sat, 02/07/09
07:30 PM
Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour

Superstars of Dance draws to a close on Monday, January 26th, and we are assured that a ballroom couple will win the pairs competition. We will then turn our attention to America’s Ballroom Challenge, which begins on PBS on January 30th. Here is the entire show schedule, please check your local station for times:

Episode 1: January 30, 2008
Episode 2: February 6, 2008
Episode 3: February 13, 2008
Episode 4: February 20, 2008
Episode 5: February 27, 2008

We’ll be recapping the show here on Ballroom Dance Channel, and if you are a fan of ballroom dance, this show is sure to delight! That should do it for this edition of Ballroom News and Notes. If there is something we should be covering here and we aren’t getting the job done, please let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to visit Ballroom Dance Channel to take lessons from well known pros such as Tony Dovolani and Nick Kosovich at a price you can afford!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Video from the DWTS tour stop in Detroit

January 16, 2009 at 7:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Happy Friday to you all. We have a special weekend treat for you. Kat, one of the long time friends of Ballroom Dance Channel Social, has agreed to let us share her videos from the Dancing with the Stars tour stop in Detroit, Michigan. Enjoy!



If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not stop by Ballroom Dance Channel and give our online lessons a try!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

We’re proud to announce the samba for IPhone!

January 15, 2009 at 7:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Hey everyone,

We are very happy to let you know that the samba has joined the lineup of dances for your Ipod touch/Iphone at the app store. Also available are the rumba, the waltz, and the salsa. With well known instructors like Paul Barris, Yesenia Adame, Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Snow Urbin, Artem Chigvintsev, and Nick Kosovich, combined with the ability to take your lessons on the go, you can’t go wrong! If you’re curious what your lesson will look like, just check out the video below!

Ballroom News and Notes, January 5, 2009

January 5, 2009 at 8:25 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Superstars of Dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to the first Ballroom News and Notes of 2009! We hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s week. Just a few notes for you today, let’s get started.

First, Ballroom Dance Channel is proud to announce that the waltz and rumba have now joined our popular salsa in the Apple apps store. Click on any of the three dances to be taken directly to the download for that dance. Here’s your chance to learn anytime and anywhere from pros like Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, and Nick Kosovich from Dancing with the Stars, along with the beautiful Yesenia Adame and handsome Paul Barris, who showcased the salsa on the show. We hope you will enjoy this new innovation in dance lessons.

We’d like to send our congratulations out to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, as the couple reportedly got engaged over the New Year’s holiday break from touring. What a wonderful way to start the new year. People.com confirmed the engagement yesterday. Speaking of the tour, here are the dates for this week, if it is in your area, it is worth the price of admission!

Monday, January 5 AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, January 7 Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, January 8 i wireless Center (formerly Mark of the Quad Cities) Moline, Illinois
Friday, January 9 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois
Sunday, January 11 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Michigan

How many of you watched Superstars of Dance last night? We did, and it was such a treat to have Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis back on our tv screens! In case you missed the review, you can find it here. I wanted to share their awesome performance with you today, as it was the highlight of the evening for me!

We’ll be blogging the show as it airs on the West Coast tonight, so if you miss anything, we’ll help you get caught up. That’s it for this week. As always, if there is something you think needs to be mentioned here, please let us know!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Ballroom News and Notes, December 29th

December 29, 2008 at 6:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to our last Ballroom News and Notes for 2008! We hope you have found this feature to be helpful and will continue to help us grow in 2009. If there is something we’ve missed in the world of ballroom that you think others should know about, be it a competition, a split, or a new coupling, please, leave us a comment and let us know!

First, we’d like to give you the tour dates for Dancing with the Stars for this week, as well as send a get well soon out for Mark Ballas, who has sustained a groin injury and will be out for a couple of weeks to heal, as per People magazine. Maksim Chmerkovskiy has done a fabulous job with this year’s tour, and has given it a very different look and feel from the past tours, which were choreographed by Louis Van Amstel. If you think you’ve “been there, done that”, believe me, YOU HAVEN’T! Here are this week’s dates:
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
STAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/27/08
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
JOBING.COM ARENA
Glendale, AZ
Sun, 12/28/08
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
The E-Center of West Valley City
West Valley City, UT
Tue, 12/30/08
07:30 PM

Dancing with the Stars
BOK Center
Tulsa, OK
Fri, 01/02/09
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
Sun, 01/04/09
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX
Mon, 01/05/09
07:30 PM

If you’re going to the tour and plan on doing some video, would you let me know if you get good quality footage of the “Come Fly with Me” number and don’t mind me posting it after you have uploaded to Youtube or the host of your choice? I REALLY want to be able to share that amazing routine, and I didn’t get to record it. Thanks!

Next, we’d like to remind you about the premiere on Sunday, January 4th of “Superstars of Dance”, on NBC. The same production team behind “So You Think You Can Dance” is producing this show, and we’ll be covering it here on the Ballroom Dance Channel’s blog. We’ve only heard about one ballroom couple so far to be participating, but I’m hoping that there will be at least one other, since Russia is involved in this Olympic style dance competition. If you are interested in participating in a live chat for this show, could you leave us a comment and let us know?

We’ve also found out when America’s Ballroom Challenge will start airing on PBS for you. Here are the details, direct from the Ohio Star Ball‘s website:

America’s Ballroom Challenge 2009 on PBS

AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE returns for a fourth season with a two hour show on PBS. Shot in high definition at the world’s largest ballroom dancing competition, the OHIO STAR BALL in Columbus, Ohio, AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE will first air on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS. Check your local listing for additional airings after this date.

That should do it for this week. Don’t forget to stop by ITunes and get our new app for IPhone/Ipod touch. For just 99 cents, you can now take our popular salsa lesson on the road, or practice in any room of your home with ease! As with our online salsa lessons, your instructors are the amazing Paul Barris and Yesenia Adame, recently featured on Dancing with the Stars for this same spicy Latin dance. In case you missed it, here’s a clip:

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

More Dancing with the Stars opening night tour pics!

December 24, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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We have a Christmas Eve treat for you all, thanks to our new friend Peppy! Like me, Peppy was at the opening night of the Dancing with the Stars tour, in San Diego. She has graciously agreed to let us share some more of her photos. For her account of the evening, along with some more great pics, please visit her blog. Don’t forget to give credit to Peppy if you use these pictures, and I’m sure she’d appreciate a link back to her post, as well!












We hope you’ve enjoyed this extra look into the first night of the tour! Please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel to learn some of these wonderful dances you see on the tour and on tv!


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