Dancing with the Stars 8: A look at the Lindy Hop and Argentine Tango

March 30, 2009 at 8:51 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Hey Everyone,

We thought it might be helpful for you to see what these two new dances for the show look like when danced “in the wild” before they are performed on the show tonight!

Lindy Hop:


Argentine Tango:


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Friday Funnies….

March 27, 2009 at 9:25 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve never seen Tony Dovolani having quite this much fun. It is SO nice to hear him laugh like he does in this clip from Extra:

Remember that if you need a dance fix, or would like to learn from that Albanian jokester, you can find lessons at Ballroom Dance Channel. Also, don’t forget this is your last weekend to try our mobile lessons for FREE at the ITunes App Store!

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Who will join the first to go home club?

March 11, 2009 at 7:26 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dancing with the Stars 8: Season Premiere

March 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars! If you want to cha cha and waltz like the stars you’ve seen tonight, please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel. With our All Access Pass, you can learn as many dances as you’d like at your own pace, for under $10 a month! If you want to take our lessons on the go, please visit us at the ITunes App Store . Now, on with the show!

Wow! The makeover for the ballroom is simply stunning! The new staircases are so pretty, and I hear that they added about 200 more seats. Hopefully this will mean more of the fans of the show that wait for hours to see if they will get in will be able to attend the show tapings!

Our first couple tonight is Lil Kim and Derek Hough. They are dancing the cha cha this evening, and next week will dance the quickstep. Kim looks like she can move quite well, but when they are doing their dance, she seems choppy to me, moving from segment to segment with no fluidity and grace. Maybe I’m just spoiled from seeing Derek with last season’s champion, Brooke Burke, who had a natural, flowing grace from week one! Judges Scores: 7,7,7.

Dancing second tonight are Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts. I missed Jonathan last season much more than I thought I would, but I am very happy for him that he went back and competed and won a title with new partner Valentina! Belinda has a hard time with spins the same way that Kelly Monaco did in season 1, but she seems to be powering through it nicely in the beginning of their Viennese waltz. She needs to relax and let Jonathan lead her, she is far too stiff and choppy, she really needs to finish her extensions. Maybe next week’s salsa will be more her style! Judges Scores: 6,6,5.

Our third couple is Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska. He’s dressed like Emmitt Smith, but I don’t get the same warmth or sincerity from him that Emmitt gives. I also wasn’t real fond of his trash talking Jason Taylor, who I still have a soft spot for! He does a credible job tonight, but needs more finesse and polish to break out from the crowd. Edyta carried him throughout the dance, showing him off as only she knows how! Judges scores: 6,5,5. Step it up, LT, Edyta deserves a better partner!

Next up is the duo of Steve O and Lacey Schwimmer. This pairing initially troubled me greatly. Lacey is one of my favorite pros, and Steve O didn’t have the world’s best reputation, so I was worried. Since the couples have been announced, I’ve been reading about their practices, and Steve’s work ethic impresses me. They are dancing the waltz tonight. I love Lacey’s costume! Steve is a bit too stiff, like he is overly concerned with his frame, but he does a very credible job, and I have to say he actually has very nice lines. I don’t know that he’s headed for the finals, but I have no objection to him being on the dance floor for the next several weeks. Judges scores: 6,5,6.

Ooh, is it hot in here? Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke are dancing next, a cha cha tonight, if you please. WOW! Gilles has some really nice lines tonight. I’m impressed, and he seems to be funny and charming, as well. Cheryl looks beautiful, her hair is beautiful at that length. I think this couple is going to be in it for quite some time, they have all the right elements! Judges scores: 8,8,8.

Sigh. Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough are up. Oh, and they are dressed like they belong on the top of a wedding cake. I’m not thrilled about this pairing, and haven’t been since they announced it. I don’t think it is right to allow a real life pairing to compete together on this show, because if nothing else, they have a built in chemistry that the other couples cannot draw from. I’ll try and focus just on their dancing, I promise. Chuck seems to be a very capable lead, and Julianne has choreographed a routine that clearly plays to that strength, but I have seen a couple of missteps, and there was a very obvious lift at the end of the number. Let’s see if the lift police bust them for it! Judges Scores: 6,7,7.

Holly Madison is stepping in to replace Jewel with Dmitry Chaplin. Right off the bat, I have to give Holly props and stepping up on such short notice. Holly has had 5 days of training, and really put her all into the routine. It really is a testament to what a good teacher Dmitry is that Holly did so well with so little training. Next week they will have the quickstep, and she will have had some more time to learn what she needs to continue in the competition. Judges scores: 6,6,6.

After Holly and Dmitry dance, we learn that Ballroom Dance Channel’s own Tony Dovolani will be paired with Melissa Rycroft, who has stepped in on 48 hours notice! Following this announcement, we meet our next couple, Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. Ty is a rodeo champion, and Chelsie will look very familiar to fans of So You Think You Can Dance. They have the cha cha tonight. Ty’s a real cutie, and he tried very hard, but he isn’t a natural dancer, and it showed. I think he’ll be more comfortable in the smooth quickstep next week. Chelsie gave it her all, and I hope America remembers why they loved her so much last summer and supports this couple with their votes. Judges scores: 5,4,5. Ty, stop being so hard on yourself, and I hope America stands behind you!

Shawn Johnston and Mark Ballas are up next, and they also have the Viennese Waltz this week. Wow, Mark looks so TALL! I’ve read a lot of places where Shawn is picked to be the winner this year. I think technically she will be superb, but she will struggle with her emotion just like Kristi Yamaguchi did. She said it in their practice footage, that in sport, emotion is weakness. Shawn and Mark are a stunning couple on the floor, and she is doing a lovely job of showing emotion tonight, and with such a romantic dance, they played it well without going over the top. Judges scores: 8,8,7.

Next are Steve “IWoz” Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff. I’m looking forward to seeing how IWoz can do. He seems like such a big teddy bear of a man who really wants to learn and do this well. I’ve developed a soft spot for him the more I have read about him, and I hope he has some ability to go with that infectious smile. I can imagine that this must be very hard for an analytical mind like his! I think he did a credible job, but he has some work to do in order to stay in the competition. Judges scores: 5,4,4. Like Ty, I think the Woz will have strength in the smooth dances.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson is our next couple to dance the Viennese Waltz. David seems to be one of those people that everyone is going to assume is just a big goof, but will be very good. He’s taking this very seriously, as are all the competitors this season. David has beautiful extensions, and naturally flows from movement to movement with grace and style. Judges scores: 6,7,6.

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are dancing the cha cha tonight. Denise is coming into the competition with no formal dance training. I wasn’t sure what to make of her when she called Maks “Maksipoo” on Good Morning America, but she’s growing on me, because she isn’t afraid to be real. WOW! Denise has some real potential, but Maks is right, she’s got to stop apologizing, and just start learning. I think she’ll get there, she just has to trust herself a little more. It is clear she trusts Maks, she just needs to believe in herself a little more. Judges scores: 6,6,6. Not bad!

Last, but not least, are Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani. Come on, boss, show us what you’ve got! This is a real test to who Tony is as an instructor, but at least they have found a capable woman to step in at the very last minute. Melissa has trained in ballet and is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. I’m thinking that means she’ll have the grace to pull off the smooth dances, and the cheekiness needed for the Latins. One thing is for sure, this couple looks beautiful together! They are a good physical match with the height and coloring. 2 DAYS! 2 DAYS, and that was hands down the performance of the night! She was all teary at the end, and so am I. Melissa has beautiful lines, amazing extensions, and unlimited potential. Judges scores: 8,7,8. Good job, you two, and Melissa, thank you so much for stepping in!

Well, that’s it for tonight. We will see you back here next Monday for the second round of competition, and a week from tomorrow for our first results show, which will feature Jewel as our guest singer. Thanks for reading!

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts

March 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Hi Everyone,

Sorry the posting is so late today, I fell a bit behind! Today we’re featuring the duo of Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts. I can’t believe we are less than a week from the new season’s start. For a dance fix, please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel, or to take your lessons on the go, visit us at the ITunes App Store.

Belinda Carlisle is best known as the lead vocalist for the rock & roll band The Go-Gos. She has also had several solo hits.

Did you know?

-Belinda has modeled for Almay cosmetics.
-In 1997, she released a cover of “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” from Disney’s Hercules as part of that movie’s distribution in Europe. The single was only released in France and Germany.
-Her husband, Morgan Mason, is the son of James Mason.
-Belinda was a cheerleader at Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks, California.

Jonathan Roberts is a professional dancer married to former partner Anna Trebunskya. He has been on seasons 1,2,4,5,6, and the upcoming season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. He sat out season 7 to return to his competitive roots, dancing with new partner Valentina Kostenko and winning the 2008 Professional Smooth Championship.

Jonathan’s competitive accomplishments include:

• 2008 US National Professional Smooth Champion, with Valentina Kostenko
• 2004 US National Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, with Anna Trebunskaya
• 2003 Blackpool Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, with Anna Trebunskaya
• 1997 US National Professional Rising Star Ballroom Champion, with Roberta Sun
• USA pro-am 10 dance champion
• USA pro-am Latin champion
• USA pro-am American Ballroom champion

Dancing with the Stars 8: Female Pros

February 22, 2009 at 9:00 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Here are the lovely ladies teaching in Season 8. For a dance fix on the go, please visit us at the ITunes App Store.

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Edyta
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Dancing with the Stars 8: Cast Promo Pictures

February 21, 2009 at 6:00 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,

We thought we’d give you a weekend bonus and share the promotional pictures for Dancing with the Stars 8. Here they are!

Remember that you can learn to dance like these stars at Ballroom Dance Channel!

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer

February 20, 2009 at 7:07 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

We’re closing out our first week of dancer profiles with Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer. We hope you are enjoying this series, and invite you to join us at Ballroom Dance Channel Social for discussion about the show. If you have some free time over the weekend, why not give our All Access Pass a try, or take our lessons on the go with the ITunes Apps.

Stephen Glover, known to the world as Steve-O was born June 13, 1974 in London, England. He lived there most of his life due to his father’s job and graduated from The American School In England in 1992. He spent time at the University of Miami before going to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He spent some time as a clown after graduation, while pursing a career doing stunts. He sent several videos to Big Brother Magazine, which eventually led to his role in the Jackass franchise.

DID YOU KNOW?
• Steve-O has an album coming out and previously released a mix cd.
• Has a tattoo of an inverted Christian cross on his left shoulder, as does is Jackass co-star Bam Margera
• Is a fan of heavy metal music
• His father is American and his mother is Canadian
• He has also appeared in the series Wildboyz
• Considered to be a daredevil performer

Lacey Mae Schwimmer was born June 28th, 1988. Her father is West Coast Swing dancer Buddy Schwimmer and her brother is Benji Schwimmer, who won season two of So You Think You Can Dance. She has been dancing since a young age and competing since she was seven year old. She competed in season three of So You Think You Can Dance and placed fourth in the competition.

Awards
• 2008 – 3rd Place: Dancing With The Stars Season 7; Partner: Lance Bass
• 2007 – 1st Place: World Swing Dance Championships, Classic Division; Partner: Benji Schwimmer
• 2007 – Top 4 Finalist: Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance [5]
• 2006 – 1st Place: U.S. National Youth Latin Championships; Partner: Jared Murillo [6]
• 2005 – 3rd Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14-17 years); Partner: Jared Murillo [7]
• 2004 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14-17 years); Partner: Jared Murillo [8]
• 2003 – 2nd Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14-17 years); Partner: Jared Murillo [9]
• 2002 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14-17 years); Partner: Jamie Bayard [10]
• 2001 – 2nd Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young Adult Division (14-17 years); Partner: Jamie Bayard [11]
• 2000 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young America Division (6-14 years); Partner: Jamie Bayard [12]
• 1998 – 1st Place: U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships; Young America Division (6-12 years); Partner: Blace Thompson [13]

DID YOU KNOW?
• Lacey’s cousin is Friends star David Schwimmer
• Guest starred on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody
• Lacey danced at the MTV Movie Awards 2008 alongside Adam Sandler.
• Lacey was cast to dance in Adam Shankman’s upcoming film Bedtime Stories starring Adam Sandler.
• She is currently part of the iHollywood Dance faculty. She is also teaching master classes in Norway.
• Lacey has her own line of tube socks in the Sugar and Bruno Dancewear collection.
• Lacey Schwimmer has been added to the Coastal Dance Rage faculty touring Canada amongst noted choreographers: Brian Friedman, Francisco Gella, Cris Judd, Shannon Mather, Blake McGrath, Mia Michaels, Bobby Newberry, Shane Sparks, Benji Schwimmer and Kenny Wormald

Have a great weekend!

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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

Behind the Scenes at our Samba Shoot

January 22, 2009 at 10:54 am | Posted in ballroom dance, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We thought you might like a look at the filming of the samba, now available in the App Store as well as on Ballroom Dance Channel!






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