Ballroom Dance Channel Offers All Access Dance Lessons with Video Powered by Ooyala: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance

March 9, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Dancing with the Stars 8: Nancy O’Dell and Tony Dovolani

February 18, 2009 at 6:00 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey Everyone,

Today’s featured couple is Nancy O’Dell and none other than our own Tony Dovolani. Much thanks to Sammi T for helping with these bios, she has been doing a wonderful job of sharing the workload on these with me! Remember that if you would like the chance to learn from the same great instructor as Nancy, you can find lessons with Tony at Ballroom Dance Channel or at the ITunes App Store!

Nancy O’Dell is perhaps best known as being a co-anchor on Access Hollywood with Billy Bush. She also has been a contributor for NDC News and Dateline and was ranked in Shape Magazine’s 20 Hottest Stars Right Now list. She is known as one of Hollywood’s leading entertainment journalists. She has also covered several awards shows, such as the Oscars, the Grammys, The Golden Globes, ESPN’s ESPY Awards and the Emmys. (In addition, she has also done pre-show, backstage and post show interviews for several of these events.) Nancy also co-hosted Miss USA, Miss Universe, the Hollywood Christmas Parade and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NY.


• Nancy was the original host of Nashville Star
• Co-hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade for eight years. (For six years, Al Roker was her co-host)
• Covered Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
• At the request of former First Lady Laura Bush, Nancy interviewed her in 2004 and 2005.
• Appeared in She has appeared in Thank You For Smoking, Scream 2, Scream 3, Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, Charmed, Joey, Third Watch, Dirt, Beverly Hills, 90210, Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place, General Hospital, Just Shoot Me and Ally McBeal.
• Very active with the Red Cross, March of Dimes and Childhelp USA
• On February 1st, 2006, South Carolina declared it Nancy O’Dell Day.
• Married to Keith Zubchevich and has one daughter with him as well as two stepsons from his first marriage.
• Was valedictorian in high school.
• Graduated Clemson University with summa cum laude honors.
• Previously worked as an anchor in Myrtle Beach, SC (WPDE TV), as an anchor and crime reporter in Charleston, SC (WCBD TV) and as an investigative reporter in Miami at NBC affiliate WTVJ TV.

• Three Associated Press Awards
• Two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards
• Is a seven-time Emmy Award nominee.
• Nominated two years in a row (1999 and 2000) for the prestigious ICG Publicists Guild Media Award, recognizing excellence in entertainment reporting

Tony Dovolani (born Driton Dovolani) was born July 17th 1973 in Pristina, Yugoslavia, which is known today as Kosovo. His dancing career began at age three and when he was fifteen, he moved to the United States, where he enrolled in classes at a local Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Since then, he has won many championships and world titles, mostly with his partner Elena Grinenko. The two retired as the undefeated World Rhythm Champions in 2006. Since then, he has appeared on seasons 2-8 of Dancing With The Stars.

• In addition to ballroom dancing, Tony is also trained in ballet, folk and jazz.
• He helped develop Ballroom Dance Channel in order to let people learn ballroom dancing in their own homes.
• Appeared in Shall We Dance?, which also starred Jennifer Lopez.
• He is married to Lina and has three children with her, Luana (3 ½) and twins Adrian and Ariana (5 months)
• In Season Two of Dancing With The Stars, he placed third with wrestler Stacy Keibler.
• In Season Three, he was partnered with Sara Evans, who dropped out due to her divorce.
• In Season Four he was paired with Leeza Gibbons and they came in tenth place.
• In Season Five, he was paired with Jane Seymour and they placed sixth.
• In Season Six he came in fourth with Marissa Jaret Winokur.
• In Season Seven he came in sixth with Susan Lucci
• His partner for Season Eight is Nancy O’Dell.

• 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Championships
• 2005 World Rhythm Championships
• 2006 PBS American Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Championships
• 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Championships

Learn to Dance with your Sweetie this Valentine’s Day!

February 11, 2009 at 6:01 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ballroom News and Notes, February 3rd

February 3, 2009 at 7:33 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,

Welcome to another edition of Ballroom Dance Channel’s news and notes. As always, if there is something we should be covering but missed, please let us know in the comments. Most of our news this week is from the world of dance on television. This is the last week of the Dancing with the Stars tour, and the cast announcement is due to happen this Sunday, February 8th, during prime time programs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers and Sisters. I’m sure that our east coast friends will be helping out those of us on the west coast and filling us in as the announcements happen!

I’ll be speculating on the new season’s cast on the Barnaby and Friends radio program Thursday morning at 8:12 Grand Rapids time. Barnaby and his crew have been kind enough to invite me to come back next week to analyze our new competitors, and I’ll be on throughout the season as well. If you are local to Grand Rapids, Michigan, I hope you’ll tune in. For those of you who are not locals, you can stream the show live on your computer at this link: This crew is a lot of fun, and I’m thrilled to be working with them again this season.

Just in case you haven’t heard, our two biggest things around the show this week are the “confirmation” by Ashton Kutcher that Lawrence Taylor will be on the show, and the successful knee surgery of the recently engaged Karina Smirnoff. E News had pieces on both items. Kutcher apparently outed LT as a contestant via his Twitter feed, but I have to wonder if we are being punked, or if perhaps Ashton himself could be appearing. Karina had surgery on her knee to fix a torn meniscus, and is expected to be recovered and ready to tutor her celebrity by February 10th.

Moving on to So You Think You Can Dance, I’m hearing that the talented Shane Sparks will be returning to the show in the upcoming season, both as a judge and choreographer. While this information has me really excited, I hope that doesn’t mean we won’t have the talented duo of Tabitha and Napoleon from last season. Each of them really brings something unique to the competition, and I hope that producer Nigel Hawthorne sees the strength and value in their differences.

Our final piece of news today concerns Ballroom Dance Channel. We are proud to announce that we have just released an “all access pass”, allowing you to learn from any of our instructors and choose any of our dances for just $9.95 per month. Simply click on the link in this paragraph to head straight to this valuable new tool! If you’d rather take your lessons on the go, please visit us at the ITunes App Store.

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Our readers have had this scoop since Christmas!

January 26, 2009 at 6:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Our readers know all about our mobile apps, but we thought you might want to read the official press release. We’ll see you tonight for coverage of the finale of Superstars of Dance, and throughout the week we will discuss what went wrong with this promising show.


Learn to Dance from Pros like Tony Dovolani with Lessons in the Palm of Your Hand

LOS ANGELES, January 26, 2009 – Ballroom Dance Channel, the premiere online and mobile destination for ballroom dancing lessons, announces today the world’s first mobile application that teaches users how to ballroom dance like the pros. Available now for download on the Apple iPhone, the ballroom dancing application features the industry’s biggest names from shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” teaching the basic steps of the most popular dances.

“We have seen an amazing resurgence in the popularity of ballroom dance, and wanted to take advantage of the unique platform that the iPhone provides to reach fans all over the world,” said Scott Flacks, COO Ballroom Dance Channel. “Building on the success of our Web site, we are excited to offer the world’s only ballroom dance mobile application. iPhone users can practice basic steps anytime, anywhere on their mobile phones for less than a dollar.”

The mobile application will teach users the beginning step for four of the most popular dances: the Rumba, Salsa, Waltz and Samba. The cost to download the first step is $.99 and users can download the entire lesson for $4.99 at the Web site, The mobile application features instruction from some of the hottest names in ballroom dance and television from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” including Emmy nominated Tony Dovolani and Elena Grinenko teaching the Rumba, World Salsa champions Yesenia Adame and Paul Barris teaching the Salsa, Nick and Lena Kosovich teaching the Waltz and Snow Urbin and Artem Chigvintsev teaching the Samba.

“Dancing is my passion and through Ballroom Dance Channel I’ve been able to share that passion with the world,” said Tony Dovolani, Two-time Open Rhythm World Champion and “Dancing with the Stars” Pro. “There are so many people that want to learn to dance but might not have the time or money for professional lessons. With this iPhone application, anyone can learn the basic steps of some of the most popular dances with lessons right in the palm of their hands.”

Users can select from two different high-quality interactive video styles either dancing “with” a male or female partner or watching the steps and following along. The professional dancer will show the basic step for each dance with the full lesson available online. Additional lessons for new dances including Swing, Foxtrot, Bolero, Tango, Mambo and Cha-Cha will be available in the coming weeks. The application is available for download at the Ballroom Dance Channel iPhone App Store.

About Ballroom Dance Channel
Ballroom Dance (BDC) is a groundbreaking online and mobile destination for anyone seeking to learn exciting ballroom dances. Veteran television executive and creator of the Food Network, Jack Clifford and “Dancing with the Stars,” Tony Dovolani have joined forces to bring intricate ballroom steps to the masses. BDC provides on-demand, step-by-step instructional video lessons for popular dances including the Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango, Waltz and more! Users have the ability to stream dance lessons taught by award-winning, professional dance instructors who have participated on several of the current dance television shows. BDC also provides the latest dance news and event information and gives users an opportunity to share their personal experiences and interact with famous dancers and instructors through the site’s online social networking feature, BDC Social.

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!

Bolero? What the heck is the bolero, anyway?

January 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ever wondered exactly what the bolero is in the world of ballroom? Let Ballroom Dance Channel instructors Tony Dovolani and Elena Grinenko show you. Who knows, you might be inspired to learn this sensual dance with your lover just in time for Valentines Day!

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Please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel for a chance to learn from well known instructors at an affordable price!

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Nick and Lena Kosovich Interview: Lenique on Vimeo

January 9, 2009 at 7:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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In this exclusive interview with the Ballroom Dance Channel, Nick and Lena Kosovich discuss Lenique, their costume design company.

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Have you seen the new waltz lesson in the Itunes app store? The rumba and salsa are available as well, and the samba is coming soon. No Ipod/IPhone? Just visit Ballroom Dance Channel for your chance to learn from Nick, Lena, Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Paul Barris, and Yesenia Adame!

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Behind the scenes photos-Rumba

January 8, 2009 at 9:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Hopefully you have had a chance to try the rumba by now, either in the Itunes or at Ballroom Dance Channel. We thought you might enjoy a look at some behind the scenes photos of Tony and Elena as they filmed the lesson for this intimate dance!

Remember that the waltz and salsa are also available in the app store and at Ballroom Dance Channel online. The Ballroom Dance Channel was designed with you in mind, so take a chance and learn to dance from quality instructors like Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Nick Kosovich, Yesenia Adame, and Paul Barris.

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Who will win Superstars of Dance?

January 7, 2009 at 7:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Please take a minute to take our poll and tell us what you think!

To get your dance fix, why not try the rumba, salsa, or waltz for your IPod touch or IPhone? Don’t have one of those devices yet? That’s okay, you have even more choices at our main website!

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