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20 January 2009 @ 11:14 am

Hello, and welcome to part two of the Superstars of Dance Semi-Finals! Tonight we will see more dancers try and prove that their country is worthy of winning the trophy. They will once again competing in the solo, duet and group categories.  The top three in each will move to the finals next week. 


First up is the group dance from India. It is a very fun Bollywood dance;  I like how they are very traditional, yet are still able to keep it modern. Beautiful!


Argentina:  8

Australia: 7

South Africa: 7 

USA: 8

Ireland: 7

Russia: 8

China: 8

Total: 53


Sadly, this means India is out of the Group Category since they scored lower than the previous three group couples.


Australia is up next with their duet performed by Henry and Giselle. They perform a fun, sexy samba that has fun lifts and just a ton of excitement. 


Argentina: 8

India: 9

South Africa: 8 

USA: 8

Ireland: 8

Russia: 9

China: 9

Total: 59


This means Ireland is now out of the Duets Competition.  I'm sad because I really liked them a lot. 


For more, please visit http://tvgrapevine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3267:superstars-of-dance-semi-finals-part-two&catid=73:superstars-of-dance

13 December 2008 @ 08:47 pm
Dancing With The Stars
Exclusive Interview with
Corky Ballas
Corky Ballas became a household name this September when he was partnered with the talented and funny Cloris Leachman on Dancing With The Stars.  However, long before he and his son Mark joined the hit show, he was very well known in the ballroom world, winning several championships with his partner and ex-wife Shirley Ballas. Corky was kind enough to let me interview him about his experiences on the show, what it was like working with a legendary actress and being a teacher to three of the show’s most popular dancers.
Corky began dancing seriously at the age of twenty-one, despite protests from others who told him he was too old to be entering the professional dance scene. However, his love of dance and determination led him to entering dance competitions and meeting Shirley Ballas, his former wife and dance partner. Corky and Shirley went on to win several titles and competitions, eventually becoming world champions. Some of the titles he as won include World Pro/Am champion, eight time Undefeated United State Champion and World International Champion. 
11 December 2008 @ 12:05 am
 Dancing With The Stars Exclusive Interview
Fabian Sanchez
   I recently had the chance to talk to mambo champion Fabian Sanchez, who participated in season six of Dancing With The Stars.  Although he and his partner Marlee Matlin placed sixth in the competition, they quickly became fan favorites. During our conversation, Fabian told me about how he got involved in the dance world, what it was like teaching a deaf student and what the future holds for him and his career.
   Fabian started his dance career when he was twenty years old and waiting tables in Alabama. He was discovered by Alan King, who happened to be the regional owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The owner loved his personality and offered him a job teaching at his school.
Although Fabian had only been a social dancer at the time, he jumped at the opportunity. He began taking ballroom lessons as he was teaching and within a year and a half, was competing with his dance partner.

For more on this interview with Fabian, please visit  http://www.tvgrapevine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3131:dancing-with-the-stars-exclusive-interview-fabian-sanchez&catid=36:dwts2008&Itemid=57

09 December 2008 @ 10:31 pm
 The World Of Dance Therapy

By Sammi Turano

            Dance therapy is used to help people express their inner feelings through movement, rather than words. It also helps people improve motor and social skills using gym balls, mats and yoga as tools. It is believed that people can draw from inner conflicts by moving rather than talking because it helps the therapist reach issues that they may not have been able to by simply asking questions.


While it is often used for children during their development, in hospitals and regular therapy, it can also be used for couples who are having trouble communicating. 
For more on this article, please visit http://ballroomdancechannel.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dance-therapy






04 December 2008 @ 07:18 am
Wow! I forgot we had this. For all you long time SYTYCD fans, here is an interview with Snow Urbin:

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03 December 2008 @ 08:37 am
Wow! They have barely finished tearing down the set for Season 7, and don't even have all the tour numbers ready, but ABC has announced a return date for Dancing with the Stars! Season 8 will commence on March 9th, with the results show to return to the airwaves on March 17th. This sounds like yet another shake up to the first week of competition, I wonder what other curve balls they will have for us in the 8th installment of everyone's favorite ballroom competition?

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02 December 2008 @ 08:48 am
It occured to me today that we've done a lot of posting, but haven't asked a lot of questions. How can we help you get the most out of Ballroom Dance Channel ? We have a free salsa lesson available so you can give us a whirl, we have a Social area where you can join in on the fun, whether it be to talk about your lesson experience or just chat about the world of ballroom, and we are even lucky enough to hear from our instructors via audio blog. What else can we do to help you take advantage of everything our site has to offer?
30 November 2008 @ 09:43 am

Turning to Dancing With the Stars

Q: I read the following: John O’Hurley regards you with the highest esteem and speaks for the American dance community when he states that it was you, Charlotte, who showed him the true beauty of the dance, who taught him that he actually could dance and that in dancing there is the supreme release of the spirit. What was that experience like for you?

Charlotte: DWTS was a wonderful experience. I was given a stellar partner and John and I had an absolute blast. Initially I am not sure John actually realized how much we were going to have to work. He would give me 2 days a week for 2 hours a day to rehearse, which would have been impossible. I thought, that the only way I would get him to commit more of his time, was if I made him fall in love with dancing, the way I had always been. So that became my “mission”, and I believed that I succeeded in that. We worked really hard and John really committed himself to the process and he trusted me, which is such an important part of dancing. That I was able to communicate the true purpose of dancing to him, was an added benefit and only possible because John recognized what supreme release of the spirit is!

It was fun to be part of the very first shows because there was no expectation attached to the outcome, as no one knew whether it would be a success or not. Therefore the whole experience was very innocent and exciting. We all worked so hard to make it happen and were on such a high because America responded. Of course on a personal note it gave me an opportunity to look into a completely different world and to learn how TV is produced, have an insight into so to speak into “another life” by momentarily doing interviews for TV and press etc. Certainly something very much out of the ordinary for me with regards to the scale. Denmark is a small country compared to the vast publicity machine that drives American entertainment.
28 November 2008 @ 12:38 pm
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27 November 2008 @ 08:58 am
We at Ballroom Dance Channel just wanted to take a moment to wish our readers a Happy Thanksgiving.  No matter where you are on this big planet of ours, we hope you can find something to be thankful for today.

BDC Staff 
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