Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Coming March 21, 2016!

Dancing With The Stars Updates


Derek Hough: Derek may be getting ready to do a stint on Broadway, so we don’t know whether he’ll be a pro on the show during spring season.


Julianne Hough: According to what I’ve heard, Julianne will NOT return as a judge with her DWTS family each week this season.  She’s getting married pretty soon, and she has many other projects in the works.  Len Goodman will return from England to reclaim his seat at the judges’ table.  It’s possible that she may return for a cameo now and then.  Meanwhile, look for her to cover the March issue of “Redbook.” I think she was on February’s “Cosmopolitan.”


“Grease”:  It’s being said that the “Grease Live” soundtrack is soaring on iTunes and the DVD will be available March 8 at Amazon and Best Buy.  You can preorder the DVD.


Noah Galloway: The talented and inspiring Army veteran, who reached third place in the finals of season 20 with Sharna Burgess, has been visiting and lifting the spirits of hospitalized Army vets. What a great guy!


“Dancing Pros Live”: ATTENTION, Niagara Falls residents and visitors! At the Fallsview Casino Resort, February 18-25, you can see stars Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, and Elena Samodanova, along with dancers from all over the world. The show comes highly recommended.


“Shall We Dance on Ice” will show again on Saturday, February 27 on ABC, starring pros Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya, and Damian Whitewood, accompanied by former winners Rumer Willis and Meryl Davis with former contestant Charlie White.


Maksim (Maks) and Valentin (Val) Chmerkovskiy: “Our Way!” This summer the brothers will present the story they’ve always wanted to tell about their lives, highlighting their journey and rise through the world of dance. Although no other names are available yet, the show will include many other dancers, likely many from their DWTS family, and be staged by some of the top choreographers. Without a doubt it will wow us with the creativity, elegance, passion, and seduction for which the brothers are well known. And, don’t forget the unparalleled skill and professionalism that we always see. Watch for “Our Way!” to be scheduled at a theater near you and buy tickets early!


Which Celebs Will Dance in Spring Season?

The rumors are swirling! One says that Jodie Sweetin definitely will dance this season while another says it’s a maybe. Another says that Scott Disick is in negotiations with DWTS. Others say that Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu is interested, as well as that John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Teresa Giudice have turned down invitations to compete. “Bachelor” Ben Higgins, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers have been suggested. Sources say that all contestants receive the same guaranteed payment, that their earnings nearly triple if they are voted into the finals, and that many contestants donate the money to charity. In two weeks or so we’ll know for sure who will be in the lineup for the March 21 return.


Which Pros Will Dance?

No word yet on which pros will be partnered this season. What we do know so far: Maksim Chmerkovskiy is retired, Cheryl Burke is signed to another network, and Allison Holker is out due to pregnancy. I’ll tell you as soon as I know more.

DWTS Live! “Dance All Night Tour”: The whirlwind tour finished on Valentine’s Day. I’m so glad that I got to see a performance nearby–I loved it!


The dancers sacrifice quite a bit in loneliness and maybe privacy to be away from their families and friends. They’re incredibly fortunate, though, that they have so many opportunities and methods to stay connected with loved ones and also to get more dancing gigs (related to the show and otherwise).

When my father was a pro ballroom dancer in the 1930s/40s, communication was only by landline telephone, telegram, and the USPS. Because he and his partner traveled so often, they didn’t always receive communications in a timely manner and they missed some choice opportunities as a result. Travel between gigs was mostly on trains, sometimes on buses, and rarely on planes—often sitting to sleep but sometimes reclining horizontally in berths on trains. They also had to struggle through many other dangers and difficulties. Dancers today have life so much easier!

You can learn more on these topics and about my father’s life in showbiz by reading the biography I wrote, “Dancing in the Stars: Carroll Webster, International Dance Luminary of Vaudeville and Hollywood.” 


Vickie L. Weaver

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