December 24
Dirty Dancing Dancing Reality Show

November 2
Dancing With Stars Tour



Choreographer, Cris Judd hosts a new reality dance show on WE Tuesday nights at 10pm. The show is based on Dirty Dancing (the original movie) and has young women competing to be picked by various male dancer/instructors. Artem Chigvintsev, the incredible latin dancer from the first season of So You Think You Can Dance is one of six instructors. Media Village article 12/5/06, Promo video - You Tube, WE DD Website

Dancing with the Stars' is hitting the road and bringing stars and professional dancers from the first three seasons of the show to 38 cities in the United States. The tour is scheduled to kick off in San Diego on December 19th and wrap up in Atlantic City on February 11th, 2007.

From the first season, the talented but third place Joey McIntyre (his original partner was Ashly Delgrosso) will be paired up with Kym Johnson (who danced this season with Jerry Springer). From the second season, the winners, Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke and fourth place, Lisa Rinna also with her original partner, Louis Van Amstel. This season's excellent Joey Lawrence and the divine Edyta Sliwinska along with Willa Ford (voted off way too soon) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Harry Hamlin with Karina Smirnoff.

The show will feature a recreation of the television show's actual stage. A live orchestra will accompany the dances.

ABC's finally figured out that American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance tours are making a ton of money, so their number 1 show, Dancing with the Stars, is finally getting it's own group of wandering dancers. The tour will arrive in Providence on Saturday, February 10, 2007.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday - November 4, 2006 at 10:00am. If the popularity of this tour is anything like So You Think You Can Dance, get your tickets asap or be prepared to pay scalpers big money. Selected tickets are on pre-sale through November 3. See the Tour Website for how to get your tickets before the official sale and as long as you are at it, you might as well enter the contest for a free pair of tickets.


ABC - third season started September 12, 06 at 8pm 2 hours
Tuesday night at 8pm (starting at 2 hours) the competition and Wednesday Boot-off at 8pm (1 hour)
ABC has announced that the third edition of Dancing with the Stars, the network's smash-hit reality ballroom competition, will kick off ABC's fall season and premiere on Tuesday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere.

Dancing with the Stars's third season cast
Edyta Sliwinska (George Hamilton & Evander Holyfield) - Joey Lawrence, actor
Nick Kosovich (Tatum O'Neal) - Viveca A. Fox, movie actress
Elena Grinenko (new to DWS) - MSNBC bow-tie wearing talk show host Tucker Carlson
Louis Van Amstel (Lisa Rinna & Trista Sutter) - High School Musical star Monique Coleman (obviously she already dances)
Tony Dovolani (Stacy Keibler) - country singer Sara Evans
Maxsim Chmerkovskiy (Tia Carrere) - pop singer Willa Ford
Ashly Delgrosso, last season's unlucky partner to the hideous Master P (although in season 1 she did get the very talented Joey McIntyre) - actor Harry Hamlin
Karina Smirnoff (new to DWS) - actor Mario Lopez (devoted fans)
Jesse DeSoto(new to DWS) - former Miss USA Shanna Moakler
Cheryl Burke, last season's Dancing with the Stars winner with Drew Lachey - retired NFL star Emmit Smith
Kym Johnson (new to DWS but won the 2nd season of DWS Australia) - former talk show host Jerry Springer.

Dance professionals Andrea Hale (Kenny Mayne), Jonathan Roberts (Giselle Fernandez & Rachel Hunter), and Anna Trebunskaya (Jerry Rice) will not return for Dancing with the Stars 3.

All three original judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will return as will hosts Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris.

Dancing With The Stars Links
Wikipedia has a very thorough article on DWS including scores and who went when from previous seasons. For the truly obsessed fan, Wikipedia has Dancing With The Stars World where you can find out all about DWT all over the world.
Dancing With The Stars Website
Len Goodman Podcast Breaking News on Dancing with the Stars
People Magazine DWS page

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For many years now, PBS has had some of the country's best dance showcased in an occasional series called Dance In America. Sometimes it presents documentaries such as the amazing Free to Dance, which presented the role of black dancers in modern dance, and sometimes it's straight performance such as last season's Swan Lake.

This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated Dance In America's Swan Lake With American Ballet Theatre for two emmys, Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special. This production featured an all star cast headed by Gillian Murphy in the dual role of Odette-Odile and Angel Corella the prince.

Dance In America is one of the few ways for people not located in a major dance area to discover our greatest dancers and choreographers and at no charge. And while it is always said that dance is better seen live, it's true only if you have decent seats. If you can only afford middle balcony seats in a big theatre, you might as well stick with the television. Most dance is nuanced and that you cannot see unless you are nearer rather than farther.

Dale Brauner's Review of DIA's Swan Lake at Dance View Times

ABT's emmy-nominated Swan Lake is available at

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Last season's Dancing With The Stars was nominated for an Emmy in four different catagories, but unfortuneately won known of them.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Choreography (Episode 204 Nick Kosovich, Co-Choreographer & Cheryl Burke, Co-Choreographer)
Outstanding Choreography (Episode 208, Tony Dovolani)
Outstanding Choreography (Episode 208 Cheryl Burke, Choreographer)
Outstanding Art Direction For A Variety, Music Program, Or Special (Episode 206)
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series (Episode 204)

Dancing With The Stars Website

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Wednesday 8pm-10pm on Fox 28&64
Thursday 9pm to 10pm on Fox 28&64
Recap of August 10's fianls :
Wednesday June 14 (8pm to 10pm) was the start of the formal competition, where dancers quickly develop proficiency in ballroom dancing (including swing) as well as hip hop, jazz, theatrical and lyrical as well as partnering skills. On Thursday at 9pm, you can catch the results.

The new season premiered Thursday May 25 and clearly demonstrated the mean spirits and snarky natures of the judges. In the tradition of American Idol, on which it is based, if the judges didn't understand the dance form (such as clogging) they were uniformly negative. There was a horrifying section where the judges lambasted a contestant for poor dancing, and then after discovering that the poor woman was a teacher, went on to talk loundly amongst themselves about how poor dancers should be kept from teaching. Clearly this dancer was not good and definately came from a lower level dance school. She had passion, but her dance technique lacked musicality, phrasing and energy. Yes, SYTCD raised interesting questions. What constitutes a good teacher? Is it possible for poor dancers to teach well? Is there a way for the studio community to police their ranks and pluck the terrible teachers/studios from their ranks? But is it a requirement that all contest shows must deride people? If the contestant is deluded but willing to listen, wouldn't constructive critism help them, and the viewers, more than the wanton cruelty that abounds. I suggest skipping the destructive audition process and wait for the show to get down to the actual contest - last season's show was instructive with wonderful dancing.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has announced that So You Think You Can Dance will return for a second season starting on May 25, 2006. Lythgoe will return as a judge, but there have been some changes made including a half-hour results show and a new host. Cat Deeley, a British TV personality, will take over hosting duties from Lauren Sanchez, who is pregnant.

As annoying as the original season of this FOX reality show was, there was some very exciting dancing. Dancers from ballroom, flamenco, hip hop, jazz, lyric and modern backgrounds all competed in jazz, hip hop and ballroom formats. Contestants pulled their partners and dance style from the proverbial hat. As usual, too much ersatz color and scripted 'drama' wastes precious time that could be better spent on experiencing dance, but some of the dancers were truly unique and most were a joy to watch.

FOX teamed up with the creators of American Idol and the producers of the American Music Awards and American Bandstand on the ultimate search for the nation's best dancer in So You Think You Can Dance. So You Think You Can Dance traveled the country for the next great dancer. The best undiscovered dancing talent (amateur and professional) the US has to offer competes in a grueling 12-week competition to become America's No. 1 dancer. Dancers got onto the show using their dance style of choice, but then learn various jazz and ballroom styles. Winners receive a one year of free rent in a New York City apartment as well as $100,000 in prize money.

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The silver tongued & haired John Hurley (from Seinfeld and Dancing with the Stars) is Providence College's commencement speaker on May 20. According to the Providence Journal (5/7/06 pgB2) O'Hurley, who graduated in 1976, had major roles in 13 shows while he was a student. See what else Mr. Hurley is up do in DWS Updates

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From Reality TV World (dated 04/19/2006)
"Dancing with the Stars" champion Drew Lachey says the salary ABC pays to the celebrities on its hit series are 'ridiculous.' 'In terms of TV and for the ratings that the show gets, it's ridiculous,' Lachey told Wednesday's New York Post. The topic of what stars are paid for the dance competition was raised by Sirius Satellite radio jock Howard Stern Tuesday, who revealed his girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky, has been asked to appear next season for about $245,000 for eight weeks of work. As a reference, the Post said Ray Romano made $2.3 million per episode for the final season of Everybody Loves Raymond, making him the highest paid star on TV. Despite the low salary, Lachey said he would urge Ostrosky to do the show, which opened several doors for him like his Friday night hosting gig at the Miss USA Pageant.

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The Ladies Home Journal website has a brief but interesting interview with Stacey Kiebler about her fitness routine and her Dancing With The Stars costumes. Meanwhile take a look at The Trades website and My Ox is Broken for interviews of Latin Dance Champion Cheryl Burke.

ABC - second season finished
Still suffering from DWS withdrawal? Here are more websites to peruse until Dancing With the Stars returns (late summer?)
Dancing With The Stars Website

Tia Carrere
with Max Chmerkovskiy
Len Goodman Podcast
Raphael Blugin's Blog - lots of Season 2 DWS video clips (unfortunately it's in Real Player)
Strictly Cheryl (Burke)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Forum
Season 1's John O'Hurley, who played Billy Flynn on Broadway earlier this year, will reprise the role in a limited run with the national tour of the musical Chicago. Dates booked are June 13-18 Charlotte NC, June 20-25 Atlanta GA and June 27-July 2 Tampa FL. The very-busy Mr.O'Hurley has also scored the job of host for the newly revamped Family Feud game show [what a waste of a talented actor - riDance] plus along with his dance partner Charlotte Jorgensen, he has created a DVD obviously titled Learn To Dance. You can see a video and ordering details at the Learn To Dance website

First season winner Kelly Monaco, will co-host this year's Daytime Emmy Awards along with DWS host, Tom Bergeron. (Breaking News on Dancing with the Stars)

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Darius and Jolanta Mosteika

Website: (Good site - lots of information)
In the world's largest ballroom dancing competition -The 2005 Ohio Star Ball, couples in lavish costumes dance their way through four major dance styles: American Smooth & Rhythm, International Standard & Latin. Hosted by Tony Meredith amd Marilu Henner, the two part show goes onto the dance floor and behind the scenes, as ballroom's dancing elite go toe-to-toe, from dance trials (part 1) to one of four spots as America's Best in the final dance-off (part 2). This is the first time the Ohio Star Ball will be shown since 2001 when it was dropped from the schedule so PBS could focus money and time on 9/11 issues.
Contributed by Lois Kaplan

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TLC (cable) 10pm Fridays
Appears to be in hiatus
The next workout outfit you buy may look more like a tuxedo or gown than a sweat suit. That's because ballroom dancing is catching on across the U.S. as a way to burn calories and have fun.

How can dancing be good exercise? Experts say the muscle exertion and breathing rates of ballroom dancers performing in one dance competition are equivalent to those of Olympic-level cyclists, swimmers and runners. As the phenomenon continues to catch on, the dance style has become more accessible to people, with Americans across the country signing up for ballroom classes.

Fortunately, you can still learn about ballroom dancing, even if you have no room on your dance card for lessons. For instance, the television show on TLC called 'Ballroom Bootcamp' teaches everyday people the ins and outs of ballroom dancing - but with a twist. Participants are pulled from their comfort zone and subjected to a scrupulous and intensive five-week training program in preparation for a face-off in a professionally judged competition.

Each week, viewers can watch and learn as master dance instructors Susannah Cuesta, Gocha Chertkoev and Christian Perry attempt to give the participants the physical, mental and social tools necessary for success. The dancers will learn five styles - the cha-cha, waltz, tango, jive and rumba. Then, each participant will pair up with a professional dancing counterpart to take training to the next level - and to show off his or her newly acquired skills.

Each participant must also juggle his or her personal life and career during this short-yet-intense training period. There will be emotional hurdles to overcome, conflicts to resolve, ballroom blunders to fix and lives to change. Michelle Yahn, one of the competitors, vents her frustration as she cries, "It's like trying to learn French in three weeks. It's impossible."

Contributed by Skip Jones

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Dancing with the Stars champion John O'Hurley is dancing his way into his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. The former Seinfeld star replaces Huey Lewis on January 16 at the Ambassador Theatre and will play the role through March 26.

O'Hurley played Elaine's boss J. Peterman on Seinfeld. His other TV credits include The Mullets and Father of the Pride and he voices King Neptune on the popular cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants. His theater credits include national tours of Pirates of Penzance, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Brigadoon and Same Time, Next Year.

Chicago is at the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street
Tickets for Chicago

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George Gershwin

Fri, June 9, 4am, WGBH 2
Mon, June 12, 4am, WGBH 2
Wed, June 14, 10pm, WGBH 2
Thu, June 15, 2:30am, WGBH 2
Thu, June 15, 3pm, WGBH 44
Sun, June 18, 2pm, WGBH 44
Sun, June 18, 4pm, WGBH 2
Mon, June 26, 9pm, WGBH 44
Tue, June 27, 4pm, WGBH 44
When George Gershwin's parents bought a piano for their eldest son, Ira, it was little George who sat down and began playing tunes on it. That was the beginning of Gershwin's remarkable musical career, which included the Tin Pan Alley hit "Swanee" and the Broadway musicals Funny Face and Of Thee I Sing. While Gershwin's compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris marked him as a serious composer, he continued to create popular music for stage and screen, winning the first Pulitzer Prize for a musical. In 1935, Gershwin premiered the seminal work of the American opera, Porgy and Bess. Two years later, at age 39, he died of a brain tumor. Using family photo albums, home movies, and rehearsal and performance footage, this film sheds light and historical perspective on Gershwin's eclectic musical career.

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You're the Top: the Cole Porter Story

Wed, June 14, 9pm, WGBH 2
Thu, June 15, 1:30am, WGBH 2
Thu, June 15, 2pm, WGBH 44
Fri, June 16, 5am, WGBH 2
Sun, June 18, 1pm, WGBH 44
Sun, June 18, 3pm, WGBH 2
Night and Day, I Get a Kick You of You, You're the Top, Begin the Beguine, My Heart Belongs to Daddy - some of the cleverest, funniest and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen of Cole Porter. Outwardly a sophisticated bon vivant and international partygoer, he was also a dedicated musical professional who routinely spent hours agonizing over a single rhyme or musical transition. The life and legacy of America's most sophisticated songwriter is the subject of this documentary, which features interviews with the performers and artists who knew Porter best and more than 20 classic performances from his movie musicals.

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Dance in America: Alvin Ailey - Beyond the Steps

Wed, June 21, 8pm, WGBH 2
Thu, June 22, 3am, WGBH 44
Sun, June 25, 4am, WGBH 2
Sun, June 25, 4am, WGBH 44
Mon, June 26, 2am, WGBH 2
Mon, June 26, 4pm, WGBH 44
Wed, June 28, 4pm, WGBH 44
Dance in America follows the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during a pivotal period in its history, when the company is venturing abroad as well as establishing new roots at home. Alvin Ailey - Beyond the Steps marks a moment of growth and reflection, as the troupe travels to Russia after an absence of nearly 20 years, moves into a state-of-the-art custom facility, called by the New York Times "the largest in the country devoted exclusively to dance," and creates a new ballet entitled Love Stories, choreographed by longtime AAADT Artistic Director Judith Jamison in collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and modern dance maverick Robert Battle. Under the steadfast leadership of Jamison, the making of a new dance and a new home serve as symbols of the remarkable foundation that Ailey built, and of the vibrancy that defines the company today


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Sun, Nov 13, 10pm, WGBH 44
Sun, Nov 20, 4am, WGBH 44
Identical twins Margarita and Ramona de Saa were acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Once inseparable, their relationship disintegrated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban Revolution. MIRROR DANCE is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance, struggling to overcome rifts not only between sisters, but also between nations.

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Wednesday November 9, 2005 at 730pm WSBE Channel 36
Jackie Henderson, director for Off The Curb will be featured on this weeks Amazing Woman at 7:30pm!!!

Wednesday December 14, 2005 at 730pm WSBE Channel 36
Theresa Landry, RI oldest dance teacher, will be mentioned on tonight's Amazing Women

Wednesday July 6, 2005 at 730pm WSBE Channel 36
Amazing Women featured Brown University's dance director, Julie Strandberg and multi-talented artist Vanessa Gilbert (who's latest endeavor is the upcoming Magdalena Project. Julie's no slouch herself. Along with her sister Carolyn Adams, she staged and curated the current exhibit at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga N.Y. The exhibit covers the New Dance Group, the first multi-ethnic American dance group who performed from the 1930's through the 1950's. In August 2005, she created and produced a dance conference on the NDG for teachers, performers and dance historians in August.

Meet Rhode Island's Amazing Women, and celebrate how they accomplish, legislate, educate, live and love. Local radio personality Deb Ruggiero hosts this new series, profiling women who successfully lead, challenge, motivate, encourage, and inspire other women. Some of Rhode Island's Amazing Women you will recognize, others you will meet for the first time; all of them make a difference in the lives of other women and in our community. Each program also features unsung heroes, spotlighting women whose quiet, day-to-day contributions might not otherwise be recognized. If you know an amazing woman or an unsung hero please email us at A new installment airs every other Wednesday at 7:30pm.

WGBH has long been a faithful (if fitful) friend to dance. Membership to WGBH brings you their magazine with a listing of programs, provides you with many discounts including dance and, of course, keeps WGBH on the air. Caveat, the WGBH Member's Guide cannot be trusted for accurate schedule information.
To see what dance benefits you can get in Rhode Island with your WGBH card, see riDance's Dance Discounts. To join call 800-492-1111 or visit

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Wednesday at 730pm WSBE Channel 36
Streaming Video & Sound at

Tywla Tharp talks about Moving Out

Oskar Eustis and Jill Clayburgh (not dance but does feature former Trinity director)

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