They're Baaaack! The "Dancing with the Stars" All-Star Cast
Hi guys! So you know how a ton of amazing dance things have happened over the course of the last week? Like the Olympic opening ceremonies? And the premiere of Step Up Revolution? And the Dance Teacher Summit? And National Dance Day? And the A.C.E. Awards? And the premiere of "All the Right Moves"?
We were just so excited about so many things...that we totally forgot to tell you about the Season 15 "Dancing with the Stars" cast, which was announced last Friday. So now we're making up for it! Because they're doing an All Stars season! And it's kind of great! LOUD NOISES!
No, but seriously: Some of our favorites from seasons past are going to duke it out for the mirrorball trophy this time around. Here's the full list, in no particular order.
Apolo Ohno, Season 4
Shawn Johnson, Season 8
Drew Lachey, Season 2
Emmitt Smith, Season 3
Helio Castroneves, Season 5
Kelly Monaco, Season 1
Pamela Anderson, Season 10
Kirstie Alley, Season 12
Gilles Marini, Season 8
Joey Fatone, Season 4
Bristol Palin, Season 11
Melissa Rycroft, Season 8
And there's another twist: The final contestant will be chosen by America in an online vote. The three choices are:
Carson Kressley, Season 13
Sabrina Bryan, Season 5
Kyle Massey, Season 11
Phew. Got all that? Keep your eyes peeled for the pros' names, coming later in August. And tune in for the Season 15 premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 pm EST!
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.