Olympian Laurie Hernandez performs in 'Dancing'
If “Dancing With the Stars” is one of your favorite all-time ABC shows, then you may want to catch “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” when it comes to the Grand Sierra Resort on Dec. 16. This on-stage performance in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre features an all-star cast of 10 performers who utilize unique choreography, romantic duets and action-packed numbers to create a memorable show.
“(This) is a live 90-minute show with nonstop professional dancing, where you can see the professional dancers you know and love from TV in person,” said Melanie Pritchett, publicist for the DWTS-Live show.
While the television version of the show first aired in 2005 and has run for 23 seasons, the show coming to the GSR, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! — We Came to Dance,” is the first stop on a 43-city tour that begins in Reno. It finishes up in Costa Mesa, California, on Feb. 14 and includes stops in Atlanta, Orlando, New York City, Chicago and many other locations.
A talented cast
The performers taking part in “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” are dancers from all over the professional world in a cast of 10. They are Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Hayley Erbert, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater. Many of these dancers have pursued dreams of performance since childhood. Other dancers expected to be part of the show will be announced later on, according to the DWTS-Live website.
One of the most recent additions to the Live tour is Olympian Laurie Hernandez. She just won the 23rd season of the “Dancing with the Stars,” also known as “DWTS.” Hernandez took top place with partner and professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, and both appeared on “Good Morning America” on Nov. 23. For Hernandez, only 16, the Mirrorball trophy from DWTS joins part of her collection of a gold medal with the women’s gymnastics team in the Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro and an individual silver medal on the balance beam.
Hernandez is from New Jersey, but Chmerkovskiy is Ukranian. Many of the professional dancers in “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” hail from the world over, including Burgess, who is a native of Australia, and Chigvintsev and Savchenko, who both originally hail from Russia. Arnold, on the other hand, is from Provo, Utah.
The 23rd season of DWTS surely had memorable moments, but some of the professional dancers in “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” also appeared in earlier seasons. Arnold, as an example, was paired with boxer Victor Ortiz in Season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars.” That was the same season that comedian Andy Dick competed with professional dancer Sharna Burgess. She also appears in this year’s live tour.
“I’m excited to go on tour again and meet so many of our amazing fans across the country! It’s always incredible to see firsthand the joy that Dancing with the Stars brings to so many people,” Burgess said.
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In addition to having Hernandez as a dancer, the most recent season of the show include Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte and rapper Vanilla Ice. While Hernandez took first place with her partner, professional racecar driver James Hinchcliffe claimed second place with partner Burgess and retired Detroit Lions football receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. took third place with partner Arnold. The 23rd season finale culminated Nov. 22 following 11 weeks of competition.
“I am so excited to continue this amazing journey and join the Dancing with the Stars tour,” Hernandez said. “I loved every minute of dancing with Val and all of the incredible dancers from ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ I can’t wait to be back on the dance floor with all of them, visiting cities across the country.”
Of course, the live show does not promise all of the excitement of Season 23, in which Lochte was ambushed on stage by protestors upset about his appearance. Nor does it promise the anxiety, nervousness and waiting that comes with the elimination rounds. Instead, “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” is simply professional dancing and memorable moments, taking the audience through a variety of dance numbers, including group performances, with the familiar faces they have seen on TV.
“They have all competed worldwide their entire lives,” Pritchett said. “People can expect to see amazing dance numbers that [they] will recognize from the show, as well as new numbers choreographed especially for the tour.”
First stop, Reno
The first show promises the excitement and energy of any new show. Tickets prices for the production start at $35 and can be purchased through the Grand Sierra Resort website at www.grandsierraresort.com or by calling GSR’s Box Office at 775-789-1115. The performance, in GSR’s Grand Theatre, starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.
VIP packages also are available through VIPNation.com and give attendees the opportunity to buy premium tickets, meet various members of the cast, or to have photo opportunities. Package levels for the show vary by location, but could include the Front Row Ultimate VIP Meet & Mingle Package, Premium VIP Meet & Mingle Package or VIP Meet & Mingle Package. If you are interested in catching the show at a location other than Reno, such as San Jose, California; Seattle; or Redding, California, check the show’s website for dates.
“Routing is available at dwtstour.com so you can see all the stops,” Pritchett said. “It is the same show [site to site.]”