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If you’re a fan of the popular dancing competition “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC, then you’re in for a real treat seeing your favorite competitors live on stage and on tour coming to a theater near you. The highly-rated television show has made audiences star-struck since its American debut in 2005 and has no signs of slowing down.
Celebrities ranging from athletes, singers, and actors are paired with professional dancers to see who can score high with a panel of judges and TV home audience votes to be crowned champion. With the national tour, the dancers come to your home town to perform live as if you were a member of the TV audience instead of merely watching the show from your living room.
On the evening of March 17, 2022, “Dancing with the Stars LIVE” made an appearance at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa for ONE NIGHT ONLY. The opening dance number with classic rock hits from Queen, Aerosmith, and Van Halen really set the enthusiastic tone and high-energy the audience can expect to see for the next two hours.
This particular night was a special one for both show hosts as it was Amanda Kloots first show on tour and Iman Shumpert’s last show on tour. Which is quite fitting seeing how the program, dancers, and even special guests can change from city to city.
The program brings to light and reinforces the themes of passion, vulnerability, intensity, boldness, strength, and celebrating differences and wrap everything to being an icon. The message expressed how moving and dancing to the rhythm and beat of the music brought the people back up from their low points. Dance is a physical expression that can be felt and seen. Everyone has their different methods of acceptance. And that, specially everyone that was in the concert hall, was there to support each other.
The songs featured a multitude of timeless hits such as Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”, David Guetta ft. Sia’s “Titanium”, Ram Jam’s “Black Betty”, Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”
Some standouts include Lana Del Rey’s cover of “Once Upon a Dream” while gracefully dancing with an umbrella between partners, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” with a slate of vibrant primary colors dressed for each individual dancer, and a tribute to themed weeks on the dancing competition show featured “You’re the One That I Want” with dancers in full black leather and sparkles. Yes, the show featured some older classics such as Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood’s cover of “It Had to Be You”, Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing”, and The Beatles’ “Come Together”.
A segment highlight had a performer act out the voice inside their head. Opening up to the miracle of being human. Getting lost in the human connection. We’re here to feel and look into each other’s eyes. Eyes are the windows to our souls. Feel passion and pain. Can’t live one without the other. Balance. Everyone in that concert hall was there to share and celebrate the love for dance.
If you had to guess, the audience does participate in an “impromptu” dance audition and dancing through the aisles. Diehard fans will recognize songs and dance styles that have been featured in the show’s long history such as the cha cha, foxtrot, salsa, tango, and roomba. But you also have to wonder about the endless costume changes between each number and the dress styles.
Although this is a family show, the audience has to wonder how some of the dancers’ wardrobe manages to stay on with all the precision footwork, body shaking, flips, kicks, and locking positions. Experiencing the live show will make you sweat as much as the dancers. You can feel the hard work, dedication, power, and gracefulness spilling out. Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” offers a fitting conclusion to the show’s message of perseverance by embracing vulnerability through body, mind, and soul.
Look for Dancing with the Stars LIVE on tour through www.dwtstour.com to find out when the show arrives to a city near you.