Thursday, 27 January 2011 01:55

Ballroom With A Twist

Written by Cathy Wayne
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Ballroom with a Twist -- Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Manzo in Paso Doble
with Celebrity Hosts NIECY NASH (Jan 21-23)  and  JANE SEYMOUR (Feb 4-6)  Conceived & Choreographed by Louis Van Amstel 
What a fun evening!!!  Louis Van Amstel from “Dancing With the Stars” (celebrity partners, Niecy Nash, Kelly Osbourne, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Renna, and choreographer of the live Dancing With the Stars tour) brings us a jammed packed, fun-filled show featuring “DWTS” pros Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, Edyta Sliwinska and Anna Trebunskaya, and “American Idol” finalists David Hernandez and Gina Glocksen.
Mr. Van Amstel conceived and choreographed all the dance numbers focusing on entertaining us with the beauty and skill of dance.  But dancing is just one of the many joys.  The evening I saw the show, Niecy Nash (Emmy Award-winning host and producer of Style Network’s “Clean House” and Comedy Central’s hit “Reno 911: Miami”) was the special Celebrity Host for the evening.  As you may remember from last season, Niecy was Louis’ partner.  Niecy once again joined Louis and “shook her jiggly parts”, as she puts it.  She brings a wonderful comedic joy to the show and to everything she does.  Keep jiggling Niecy.  We love it.

The handsome “DWTS” men, Alec Mazo and Jonathan Roberts, and the stunningly beautiful and svelte “DWTS” women, Edyta Sliwinska and Anna Trebunskaya are just as amazing as they are on “DWTS”.  You will thoroughly enjoy Anna and Jonathan’s beautiful “Come Away with Me” and their emotional Tango, and Edyta and Alec’s lyrical “What’ve I Gotta Do” and powerful Flamenco.

“American Idol” finalists David Hernandez and Gina Glocksen are superb!  They each have numerous solos and join together in duets, all accomplished and solidly performed.  They have definitely matured since their days on “Idol”.  David’s warm voice opened with “And I’m Feeling Good” which was glorious and each of his songs was equally excellent.  Gina showed us her chops with both pop and jazz numbers.  These performances were winners.

Louis selected his talented dancers with great aplomb.  Sacha Andreev, Lilit Avagyan, C.J. Bair, Paul Barris, Irena Boubnovskaia, Veronika Chernyavska, Randi Lynn Evans, Anya Fuchs, Patricia Kaniowski, Alla Kocherga, Gev Manoukian, Tessa Marie, Snejana Petrova, Jonathan Platero, Leonidus Proskurov, Tony Pututau, and Leo Rotenberg all contributed to a very entertaining show.  You may recognize Randi Lynn Evans and Gev Manoukian from “So You Think You Can Dance”. 

But don’t wait folks.  “ballroom with a twist” is only here until February 13th.  And the beautiful Jane Seymour is your Celebrity Host from February 4-6th.  This is a great evening with a few surprises!  And the NoHo Arts District and El Portal Theatre are a great place to be.  Great theatre, great restaurants.  Devoted fans of both “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” will not be disappointed, and new fans will be created.  Lots of sequins, feathers and sparkle, AND entertainment we are lucky to have so close to home.  


Conceived and Choreographed by:  Louis Van Amstel
Celebrity Hosts:  Niecy Nash and Jane Seymour
Dancing with the Stars dancers:  Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, Edyta Sliwinska, and Anna Trebunskaya
American Idol Finalists:  Gina Glocksen and David Hernandez
Associate Producer:  Christopher Powick
Production Manager:  Michael Whhite
Lighting Designer:  Driscoll Otto
Associate Lighting Designer:  Elizabeth Harper
Costumes:  Randall Designs
Dance Captain:  Veronika Chernyavska

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
866.811.4111  or  818.508.4200

Exclusive Representation:  Scott Stander & Associates, Inc.

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