Pros from “Dancing With The Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” plus “American Idol finalists” live on stage
FOLSOM — Ballroom With A Twist, coming to the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College on the weekend of Nov. 1-3, is a critically acclaimed international dance production conceived and choreographed by ABC-TVs “Dancing with the Stars,” Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel.
This groundbreaking show, starring “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity pros Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower and Oksana Dmytrenko, together with finalists from TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” singers Gina Glocksen and Von Smith, pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest contemporary and hip-hop styles. Ballroom with a Twist is an evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances.
Emmy-nominated choreographer, international world champion and consummate professional van Amstel has devoted his life toward perfecting his craft. He began his Dancesport career training in a theater school where he gained a background in ballet, tap and jazz while simultaneously engaging in rigorous competitions. Upon graduating, van Amstel attended the University of the Arts in Amsterdam to enhance his skills in the classical dances and theory. He has been in the world of Dancesport for nearly two decades now, and has appeared in guest roles on several hit TV shows. Most prominently, van Amstel was featured in Seasons 1 through 3 of “Dancing with the Stars”— a show that has become a pop culture phenomenon in both the U.S. and abroad. His success led him to serve as creative director, choreographer and performer in the Dancing with the Stars Touring Show which has performed in cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Chaplin is one of the most recognized ballroom dancers and choreographers in the United States and around the world. He’s performed as one of the star professionals on “Dancing with the Stars since 2009,” received an Emmy nomination for his choreography of an Argentine Tango on “So You Think You Can Dance” and is one of America’s favorite dancers.
For the past five years, Hightower has wowed audiences with her dancing skills as a professional dancer on “Dancing with the Stars.” She was a special guest star for a week this summer in the Dancing With The Stars Live show in Las Vegas. Hightower has assisted with choreography and danced for numerous musical guests on DWTS including: Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston, The Bee Gee’s and more. In July 2010 she received her first Creative Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for her “Dancing with the Stars routine,” Paso Doble /Malaquena.
Dmytrenko has been a force in the world of competitive dance since the age of 6. She was a juvenile and junior finalist in multiple competitions in her native Ukraine before becoming the National Youth Champion. She held this high honor in her country for three consecutive years. At the age of 18, she took her pursuits to the U.S. where she took second place in the National Amateur Championships, which led to the honor of representing the U.S. in the World Championships in Australia. Dmytrenko now graces television screens worldwide as a pro on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She just became engaged to Jonathan Platero, a season 5 finalist from the television show “So You Think You Can Dance,” who is also appearing at the Harris Center in Ballroom With A Twist.
Ballroom With A Twist comes to the Harris Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $39 to $59 each with premium seats available for $69. Purchase them online at HarrisCenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College is located at 10 College Parkway in Folsom.