Kyle Van Newkirk And Keoni & Mari Interviewed On “World Of Dance”, What’s Next, And Lots More

As you know from a previous post, World Of Dance Kyle Van Newkirk And Keoni & Mari performed for National Dance Day at the Music Center In LA this past weekend. Kristyn Burtt was there to ask them questions about “World Of Dance, the reaction from fans on their dancing, what they’d like to do in the future (Kyle’s hoping to do World Of Dance again, YAY), and lots more. Super Interviews!

August 2, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

‘World Of Dance’ Kyle Van Newkirk And Keoni & Mari Perform For National Dance Day

World Of Dance Kyle Van Newkirk And Keoni & Mari performed for National Dance Day at the Music Center In LA yesterday. Check out all the fun photos and videos below. They were off the hook fantastic!

July 30, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Jenna Dewan Tatum Interviewed On World Of Dance And More

Below is Jenna Dewan Tatum on Live With Kelly & Ryan today….and looking gorgeous as always. I love her entrance too. She talks on her current projects and, of course, World Of Dance. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.

July 21, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

PureWofD Exclusive Interview With Tap Dancing Champion And World Of Dance’s Kyle Van Newkirk (New Photos Included)

I was so blessed and honored most recently to visit with World Of Dance contestant and World Champion Tapper Kyle Van New Kirk and his Mom (and one of my oldest and dearest friends), Sue, at their lovely home and heavenly gardens in Morrill, Nebraska. As Kyle told me about his story, I was immediately sent back in time to when Sue told me (and another friend) she was pregnant with Kyle. Let’s just say, knowing Sue like we did and in an unexplainable way, we all knew this baby was going to be very “special”. Not only did Sue’s news send sparklies up my arms at the time, I had them again when I found out Kyle was going to dance on “World Of Dance”, and then once again as he played the piano for me at his house. Lots more below of this amazing story of Kyle making his dreams come true despite coming from a small town in Nebraska, all the other challenges along the way, the “defining moments”, and lots lots more. My husband and I and the people in the Wyo-Braska area where we live could not be more proud. New photos of Kyle, his lovely Mom, and their stunning gardens included too….

Hi Kyle! How are you? It’s such an honor to be talking with you about “World Of Dance”! You have made us Wyomingites and Nebraskanites so very proud as it’s not every day we see someone from our remote area make it on a National TV show. So, what was it like when you first heard you were dancing on the show?

Hey Lisa!!! Thank you so very much!!! I’m so glad to be able to chat a bit about “World of Dance”. When I first heard that I was able to perform on the show, I was ecstatic. I was so excited that I was able to perform on a national stage rather than performing on small stages around the world. So, you can say that I was definitely through the roof when I heard that I was finally on the show!

Take us back to the beginning of your dancing career. When did you start dancing? Also, have you always wanted to Tap Dance and was there a ‘defining moment’ when this happened?

When I started to tap dance, I was six. It took my parents, especially my father, a while to get use to the fact that I wanted to dance. But originally I did not want to make a professional career out of tap dance. I looked at it as a hobby at first, saying that it was so fun to be able to go into the classroom and bang on the floor. Except I fell in love with dance when I was seventeen. It was when I was making the decision of going to college at University of Lincoln Nebraska to be a pianist, when I found my love for the art form. I did not want to give up my dancing ability entirely to go to college. So that was my Read more..

July 14, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

World of Dance, Week 5 – Screencaps

Here are some fun screencaps from last week’s show. 🙂

July 6, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Eva Igo

People who have been following PureDWTS for a few years now know that a couple of us have a real problem with contemporary dance. You pretty much have to be mind blowingly amazing to impress us – and, speaking for myself, I generally don’t care for it. It all tends to look the same in dancers other than someone like Allison Holker. Angsty flailing all tends to look the same after a while and it’s…boring.

But that can NOT be said for Eva Igo. This tiny little beast is an Allison Holker in training. This girl did my kind of contemporary in the Qualifiers. She’s got an edge to her which I really appreciated, and she kept that edge a bit light. Her second dance didn’t really improve on her first one and she needs to switch it up a bit – but we have to remember that she is a true youngster and hasn’t lived enough life just yet. And life experience tends to make the contemporary dancer. As long as she doesn’t go the angsty-flailing route that many dance shows love so much (looking at you, “So you think you can dance”…:::yawn:::), she could be a favorite for a long time to come.

Eva is a 14 year old dancer from St. Paul and she dances at the Larkin Dance Studio. According to the “Kid Dancers Wiki”:

Eva did her first solo at the age of 5 and was securing national and regional titles by the age of 7.

Eva appeared in Season 3 Episode 11 of the hit reality show Dance Moms, entitled Camouflaged Maneuvers. She and her team placed 1st against the ALDC’s “Don’t Ask Just Tell” and Eva placed 1st to Maddie Ziegler as well as receiving the highest score in the competition.

The site goes on to list a surprising number of dances/competitions. I didn’t expect to find much on Eva, since she is so young, but there are quite a few competition videos out there, since youtube is as old as she is. 🙂 Here’s one from age 11:

Here’s a much more recent competition “improv” video – which I assume means she’s freestyling. She’s showing a bit of that edge here that I appreciate.

Here’s a video of Eva dancing with a partner. Not bad. A bit young for this style, but I know this is how it goes.

Eva Igo Instagram
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June 25, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions

I think we’ve already discussed my love for the cutie Ian Eastwood, but who is this guy and where did he come from? I just love his style and I think NeYo nailed it when he said that he is like a “taller, whiter, Bruno Mars”…and I love me some Bruno Mars.

Ian went to a convention at age 10 and met Nappytabs…and at first they weren’t impressed, but he won them over by the end of the convention. But even earlier than that, as he says in his website’s bio, he knew he wanted to dance:

When N’sync was getting big I’d see them on award shows and try and mimic them with my friends. We’d make a routine, get the boombox out (yes a boom box a.k.a. the thing that played songs from a circular disk as well as radio.) and show my parents. Eventually my parents thought – “hey, our boy isn’t too bad” so they threw me in my first dance class the week of Halloween. I remember it was Halloween because my teacher Mr. Sydney wore a rainbow afro wig and taught the choreography from “Thriller”. When I walked out of the class my Ma asked me what I thought and I said, “Mama I wanna do this for the rest of my life.”

Ian was 13 when Youtube came along and he started putting up videos and gathering a following. But his career really got started at age 16 when he found himself traveling all over the world teaching dance and choreographing for a variety of artists. Before you know it, “Young Lions” was created by his family which represented “Yound and hungry” youth. His bio says there is even a clothing line!!

I could go on, but it’s easiest for you to visit his website and read all about him. 🙂

Here’s his latest, I think, and appropriately enough it’s set to Bruno Mars “24k Magic” – Love it!

I love all the screaming girls in this one – imagine what a good showing on WoD will do for him!

And, finally, here’s their performance for the qualifiers of WoD, but shot and edited by Ian himself. He likes creative control. He reminds of Derek a good bit, with the directing, etc.

He’s getting some media as well; here’s an interview Vogue posted a while ago with Access Hollywood Live.

Ian Eastwood Youtube
Ian Eastwood Twitter
Ian Eastwood Instagram

June 24, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: “The Posse”

I loved The Posse on World Of Dance last night. They are a Contemporary team of girls from San Jose, California. Their names are Jadyn Hernandez, Priscilla Tom, Kina Siu, Janette Solorzano, Sydney Centeno, Emily Joe, and Jana Tsai. For being so young, they have already worked with H&M and artists like Justin Bieber and Sia. They are also National Grand Champions of the Radix Dance Convention. Be sure to follow The Posse at You Tube and Instagram.

June 14, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: “Pasión”

Wasn’t Pasión amazing last night on World Of Dance? I love Flamenco dancing and lots of passion, so I was in heaven. 🙂 So, who is Pasión? They are a group made up of four dancers: Timo Nuñez, Fanny Ara, Defne Enc, and Genevieve Guinn. Their group is named after Timo Nuñez’s show which opened in 2012 as a tribute to his late grandmother. Pasión is breaking frontiers to bring contemporary flamenco to the American stage and now here they come to bringing their passionate talent to World Of Dance. Note that Timo Nuñez has been on “So You Think You Can Dance” in the past.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

World of Dance, Week 2 Screencaps

Just a few screen caps from Week 2 of the competition. 🙂

June 11, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)