HOLLYWOOD—Kristi Yamaguchi, Gilles Marini, Evan Lysacek, Mario Lopez and Sabrina Bryan will serve as rotating hosts for this highly anticipated production of Ballroom with a Twist, a brilliant new dance production conceived and choreographed by EMMYÂ® Award nominated Louis van Amstel, a five-time Dancing With the Stars pro. Ballroom boasts an amazing ensemble including dancers from “So you think you can dance,” “High School Musical – The Movie,” “Dance Your Ass Off” and “Dancing With The Stars” dance pros such as Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya, as well as “American Idol” finalists from season seven, David Hernandez, and season two, Trenyce, who provide exciting live vocals. This ground-breaking show pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance by infusing it with the energy and intensity of classic ballroom and the latest authentic, hip-hop and Broadway styles.
“Ballroom with a Twist” is an extravagant evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances. “The costumes are pretty much what you see on ”˜Dancing With the Stars,’” says van Amstel. “They’re young, they’re hot, they’re in the best shape of their lives.” Van Amstel knows how to get people to move but wants to move the audience. “What I want people to take home with them is that they’re being touched,” he says. “That they’re being moved by something beautiful. We also have a little surprise for the audience. But I’m not going to tell you.”
Louis van Amstel, born in 1972 in Holland, is a professional dancer, EMMYÂ® nominated choreographer, and a dancesport coach. He is a world championship ballroom dancer, and also known in American pop culture for partnering with celebrities Kelly Osborne, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Rinna in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” After retiring from professional ballroom competition, he moved on to choreography and production. He founded the company VanDance, LLC, and directed, produced, choreographed and performed in the Broadway show Latin Fusion. Louis has appeared on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and had a cameo role as himself on ABC’s “All My Children,” where he taught two characters to ballroom dance.
Hosts for the events include Gilles Marini, Kristi Yamaguchi, Evan Lysacek, Mario Lopez and Sabrina Bryan. Celebrity dancers include Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas, as well as the husband and wife team Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya, who have been a part of “Dancing With The Stars” since its 2005 debut.
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