Dancing with the Stars

It’s hard to believe that Dancing with the Stars in deep into their 24th season. When we were told that during the #GOTGVol2Event we’d be hanging with the troupe and learning some moves, I was a bit excited. It’s been years since I was in a dance classroom setting, and never had I been with pros like the ones that were gracious enough to spend the afternoon with 25 mom bloggers.


A little fun from #DancingWithTheStars #dwts #ABCTVEvent

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Dancing with the Stars

Hayley Erbert, Brittany Cherry, Britt Stewart, Brandon Armstrong, Artur Adamski, and Alan Bersten who has been filling in for Maksim Chmerkovskiy who is recovering an injury. They were all very welcoming and full of energy as they answered questions about how they got to where they are today and just how much they love being part of the show.

We practiced at the 101 Dance Center where you see clips from rehearsals during the show. I am not sure that there is typically as many people in that studio as we had. But boy did we show up!


We learned a bit together as a group and then we were broken up into smaller groups where Brandon Armstrong gave us a little lesson – look we did pretty good from a group of moms. 😉

Not only did we have some fun dancing, but Alan was super sweet and did this video message for my daughter Madi.

So what is going on with season 24? 

With just the eight remaining couples, this week they will dance to some of the most iconic songs from famous boy bands and girl groups throughout musical history.


The Celebrities Compete Against Each Other in Team Dances – Men vs. Women and Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter will be a Guest Judge.

And even though Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return to the ballroom floor, we have to give a wink and a nod to our fellow dance professional, Alan Bersten.

To keep it all interesting, one of the couples will go home at the end of the night. Who will it be?

Some of the iconic boy bands and girl groups, whose songs will be danced to, include Simone and Sasha performing a samba to Destiny’s Child. Bonner and Sharna dancing a rumba to Backstreet Boys. Nick and Peta jiving to The Beach Boys. Normani and Val dancing a salsa to The Pussycat Dolls. David and Lindsay performing an Argentine tango to *NSYNC. Also, after being injured, Maks makes his return to the ballroom floor, where he and Heather will perform a rumba to TLC.

To add some spice to the competition, it’s Team Dances with men vs. women:


Bonner Bolton, Nick Viall, David Ross and Rashad Jennings will dance to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction.


Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan, Normani Kordei and Heather Morris will dance to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.

Each celebrity will perform a samba, rumba, tango, paso doblé, salsa, Argentine tango or jive. At the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, one couple will be eliminated.

Each Couple Will Dance to the Following Songs (in alphabetical order):

Simone Biles & Sasha Farber – Samba – “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess – Rumba – “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater – Tango – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops

Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev – Paso Doblé – “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue

Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Salsa – “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls

Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Rumba – “Waterfalls” by TLC

David Ross & Lindsay Arnold – Argentine Tango – “I Want You Back” by *NSYNC

Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd – Jive – “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys


Remember that viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2cdE4PL is open for 24 hours, beginning at the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday evenings.

Read about that time I attended a taping of Dancing with the Stars. 

I attended Dancing with the Stars dance lesson as part of the #GOTGVol2Event. All opinions are my own.
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