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Monday, February 10, 2014
Reality-show dancers will perform in KW

While fans of the hit reality competition "Dancing with the Stars" await the upcoming new season, the professional dancers who lead Hollywood "celebrities" through complex choreography are taking the stage in theaters all over the country for Ballroom with a Twist.

The live performance comes to Key West Wednesday night at Tennessee Williams Theater, featuring DWTS veterans Val Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd and Sasha Farber.

The lineup includes international dancing superstars performing the samba, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and jive in a performance choreographed by DWTS' choreographer Louis van Amstel.

In addition to the sight of vibrant costumes and syncopated moves, attendees will hear some familiar voices during the show.

Some Amerian Idol finalists, including Gina Glocksen and Von Smith, will lend their voices to the live performance that features the same high kicks, twists, turns and lifts as Dancing with the Stars -- without the "stars" tripping up their professional partners.

"Yes, there is definitely a difference in that Ballroom with a Twist doesn't include the competition factor," Chmerkovskiy told The Citizen Sunday. "But I love live performance, no matter what. I love being on a stage and the energy that goes along with it."

Ballroom with a Twist also includes audience interaction with the performers and a question-and-ansewr session at the end.

"Fans of Dancing with the Stars can expect to see us perform different and exciting numbers during Ballroom with a Twist, and they can get to know us a little," Chmerkovskiy said. "This show combines incredible performance with a very intimate, and cozy kind of feel because of the interaction we have with the audience."

Chmerkovskiy said he has not been touring with Ballroom with a Twist for all of its performances, but said he is excited to be in Key West, where he visited several years ago.

I will admit it's no accident that I happened to sign on and be available for this show, which happens to take place in Key West in February, said the dancer who was born in Ukraine and moved to Brooklyn when he was 8.

Chmerkovskiy now divides his time between New York and Los Angeles, but he's in Key West now and will be on stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets cost $55 to $75 and are available at keystix.com.

An Upper Keys performance will take place at 8 p.m. tonight at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center.

mmiles@keysnews.com

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