Get your fill of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance live onstage at Paper Mill Playhouse. Ballroom with a Twist 2--will offer two performances at the Millburn theater Saturday, May 10, at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 11, at 2:00pm.
Celebrity dancers include: Chelsie Hightower (see video), Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya, Gleb Savchenko, Legacy, Oksana Dymetrenko, Jonathan Platero and Randi Lynn Strong. The show will feature performances from American Idol stars Von Smith (Season 8) and Karen Rodriguez (Season 10). “Ballroom with a Twist 2 is an evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances.”
Watching the cha-cha rattle on the television screen is one thing, but getting up close and live beneath the fringe, sequins, and booming sounds of rumba bass is a whole other experience. Ballroom with a Twist 2 brings a frenzy of sizzling dance moves by professional international dancers spanning the hot moves of samba, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, and jive. As if the jaw-dropping dancers aren’t enough to keep you ogling at smooth moves and high kicks, favorite American Idol finalists will also be joining the bill with their powerhouse hit songs. Ballroom with a Twist 2 gives audiences thrills with its varieties of music providing a concert soundtrack to the evening.
Featured in the Cast
Chelsie Hightower is a professional dancer best known for her performances on the reality TV shows So You Think You Can Dance (Season 4) and Dancing With The Stars (Seasons 8, 9, and 10). Chelsie specializes in Latin and standard styles of ballroom dance. At age 18, she made her television debut on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. She is highly remembered for her Emmy-nominated performances with Mark Kanemura to a revision of "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis choreographed by Nappytabs and with Joshua Allen to "A Los Amigas" choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin. After season 4, Chelsie has since returned in season 8 as an All-Star and in season 10 as a choreographer and All-Star. Hightower’s dance partners included: Ty Murray, a nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy, professional snowboarder Louie Vito, The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka, singer Michael Bolton, rapper and actor Romeo Miller and Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan.
Dmitry Chaplin is a Russian dancer and Emmy-nominated choreographer, best known for being a Top 10 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance (Season 2). He was famous for performing shirtless, with one solo routine having him rip off his shirt. Chaplin was selected to be a professional on season 8 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Holly Madison. Chaplin finished in second place in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars with singer Mya. He recently competed on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars with supermodel Petra Němcová.
Anna Trebunskaya is a Russian-born American professional ballroom and Latin dancer, known for her appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Over 15 seasons, Trebunskaya partnered with football star Jerry Rice, model Albert Reed, actor Steve Guttenberg, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, US Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek, football quarterback Kurt Warner, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, fashion guru Carson Kressley, soap opera star Jack Wagner and season 2 winner Drew Lachey.
Gleb Savchenko was recently on Dancing with the Stars alongside Beverly Hills Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump. Gleb won his first major title in October 2007 at the International Rising Star Professional Latin Championship in London. He then continued to win six Professional Latin Dance Championships and was ranked #10 in the World in the Pro-Latin American division by the World Dance Council ranking awards. He has toured internationally and has appeared on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.
Legacy, whose full name is Jonathan Lee Perez is from Miami, Florida. He appeared in the 2010 season of So You Think You Can Dance and instantly became one of the show’s treasured talents. He began dancing at the age of 15 after being influenced by dancers at a local skate park. He was also seen in the movies B-Girl and Step Up 3D.
Oksana Dymetrenko is currently on Dancing with the Stars as a pro troupe member. Oksana won the International Dance Union World Cup in Moscow and became Ukrainian national champions. In the Blackpool Dance Festival, one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the world, Oksana and her partner were in the top 30 out of 500 of the world’s best couples. She is dancing in the U.S.A. and became third in the entire country after the National Championships in April 2008. She won the Rising Star Championship in International Latin and has showcased her talents on ABC’s Morning show.
Jonathan Platero gained national notoriety with his athletic dance ability as a So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 finalist. Before SYTYCD, Jonathan had already won titles including World Undisputed Salsa Champion and was the head choreographer for Salsa Heats Pro-Team, making them one of the top team finalist in the world. Shortly after the show, Jonathan moved to Los Angeles and landed his first major spot on the hit television show, Glee alongside Olivia Newton-John. Immediately following, he appeared on Disney channel’s Shake It Up, Fran Drescher’s hit show, Happily Divorced, and The Wendy Williams Show. Most recently Jonathan was featured on Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony’s talent show, Q’Viva The Chosen. In addition to all his accomplishments, Jonathan has showcased his talents in music videos for artist such as Jennifer Lopez, John Mayer and Cody Simpson.
Randi Lynn Strong is most recognized for her placement in the top five girls on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, from which she continued on a 40-city national tour. Randi has over 15 years of dance training and specializes in tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Additionally, Randi was featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and has performed with Earth, Wind and Fire.
Karen Rodriguez auditioned in Los Angeles after being accepted to American Idol through a MySpace audition. Karen was sent to Hollywood and then was put through to the Top 12. During the Top 13, she sang "I Could Fall in Love" by Selena and was put in the bottom three along with Ashthon Jones, who was eliminated that round, and Haley Reinhart, who would finish third in season 10. She was safe and was put through to the Top 12. During the Top 12, she sang "Love Will Lead You Back.”
Von Smith is best known for his appearances on Season 8 of American Idol. Smith is an American singer and internet personality who initially gained success via his YouTube videos. These garnered national attention, which led to an appearance on The View in February 2007. He soon signed a recording contract with Kon Live Distribution. In 2009 he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol and made it into the Top 36. In 2012 he was featured as the ultimate "opening act" for the season finale of the reality show of the same name, performing as the opener at Lady Gaga's Brisbane, Australia, show in June 2012.
This extremely limited engagement will be performed Saturday, May 10, at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 11, at 2:00pm.. Tickets are on sale now and selling quickly starting at just $28. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express accepted.