THIS WEEK’S “DANCING WITH THE STARS” PRESENTS A MOTOWN SPECIALHONORING MOTOWN’S GREATEST MUSIC.
Motown Legends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves,As well as Australia’s No. 1 Pop Vocal Group Human Nature, All Perform Monday Night.
Grammy® Award Winning R&B Group Boyz II Men Perform Tuesday Night.
“Macy’s Stars of Dance” Featuring Dance Company Shaping Sound and“AT&T’S Spotlight Performance” Spotlighting a Performance from Michaela DePrince Tuesday Night.
“Episode 1406 & 1406A” – This week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” presents a Motown special with live performances from Motown legends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves throughout the evening. The legends kick off the show, performing an unforgettable live Motown medley accompanied by the Troupe. For the first time ever, each artist will perform with the talented “DWTS” band and musical director Harold Wheeler before each of the remaining eight couples begin their competitive dance. During a special performance with dancers Anna Trebunskaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, Smokey Robinson will perform his No.1 hit song, “Tears of a Clown.” Also joining in on the excitement is vocal group Human Nature, performing some of Motown’s most popular hits throughout the evening. And to finish the show we will feature a special Motown Dance Marathon, where the couples will be showing off their classic dance moves from the Motown era, MONDAY, APRIL 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
During Tuesday’s show, Best-selling R&B group of all-time Boyz II Men returns to the ballroom with an incredible performance of their latest single, “One More Dance,” off their landmark 20th anniversary album,” Twenty.” Their performance will be accompanied by Dmitry Chaplin and Anna Trebunskaya. The show will open with an amazing number from the Troupe, Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Louis Van Amstel and Snejana Petrova, featuring a medley of Motown hit songs. This week’s “AT&T’s Spotlight Performance” spotlights the beautiful story of Michaela DePrince. And this week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance is the long awaited television debut of the hottest new contemporary dance company in America, Shaping Sound. The dance performance is choreographed by and features Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance. The performance is a special preview of the following week’s Classical theme with an arrangement recorded by Aston, a classical group from Sydney, Australia, that create symphonic masterpieces out of pop music. The Dance Duel continues, and this week the bottom two couples will dance the Jive to the same song at the same time as the judges decide who the next eliminated couple will be, TUESDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and former record executive Smokey Robinson is most notable for being the founder and front man of the popular Motown vocal group, The Miracles. After Robinson left the Miracles, “Cruisin’” became his first Top 10 solo single. Another massive hit, “Being with You,” followed. “Just to See Her” from his album, “One Heartbeat,” won Robinson his first Grammy ® Award. Robinson has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, is a Kennedy Center honoree, and has been awarded the National Medal of Arts. He released the standards album “Timeless Love” in 2006 on Universal Records. In 2009 he issued the album “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun” on his own label, Robso Records.
For more than 40 years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. As an essential component of the original Motown machine, The Temptations began their musical life in Detroit in the early ’60s. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that the Smokey Robinson-written and produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” turned the group into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, including “My Girl,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “I Wish It Would Rain” and “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep.” Beyond the fabulous singing, the Temps became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations, as the “Temptations Walk” became a staple of American style. Eventually, a series of acclaimed records came, “For Lovers Only,” a collection of love standards, “Phoenix Rising,” which was a platinum megahit featuring the chart stopping hit “Stay,” and “Ear Resistible,” which earned the group a Grammy ®. In 2005 they released “Reflections,” which earned them a Grammy ® nomination and brought to the world The Temptations’ versions of some of Motown’s greatest songs. Today the stellar Temps lineup consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson.
Martha Reeves is one of music’s most beloved and most enduring stars. It was in 1963 that the “Motown’s ultimate soul diva” first hit the road with the Motown Review and began hitting the pop and R &B charts with records made to get people on the dance floor. Martha Reeves and her cohorts, the Vandellas, backed Marvin Gaye on his first three singles before releasing “Come and Get These Memories,” the first of their 20 top hits. With “Heat Wave,” Martha and the Vandellas became the first Motown group nominated for a Grammy ®. Now, 50 years later, she is still on the road, still making audiences dance, winning rave reviews and awards. Currently her song “I’m Not Leaving,” a collaboration with The Crystal Method, is climbing up the Billboard dance charts. The song, which she co-wrote, testifies of her love and commitment to the city she still calls home, Detroit.
Human Nature is Australia’s leading pop vocal group and one of the preeminent vocal harmony groups in the world, with millions of albums sold worldwide. They have released nine albums, five of which went to No.1 in their native continent, garnering 23 platinum awards, and have toured internationally opening for Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. With Universal Music Group’s Universal Music Enterprises, Human Nature is ready to tackle America and carry the legacy of Motown music for a new generation. They recently released “The Motown Record,” which features 11 tracks offering their own authentic take on favorite Motown hits and classics, including the bonus track “Get Ready,” a song they recorded with the legendary Smokey Robinson. They also just released a DVD, “Human Nature Sings Motown,” a special telecast of the group’s Las Vegas stage show filmed by longtime Grammy® producer Ken Ehrlich. Human Nature has just kicked off their first ever U.S National tour, “Human Nature: The Motown Show presented by Smokey Robinson,” hitting 30 cities across the country this year.
Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group’s 4 Grammy ® Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 20-year career. Boyz II Men have also won a whopping 16 American Music Awards ®, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 MTV Awards and 3 Billboard Awards. Given the monumental success of their albums and the timeless quality of their vocals, it’s easy to see why Boyz II Men remains an inspiration to some of the most successful stars in the industry, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. Most recently Boyz II Men have marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled “Twenty.” The album contains the group’s first original material in nearly a decade as well as a dozen remasetered classic, career-defining hits. “Twenty” debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #10 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and placed #1 on the iTunes R&B Soul Album chart. The first song from “Twenty,” “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” cracked into the top 15 on Urban AC charts and is still climbing.
“AT&T’s Spotlight Performance,” features and celebrates people whose lives have been changed forever by dance. This week “Dancing with the Stars” has chosen to spotlight dancer Michaela DePrince. She was born in Sierra Leone and her parents died in the conflicts there when she was very young, so Michaela ended up in an orphanage. She always wanted to dance, but never had the opportunity. She finally got her chance when she was adopted by an American couple a few years later. Her mother enrolled her in ballet classes and Michaela excelled! Recently she earned a scholarship to the JKO School at American Ballet Theater and she is soon hoping to become a principal in a ballet company. Her story is featured in the award-winning documentary, “First Position,” by Bess Kargman, which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries all while navigating the drama of adolescence. “First Position,” directed and produced by Bess Kargman from Sundance Selects, will be released May 4, 2012. During her performance on “Dancing with the Stars,” Michaela will be dancing with Ade Chike Torbert, who competed on “SYTYCD.” Natasha Bedingfield will be performing live with Michaela, singing her powerful hit song “Wild Horses.”
While the theme of her music is always soulful, Natasha Bedingfield’s gifts as a singer and songwriter continue to reflect that infectious pop sensibility that catapulted her to being the first British female artist in 20 years to score a No.1 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart with her smash hit “Unwritten.” Since the release of her massive debut album, “Unwritten,” in 2006, Bedingfield has sold more than 10 million singles and albums worldwide. In 2004 “These Words” became her first UK
No. 1 single, and was followed by worldwide smash “Unwritten,” which has been certified double platinum and became the most played track at U.S. pop radio in 2006, garnering the singer-songwriter her first Grammy® nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Natasha’s success continued with the release of her sophomore album, “Pocket Full Of Sunshine,” which featured the hits “Love Like This” with Sean Kingston and “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” which has sold nearly 3 million copies to date.
By Tuesday evening’s end, one couple will be eliminated, as determined by a combination of the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes on dances performed on Monday’s performance show. Who among the eight couples will be the next to leave the ballroom?
* DONALD DRIVER and partner PETA MURGATROYD
* ROSHON FEGAN and partner CHELSIE HIGHTOWER
* MELISSA GILBERT and partner MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
* KATHERINE JENKINS and partner MARK BALLAS
* GLADYS KNIGHT and partner TRISTAN MACMANUS
* WILLIAM LEVY and partner CHERYL BURKE
* MARIA MENOUNOS and partner DEREK HOUGH
* JALEEL WHITE and partner KYM JOHNSON
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply).
BBC Worldwide Productions, led by Jane Tranter, is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz), “Hairy Bikers” (HISTORY) and the upcoming titles “The Week the Women Went” (Lifetime), “The Next Big Thing” (Oxygen), ”Lovetown, USA” (OWN) and “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz). BBC Worldwide Productions sits within one of six core businesses that form BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.
Source: ABC Television Group
Photos credit to: Dancing with the Stars Facebook, Gisele Reberio from Partyby5.com
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Once Mikey Koffman from The Gallery Los Angeles brings every one together at Los Angeles Fashion Weekend where buyers, media, designers, stylists and celebrities witness and view the new upcoming designs and fashion trends for the season. Producer Mikey Koffman from The Gallery Los Angeles produced LA Fashion Weekend, the Spring 2011 and Summer 2012 presented by ScreenShop from October 21 – 23, 2011.
Diversity News Magazine and TV covers the event on Saturday, October 22, 2011 Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 at Sunset Gower Studios located at 1438 N Gower St in Hollywood, CA from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Some of the featured designers were Kelly Nishimoto, Karen Capili, Lawren Michele, Cristina Nitopi, Tumbler and Tipsy, C Nice, AOA Age of Aquarius, XCVI and many more. Also live performances by Super Star Shyra and Bullet and Snowfox.
The event was broadcast by local TV station KTLA 5.
Mikey Koffman got a surprise birthday celebration cake and songs after the show.
About Mikey Koffman:
Native Angeleno Mikey Koffman is a tour de force in the burgeoning Los Angeles fashion industry, with years in the foreground developing her diverse body of experience. Though Koffman is now a mainstay in the fashion world, she got her start as the first female motorcycle shop owner in Long Beach. Koffman then parlayed her entrepreneurial drive into her next venture – launching her own clothing line, which became an immediate success, and was internationally distributed in its first year of production.
It was through this project that Koffman developed a niche for herself in the industry. On the heels of the success of her clothing line, Koffman went on to assume the position of Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Da Nang Clothing and Stitch’s Jeans. Koffman then launched 575 Denim, a brand that saw exponential growth with this seasoned consultant at the helm. Koffman also produced countless runway shows, ad campaigns, and photo shoots, further reinforcing her position as a leader in the industry.
In 2005 Koffman founded The Gallery Los Angeles, a full service marketing and event production company. After producing fashion shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris, Koffman assisted in the establishment of the official Los Angeles Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. Following Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’s final season, Koffman launched Los Angeles Fashion Weekend and moved the location to Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood.
Koffman also produces runway shows in conjunction with the Magic International tradeshow. These shows put fashion brands onto the map with key buyers and media, and have successfully launched a number of emerging lines.
Koffman was also featured on the first season of the hit Showtime series, “The Real L Word,” and KTLA morning news segment “Thank God It’s Fashion”. Koffman’s unmatched experience growing emerging lines into full fledged brands has garnered her place among the fashion elite. For more information visit: http://losangelesfw.com/
About The Gallery Los Angeles: The Gallery Los Angeles Public Relations & Marketing founded by Mikey Koffman. The Gallery Los Angeles is a philanthropic public relations and marketing company located in the Cooper Design Space, in downtown Los Angeles. As the demand for natural and organic products continues to grow, we have taken the initiative to support this positive change by incorporating sustainable ideas into our everyday business and lives. We are not only committed to raising global awareness of eco friendly and organic apparel lines, but more importantly the positive message each designer wishes to share with the world. For more information visit http://www.TheGalleryLA.com
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Esteban A. Escobar (born in El Salvador, Central America on September 6th) is an Award Winning American (Journalist, reporter, editor, columnist, writer, producer, director, publicist, radio personality, accounts receivable specialist, humanitarian and philanthropist). Esteban is known as Steven Escobar. He is the Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, an online & special print consumer news magazine that is visited by close to two million visitors a month while growing each day. Esteban “Steven” Escobar is also Producer, Director of Diversity News TV, the host of Diversity News Radio, on Air with Steven Escobar and the President of Diversity News Publications, a news/entertainment multimedia firm in Hollywood, CA.
Steven Escobar owns E.E.Enterprises and an affiliate of The Diversity News Publications Family of Companies. Steven Escobar is also the official Hollywood and Los Angeles County Events Examiner for Examiner.com and contributor for Yahoo.com distributed via Yahoo Voices. Steven Escobar also gives back to the community by helping charities, and since 2003 to the present, he has been raising money and awareness for AIDS Walk LA benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. Also in 2011 Steven Escobar raised money and awareness for The Life Group LA and volunteered for Exotifit For Humanity and The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee.
Steven was nominated for The Shorty Awards 2011 and the People’s Choice Fan Award 2012. In 2012 Steven Escobar receives the Humanitarian Award at the 2012 International Noble Awards. Also on June 2, 2012 Steven Escobar Received the Community and Humanitarian Services Award at Kayamanan ng Bayan for all his contributions to the Filipino American community in Southern California.
On 12-12-12 Steven Escobar received Award for Most Fascinating Person of the Year 2012. On 2-22-2013 Steven Escobar is nominated for a 2013 EOTM Award (Entrepreneurs on the Move) for Outstanding Journalist and on April 25, 2013 receives nomination for 2013 EOTM Award for Outstanding Internet Radio.
On April 4, 2013 Steven Escobar receives award for Diversity News TV “Best B-Roll."
Yahoo.com names Steven Escobar the Hot 500 contributors during the month of March 2012 of Yahoo! Contributor Network. Steven Escobar currently resides in Los Angeles County in the City of Hollywood, CA. For more information visithttp://www.stevenescobar.diversitynewspublications.com, http://www.stevenescobar.blogspot.com or his IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4164655/
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