Wayne Newton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Tommy Chong, Paula Deen, Steve Wozniak, Evander Holyfield, Jane Seymour: These are just a few of the long list of notables who have appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” over the ABC hit show’s 10-year run.
Now the same professional dancers that managed to make ballroom and salsa dancers out of some of the world’s most unlikely candidates are coming to shake their stuff in New Orleans for “Dancing with the Stars: Live! — Dance All Night Tour.”
Following two previous sold-out tours, this third rendition of “Dancing” boasts the largest cast ever assembled, including pro dancers Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry and Jenna Johnson.
“You’re going to see every style of dance you can imagine,” said Arnold, who has performed with the show for six seasons.
This is Arnold’s first time on tour.
“The show really went all out for this one,” she said. “The stage is enormous, and we have these incredible LED screens. And for portions of the show the dancers interact with the content on the screen. It adds a whole other effect to the movement.”
Arnold said fans of the show will recognize not only the dancers, but some of the choreography as well.
“I’ll actually be performing three dances that were on the show,” she said.
While “Dancing with the Stars” traditionally skewed more toward ballroom dancing, Arnold said the show has recently started to showcase a broader range of styles, including jazz, ballet and hip hop.
“They’ve really opened up the show, and you’re going to see that on the tour as well. We really get to have fun with it. There’s going to be everything from waltzes to contemporary. The show is really made for all ages — anyone who loves dance.”
Arnold grew up in Provo, Utah, where she started dance lessons at age 4 and soon fell for ballroom dancing. She began competing at age 8.
“I don’t know what it was, maybe the boys, maybe that it just looked so mature, but I loved it from the moment I saw it,” she said.
Barely out of high school, Arnold was accepted to compete on Fox’s hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” another reality dance competition show that began airing in 2005, the same year as “Dancing with the Stars.” She made it to the top four performers.
While Arnold loves the chance to develop her own choreography on “Dancing with the Stars,” she said the downside is that she doesn’t get to interact with the other professional dancers on the show very often.
“We’re always doing our own thing, working with our own partners to prepare for the next week,” she said.
The tour, however, will be different. The dancers will be on the road together for eight weeks, making stops in 43 cities.
“We’re all going to be together in the same place, doing what we love,” she said. “I am so excited. I just can’t wait to get on the road.”