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DWTS VIP Light Up the Night Winter Tour 17-18

DWTS VIP Light Up the Night Winter Tour 17-18

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I’ve had the pleasure of being a VIP for the last six Dancing with the Stars tours. From the first tour I participated in the VIP to this year’s tour I must say: It’s like night and day!  They have improved them tremendously!  So let’s talk about the details of the VIP!

Pre-Show: For my 1st show in Charlotte I did the Front Row VIP Pkg we received the email 4 days ahead of the show.  We had to arrive between 4:15-5:15 but, remember that varies by city so check your itinerary.   VIP Hosts this tour are Jeff & Sam (Lindsay’s hubby)

Entering VIP:   There were a lot of VIP’s but, the facility was awesome and let us in out of the cold so we could line up inside.  Once we signed in I got my ticket, the VIP bag with a tall mug inside and the signed tour program.  They did the lanyards with the letters on them again which is great so then they are only lining up small groups at a time for the photos.

Now on to the good stuff!  After check in we were directed upstairs.  We all grabbed a drink and met up with some other really nice fans.  At about 5:30-5:45 they lined up the first group for the photos and the cast came in.  Hayley and Brandon were in the mingle and Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie (all 3 will be consistent this tour) and then the other 2 will rotate and we had Emma & Keo. I will be keeping track so you can see if there is a pattern and potentially narrow down who might be in your city!  Photos did go a little quick this time but, they did have a ton of people.  You were still able to say hi to each person and say something quick.  Hayley and Brandon were super sweet in the mingle.  The lighting was tough where they were standing so I would suggest using flash when you have your photos taken if the lighting is tough.

http://lightscmemories.com/vip/vip-photo-list-dwts-light-night-winter-tour/

DWTS TourThe VIP Nation staff is also very kind, nobody is yelling at you it’s a pleasant experience.  You do have to leave your purse, bags and anything else on you at the table and you cannot ask for autographs etc. at the cast photo portion.   This year too it was one professional photo taken by VIP Nation host, no selfie options in the main photo.  You could however do selfies with the dancers in the Meet & Mingle.  They did have a GIF area this time.  I didn’t get a chance to get over there as I was catching up with friends but, will at a future show.  After the photos were done and the dancers all left to get ready for the show you could go to the merchandise stand and do some crowd free shopping which was also nice.

Please note on the pics:  the itinerary says up within to 2 weeks which drives all of the fans crazy because that is the one thing they all want and it took 5 days to post the Charlotte pics and I am beyond disappointed, the host clearly did not check them like they usually do because my eyes are completely shut in both pictures!  That is not ok, people spend a lot of money on these packages, I can’t print either of my pictures!  If I could change one thing in the VIP world it would be that the photos were up in 24-48 hours as that is the ONE thing the fans want to see more than anything but, the tour just started so we will see if the speed improves.  UPDATE:  I have done 3 more shows since opening night and I am happy to report that the host is now checking the photos before you walk away to be sure eyes are open.  I was much happier with my photo from the Verona show and the Mohegan shows.  I did want to mention though because it was brought to my attention that the fans in Boston will not be receiving their photos.  They received an email offering a $100 refund and an apology that they would not be receiving their photos due to a memory card error.  I know so many of you follow this page and I just wanted to say that I am so sorry to hear that happened to you.  In all my years of doing VIP I never heard of that happening to an entire city.  I know on one hand you have the memory of meeting them but, I also totally understand how disappointed you are not having the photo memory.

DWTS TourWhat to wear:  Be comfortable & wear what you want.  You will see everyone from dressed down to wearing beautiful dresses and everything in between.

Show time!  I will be doing another blog on the show itself after my next one.  I will say it’s really a great show.  Very minimal crowd interaction this time, only Alan goes out for less than a minute to start off a # in the crowd.  That was disappointing because fans love that so much.  Jordan and Frankie are a lot of fun and the Pro’s just knock it out of the park with their high energy performance.  More to come in a few weeks.

Suggestions for Tour Management:  This is something I have been thinking about.  For the Maks & Val Tour and the Derek & Julianne tours there was another top level tier package when you got pictures in the VIP and then got extra time with them backstage.  I know the VIP photos are with “select” dancers (4 the last 2 tours & 5 this tour) at each city but, many fans have voiced their disappointment when their “favorite” isn’t in their photo since it’s a random rotation.  I have heard many voice their displeasure at paying several hundred dollars but not getting a pic with their favorite.  What if you added another ticket tier or made it with the front row packages that you get your pic with the rest of the VIP’s and then you are either taken down just before the show or just after and get a photo with the full tour cast?  If you sold a very limited # of them it wouldn’t take that much extra time.  That way you those that truly want to meet them all would have the chance and it would then add another tier package for you.  I know I would sign up for that for sure!

If possible rotate the staff if you are doing two shows in one city.  Some of us like to go to both shows and it would be great to get pics with two sets of dancers since you are paying VIP at both.

Bravo & Thank you:  VIP Nation you always put together fantastic unique experiences and it doesn’t go unnoticed! Thank you so much to the tour staff:  Mandy Moore & Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Directors and our dance captains:  Jenna and Artem truly put together an amazing show that I think every fan should be sure they have a ticket for! The creative genius is obvious at every moment in the show.  The vision and layout for this tour is truly worth 10 Stars!  The crew and all the other behind the scenes individuals also deserve a shout out!  The Dancers (Sharna, Gleb, Artem, Lindsay, Sasha, Keo, Emma, Jenna, Hayley, Alan, Morgan and Brandon all truly leave it on the floor each night.  It’s emotional, it’s passionate, it’s raw, it’s FUN, it’s full of energy and I am so excited I will get to see this tour multiple times and have a new take away each night!

If you don’t have a ticket…Buy one today and if you are able to do VIP it’s worth the investment for this experience they have many different levels and price points too!  Here’s the link for tickets/VIP package! http://dwtstour.com/

Want to see more photos?  For many more pictures from the tour, past tours please follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook @lightscmemories!  If you have any questions that I can help with please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Where do I love to shop for fun outfits for VIP pics!

Fun concert wear!

Bebe:  http://www.bebe.com/

Nordstrom:  http://shop.nordstrom.com/

White House Black Market:  https://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/

Coach:  http://www.coach.com/shop/women-wristlets

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

VIP Experience Blog

VIP Photo List DWTS Light Up the Night Winter Tour

 

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I will update this nightly for the DWTS Light Up the Night Tour so you can get an idea WHO might be in the photo in your city!

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Charlotte, NC:  M&G-Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Keo & Emma  (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Greenville, SC:  M&G-Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Sasha (Mingle:  Jenna & Alan)

Atlanta:  M&G: Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Gleb & Artem (Mingle:  Brandon & Morgan)

Richmond:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Keo & Emma (Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

Philadelphia:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Jenna & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Kitchener, ON:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Rama: Evening Show M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Alan & Gleb (Mingle:  Hayley & Jenna)

Rama:  Matinee Show:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:   ??)

New Brunswick, NJ: M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Keo (Mingle:  Morgan & Jenna)

Washington, DC:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Gleb & Alan (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon  )

Bethlehem, PA: 1st Show   M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Jenna & Morgan)

Bethlehem, PA:  2nd Show:  M&G:  Jordan, Frankie, Keo & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Lancaster:  Combined Matinee & Evening:  M&G:  Sharna, Gleb, Frankie & Jordan (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Pittsburgh:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Morgan & Hayley)

New York City:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Gleb & Sharna (Mingle:  Alan & Brandon)

Verona:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Artem & Keo (Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

Windsor:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Buffalo:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Alan &  Sharna (Mingle:  Keo & Brandon)

Bangor:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Keo & Gleb (Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

Portland:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Frankie, Sasha & Emma (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Boston:  M&G:  Jordan, Frankie, Keo & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Mohegan Night 1:  M&G:  Jordan, Frankie, Lindsay, Gleb & Sharna (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Mohegan Night 2:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Sasha & Emma (Mingle: Hayley & Brandon)

Baltimore:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Gleb & Sharna (Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

Cleveland:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Keo & Alan (Mingle:  Morgan & Brandon)

Columbus:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Artem & Gleb (Mingle:  Hayley & Jenna)

Cincinnati:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Morgan)

Indianapolis:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Sharna & Keo (Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

Rosemont:  M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Gleb & Artem (Mingle:  Hayley & Brandon)

Ames:  Cancelled due to bus accident

Rockford: M&G:  Frankie, Lindsay, Jordan, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Alan & Keo)

Fort Wayne:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Sharna & Alan (Mingle:  Morgan & Jenna)

Knoxville:  M&G:  Lindsay, Frankie, Jordan, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  ??)

Birmingham:  M&G:  Lindsay, Jordan, Keo & Artem (Mingle: Brandon & Morgan)

Huntsville:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Sharna & Alan (Mingle:  Jenna & Brandon)

Nashville:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Gleb & Keo (Mingle:  Hayley & Morgan)

Sarasota:  M&G:  Jordan, Lindsay, Frankie, Emma & Sasha (Mingle:  Jenna & Brandon)

Clearwater:  M&G:  Lindsay, Alan, Jordan & Gleb (Mingle:  ?

Hollywood:  M&G:  Lindsay, Frankie, Jordan, Keo & Artem (Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

Naples:  ?

Jacksonville:  ?

Orlando:  M&G:  Lindsay, Frankie, Jordan, Keo & Sharna (Mingle:  Brandon & Jenna)

 

 

XOXO

Heather

Entertainment Blog

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Disney Week!

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Disney Week!

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It’s DISNEY week!!!  Loved the opening # it was so cute!

 

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy

#teamViVa

Jazz-“Steamboat Willie” from “Steamboat Willie”

Victoria’s personality totally matches Disney!  First of all how cute were their costumes.  I love seeing Val during week’s like this!  I thought the dance was so creative and fun.  Victoria is making big strides in all she is able to do on the show.  The performance in my opinion was light, fun, flawless and just the perfect way to kick off Disney Week!

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

#teamBabiesandBallroom

Waltz-“Un Jour Mon Price Viendra” from “Snow White”

Their package was too funny.   I thought their dance was full of elegance and grace tonight.  Vanessa is a stunning dancer and continues to grow each week.  It was beautifully choreographed by Maks.   It was truly beautiful tonight and they should be proud of their performance.

 

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

#teamStark

Foxtrot-“When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio”

I thought they had a beautiful Foxtrot!  Loved Mickey playing the piano!  Nice touch!  There was a lot of great content in the in the dance and it was beautifully performed.   I wasn’t surprised at all that Len loved it.

 

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

#teamMomandPops

Quickstep-“The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book”

Their package was absolutely precious and hilarious.  I really loved their dance tonight.  I really have not understood why Nick’s scores have been what they are this season.  I think he is exactly what this show should be about, learning how to dance, growing week after week.  He and Peta have always had a fun partnership and I really thought they absolutely nailed it tonight.  What a great job!  I thought it was a lot of fun and you could tell they were having a great time!  Again he was underscored by Carrie Ann and Bruno.  I just don’t get it night after night he’s underscored.

 

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

#teamHotProperty

Viennese Waltz-“Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”

Drew is another one that has made great strides this season.  He is so much more in control and graceful.  I really enjoyed their dance, he’s become a true leading man.  It was light, creative and beautifully fit the theme.  That was really very good!  Great job!

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

#teamAteam

Rumba-“Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid”

I am loving these packages this week.  That is an amazing weight loss Sasha, you go girl!  I really enjoyed their dance.  It was fun, in character, had a lot of great Rumba content and was as sexy as you can be on Disney night.   Gleb did a beautiful job of creating the dance.  They are a great partnership and it’s obvious how much they truly are friends.  I thought they deserved higher scores again this week.

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

#teamGetchaPopcorn

Quickstep-“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from “The Lion King”

Their dance was fun, creative and executed well.  They really incorporated the troupe and fellow dancers.   Terrell is growing each week.  Their scores to me were over-scored.

 

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

#teamFranneypack

Argentine Tango-“Angelica” from “Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides”

I think Frankie pulled off sexy really well.  I thought their dance had intensity, and lot of fun content and I really loved it!  Witney did another great job in putting together a wonderful performance.  Frankie is really continues to be one to watch! They totally deserved the 2 10’s that was great!

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

#teamFishUponAStar

Foxtrot-“You’re Welcome” from “Moana”

Another fantastic and flawless performance by Jordan and Lindsay.  It was a lot of fun to watch and Lindsay is truly doing a phenomenal job creating these masterpiece dances this season.  Jordan is a natural and his personality just shines in his dances.

 

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

#teamSmackDown

Jazz-“Remember Me” from Disney-Pixar’s upcoming movie “Coco”

Their package had me laughing too.  Artem really did a fabulous job of putting together this performance.  It was light, fun, hit all the cultural marks and it was filled with a ton of fun high energy.  I loved every moment of their dance!  Bravo!!!  Finally good scores for this team!  Very well deserved!

Fourth to go home this season:   Gleb & Sasha

This is another ridiculous bottom 2 this season. What is going on seriously!  As a viewer since Season 1 this is the most messed up and wrong elimination order I have ever seen on the show.  I really just don’t get it.

As I expected this season is packed with talent and great personalities.  Voting will be even more important than usual to keep your favorites coming back week after week!

The tour dates and cast was announced!!!  Excited for a good long tour this winter!!!  For more info and more VIP & regular tickets go to:  http://dwtstour.com/

For pictures from the tour this summer please visit my social media pages @lightscmemories!

 

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

Entertainment Blog

Dancing with the Stars S25 Most Memorable Year!

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Most Memorable Year!

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This is hands down my favorite week each season…Most Memorable Year.  The emotion behind the meaningful dances is just beauty in motion.  I cannot get enough!

Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson

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Quickstep

I absolutely loved what Frankie said in this package although it’s sad the reason why.  He has had many injuries and has suffered many TIA’s which are mini strokes and his memory has been affected over the years from all of it.  The TIA’s are absolutely not minor things.  My Dad had one several years ago and it was a really scary week not knowing if he would regain full function.  Being so young and dealing with them must be scary.   It’s a beautiful way to live being in the present.  I really adore Frankie and in so many ways he is one of my favorite reasons to watch this show.  He has a love for the dance.  I really liked their performance.  I thought it was solid, it was fun, beautiful and had a lot fun content included.

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke

#teamGetchaPopcorn

Viennese Waltz

Terrell’s year was the year his Grandmother passed.  She was a huge part of his life stepping in as a main care giver in many ways in his life.  She was such a key part of his life and his inspiration.  He credits her for being the man that he is today.  Their dance was beautiful and I think one of the best they have done to date.  His height in this dance really was an asset because it allowed him to display beautiful lines.  It was really, really beautiful and the emotion was raw.

 

Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev

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Contemporary

Nikki’s year was the year she made a comeback to the ring.  She got an MRI and found out her neck was about to break in half.  She is one heck of a fighter and I agree with her sister’s reference that she is fearless.  She’s fierce in every way.  Artem has such an amazing talent to choreograph dances but, he truly excels at contemporary and pulling the emotion out of his partner.  Tonight it was a masterpiece performance.   Their dance was absolutely stunning in every word.  It was beautiful, artsy, powerful and a beautiful display of her story, her strength and I loved it!

 

Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd

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Contemporary

Nick’s most memorable year was the year he married Vanessa.  Such a beautiful love story, he has his family he always dreamed of.  Peta did an absolutely stunning job at putting together this dance tonight.  It truly allowed Nick to dance with his heart and it was evident in every single movement.  It was a beautiful masterpiece tonight and it was absolutely breathtaking.  I love watching dances where you can not only see the beauty but, feel the raw emotion and you absolutely could feel it tonight.   Len and Bruno’s scores were just wrong in my opinion.  They are consistently underscored this season in my opinion.

 

Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas

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Viennese Waltz

Lindsey’s most memorable year was when her Dad got cancer and lost his life.  He seemed like he was such a light and fun character.  I loved what she said that instead of being angry at what she was losing she was grateful for what she had.   Their dance was light and beautiful and full of emotion.  There was so much creativity, imagination and heart in the performance.  Their scores were puzzling to me though, if another couple was lacking content of the dance they would not have been scored that high.

 

Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess

#teamHoopsandHeels

Jazz

Derek’s dance was for his daughter who had a rare eye cancer.  They decided to try to save her eye through a new procedure.  He walked away from his contract because he had to be there for his daughter.  The surgery worked and really changed Derek.   Their dance was really light, bright and fun and a sweet way to celebrate that’s daughter’s surgery worked and she is thriving in life.  It had a lot of great energy and the moment after with his daughter was just so sweet.  I really liked it and it allowed you to see into Derek’s personality and see how much he loves his daughter.

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold

#teamFishUponAStar

Contemporary

Jordan’s most memorable year was the year he was officially adopted by his grandparents.  It was such a beautiful story of love and listening to them describe it was just a great example of unconditional love.   I absolutely loved their performance.  It was just masterfully designed by Lindsay and beautifully portrayed by Jordan.  Oh my gosh that ending with his parents was just pure emotion in every meaning of the word.  The dance really was perfection and really defined why I love this week on the show.  Every movement had pure heart behind it.   They got the first 10’s of the season from Carrie Ann & Bruno!

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

#teamAteam

Foxtrot

Sasha’s year was the final year of Pretty Little Liars, struggling with her health but she also was able to discover love and getting engaged.  What a beautiful love story they have.  I love the story of one door closing and another one opening.  So often in life many will stare at the closed chapter/door but, it’s ok to turn your head to see what the new chapter will bring.  I really just adore Sasha, she’s just real and I think she is inspiring far more women than she may realize being on the show.  Their performance was so light, fun and a beautiful way to tell her story.  They really have developed a great friendship too which is so fun to watch.  It was filled with content, great happy energy and they should be very proud of this performance!

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

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Rumba

Vanessa’s year was the story of the recent birth of her son.   I never knew Vanessa’s story that her mom left when she was young.  She and Nick really have a similar background which really shows why they both value family as much as they do.  With her last pregnancy she was on bedrest and went into Labor very early.   Thankfully their baby was able to survive and made their family complete.  Vanessa really is extremely graceful and you could feel the emotion in every movement of their dance tonight.  Their dance was really exquisitely performed and seeing the emotion on both she and Nick’s face was just heartbreaking.  It was filled with content

 

Drew Scott & Emma Slater

#teamHotProperty

Jive

Drew’s year was the year that changed his life and he went all in to chase his dreams of being an actor.  His spirit was broken because he wasn’t making it as an actor.  I loved his story on when he realized maybe I can combine my dreams of real estate and acting and that’s how Property Brothers was created.  That’s such a key to life rather than give up you figure it out and find a way to make it work! Drew has improved so much and I wondered how the Jive would look with his height and I thought he did fantastic.  What a fun moment to have Jonathan comes out and join them!   Now that is a trio dance!  So awesome!  I really loved their performance tonight.

 

Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy

#teamViVa

Foxtrot

It still amazes me every week to know what Victoria has gone through and to see all she has done since.  It’s nothing short of a miracle but, what I love about her even more is her spirit.  She never allowed it to break her and her positivity just exudes every week.  I cannot imagine how hard for her parents this was as well to watch all that Victoria has gone through.  I love what she said at the end too that she doesn’t like to sit now that she can stand.    I really loved their Foxtrot.  Val was able to create a dance that just perfectly displayed her triumph and all she accomplished.  It’s just simply incredible!  Their dance was just stunning in every moment, every step was just perfection in motion.  Watching Victoria should make everyone believe you can achieve anything in life.

Third to go home this season:   Sharna & Derek Fisher

I seriously do not get it this season.  The last 2 eliminations were just flat out wrong in my humble opinion.  I am blown away yet again absolutely wrong bottom 2 again.  Plus the scoring this season has had me really scratching my head.  Some are consistently being over scored and others consistently underscored even with great performances and/improvement.   As a viewer I am having a real issue with that this season.

As I expected this season is packed with talent and great personalities.  Voting will be even more important than usual to keep your favorites coming back week after week!

The tour dates and cast was announced!!!  Excited for a good long tour this winter!!!  For more info and more VIP & regular tickets go to:  http://dwtstour.com/

For pictures from the tour this summer please visit my social media pages @lightscmemories!

 

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

VIP Experience Blog

DWTS VIP Hot Summer Nights Tour Summer 2017

DWTS VIP Hot Summer Nights Tour Summer 2017

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I’ve had the pleasure of being a VIP for the last five Dancing with the Stars tours. From the first tour I participated in the VIP to this year’s tour I must say: It’s like night and day!  They have improved them tremendously!  So let’s talk about the details of the VIP!

Pre-Show: For my 1st and 2nd shows in Raleigh/Durham…I did two different packages there.  We received our pre-show email about 3-5 days ahead from VIP Nation.  For our show we had to arrive between 2:15-2:45 and show started at 5:00 (Note this varies city to city so ALWAYS review your itinerary).  There is no reason to line up an hour early or anything.  They have a very organized process to get everyone in.  The email also contains where the VIP check in table is, the link to where to find your photos and password.

Front Row VIP Package Gifts

Entering VIP:   Right on time the doors were opened, they did the usual security checks at the door and then you went to the sign in table.  It took maybe 5 minutes to get checked in.   We also picked up our 1 drink ticket, the tote bag for the front row package included a bag, sunglasses, water bottle, earbuds & signed tour program.  For the 2nd row package it include the same minus the signed tour program.  When you check in you are given a laminate with a letter on the back and that is the order they call you for your pictures so there is not one giant line and everyone can enjoy the party until it’s their turn.  I will also say I missed our VIP host from the last two tours Anthony Jones.  No offense to Brittany in any way.

Now on to the good stuff!  After check in we were directed upstairs.  We didn’t wait very long at all when they started telling Group A to line up.  A few minutes later we saw Alan and Britt coming our way, it was their turn to do the Meet & Mingle!  It appears that it’s all rotating like last tour (2 in the Meet & Mingle and 4 in the photos with Emma & Rashad/Heather being consistent).   To give you an idea for our cast photo we had Emma, Lindsay, Rashad & Gleb.  I will update this after each show to give you all an idea:

http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dwts-hot-summer-…r-vip-photo-list/

The photos were wonderful as always.  In all past tours I have attended they have always taken 2 pictures, this time they only did 1.  The staff is also very kind, nobody is yelling at you it’s a pleasant experience.  You do have to leave your purse, bags and anything else on you at the table and you cannot ask for autographs etc. at the cast photo portion.   This year too it was one professional photo taken by VIP Nation host, no selfie options in the main photo.  You could however do selfies with the dancers in the Meet & Mingle.  I did not honestly see the green screen option anywhere at either VIP party in Durham so I cannot comment on that.  After the photos were done and the dancers all left to get ready for the show you could go to the merchandise stand and do some crowd free shopping which was also nice.

Rows 2-5 VIP Package Gift

Please note on the pics:  the itinerary says up within to 2 weeks but the staff has been doing an awesome job and usually has them up in about 24 hours.

Show time!  Here is a full article I did on the show itself.  http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dwts-hot-summer-nights-tour-2017/

Suggestions for Tour Management:  This is something I have been thinking about.  For the Maks & Val Tour and the Derek & Julianne tours there was another top level tier package when you got pictures in the VIP and then got extra time with them backstage.  I know the VIP photos are with “select” dancers (4 the last 2 tours) at each city but, many fans have voiced their disappointment when their “favorite” isn’t in their photo since it’s a random rotation.  I have heard many voice their displeasure at paying several hundred dollars but not getting a pic with their favorite.  What if you added another ticket tier or made it with the front row packages that you get your pic with the rest of the VIP’s and then you are either taken down just before the show or just after and get a photo with the full tour cast?  If you sold a very limited # of them it wouldn’t take that much extra time.  That way you those that truly want to meet them all would have the chance and it would then add another tier package for you.  I know I would sign up for that for sure!

If possible rotate the dancers if you are doing two shows in one city.  Some of us like to go to both shows and it would be great to get pics with two sets of dancers since you are paying VIP at both.

Bravo & Thank you:  VIP Nation you always put together fantastic unique experiences and it doesn’t go unnoticed! Thank you so much to the tour staff:  Mandy Moore, Director Andrew Winghart, Associate Director and Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Creative Consultant and our dance captains:  Lindsay and Artem truly put together an amazing show that I think every fan should be sure they have a ticket for! The creative genius is obvious at every moment in the show.  The vision and layout for this tour is truly worth 10 Stars!  The crew and all the other behind the scenes individuals also deserve a shout out!  The Dancers (Sharna, Gleb, Artem, Lindsay, Sasha, Keo, Emma, Hayley, Alan and Britt all truly leave it on the floor each night.  It’s emotional, it’s passionate, it’s raw, it’s FUN, it’s full of energy and I am so excited I will get to see this tour multiple times and have a new take away each night!

If you don’t have a ticket…Buy one today and if you are able to do VIP it’s worth the investment for this experience they have many different levels and price points too!  Here’s the link for tickets/VIP package! https://vipnation.com/tours/dancing-with-the-stars-live/hot-summer-nights/e54ccb4a62ac4b99ca9331d468a18443VwH3ZPV%3D

Want to see more photos?  For many more pictures from the tour, past tours please follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook @lightscmemories!  If you have any questions that I can help with please don’t hesitate to reach out!

 

 

Where do I love to shop for fun outfits for VIP pics!

https://factory.jcrew.com/

http://shop.nordstrom.com/

http://coach.com

http://www.bebe.com/

 

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

Entertainment Blog

DWTS Hot Summer Nights Tour 2017

Dancing With the Stars

Hot Summer Nights Tour Summer 2017

#DWTSTour

This was my 5th Dancing with the Stars tour! The stage set up with fantastic, great music/dance selection and the cast was filled with not only great talent but, the kindest people.  Truly loved the Hot Summer Nights Tour!

 

I am attending 4 shows on this tour and have one more to go in Minnesota and did VIP for three of the four. Here are a few links to past articles on the tours.  First one is guest blog by a contest winner:  http://lightscmemories.com/contestsgiveaways/dwts-vip-tour-winner-review-_dwts-hough/  Next: http://lightscmemories.com/vip/guest-blog-sandra-chen-1st-dwts-tour-vip-experience/ Here are a few on past tours:  http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dwts-came-dance-2016-17/ & http://lightscmemories.com/vip/dwts-vip-came-dance-tour-2016-17/ & http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dancing-stars-dance-night-tour/and I have also kept track of the cast photos and mingles as I know many of my followers like to guess who will be in their VIP:  http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dwts-hot-summer-nights-tour-vip-photo-list/

The cast included: Rashad Jennings, Heather Morris (filled in for most of July while Rashad was out for football) Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Sasha Farber, Hayley Erbert and Britt Stewart!

This year’s tour was very light & fun with a lot of summertime elements mixed in.  It was so great to see Emma & Rashad dance together live again.  I was so excited for them that they won this season.  I haven’t seen Heather perform yet that will be at the next show.  It was also so nice to have Sasha back on tour this time and Britt was another fantastic addition to the cast.  I know a lot of people were unsure what to expect when Val took the summer off.  Even though he and Jenna were incredibly missed on the stage I think many of the other dancers really shined bright this tour.  We saw a few of our favorite dances from the season, they had an entire movie section which was just fantastic.  I know I keep saying it when I post pictures but, that dance that Sharna & Gleb do to 50 Shades was just smoking hot.  I also really enjoyed Artem & Hayley’s beautiful and passionate contemporary dance and Gleb & Hayley’s dance to “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.  Watching Sasha and Emma dance quite a few pieces together including the Viennese Waltz dedicated to their engagement was just beautiful. Lindsay has a fun storytelling portion of the show as well that is hilarious in addition to performing many amazing numbers.  I also really enjoyed the Prince/Princess piece.  Keo is absolutely hilarious with his drop the mic moment and also has many beautiful and high energy performances.  Alan also truly stands out this tour with his fun dance with the ladies, his Samba with Lindsay and many other fantastic performances.  Britt is a real sweetheart and also incredibly talented.  She shines bright on the stage every night!    All of the dancers just radiate joy on that stage.  The entire show was absolutely beautiful and high energy and it allowed all the dancers to be equally in the spotlight.

I also loved all the other special elements.  If you haven’t seen the show you can skip a few of the videos so it doesn’t get spoiled:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0B1x8CXgW8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ws1LShqNg

Every style of dance was perfectly portrayed, you could feel the raw emotion and energy and each performance flew by because it was just that good.  This year’s tour was similar to the last one very fast paced which I loved it seemed to be shorter numbers but, with a lot more content packed in which I absolutely loved.

The dancers gave it their all every single night of the performances and I cannot say enough what a privilege it was to meet them at the meet and greets, but to sit in the audience and watch their talent and brilliance come to life.

 

 

For even more photos please visit my Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages @lightscmemories

I will be posting an article on the VIP Experience this week as well!

A few of my favorite shops for tour clothes:

https://factory.jcrew.com/

http://shop.nordstrom.com/

http://coach.com

 

Until next time,

Xoxoxo

Heather

Entertainment Blog

DWTS Tour Questions with Emma Slater

1.  What is your favorite part of being on tour?  I love getting to connect more personally with the audience on tour. Getting to meet them and chat for a while is something that we can’t really do in LA where we film the TV show. Because of this, touring feels more real to me! It’s meeting the audience that are behind the camera and getting to know them. It’s definitely my favorite part of touring!  – Emma Slater
 
2.  What is your favorite # on the Hot Summer Night Tour to perform? Dancing the Viennese Waltz with my fiance Sasha is my favorite dance on the tour. It is dedicated to the moment we got engaged on Season 23 to a song we absolutely love, “Perfect” by  Ed Sheeran. – Emma Slater
VIP Experience Blog

DWTS Hot Summer Nights Tour VIP Photo List

#dwtstour

I will keep track again of who is in each cities VIP photo/mingle so if you attend a show and can send me the info I would appreciate it:)

Atlantic City Night 1:   Photo:  Sharna, Artem, Rashad, Emma & Keo   Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Atlantic City Night 2:  Photo: Gleb, Lindsay, Rashad & Emma  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Morristown Night 1:  Photo:  Lindsay, Sasha, Emma, Sharna & Rashad   Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Morristown Night 2:  Photo:  Rashad, Emma, Lindsay & Artem  Mingle:  Hayley & Keo

Erie:  Photo:  Photo:  Emma, Rashad, Sasha & Gleb   Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Rochester:  Photo:  Emma, Rashad, Sharna & Artem   Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Albany:  Photo:  Emma, Sasha, Lindsay & Gleb  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Hershey:  Photo:  Emma, Rashad, Sharna & Artem  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Lowell:  Photo:  Emma, Rashad, Gleb & Lindsay  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

White Plains:  Emma, Rashad, Sharna & Sasha  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Binghamton:  Emma, Rashad, Lindsay & Gleb  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Washington DC:  Emma, Rashad, Artem & Sharna  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Mohegan Sun Night 1:  Emma, Rashad, Lindsay & Sasha   Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Mohegan Sun Night 2:  Emma, Rashad, Sharna & Artem  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Raleigh NC Both Shows:  Emma, Rashad, Lindsay & Gleb  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Nashville:  Emma, Heather, Sasha & Artem  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Louisville:  Emma, Heather, Keo & Sharna  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Huntsville:  Emma, Heather, Artem & Alan  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Memphis:  Emma, Heather, Sasha & Gleb   Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Shreveport:  Emma, Heather, Artem & Sharna:  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

San Antonio:  Emma, Heather, Sasha & Gleb:  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Corpus Christi:  Emma, Heather, Sharna & Artem  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Little Rock:  Emma, Heather, Sasha & Lindsay  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Tulsa:  Emma, Heather, Sharna & Lindsay   Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Enid:  Emma, Heather, Gleb & Artem   Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Springlfield:  Emma, Heather, Sharna & Lindsay  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

St Louis:  Emma, Heather, Sasha & Artem  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Milwaukee:  Emma, Heather, Lindsay & Gleb  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Peoria:  Emma, Heather, Sharna & Sasha  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Akron:  Emma, Heather, Lindsay & Gleb  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Grand Rapids: Emma, Heather, Sharna & Artem  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Detroit:  Emma, Heather, Sasha & Lindsay  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Merrillville: Emma, Heather, Sharna & Gleb  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Minneapolis:  Emma, Heather, Artem & Lindsay Mingle:  Alan & Hayley

Omaha:  Emma, Rashad, Sasha & Keo  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Kansas City:  Emma, Rashad, Sharna & Lindsay  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Salina:  Emma, Rashad, Keo, Britt, Alan & Sasha Mingle:  Hayley?

Denver:  Artem, Lindsay, Emma & Rashad  Mingle:  Alan & Britt?

Salt Lake City:  Emma, Rashad, Keo & Sharna  Mingle: ? Hayley

Las Vegas:  Emma, Rashad, Sasha & Lindsay  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Tempe:  Emma, Rashad, Sasha & Keo  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

San Diego:  Emma, Rashad, Lindsay & Sharna Mingle:  Keo & Hayley

Long Beach:  Emma, Rashad, Sasha & Artem  Mingle:  Alan & Britt

Oakland:  Emma, Rashad, Lindsay & Keo  Mingle:  Alan & Britt?

Reno:  Emma, Rashad, Sasha & Sharna  Mingle:  Keo & Hayley?

Fresno:  Emma, Rashad, Artem & Keo Mingle:  Alan & Britt

 

Thank you for following again this tour!

 

 

Entertainment Blog

DWTS Season 24 Pre-Semi Finals Wrap Up

DWTS Pre-Semi Finals Wrap Up

#dwts

#dwts24

I figured I would do something different this week rather than the usual recap.  It’s crazy we are already heading into the Semi-Finals in Season 24!

First I would like to say that is was sad to see Nick/Peta, Nancy/Artem and Bonner/Sharna go home the last two weeks.  I really thought we would see Nancy/Artem in the Semi-Finals and I have to wonder if the packages had anything to do with it but, then again this season has been the one of surprise eliminations.  I had the pleasure of meeting all 3 of them when I went to the live show a few weeks ago and all of them were kind, had a lot of heart and really wanted to give it their all.  I felt the judges were far too harsh on Bonner last week and some statements just should not have been said.

As a fan of the show since Season 1 I really look forward to when I can attend a live show and see how the stars interact or don’t interact with the fans.  I think it can be very telling overall.

We are down to the final 4 teams:

 

David & Lindsay #teamLadyAndTheGramp:

I have gone back and forth on David all season.  I didn’t like the week where he seemed dismissive of Lindsay but I think he really came out with his best performance last week to Humble & Kind.  That dance allowed us to feel the emotion and truly did highlight the friendship that has developed.  Let’s face it this show is just as much about the relationship, the emotion and how a star/team makes you feel when you see them dance.   I think they stand a shot at making it to the final 3.

 

Simone Biles & Sasha Farber #teamGoldenGiggles

I know this might not be a popular opinion but, I think it might be time for Simone to go.  I think her attitude and comments back to the judges last week showed her age & maturity level.  Yes she is an amazing superstar Olympic athlete but, fame can be fleeting.  I agree 100% with what the judges keep saying as I have felt it all season.  In this competition it’s not enough to just come out and nail a performance you have to have fans invest in you & root for you.  The difference for me between she and Laurie last season is we all could feel the emotion from Laurie, we could relate to her.  Remember the dance after her Grandma passed away and the dance to Chicago?  She hadn’t had all the life experiences either but, she opened her heart and allowed the audience in.  Simone has the talent no question but, to win DWTS you need to have audience totally invested.

 

Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy:  #teamValMani

I think Normani has peaked at the exact right time this season.  She has opened up week after week & allowed us into her heart, her life experience and showed off another level of her amazing talent.  It’s been nice to watch the friendship/partnership develop between she and Val and I truly think she deserves to be in the finals.  The contemporary dance last week was one of the most raw, emotional and powerful displayed on the show.  The trio dance was a ton of fun.    I am excited to see what they bring this week.

 

Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater #teamShadSquad

Rashad has truly blown me away this season and he and Emma absolutely deserve to be in the finals.  I am not only really excited for Emma because she finally has an amazing partner that has allowed her to show off her fantastic skills but, mostly because this partnership is just perfection.  Rashad is just one of those truly genuine, kind and caring individuals that I am truly honored to have met.  He literally took time with everyone that wanted to speak to him, get a picture etc. and was incredibly down to earth and humble.  He has grown as a dancer from week 1, he has taped into the magic formula of getting into character, being truly raw & emotional when the dance calls for it and brings the passion and intensity when it’s needed.  I thought they were fantastic last week and the trio dance was excellent.

Final thoughts:

I think it should be Val and Normani & Emma & Rashad in the final 2.  I think both are absolutely tremendous, they both have the total package and I would be happy to see either team win.  I think Rashad might have a slight edge with viewers in that he came into the competition with no dance experience and developed and grew through the season but, I think Normani might have had the experience but, I think she showed growth in allowing people into her story.

Who’s excited for the DWTS Hot Summer Nights Tour?  Buy your tickets, you will not be disappointed!  They always have a great VIP experience too!

http://dwtstour.com/#tour

 

Until next time,

 

XOXO

Heather

 

Contests/Giveaways

DWTS VIP Tour Winner Review by _dwts.hough

Hi Y’all, it’s been a busy few months but, I am so looking forward to DWTS starting on Monday and kicking off the weekly blogs once again!

xoxo

Heather

The winner of the DWTS VIP Package _dwts.hough wrote about her experience and I wanted to share it with you…

By: _dwts.hough

Having VIP and meeting the professional dancers of DWTS was honestly a dream come true.  They were the nicest people and just amazing.  I met Val, Laurie and Artem in the meet and greet and I was just in shock.  I could not believe I was standing in front of them!  They gave the absolute best hugs I did not want to let them go!  Emma & Lindsay were mingling and honestly they were the sweetest!  They talked to me for so long and it was so nice of them!  Meeting them was such a dream come true…I cried so much!  Getting this chance I felt so blessed and I just could not thank Heather enough for the opportunity!  Doing this meet & greet I know for sure I will do it again on the next tour!  Thank you Heather for giving me the opportunity to meet my idols!

My favorite dance of the night was the contemporary to “Unsteady”.  the dance is such an inspiring dance I cried through the whole thing.  It really hit home with me for sure.  It is such an amazing piece It was a masterpiece!

My favorite part of my first VIP experience was for sure meeting the pros!  Especially Emma Slater and Val Chmerkovskiy!  They have been such role models in my life and to finally meet them was amazing!  They were two of the nicest people I have ever met!  I was very surprised as how nice and humble the pros are!  I knew they were nice but, honestly I did not think they would be the most amazing people!  I am so proud to call all of the pros my idols!

I’m so very blessed for this opportunity and thank Heather for making my dreams come true!

_dwts.hough