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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.

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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!

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Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

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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

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DWTS We Came to Dance 2016-17

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We Came to Dance Winter 2016-17

This was my 4th Dancing with the Stars tour (#DWTSTOUR) and hands down the BEST one to date! The stage set up with fantastic, great music/dance selection and the cast was filled with not only great talent but, the kindest people.

I am attending 5 shows on this tour and have one more to go in Costa Mesa on the last night of the tour and did VIP for each.  If you want to learn about their amazing VIP experience check out this link:  http://lightscmemories.com/vip/dwts-vip-came-dance-tour-2016-17/ 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-tour-cast-meet-greet/

Cast: Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Laurie Hernandez, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson and Hayley Erbert!

This year’s tour really focused on each dancer’s story and it was so beautifully put together.  You would find yourself laughing, in tears, with goosebumps and just sitting on the edge of your seat.  To highlight just a sample:  Val and Laurie perform a few of their favorite dances from the season, there is a section on favorite movie dances that is just fun and stunning at the same time, special dances for just the men and just the women and a lovely moment as Emma shares the story of her engagement. The girls and Artem perform a fun Spice Girls number that will really take you back.  I loved the opening & closing numbers and the piece they all participate in on how they put together the dances each week.  There is also a section after intermission that will leave you in stitches it is so hilarious.  Jenna Johnson performs a really amazing number to Seduces Me that is just breathtaking.  Sharna & Val perform a high energy jive that just totally rocks and Sharna performs a steamy tango with Alan that I just loved!  Alan and the ladies perform a special number that will leave every man in the room jealous of him.  Artem and Gleb heat up the stage in their respective pieces that tell their stories.  Lindsay hits all the right notes in her dances too including the one she dedicates to her Dad…Crazy Train.  Keo also has some moving pieces to his life story and a rumba with Emma.   Jenna and Artem perform a special piece from La La Land that is visually and emotionally stunning.  The contemporary numbers that Jenna & Artem and Hayley and Val do are so beautiful and passionate.  The number that makes me cry and I get goosebumps every night is Sharna’s story.  I don’t want to spoil it for those that have not yet seen it but, it’s a story some can really relate to and will pull at your heart strings for sure.   This was just a quick highlight of my thoughts.  All of the performances are just amazing!

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 very fast paced which I loved it seemed to be shorter numbers but, with a lot more content packed in which I absolutely loved.

You will absolutely walk out of the theater feeling like you have truly gotten to know the Pro’s.  They open their hearts and souls to us in this tour.  So often on DWTS it’s always focused on the celebrity. It was so special to learn all of their stories and see how it shaped their joy not only in dance but, in life.

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!

Also thank you and shout out to VIP Host Anthony Jones for continuing to be our rock star, taking truly memorable pictures, always being very organized and truly being invested in the fan experience!

Until next time,

Xoxoxo

Heather

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Dancing With the Stars – Dance All Night Tour

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Dance All Night Tour 2015-2016

Dancing With the Stars Dance All Night Tour 2015-2016    This was my 3rd Dancing with the Stars tour and hands down the BEST one to date! The stage set up with fantastic, great music/dance selection and the cast was filled with not only great talent but, the kindest people.

I went to four shows on this tour and did VIP for each. I will talk more about the VIP portion of the experience in another entry.

The cast included: Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Jenna Johnson, Paul Barris, Julz Tocker and celebrity from Season 21 Alek Skarlatos and Hayes Grier also joined the cast for a handful of shows!

Picture3I have been asked by several friends what were your favorite dances. That is just so hard to pick because they were all so good for different reasons. I think the ladies would all agree that the men of DWTS doing the Magic Mike dance to Pony was well let’s just say HOT, anyone else need a cold shower after? I took two videos if you want to check them out. This one I affectionately call Magic Val: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biaVy845yV4

Picture2The 2nd video I tried to capture more of the dancers, my seat was a tough angle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gFBdHV-uM0

Val and Peta’s dance to Young and Beautiful was so moving. I loved the Gatsby Swing portion as well. The Around the World & Movie section was filled with so many great performances from Brittany & Paul’s Salsa, Alan and Sharna’s “Godfather,” Artem, Emma, Brittany and Lindsay’s “James Bond,” Peta and Keo’s Samba. Brilliance! Artem and Lindsay did a fantastic Argentine Tango that was excellent. The performance of Val, Lindsay, Jenna and Alan to Wicked Games was one you could feel the emotion in the dance. Brittany and Alan’s contemporary to Jealous was also just stunning. Emma and Julz did the most moving waltz, they truly told a story in their dance and you couldn’t help but be caught up in it.Picture5

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. I personally loved the audience participation segment. It was fun to watch and for individuals to get to live their dreams of dancing with one of the pros!Picture4

One of the most special moments of the night was the section where the Dancers all described why they dance/what dance means to them. So often on #DWTS it’s always focused on the celebrity. It was so special to learn all of their stories and see how it shaped their joy not only in dance but, in life.Picture6

The group performances were all absolutely stellar. Ending the show with Andy Grammer’s “Good to Be Alive” was perfection. You couldn’t help but, have that song and that happy energy in your head the rest of the night. 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.Picture7

For even more photos please visit my Instagram page @lightscmemories or Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/Lights-Camera-Memories-935628749847172/

Until Next Time,

Xoxoxo

Heather

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