‘Dancing With The Stars’ Teams Up With Cirque Du Soleil

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars says that next Tuesday’s show will be one of biggest the network has ever put on in the DWTS ballroom, as they welcome numerous cast members from Cirque du Soleil to join the 11 remaining dancing couples for the night. Cirque du Soleil Night will pair each couple with performers from different currently-running Cirque du Soleil shows from across the country including:

KÀ: Described as “a dynamic theatrical landscape” featuring “an entire empire.”

Zumanity: Cirque du Soliel’s most racy show that is part burlesque, part cabaret, and usually only for those age 18 or older.

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities: Story of an inventor who “defies the laws of time, space and dimension…the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.”

PARAMOUR: The story of a young actress forced to choose between love and art during the golden age of Hollywood.

Michael Jackson ONE: A tribute to Michael Jackson and his music.

“O”: Usually performed with water, synchronized swimmers and divers. Not sure how they are going to pull that off on DWTS.

The Beatles LOVE: A tribute to The Beatles and their music.

Mystère: Described as “powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery.”

La Nouba: A show about the art of make-believe.

This is not the first time that Dancing with the Stars has worked with the acrobatic circus troupe. Last November, Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess, and Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Rumba to the song “Hey Jude” from Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE show.

Each Couple Will Dance to the Following Cirque du Soleil Shows (in alphabetical order):

  • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Allison Holker – The Beatles LOVE
  • Marilu Henner and Derek Hough –
  • Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Michael Jackson ONE
  • James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess – PARAMOUR
  • Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Lindsay Arnold – KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber – “O”
  • Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko – The Beatles LOVE
  • Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke – “O”
  • Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev – Mystère
  • Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Zumanity
  • Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) and Witney Carson – La Nouba

The Cirque du Soleil-themed night airs Monday, October 8 at 8 p.m. No couples will be eliminated during this broadcast, however, on the following night (Dancing with the Stars: The Results) a couple will. Special guests for the results show include DNCE, performing their single “Body Moves,” and an all-pro dance performance to the song “Ain’t No Sunshine.” In addition to never-before-seen footage, backstage conversations and other filler material, Derek Hough will also choreograph a special dance number as well. The result show will air Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil began performing in the early 1980s and didn’t visit the United States until 1987. The company’s first permanent show, Mystere, set up shop in Las Vegas in 1993. Today, there are seven shows performed on the strip. In addition, two shows are performed in New York, one in Orlando and another one in the Riveiera Maya.


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Rick Perry and Emma Slater were the second dancing couple eliminated this season on Dancing with the Stars. (Image by ABC)

Once again, Dancing with the Stars proves to be a ratings juggernaut this season. The season premiere of the show grew to a 2.7 rating for adults 18-49 with is an 18 percent increase from last spring’s premiere (2.3) and last September’s premiere (2.6).

The first couple eliminated from the show this season was Jake T. Austin (The Wizards of Waverly Place) and Jenna Johnson, followed by Rick Perry and Emma Slater this last week.

Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson
Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson were the first couple eliminated on DWTS.

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