What It’s Like to Attend a Live Taping of Dancing with the Stars! #DWTS #ABCTVEvent

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I’ve been a fan of Dancing with the Stars for years so getting the chance to attend a live taping was a dream come true.  24 other bloggers and I got all dolled up and attended the live November 3rd taping.  (Lots of photos coming up!)  dressed up for DWTSGetting All Dolled Up For Dancing With The Stars
We arrived at the studio and the excitement started as soon as we saw the trailers and parking spots for the dancers and the stars.
parking dwtsWe had a chance to take a few photos like the group photo below before we were ushered to our assigned seats.
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mommy bloggerThis is what was on our seats!me on DWTSIt was surreal to look around and see the area where the band sits, the judges’ table, and the dance floor.  Our seats were on the second level right across from the judges’ table where we had a bird’s eye view of everything that was going on below us.

views from DWTSWhile we waiting for the show to start we got to watch some of the dancers warm up and shoot an upcoming promo for the 10 year anniversary.  Here’s what our view looked like and a clip of the dancers practicing for the promo.  I wish my hips worked like this!

DWTS 10 year promoIt was so exciting to be at the show live as it was airing.  The energy was palpable.  My tip for you- if you ever get the chance to attend a live DWTS taping make sure to wear comfortable shoes.  There is A LOT of standing up when the show is live and sitting down on commercial breaks.  And your hands might hurt from all the clapping.  But I wouldn’t change a second of my amazing experience.  The music, the dancing, the excitement of waiting to hear the judges’ scores.  It was all incredibly exciting!  Here are some pictures of the dances from that night.

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Sadie & Mark
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Michael & Emma farewell photo from 11/3 show. Photo credit: ABC
It’s always sad to see a star eliminated from the competition.  Michael Waltrip may not have been a great dancer but he had such heart and such a good attitude every week on the show.  I knew he wouldn’t win but it was sad to see such a positive man get eliminated but the competition is just getting fiercer!

My friends and family were home watching the show and grabbed some shots where you can see me in the audience.
Look, here I am:

Of course Dancing with the Stars wouldn’t be the same without the judges:

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On our way back to our shuttle we ran into Bruno Tonioli who was even sexier in person!  Did you see him in my video above?  He certainly brings lots of personality to the show!
bruno dwtsOur exciting night didn’t end there.  We went to a local restaurant/bar, Mixology 101, and had the privilege of  a meet and greet with several of the stars and dancers from the show.  We weren’t sure who the special guests would be.  Then we looked up and in walked Lea Thompson and her partner Artem Chigvintsev.  lea and artemLea looked even more beautiful and YOUNG in person.  I swear she must have taken a trip in the DeLorean time machine because she looked AMAZING.  She was so sweet and down to Earth.  A small group of us took a picture with her and when we went to get up to let the next group have time with her, she said,”Wait, aren’t you going to sit and talk to me!”.  She sat with us like we were old friends.  She told us all about life working on her ABC Family show, Switched at Birth, being on Dancing with the Stars with all the practice that it requires, and being a mom, doing laundry, keeping her house clean, and all her other duties.  My husband’s favorite movies are the Back to the Future Trilogy so he was so jealous when he saw my picture:
Me and Lea ThompsonOur fun and excitement was just starting.  In walked Dancing with the Stars contestant and Duck Dynasty reality personality Sadie Robertson and her parents, Willie and Korie Robertson who go to all the DWTS shows to watch their daughter dance.  I just had to take a picture with another Cori (she spells it Korie) but it’s not every day that you get photobombed by Willie Robertson.  Actually he was supposed to be smiling in the picture and I didn’t know that he was puckering up until after I looked through my camera pictures.
Ducky Dynasty and MeAnd here I am with Sadie’s dance partner, Mark Ballas.
me and markOne of my favorite parts of the night was watching Mark, watching his performance with Sadie from that night on the big tv over our heads and seeing his reactions as they danced.  Dancing with the Stars is filmed live from 5-7 p.m. PST because it airs live from 8-10 p.m. EST.  It then airs at 8 p.m. PST so we were able to watch the show as it aired locally.
mark watching DWTSAnother of my favorite couples is Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy.  They are just so adorable together.
janel and valVal was almost unrecognizable with his clean shaven face.  It’s funny because I get on my husband all the time to shave but part of me wished that Val had his stubble when I met him.  Who am I kidding, he’s a hottie stubble or no stubble.  And as a Pretty Little Liar fan, I was so excited to meet Janel who looked exactly like she does on television.  She was so sweet and pretty.  I could have sat and chatted with them all night.

Janel and Val and MeDancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC!  I can’t wait to watch tonight!

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Disclosure- I have been provided an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 movie premiere and ABC TV Event in exchange for coverage of these events.  All opinions are 100% my own.   Thank you so much Disney and ABC TV! dancingwiththestarsAs you have probably already read, I am on a press trip with Disney and ABC Television right now.  I will be attending the live taping of Dancing with the Stars (Monday nights at 8/7c) tonight 11/3 so make sure to watch and look for me and the 24 other bloggers that will be attending with me.  You can also watch the All Access Live Stream below where one of the other bloggers will be making an appearance:

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10628703_10152298437256770_5373620466641608600_oI am so excited to announce that my e-mail was sprinkled with some Disney fairy dust a few weeks ago.  I have been invited back to Los Angeles with 24 other bloggers for an AMAZING, jam packed press trip.  Just like when I went to the red carpet premiere of Frankenweenie and Disney’s Planes, part of this trip includes walking the red carpet at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood for the premiere of Big Hero 6.  And after the premiere we’ll be rubbing elbows with stars at the after party.  I wonder who we’ll see?!?!

Big-Hero-6-poster-2-fullMy girls have been talking about BIG HERO 6 ever since they saw the trailer and I can’t blame them.  I am also beyond excited to be seeing this movie.
10665145_10152338803881770_3207378933830734707_n 1959462_10152338805201770_1886718520857406945_nBut my excitement doesn’t stop there for Big Hero 6.  Sure, walking the red carpet will be amazing but we’ll also be touring the Disney Animation Studios, learning all about how Big Hero 6 was made from  with the filmmakers- Directors Don Hall Chris Williams and Producer Roy Conli.  We will also be interviewing Jamie Chung (voice of “Go Go Tomago” – @jamiechung1) and Genesis Rodriguez (voice of “Honey Lemon” – @genirodriguez).  We will get a drawing demo, get to try our hand at voicing one of the characters and lots more.
Here’s a trailer of Big Hero 6 so you can see what we’re so excited about.  #BigHero6Event

feastI’m also excited to see the movie short that is being shown before Big Hero 6 called FEAST.  It looks adorable!  We’ll be interviewing FEAST Director Patrick Osborne & Producer Kristina Reed (who I met when we interviewed her for her work on Paperman).
And here is a sneak peek at FEAST.  How cute is this dog!?!?!


Sounds like a great trip, right?  Well all of that is just the tip of the iceberg.  There is so much more excitement in store for us.  We will be attending a live taping of “Dancing with the Stars” (Monday nights at 8/7cat the glamorous ballroom set!  That’s right, we’ll be in the audience in the middle of the action and surrounded by stars.  I have 2 left feet when it comes to dancing but I love to watch it so I am so excited to be there live.  Plus we get to get all dressed up for the show!  After several days of dress shopping I finally found the perfect dress but you’ll have to wait a little while to see what I picked.  Afterwards, we’ll be going out to dinner and we will be live tweeting during the West coast airing of the show – when a special guest (or two!) might make an appearance.  I can’t wait to see who our special guest(s) might be!  I secretly hope it’s Alfonso Ribeiro.  This is a clip of my favorite dance he’s done so far on the show.   #ABCTVEvent and #DWTS


Have you seen the hilarious new ABC show, black-ish (Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c?  It stars Anthony Anderson () and Tracee Ellis Ross  and it is hysterical!  We’ll be visiting the Walt Disney Studio Lot for special preview screenings of episodes of ABC shows, including black-ish – which also shoots on the Disney lot, so we might be touring the set, too!
This is one of my favorite clips from the show.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out what you’re missing. #blackishABC


 We will also be screening the upcoming musical comedy “Galavant” (hosted by Executive Producer Dan Fogelman of “Tangled” and “Cars” fame).  Here’s a clip to see what it’s all about. #Galavant

Agent-Carter-GFX-650x445 Are you a Marvel-  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan?  Agent Carter is a new show that will debut in January 2015 during the season two mid-season break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  We will be meeting Agent Carter herself (aka actress Hayley Atwell), interviewing the Executive Producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (also EPs on Resurrection– one of my favorite shows), touring the set and other super exciting things!  #‎ABCTVEvent‬ #‎AgentCarter‬ 

1743488_10105724534089614_8227948042648886929_nJust added to our adventure, we will be screening the new Kevin Costner film McFARLAND, USA!!! The movie doesn’t open until 2/22/15 so there isn’t even a trailer to show you yet but I’ll be sure to share one with you when it does.

I can’t wait to share with you all the exciting details of my trip with my readers.  Have any questions for any of stars, directors, producers, etc. that I might be meeting?  Be sure to send them to me via e-mail or Twitter.

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