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'Dancing with the Stars' celebrates 10 years of ballroom dancing, sequins and spray tans

by jmaloni


Tue, Apr 21st 2015 06:00 pm

"Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special" airs April 28 on ABC

The pop culture phenomenon that has brought ballroom dancing and beyond to living rooms across America for the past decade celebrates with a star-studded spectacular, on "Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special," Tuesday, April 28 (8 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.

The episode will be filled with show-stopping performances featuring past and present "Dancing with the Stars" cast members and pro dancers, plus a look back at fan-favorite moments from the past 20 seasons.

Dancing history will be made with the show's largest opening number ever, featuring more than 45 stars, including the judges, hosts and season 20 pro dancers performing alongside 15 celebrity alums and seven returning pros.

Viewers can expect to see new routines, with everything from an NFL football player ensemble to a "bromance" dance. Trading in their cleats for dance shoes, Super Bowl champions Donald Driver, Hines Ward, Kurt Warner, Jacoby Jones, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will perform a Latin paso doble with Karina Smirnoff, Emma Slater and Anna Trebunskaya.

Throughout the night, nine Mirrorball winners will take the stage, including a dance showdown between season 18 winners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and reigning champions Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Additional performers include Katherine Jenkins, Chelsea Kane, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Melissa Rycroft, Kelly Monaco and more.

Then, finally, the night will come to a close with Grammy-winning artist Patti LaBelle performing her iconic hit "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim and Amber Riley.

There will be surprises around every corner as celebrities come together to celebrate this momentous occasion.

"This is an outstanding milestone and a testament to the creativity and dedication of all the people who have been involved in the show over the last 10 years," said "Dancing with the Stars" Executive Producer Rob Wade.

"Dancing with the Stars" features Julianne Hough, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges table and is hosted by Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Erin Andrews (sports host and "Dancing with the Stars" season 10 finalist).

"Dancing with the Stars: Live!" is going back on the road giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite stars dance live in their hometowns. Hosted by "Dancing with the Stars All-Stars" champion Rycroft, the "Perfect Ten Tour" is bringing a one-of-a-kind touring production to more than 40 cities across America starting June 13 and running through Aug. 11. The tour includes pro dancers Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Slater, Keo Motsepe, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. The dancers are unleashed in the 90-minute, action-packed live show.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.dwtstour.com/

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