During her 11 seasons on the ABC reality competition show “Dancing With the Stars,” Russia-born Anna Trebunskaya has taken a spin across the dance floor with a variety of amateur dance partners. She gets to perform with fellow professional dancer Dmitry Chaplin for the “Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango” tour stop at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
“Forever Tango” features 12 world-class tango dancers and an onstage 10-piece orchestra in an evening that “celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina.” The touring show opened on Broadway in June 1997 for what was expected to be an eight-week engagement. It ran for 14 months and has since performed on Broadway on three separate occasions.
The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of collaboration between each couple and Luis Bravo.
Those purchasing VIP tickets will get to meet, mingle and take their picture with Trebunskaya and Chaplin, plus get preferred seating and a “Forever Tango” CD.
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If you are not that familiar with the dance of love, here’s some information to help get you in step.
What is “Forever Tango”?
It tells the story of the birth of the tango in 19th-century Argentina where thousands of men, having emigrated to South America from Europe, found themselves in the crowded packinghouses, bars and street corners of the outlying barrios.
Originally shunned by Argentina society as indecent, the tango became an overnight craze in upper-class Paris when Argentine intellectuals taught it when traveling abroad. The tango quickly spread across Europe and to America, and was eventually re-imported home to Argentina society, though not unchanged.
How do you dance the tango?
Since coming into existence in the 1890s, the tango has been adapted into many different styles. It can be danced in an open embrace, which means there is space between the partners, or a close embrace where there is no separation.
Styles include: tango salon, Tango Nuevo, ballroom tango, Tango Vals, Finnish tango, contact tango, Tango Argentino, tango liso, tango orillero and show tango.
Who is Anna Trebunskaya?
Dancing is in her blood. She was was born and raised in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in a family of professional ballroom dancers. She started dancing at the age of 6 and won her first competition a year later.
She moved to the United States with her parents when she was 17 to further pursue her career as a dancer. Trebunskaya won her first U.S. title of Amateur Standard Youth Championship in 1997.
The Russian beauty has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Shape magazine, Life & Style, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, TV Guide, Runway, InTouch, People and US Weekly. When not on the road or dancing on the TV show, Trebunskaya owns the You Can Dance Ballroom Studio in Hermosa Beach.
With grace, personality and humor, Trebunskaya has the perfect mix of vixen and girl next door.
How has Trebunskaya fared on “Dancing With the Stars?”
The dancer has yet to win the top prize. Here’s how she’s finished: Season 2, Jerry Rice, second; Season 5, Albert Reed, 11th; Season 6, Steve Guttenberg, 10th; Season 9, Chuck Liddell, 11th; Season 10, Evan Lysacek, second; Season 11, Kurt Warner, fifth; Season 12, Sugar Ray Leonard, ninth; Season 13, Carson Kressley, eighth; Season 14, Jack Wagner, 11th; Season 15, Drew Lachey, 11th; Season 21, Gary Busey, 10th.
Who is Dmitry Chaplin?
He also began his dance career at a young age, 12, while growing up in Russia. He moved to the United States when he was 17 after studying both in America and the United Kingdom. In 2006, Dmitry’s dance career took a different course when he won a place on the Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and became one of America’s Top 10 dancers. He picked up an Emmy nomination for his choreography work with “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Chaplin has appeared on “American Idol,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Good Morning America,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Larry King Live” and “The View.”
How did Chaplin do on “Dancing with the Stars?”
He’s also not won the competition. His finishes include: Season 8, Holly Madison, 11th; Season 9, Mya, second; Season 12, Petra Nemcova, eighth.
Who is Luis Bravo?
The creator/director of “Forever Tango” is a world-class cellist who has performed with major symphonies throughout the world. His credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Colon Theatre Opera House, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and other prestigious ensembles.
Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango
- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
- Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., Visalia
- Tickets: $29-$99