‘Dancing with the Stars’ has local connection
FRISCO – Ex-New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre may have learned a thing or two about dancing from his boy band days, but former Summit County resident Ashly DelGrosso is taking him “Step By Step” through dances the pair has to master on ABC’s reality show “Dancing with the Stars.”DelGrosso, 22, lived in Frisco with her family until age 5 when her family moved to Utah. Her mother Kim started the Summit School of Dance in Frisco.”That’s where I began dancing,” DelGrosso said.DelGrosso and McIntyre are one of three remaining couples on the show, which pairs professional dancers and celebrities. The dancing duos train and then compete each week in a ballroom dance competition, in which they are judged by a panel of three experts and the television audience.
DelGrosso has been dancing since she was a child and discovered ballroom dancing at age 12. She has also been teaching dance for the last six years. She used her teaching and ballroom experience to score a spot on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”For one hour after the show, people can vote for their favorite couple by calling the number provided during the broadcast. Votes can also be cast by visiting http://www.abc.com up until the Tuesday before the Wednesday night show. Judges’ scores and audience votes carry equal weight in the competition. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ and audience score is sent home each week.DelGrosso, who is now an instructor at her mother’s dance studio Center Stage in Provo, Utah, fit the bill for the show’s producers who were looking for “an all-American kind of girl.””Louis, who is dancing with Trista, (told the producers) ‘I’ve got the perfect girl for you’ and handed me the phone,” she said.
The next few days were a whirlwind for DelGrosso as she flew out to Los Angeles and got the job just four days later.”In one week, my whole life changed,” she said.DelGrosso and McIntyre were paired by the show’s producers, who were concerned that she might not be familiar with McIntyre because of her age. DelGrosso was about 7 years old when McIntyre was touring and performing with New Kids on the Block.”They were nervous I didn’t know who New Kids were,” she said. “But I was like ‘Oh, yeah! I remember him.'”DelGrosso said McIntyre was her favorite member of the late 80s boy band. Now she teaches McIntyre dances during extensive rehearsals each week.
“From being in New Kids, he’s used to learning choreography, but ballroom is so different than hip-hop,” she said. “We’re in the studio for countless hours. They only give us two weeks to learn these dances.”With the experience on the show, DelGrosso said she hopes to become a better teacher and an even better dancer. She remains open about her plans after the show, but said she is returning to Utah for a bit to help her 7- to 10-year-old dance students prepare for a competition.A rerun of last week’s show airs on ABC at 7 p.m. today, and a new show is set for 8 p.m.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at email@example.com.
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