Yes, that would be the Chmerkovskiy Brothers of “Dancing with the Stars!” My daughter, Marianna Riccio is happy to be sandwiched between Valentin (known as Val) and older brother, Maksim. Her friend, Jade looks happy too!
Bring on the glamour! I’m a fan of “Dancing with the Stars.” I love the energetic frenzy of dancing, live music, personalities and sparkling performances, beginning with the parade of costumes at the start of the show. As my eyes follow the rainbow line-up of glittering color I think of myself walking on stage in one of those costumes. For me, that is a vicarious moment of fun and imagination, a type of window shopping to a Diva fashion show. After a day at work, I welcome this diversion of fantasy.
In reality, these past few months Marianna has bumped into Maksim at special events. His brother is also a talented dancer and a rap artist, so Marianna shared some of the songs she wrote with them. Last year, when my daughter was invited to Mya’s birthday party with the “Dancing of the Stars” cast, she took her parents along too. Lucky us!! It was a treat to chat with some of the cast, like Cheryl Burke and see them interacting together. It was a familiar vibe and I felt like I was back in time, hanging out with my fellow performers of The Dean Martin Golddggers. At any rate, I thought Mya was a sure winner, but Donny Osmond surprised everyone with a spectacular last dance and took the coveted mirror trophy home. It was a sweet moment when his sister, Marie joined him at the finale. This made me reminisce on a time when my sisters (The Alberici Sisters) performed on a Telethon that Donny & Marie hosted. The Osmonds are such an inspirational and talented family!
Enjoy this “retro” TV footage of the Alberici Sisters on the “Children’s Miracle Network” Telethon singing “In the Mood”
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Who will take home the “Dancing With The Stars” trophy this season?
Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussy Cat Dolls has been a front-runner, dazzling us with her stunning performances. She has shown much dedication and has been a joy to watch. Maksim has worked well with ESPN reporter, Erin Andrews. She has shown much improvement but I think our Olympic gold medal winner, Evan Lysacek will surprise us with his athleticism during the final free-style dance.
Of course we can’t forget the entertainment of the hosts and expert judges, who are humorous and dramatic while each contestant strives to do their best. The chemistry between the judges, Carrie Anne Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli is a good mix. Bruno’s demonstrative explanations is a complement to the hosts, Tom Bergeron’s dry wit and Brooke Burke’s poised beauty. Sometimes, I even get mesmerized by the magic of a performance and if the spirit moves me, I call in a vote.
On some occasions, I take out my high-heeled dance shoes to dance with my husband, Carmine. We never took serious dance lessons together but we find it fun and romantic to do our own thing on the dance floor!
DANCE & EXERCISE: As a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente, every week I teach a Dance Exercise class where we sweat and burn fat while moving our bodies to salsa music and then sculpt our bodies with some Pilates. This week as a representative of KP, I demonstrated various types of fitness at the Princess Cruises headquarters as part of their “Princess Healthy Living” campaign. During their lunch break, employees were in the flow as they participated in Tai-Chi techniques, Yoga three-part breathing and learned how to strengthen their core muscles. Then, I put on some Latin music as they moved their hips with simple cha, cha, and rumba steps. From my view, it was a grand site!
Put on some music and when no one is watching let your body move and groove with a sense of freedom and joy. Breathe and find your own rhythm, get your circulation going, de-stress and feel alive. Why not? It’s your moment and you’re the Star!
Maria Lauren (AKA) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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Marianna Riccio is currently entertaining as a solo artist and with the Alberici Sisters in “Showstoppers.” The Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg are authors of the book, “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams” about the Icons of the 20th Century and that includes the legendary Rat Pack!
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