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  • Writer's pictureKristyn Burtt

Going to the 'Dancing with the Stars' Tour? Here's What You Need to Know

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

This article has been updated as of Jan. 6, 2020.

With Season 28 behind us, it's time to get ready for the Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020. There are some changes this year, so it should be a fresh look for fans who have gone to multiple shows over the years. There are also options for people to choose from — a local stop or an international stop? There are so many decisions to make and Dance Dish is here to help you out.

Tour basics: This will be the longest tour the show has ever done. The tour runs from Jan. 9, 2020 until April 7, 2020, and hits 70 cities. Within those 70 stops, multiple cities have more than one show. It's a lot of dancing from your favorite pros and Season 28 celebrities.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals are already underway! The out-of-town pros arrived over the weekend and rehearsals began on Sunday, Dec. 8. It should be about a two-week rehearsal period for the tour before they break for the holiday season.

Pros: Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020 will have Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov and Emma Slater. As always, the pro roster is subject to change due to other commitments, illness or injury.

Cast: The tour has a revolving door of celebs from Season 28 coming in to join the pros. Check the schedule because Hannah Brown only has one tour date in New York City — she's there, along with Kate Flannery. The California dates often have two celebrities, while most cities have one star dancing. Depending on the city, you might see Kate, Hannah, Ally Brooke, Lauren Alaina, Sailor Brinkley-Cook or Kel Mitchell.

New directors: With the creative team changing behind the scenes at DWTS in Season 28, it's natural that the tour creative team changes as well. The last several tours were choreographed and creative directed by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and DWTS executive producer Ashley Edens-Shaffer. This year, it's directed by Mark “Swany” Swanhart and co-directed by Amanda Balen.

Swany is known for his work as a choreographer on Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme on Broadway, a creative director for Little Big Shots and co-executive producer on The World's Best. Amanda has performed extensively with Lady Gaga, performed in films like La La Land and A Star is Born and was a creative associate producer on The World's Best.

Numbers: Mandy isn't completely absent from the tour, though. She has choreographed a number and Alan, Brandon, Gleb, Sasha, Val, Daniella, Emma, Jenna, Lindsay and Witney are in it.

Ray Leeper's Latin fusion number from the finale will also be seen on tour.

Update: Travis Wall also revealed on Dec. 16 that he is choreographing for the tour, too! His number is called "Heroes, I Am Here."

Other numbers:

"Bad Guys" with Alan, Brandon, Gleb, Sasha, Val, Daniella, Emma, Jenna, Lindsay and Witney.

"Kill of The Night" with Alan, Brandon, Gleb, Sasha, Val, Daniella, Emma, Jenna, Lindsay and Witney.

Update: So You Think You Can Dance and In the Heights choreographer Christopher Scott is choreographing for the tour!

Update: This is an embarrassment of riches! Jonathan Redavid choreographed a number for Witney Carson and Brandon Armstrong for the tour. There are so many great choreographers in this line-up!

Update: Will Loftis is the Supervising Choreographer for the tour this year.

He was nominated with Christopher Scott and Jeffrey Hornaday for a World Choreography Award for Zombies.

Update: Kat Burns' choreography will also be featured on the DWTS tour. Remember, she did the first group opening number in Season 28.

Options: If going to the tour in your local city isn't for you this year, then how about a trip to the Bahamas with Dancing with the Stars: Journey to Paradise? This will be the ultimate fan getaway that takes the DWTS experience to the next level. From Friday, May 29, 2020 to Monday, June 1, 2020, you can mix and mingle with your favorite past and present cast members from DWTS.

Judge Bruno Tonioli, Joey Fatone, Ginger Zee, Rashad Jennings will be there with current Season 28 pro dancers Cheryl Burke, Val, Jenna, Lindsay, Sasha, Emma, Gleb, Alan, Brandon, Pasha, Keo Motsepe and Daniella. If that wasn't enough to tempt you, DWTS alumni Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Tony Dovolani and Kym Herjavec are all expected to be at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, in the Bahamas.

Update: DWTS: Journey to Paradise has been cancelled.

The VIP vacation offers a one-of-a-kind, live theater-dance show featuring the most memorable dances of all time, celebrity and dancer photo opportunities, pool parties with the stars, a DWTS costume exhibit, Q&As and one-on-one dance lessons with the world’s greatest professional dancers. This takes Artem, Gleb and Alan's Pro Dance Camp to the next level.

Which fan experience are you choosing? A tour stop? The Bahamas? Or both?


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Jessica Norell
Jessica Norell
Feb 08, 2023

What do you wear to this event? Is it jeans with a nice top and heels or a black dress kinda even?

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