Magazine article Variety

Glancing at Dancing

Magazine article Variety

Glancing at Dancing

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A look at the sorcery behind Stars - and the marketing opportunities it helps create compiled by jonweisman

five days for musical director Harold Wheeler to write an arrangement for each song. Changes happen all week, so he ends up making a lot of last-minute adjustments.

Memorable Moments

Nov. 20: Paula Abdul Four-Song Medley

Creenscreens were shot with all dancers two weeks before performance, so choreography could be matched to all movements.

April 2: Locked Out of Heaven

After weeks of choreography, this dance to Bruno Mars' tune was performed mostly in reverse, with choreographers using an app called Reverse Cam Fun to see how the movement looked. Dance was performed on the stage floor seven minutes before airtime, giving the editor 21 minutes to work.

20-30 camera shots on average used for a competitive performance. For longer professional dances or musical guests, up to 150 shots per performance.

Offscreen Odyssey

SIX theme cruises on Holland America Line in 2013-14, featuring celebrities and pro dances from the show and passenger contests.

30 hours of live television created every season, helmed by Alex Rudzinski with technical director Charles Gup.

3D Recent innovations include 3D projection that uses false perspective to create perceived 3D objects on dance floor. …

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