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The Dancing With The Stars Tour In 2006 ABC, the makers of Dancing with the Stars in the USA thought about maximizing the revenue from DWTS by taking the cast on tour. The first tour was organized on or about 25th October 2006. The show promised to take as many of the celebrity cast and TV professional dancers on the tour as they could.. The Dancing with the Stars tour commenced small, but soon grew into large local events around the country. The first tour commenced on December 19th 2006 in San Diego, California and played at 38 different locations by February 11th 2007. This first tour incorporated such celebrity dancers as Drew Lachey, Joey McIntyre, Lisa Rinna, Joey Lawrence and Harry Hamlin and such professionals as Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Louis van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska, and Karina Smirnoff The second tour of Dancing with the Stars was not as comprehensive but included celebrities like Joey McIntyre, Apolo Anton Ohno, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence and Joey Fatone together with professional dancers Julianne Hough, Cheryl Burke, Edyta Sliwinska and last but not least, Kym Johnson. The third tour was the largest so far and again took in the festive season of Christmas and the New Year period from December 18th 2007 to February 10th 2008. It incorporated Sabrina Bryan, Monique Coleman, Joey Lawrence, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Drew Lachey, Mario Lopez, Joey Fatone and Helio Castroneves for dancing celebrities. Along with Mark Ballas, Derek Hough for a brief period, Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Jonathan Roberts, Kym Johnson, Brian Fortuna, Karina Smirnoff, and Julianne Hough as their professional partners. The tours have to be quite short because the stars need a lot of time to practice. Series actually begin quite quickly after each other so there is not much of time left for touring. It has been estimated that the tours did not bring in as much money as was hoped for and definitely not as much as the TV series, but they did keep the celebrities off the street corners and in lucrative employment. One of the major worries with a Dancing with the Stars tour is the number of people involved and the price of the cast. The tour has to play large venues and the locals have to be able to afford a fairly high ticket price to cover the overheads. The five star hotel bills and first class flight costs alone are horrific. Still many fans will book tickets and pay these high prices because where else are they able to see so many famous faces live in one room? The only other sort of gig that offers this type of proximity to half a dozen stars and half a dozen well-known TV dancers is the Academy Awards, but the Oscars are not open to the general public. The tours are likely to carry on to get more and more successful as the TV programme grows in popularity, but the route of the tour remains difficult.


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The Dancing With The Stars Tour