DWTS 13: Tristan MacManus

Do you like Irish accents? You might swoon when you hear Tristan MacManus speak. He was born in Dublin and competed around Europe in Juvenile, Junior and Amateur competions.

Appearing in “Ella Enchanted,” he performed in theater productions, including “Oliver!” and “Aladdin,” but his big break was when he joined the UK tour of “Simply Ballroom” in London and our own Las Vegas. He then became a featured dancer for “Burn the Floor.”

“Burn the Floor” is still touring, currently in Europe. The show is about the ten dances that have been danced in competition since 1920 as international style. The five standard ballroom dances are: waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, tango and quickstep.  The other five are considred the Latin dances: cha cha, samba, paso doble, rumba and jive.

For a while he was teaching ballroom and Latin dancing in Boston (at the SuperShag Dance Studios in Charleston) as he recovered from a knee injury, but was in the cast of “Dirty Dancing” as a dance captain. By this we don’t mean the Patrick Swayze movie, but the musical production. The musical stage version premiered in Australia in 2004 and went to the West end in London in 2006. The West End production just closed in July 2011 after a five-year-run.

MacManus was part of the DWTS troupe last season.


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 19, 2011, in Dancing with the Stars: Season 13 and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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