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April 11, 2013

Locals see 'Dancing With the Stars' live

Get to visit with hometown TV host Tom Bergeron

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”It was pretty special as we got to go for two nights,” Kritzas said. “We were lucky.

”I’ve been watching the show since day one,” she said. “I love it because it’s real and you have all of these young people who try so hard to put on a perfect performance. It’s refreshing to see young people in a competition working so hard to put on a good, wholesome family show.”

Kritzas recalled her high school years when she participated in ballroom dance events and got to represent her Haverhill High School class on a televised dance show called “Boston Ballroom.’’

”I’ve always loved dancing, all kinds of dancing,” she said.

Kritzas and her group went to the ABC studio in Hollywood where “Dancing With the Stars’’ is performed.

”What was really interesting was the high security and dress code,” she said. “They won’t allow you to wear jeans, you’re not allowed to bring in cell phones or iPhones and you can’t take any pictures.

”And you can only bring in a small purse,” she said. “They check you just like you’re at the airport.

”I was really impressed with how organized everything was,” she said. “They had our names taped to our chairs and they warmed up the audience before Tom Bergeron came out. A man told us that when Tom comes out we want you to give him your loudest scream, your best smiles and applause, and he said the camera will be filming the audience.”

When the show started, the lights dimmed, the music began to play and the spotlights were turned on, Kritzas said.

”The cameramen were literally running around the dancers with their cameras,” she said. “When you go to a show, the props and the stage are usually behind the curtain. In this show, they do everything live with many people running across the floor with props and setting up the lighting. It’s really something to see.”

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