Whenever I am invited to a Dancing with the Stars event, I am there. No questions asked.
Dance pros Peta Murgatroyd and Chelsie Hightower celebrated at a dual birthday at the supperclub Home, nestled on Camden Drive in Beverly Hills. Hosted by entrepreneur Ben Decker, it was a benefit for Unlikely Heroes, a charity that assists those who have experienced human trafficking. They build homes and rehabilitation centers for these kids.
Peta, adorned regally in purple with hair in a chignon, had celebrated her birthday a few days before. “We did some bowling and had Mexican food (Cabo Cantina).” No one could be more low-key this night. “I saw paparazzi outside and just put my head down. I’m not one of those people who say, ‘Look at me.’”
She talked of acting and singing lessons. Unlike some of her castmates, she has no desire to open a dance studio. “I’d like to return to Broadway. I’ve achieved that (Burn the Floor), but next time with acting, singing, and dancing. I would die to do Chicago.”
Chelsie Hightower chose a more sparkly silver mini dress. The talented dance gals became friends on the show and always wanted to celebrate a birthday together.
Chelsie raved about the DWTS themed cruise she took with Mark Ballas, also a party guest. “It was so great to meet the fans; my first cruise. They were so respectful during non-event hours.” She is the face of dance apparel for Reebok.
Mark just landed a regular gig for his band at The Sayers Club. His wish list for dance partners: “Jennifer Aniston, Ellie Goulding, Mila Kunis. One day!”
Former DWTS contestant Gilles Marini stopped by to say hello with a hug and a kiss. “I’ve been losing my shirt in some poker tournaments this week. I only play the celebrity games. They see me coming,” he joked.
The current “Bachelor,” Sean Lowe (also a DWTS contestant) brought fiancée Catherine Giudici. Said Sean, “We’re all over the place these days – L.A., Dallas. We’ve been traveling all summer long.” Looks like they’ll participate in their own TV wedding.
Donald Driver, a DWTS winner, brought wife Betina. “We’ve been in L.A. (from Texas) for ESPYs and meetings. I just finished a show with Katie Couric. The first time she’s ever had a co-host.” The couple was doing a romantic trip without their three young kids. They raved about dinner at The Lobster. “You need that quality time,” said Donald.
Another DWTS alumnus, former “Bachelor,” Jake Pevelka, spends his time between New York, Dallas, and L.A. as a pilot and real estate entrepreneur. “I’ve got a show in the can and we’ll see.” (It’s a competition show.) When asked about his social life, he said, “Up and down, like an elevator! When you’re not stationery in one city, it’s a problem.”
Louis Van Amstel, Dmitry Chaplin, Romeo, and Sandra Sexton were also guests.
Sue Facter owns a news service that specializes in the luxury brand. Her work appears in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Women’s Day Australia, as well as on broadcasts and the web.