Friday, September 24, 2010

A Tour of Wasilla, Alaska with Bristol Palin

Entertainment Tonight visited with Bristol Palin and her dance partner Mark Ballas, as Bristol gave Mark a bit of a tour of her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska:

"Dancing with the Stars" contender Bristol Palin gives her pro partner Mark Ballas a tour of her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, and ET is along for the ride!

With Bristol at the wheel of her pickup, the dance partners were on the road to the dance studio in town for rehearsal, with Bristol pointing out the various town sights along the way, from her high school and the local bowling alley to the house where she grew up.

"Mark, we are going to our only dance studio in Wasilla," says Bristol. "And then we have one in Anchorage, but that's like an hour away. … [My sister] Piper takes hip-hop class here, and ballet and jazz and tap dance, and she has for a long time, and our cousin takes dance lessons there."

Mark asks, "So when school's out, weekends, where would you go hang out?"

"We would be snow-machining, or camping or fishing or hunting, four-wheeling or shooting stuff," replies Bristol.

As they arrived at the town's dance studio, Bristol was stunned by a warm welcome by family, friends and fans -- and mom Sarah Palin. Bristol signed autographs and posed for pictures before heading into the studio to rehearse her quickstep.

Bristol tells ET that when she flies back to Hollywood, son Tripp will be there with her, along with mom Sarah, who will be in the audience Monday night on "Dancing with the Stars."

"I get to come this week," says Sarah. "Grandma went last week, it's my turn this week, and definitely I'll be there."

Click on the image above to watch the video of Bristol and Mark.

There is more video here of the Palin family at home.

Check out the cool photos at the Dance Bristol Dance Facebook page here.

We are really happy for Bristol. She is having fun and doing pretty well for someone who is not a dancer. With all of the craziness going on in the country right now this is a welcome diversion, if only for a few hours.

Mark seems to be a really nice guy. Bristol is really blessed that he was chosen to be her partner. He's incredibly talented not only as a dancer and musician, but as an instructor. He's very patient and very generous. There seems to be a real chemistry between the two. That's needed on any team for it to work well.

It also looks like Mark is having a blast on his first trip to Alaska. When he isn't performing or rehearsing dance moves with Bristol, he's been tweeting and posting photos like this one with Mama Grizzly herself:

Check out more of his photos here.

The next round of competition is Monday night on ABC. Be there or be square.

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