Lindsey Stirling
Special to GET OUT

Lindsey Stirling is a master multitasker.

Onstage, the Gilbert native plays the violin like a champ and captivates audiences with her unique EDM style on a traditionally classic instrument.

Offstage, she is literally dancing from project to project. Recently, she was balancing grueling rehearsals for her winter tour “Warmer in the Winter,” as well as working round the clock on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and she couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s exhausting. I’m not going to lie,” Stirling admitted. “Yesterday, I did five hours of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ rehearsal, and then I worked for three and a half hours with my choreographer for tour. My mind and my body are so exhausted by the end of these days. I haven’t really felt like this in a long time.”

The performer and her dance partner, two-time Mirrorball Trophy champion, Mark Ballas, took second place on the celebrity dancing show.

“I love that we get to be so creative,” Stirling said. “I know my favorite moments are right when I finish a routine and we’re like, ‘Ah, we did it!’ That’s such a high. It’s such a high to work on something so hard for a week and then go out there, be terrified, and then pull it off.”

Although no stranger to dance, grooving her way to the top of the “Dancing with the Stars” scoreboard is not quite as easy as the self-taught dancer and violinist thought.

“I thought, to be honest, going into the show I would have this edge, but it’s not as much the case,” Stirling said. “In a way, I am self-taught and I’ve just kind of figured out how to do things and how to do them while playing violin and it turns out I do a lot of things incorrectly ... And so, Mark had kind of had to untrain a lot of really terrible habits. It’s amazing. I’m learning so much that I feel is actually going to start to affect my performances.”

She will showcase her newfound technique during a hometown show at the Comerica Theatre on Dec. 23, the last stop on her “Warmer in the Winter” tour to promote her holiday album of the same name.

“It’s such a different show for me,” Stirling said. “It’s such a different album for me. You know, a lot of times I like to consider my previous shows as theatricality meets an EDM show. It has really heavy lighting and big screens that are LED and flashy, but this one is going to be, it’s a lot softer, a little more pixie dust on it, a little classic feeling.”

“Dancing with the Stars” led to Stirling’s decision on an opening act for her tour. Ballas is one half of the band Alexander Jean, which pairs him with his wife, BC Jean. Stirling went to the couple’s performance and was blown away.

“It just happened really organically,” Stirling recalls. “I know my fans are going to love it. He will be actually opening the show and then I might pull him on the stage for a couple moments during my set as well. Maybe we’ll make a little break in the music where the band plays and we’ll pull him out and we’ll dance or something. I really think the audience will get a kick out of that.”

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