Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 7 Analysis:

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 7 Analysis: Monday, October 26 The pros and the celebs opened in their costumes for their first dance together to promote “Halloween Week” on Week 7 of Dancing With The Stars! Leah filled in again for Erin.  We were reminded that the second dance would be a competition between two evenly numbered teams and that Derek had yet to lose a team dance.  At some point, Tom mentioned the DWTS Live—Dance All Night Tour, which will run from December 15 through February 14. I checked out that tour online; in a few cities they’ll do both a matinee and an evening show—for age 19 and up, which seems to validate Val’s hint that the costumes are, shall we say, interesting.   Nick Carter: Arg. Tango. Judges’ scores 8. My score 8. He did a good, basic dance, mostly correct. I think he was in his head too much, though, thinking about what to do next.  The dance had too much spinning of Sharna in lifts, no sharp kicks, and not the level of drama that we expect in a tango.  His bum was out a bit at times, too.  He’s a really nice guy who works very hard.  Too bad this week wasn’t as good as last week.   Hayes Grier: Slow Waltz. Judges’ scores 8-9-9. My score 8.5. Dressed as a gent, Hayes correctly presented large/open upper-body and arm movements along with pretty lines and graceful, expressive hands. Nice job.   Alexa PenaVega: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 9. My score 9. The paso is always exciting, especially when performed to Spanish music, as this one was. Alexa brought large, long, open movements; graceful hands; sharp and correct posture and movements.  I liked it a lot.   Tamar Braxton: Foxtrot. Judges’ scores 8. My score 8.5. Tamar revealed in the package her opinion that she’s the best dancer out there. She is really good and one of the most consistent, but speaking of herself in that way probably set her up for closer scrutiny by many who watched.  She showed large, open movements; good lines, arms/hands, foot placement, and musicality.  Good job!   Andy Grammer: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 9-9-8. My score 9. Andy and Allison brought large, long/wide, sharp, dramatic, correct movements. I enjoyed their paso.   Bindi Irwin: Arg. Tango. Judges’ scores 10. My score 10. Dramatic! Great holds, lifts and turns; sharp flicks.  All proper and in sync.  Bindi was all in!   Alek Skarlatos: Viennese Waltz. Judges’...

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 6 Analysis

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 6 Analysis:   Monday, October 19 A fabulous opening of all pros dancing promoted “Famous Dance Roles” night on Week 6 of Dancing With The Stars! The celebs and the pros were challenged with the intimidating task of attempting to re-enact iconic dance performances from songs in movies and videos.  Learning the dances is hard enough, but stepping up to such a demand must have been nerve-wracking, especially for certain celebs.  Olivia Newton-John served as a guest-judge, sitting next to Bruno as judge #3.  Hosts and judges reminded teams that they’re halfway through the competition, which is slated to conclude during Thanksgiving week.   Hayes Grier: Jazz. Judges’ scores 8. My score 8. The negative: Hayes needs to keep/flow the rhythm instead of sort of going in and out of it.  He may have been in his head a bit much and/or slowing down or even almost stopping momentarily at times, depending on what he was supposed to do next with Emma. The positive: Still, he is only a 15-year-old kid who’s learning to dance and doing well despite the demands and challenges.  He acted the part well, went all in, and did a nice job with a great attitude.   Andy Grammer: Jazz. Judges’ scores 10. My score 10. Andy and Allison performed to the “Good Morning” song from “Singin’ in the Rain,” which starred Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. This is a complex, physically demanding number.  Andy stayed right with Allison the whole way, not missing a beat or anything else.  They did everything just as the threesome had in the 1952 film (without the second guy)–correctly, timely, enthusiastically.  His arms were graceful, too.  The whole thing warmed my heart and made me feel good.  It was knock-your-socks-off impressive across the board.  I’m happy for Andy!  For me, the dance of the night, tied with Nick’s.   Alexa PenaVega: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 8-7-7-8. My score 8. The re-enactment of a Britney Spears performance with a snake was brave, sexy, musical, and nicely done. She seemed to hold back a tad, though; somehow we know that she has more to give.  Good job, Alexa!   Bindi Irwin: Rhumba. Judges’ scores 10. My score 10. Re-enacting the last, big number from “Dirty Dancing,” between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, was a big assignment. The rhythm, timing, steps, hip action, details, lifts, etc. were all perfect.  This girl is a force!   Paula Deen: Jazz. Judges’ scores 6. My score 6. The...

My Rhyming Picture Book Is Out: My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

October 15, 2015 Hello, Lovers of Children’s Books! My first children’s picture book was published recently.  As a lifelong poet, I’m very pleased with the rhyme that I achieved throughout the book, “My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You.”  No matter where I reveal it, the people consistently react by saying it’s “adorable” and “cute.”  What immediately follows is a description of the book, which contains rhyme and near rhyme: Turtles telling the time of day? Crocodiles eating birthday cake? Porcupines playing peek-a-boo? Oh, no! What’s a child to do? There’s so much more with animals galore. The solution comes from a comforting source.   My artist, Kattarina Storost (aka Katrina Kissell, www.artistkissell.com) and I worked well together to produce artwork that best represents my text, and I am very pleased with the illustrations. The book is available via my book page on the publisher’s Web site:  www.createspace.com/5714110.  There, I earn the most on my investment in my book.  It’s also available on Amazon.  Although it’s for kids from 1 to 101, its top target is the 4 to 7 age group.  It makes a great gift for holidays, esp. Christmas, which is right around the corner.  It can also be for birthdays and whatever other occasion you choose.  Please check it out.  If you buy it, please write in to tell me your opinions and how your children reacted to it....

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 5 Analysis

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 5 Analysis:   It’s Switch-Up Week on Dancing With The Stars! The celebs and the pros were given different partners, just for this week. According to Witney, the couples had only four days to rehearse. Certain celebs climbed back up the ladder, some maintained, and one was really cheated on scores.  We saw a quick shot of Peta waiting in the audience for Maks.   Singer/Host Tamar Braxton with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy Backstreet Boys Singer Nick Carter with pro partner Sharna Burgess Domestic Diva Paula Deen with pro partner Louis Van Amstel Singer Andy Grammer with pro partner Allison Holker Teen Social Media Geek Hayes Grier with pro partner Emma Slater Actress Bindi Irwin with pro partner Derek Hough Actress Alexa PenaVega with pro partner Mark Ballas Actor/Singer Carlos PenaVega with pro partner Witney Carson Army Hero Alek Skarlatos with pro partner Lindsay Arnold   Monday, October 12 Host Tom Bergeron was back, even though his father just died. A switch-up of couples, voted on by viewers, shook things up. The show opened with the pros dancing in front of a set of doors; one at a time, each celeb came dancing along, stopping in front of his/her ‘new’ pro. The new pairs were very interesting. Maks served as a guest-judge, sitting between Julianne and Bruno as judge #3 (not between Carrie Ann and Julianne, as I had supposed). Again, most judges’ scores were accurate tonight; one was grossly underrated. Tamar Braxton with Louis: Samba. Judges’ scores 7-7-8-7. My score 8. The negative and the positive: The choreo was extremely detailed, ambitious, demanding, and difficult, esp. for only 4 days of learning. Although those facts produced an incomplete connection between the two, Tamar kept a good attitude and did well, with great hip work and foot work. Her arms and hands were not always finished, though. In my view, only Maks scored accurately.   Hayes Grier: Vien. Waltz w/ Allison. Judges’ scores 8-8-7-7. My score 7.5. The negative and the positive: An unusually fast waltz. Graceful, smooth and elegant to a point (with Hayes in full adult formal attire from head to toe!), but almost too fast and busy, almost frantic. It would have been better if the movements had been slower, more traditional and refined, with more of the necessary, perfected rise and fall. He was a gent in tails and she was a lady in a pretty gown. Timing, lines, and synchronicity were as good as usual.  ...

Dancing with the Stars, October 12 (Week 5): Maks is Back!

Ladies and gentlemen, fans of Dancing with the Stars and of Maks Chmerkovskiy, take notice:  Maks is Back tomorrow night as a guest judge at the table with Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno–most likely seated between the two women.  Carrie Ann and Maks haven’t always seen eye to eye, but they should be fine at the judges’ table together.  I wonder whether Peta will be waiting for him in the audience or maybe in the sky lounge, and what shape her ankle is in after surgery. Tom will be back, too. And don’t forget: It’s switch-up week–the celebs and the pros are switching partners.  As we’ve seen before, this could go really badly or very well for some of the celebs.  It’ll be interesting, to say the least. Enjoy!   P.S.  While you’re surfing the Net, please take a minute to check out my book and its 5-star reviews:  “Dancing in the Stars”–Carroll Webster, International Dance Luminary of Vaudeville and Hollywood” (DITS) is the biographical story of my handsome father, who was a professional ballroom dancer in the 1930s and 1940s.  You can travel with him from the dance marathons with comedic legend Red Skelton and singer Tony Martin to Vaudeville and the Golden Age of Hollywood on his search for fame, romance, and family.   How does he survive the dance marathons, the Great Depression, World War II and the resulting life-changing events?  Does he end up involved with his dance partner Diane, the elusive Mary, or another woman–and find what really matters in life?   www.createspace.com/5311269 and Amazon.com With DITS in hand, we’ll be celebrating DWTS here and at the screen! My rhyming picture book is out, too: “My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You” (www.createspace.com/5714110). “Adorable” is how most people describe it. See you back here soon to talk about Week 5’s performances and my Dancing book. Yours in dancing, Vickie...

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