DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 5

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 5 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog and for your patience while we enter another large round of signups into the database.  Welcome to Week 5 of Season 25–Monday, October 16, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged, assisted at times by Kermit the Frog.  It’s Disney Week–Magical and Fun!  Historically speaking, we expect to be treated to some high-quality dancing on such a night, and we hope for matching, deserving scores.   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner) Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner) Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko Singer/Actor/“98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd   The Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble. “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Oct. 16, 2017: Jenna and Artem opened an elegant dance, then were joined by all other pros, to “It’s a Small, Small World.”  The tempo was then upped majorly and gowns were ripped off, down to short costumes, as the  dance continued, with celebs joining their pro partners.  We were told that Mickey Mouse debuted in a movie in 1928, and the Victoria/Val duo opened the competition by showing it in their dance.   Victoria Arlen and Val                         (1-800-868-3413) Charleston (“Steamboat Willie,” from “Steamboat Willie”).                Judges: 9-9-9.  Me 9. Very cute with them as cats, fun, celebratory, in true Disney style and showing Disney history for all children, even the ones who are now grown.  Excellent and very enjoyable! She’s due for:  Waltz, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.   Vanessa Lachey and Maks (1-800-868-3412) Waltz (“Un Jour Mon Prince Viendra,” from “Snow White”).                Judges 8-8-8.  Me 9. The dwarfs are adorable!  Loved Maks’s period suit!  Their dance was captivating, elegant, smooth, beautiful, touching, understated, and soothing. She must perfect balance in...

WRITING: THE 5 W’s October 13, 2017

WRITING:  THE 5 W’s                                                                   October 13, 2017 We’re constantly reading and writing, aren’t we?  Even if we aren’t, someone else is, and we want all necessary key elements to be included in the story.  You’ve probably noticed that in writing, nearly every newspaper story tells who did the what, as well as when, where, why and how he/she did it (unless some details are not yet available to law-enforcement personnel or they cannot be released to the public until after next of kin have been notified).  Those “W” key elements are known as the 5 W’s of journalism, with “how” sometimes included, too.  The same basics hold true for other story forms, too, whether nonfiction (true) or fiction (not true).  The game of “Clue” is a good example. Who:  especially the protagonist/main character.  Miss Plum? What:  a key part of the story’s plot.  What happened? When:  daytime? Nighttime? Between 4 and 6 a.m.? Where:  the setting for a story or a scene in a story/an article, a short story, a poem, a book.  In the drawing room? Why:  motive.  Because his partner had embezzled all of their joint funds? How:  With a gun? A knife? A candlestick? If you don’t have the 5 W’s in your story, you don’t have a complete story.   Not having a complete story gives a bad impression of your writing of that particular piece and can cause readers to question your credibility as a writer across the board.  It also causes inconvenience and extra use of time for readers who need the rest of the facts right now and for you if you’re going back in to fix/finish the story.  Always double-check that you have answered these questions fully and clearly for readers.   Many lessons and bits of advice in this writing/grammar series have been taken from Writestyle’s online campus of courses covering Grammar, Punctuation, Proofreading, and Editing.  If you need help, we’re here for you.      ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 4

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 4 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog and for bearing with us until we could enter all of the latest signups into the database. Some weeks, we receive so many signups that we have a heck of a time getting caught up.  Again, thank you!   Welcome to Week 4 of Season 25, Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s “Most-Memorable Year” Night, which usually brings truly vulnerable and heartfelt personal stories and performances from the celebrities.  This week will be vastly opposed to last week’s Guilty Pleasures Night, when a few celebs’ stories/performances, such as Frankie’s and Lindsey’s, were entertaining and appeared to be genuine, while a few others, such as Nick’s and Nikki’s and, worst of all, Sasha’s, really did not work. Here’s hoping for high quality across the board tonight!   THE FULL CAST! “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner) Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold Former NBA champ/former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher & pro Sharna Burgess Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner) Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko Singer/Actor/“98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd   The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble. “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman   MON., OCT. 9          Frankie Muniz & Whitney #1.                   1-800-868-3405 Quickstep (“Adventure of a Lifetime,” Coldplay)                     Judges’ scores 8-8-8.  Mine 8.5. “Most-Memorable Year”: The positive:  Frankie’s MMY is 2017; all of his experiences as an actor, a race-car driver, etc. and his health issues have come together here at DWTS. The dance was light, joyous, fun, peppy, and graceful. Again, he works very hard and is awfully cute. The negative/work on:  Keep loosening the hips. He’s due for:  Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.   MON., OCT. 9 ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 3

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 3 Welcome to Week 3 of Season 25, Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   THE FULL CAST! “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner) Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold Former NBA champ/former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher & pro Sharna Burgess Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner) Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko Singer/Actor/“98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd   The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rhumba, Paso Doble.   “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman   Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 Analysis (Oct. 2, 2017):  Guilty Pleasures Week!   MON., OCT. 2          Drew Scott & Emma #1.                            1-800-868-3404 Arg. Tango (“Red Right Hand,” Nick Cave/Bad Seeds)   Judges’ scores 8-7-8.  Mine 8.5. The positive:  Drew’s guilty pleasure is to watch true-crime shows. Complete with cute personality bits; intense; lifts and lots of spins, and good transitions in and out of those; good posture, etc. Very well done & enjoyable!  Watch out! The negative/work on:  Posture, quick arm extensions, keep arms/hands graceful. He’s due for:  Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rhumba, Paso Doble.   MON., OCT. 2          Derek Fisher & Sharna #2.                       1-800-868-3403 Cha-Cha (“Fresh Prince of Bel Aire,” DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince)  Judges’ scores 7-7-7. Mine 7. The positive:  Derek’s guilty pleasure is to watch “Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.” Great attitude, relaxed, fun. Rhythm, on beat; good facial expressions. The negative/work on:  Not enough Cha-Cha dancing for him. Technique, control. He’s due for:  Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Rhumba, Paso Doble.   MON., OCT. 2          Victoria Arlen & Val #3.                             1-800-868-3413 Quickstep (“Tubthumping,” Chumbawamba)                          Judges’ scores 8-7-7.  Mine 8. The positive:  Victoria’s guilty pleasure is a song that got her through the hardships of wheelchairs, therapy to walk again, etc....

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