DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 9

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 9 Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back!   Welcome to Week 9 of Season 25–Monday, November 13, 2017!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Semifinals Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) *(2-Time MBT winner)   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., Nov. 13, 2017:   Each couple will do two dances.  The pros were allowed to choose their first dances.  For each, the second dance will be performed as a reinterpretation of sorts of an iconic song that was done in a previous season; I say that this is unfair to current contestants whose dances will be compared with those of contestants who won their seasons involving this dance. FIRST DANCE Drew Scott + Emma: Tango (“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers). Judges: 8. Me 8.  Drew wore a kilt and the rest of the Scottish getup to represent his heritage for this song/dance.  He always gives his all. The tempo of the song threw off his technique/posture and such; this usually happens when he dances to something other than a slow number. Also, this dance held none of the required obvious intensity, sexual or otherwise, between the two.  He’s due for:  Jazz, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Victoria + Val: Contemporary (“To Build a Home” [feat. Patrick Watson], Cinematic Orchestra).  Judges: 9.  Me: 9.  Creative, cohesive, graceful in representing her journey back to health with the amazing support of her parents.   She’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Jordan + Lindsay: Argentine Tango (“Brother” [feat. Gavin DeGraw], NEEDTOBREATHE).  This dance represents Jordan’s track record as a loving, supportive sibling in the family who adopted him and in his journey with Lindsay.   Judges: 9,9,10. Me: 9.5.  Loved it! He’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa. Lindsey + Mark: Contemporary (“Head High,” Alexander Jean).   Judges 10,9,10.  Me 10.  They danced about triumph through adversity and freedom to be one’s self.  Talk about dancing, moving from primal instinct and the core! Raw, emotional vulnerability with...

WRITING: SENTENCES November 7, 2017

WRITING:  SENTENCES                                                   November 7, 2017 In writing, if all sentences were the same type and of a similar length, reading could become less interesting.  Alternating sentence types and lengths, whenever possible, makes writing and reading more interesting.  Fortunately, we have three different types of sentences.   Simple:  I am going to cut the grass. Very-simple and very-short sentences are most often geared toward young children to suit their limited reading and/or comprehension levels.   Compound (more than one part):  I am going to cut the grass, and then I am going to trim the bushes. Compound sentences are for readers of average ability.   Complex:  I am going to cut the grass [Part 1, independent clause, complete thought/sentence], and then I am going to trim the bushes [Part 2, independent clause, complete thought/sentence], which is what all homeowners should do to take good care of their properties [Part 3, dependent clause, incomplete thought/sentence].   Complex sentences that contain short, easy-to-understand independent clauses and a short dependent clause also are usually for average readers.   However, a complex sentence can become more complex as more and longer parts are added.  Those parts can be independent clauses (they usually follow a semicolon), but they’re often dependent clauses.  The more parts that are added, the more difficult the sentence becomes for less-sophisticated readers to follow.   Varying sentence type and length is okay to keep interest in your writing, but more important than that is to tailor sentence length and word choice appropriately for your 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.  (Note: Our very-old Web site, https://writestyle.com, is being revamped but is still accessible.)   Vickie L. Weaver’s beloved rhyming picture book, My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You, highlights the parent-child bond while her biography, Dancing in the Stars, entertains and inspires via dance, romance, history, Vaudeville and Hollywood.  ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 8

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 8 Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back, with our sincere thanks for being loyal to our blog! Welcome to Week 8 of Season 25–Monday, November 6, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Trio Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407)5. Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke* (1-800-868-3411) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) *(2-Time MBT winner)   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., Nov. 6, 2017:   Pros and troupe opened with guest dancers (former winners) dancing. FIRST DANCE Terrell + Cheryl: Charleston.  Judges: 9.  Me: 9.   Cute, peppy, proper, fun, fab footwork and timing, well done, really enjoyable.  He’s due for:  Waltz, Arg. Jazz, Contemp.; Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble. Drew Scott + Emma: Waltz. Judges: 7,7,8.  Me: 8.5.  Beautiful, smooth, fluid and well in hold most of the time, elegant, fab choreo. Very enjoyable.  I still like him a lot.  He’s due for:  Tango, Jazz, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Victoria + Val: Arg. Tango.   Judges: 8.  Me: 8.5.  Graceful and smooth and flowing with good lines and hold, yet also mandatorily sharp and fairly well intense; pretty. Not as sexy/intense as it should have been, though, from Victoria; not to the level of what Val danced with Rumer Willis.  She’s an adorable and sweet girl with a heartfelt story and surprising skills, as someone who can’t feel her legs; but I’m tired of the powers-that-be coddling her, which equates to at least subliminally encouraging America to vote for her (we’re intelligent and can figure out on our own whom to vote for).  I’ve met Val and he’s very nice, but they do give him/Victoria more interview time than they give most others.  She’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Rumba. Lindsey + Mark: Samba. Judges 9,8,9.  Me 9. She has been healing from a  blunt rib  injury and possible separation, which she sustained in rehearsal last week.  Len and CAI saw what I saw: Very creative, a different samba that is so different from what...

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