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Dancing With The Stars, Week 4 Analysis and Results

Posted by on Apr 11th, 2017 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 4 Analysis and Results →   It’s Week 4, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted; they’re always fun. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Maksim Chmerkovskiy  +  Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer Peta Murgatroyd  +  Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Artem Chigvintsev  +  Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Kym Johnson Herjavec  +  Mr. T., Actor Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher Sharna Burgess  +  Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Gleb Savchenko  +  Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 Analysis (April 10, 2017) This week’s Dancing with the Stars theme is “Most-Memorable Year” in the life of each celeb.  Overall, the performances ranged from good to outstanding, most of the pros choreographed appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content, and the judges’ scores were mostly fair. Normani Kordei: Tradl. Rhumba.                     Judges’ scores 8-7-8-9.  My score 9. The positive:  Val’s choreo was good, except that a few times they interrupted the flow a bit. The dance was magnetic, graceful, pretty, dramatic and emotional in relaying Normani’s joy and gratitude in joining Fifth Harmony in 2012. Again, she was all in, with excellent posture while experiencing the dance. As Len said, “A joy to watch.” CAI subtracted a point for a lift.   Nick Viall: Traditional Rhumba.            Judges’ scores 8-7-8-7.  My score 8. The positive: Without any doubt, this was Nick’s best dance to date! He really appeared to be invested in the representation of his time on “The Bachelor,” where he finally found love in 2015. It began with him dancing briefly with four girls; the bulk of the time, logically, was with Peta, and just before the end with his fiancée, Vanessa. He was in the role of the leading man this time, all the way, which is major progress in confidence. He showed marked improvement all the way around, especially also in posture. He has progressed further and sooner than I had supposed he would on Dancing with the Stars. A really good job this week, and I enjoyed it.   Nancy Kerrigan: Traditional Foxtrot.                Judges’ scores 8-9-8-8.  My score 9. The positive:  Nancy shared the heartbreak of suffering six miscarriages in eight years after a successful first pregnancy that gave her a healthy son, along with the joy of later getting a daughter via in-vitro fertilization. Their dance was flowing, smooth, loving, and joyful. Her posture was perfect. Beautiful and delightful to watch! Loved it! (Most judges’ scores were too low.) The negative/work on:  As Len said, try to keep your shoulders down when lifting your arms; hard to do and to monitor while dancing, and sometimes hard for me to see.   Mr. T: Tradl. Waltz.                                             Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7.  My score 7. The positive & the negative: This sweet, humble, and truly adorable man recounted his 1995 experience with a rare form of cancer on his ear, which I assume to have been a form of melanoma.  He looked handsome in a suit. The dance was actually pretty smooth, flowing, and lovely to...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Finale and Winner

Posted by on Nov 22nd, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23 Finale, Night 2, Nov. 22 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver   Dancing With The Stars: Week 11, Night 2 Finale, Analysis and Results It’s THE FINALS Week! Last night, the finals; tonight, the finale and our winner! The location alternated between the ballroom and The Grove next door. Clips from the season’s practices, rehearsals, performances, tricks on one another, and more were shown. The judges, for the final time this season, were (left to right) Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, former pro Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli. Near the end, Jana Kramer performed one of her latest songs. Needless to say, all dancing was fabulous. Tom and Erin hosted.   Periodically during the first half, one of the top four performed a redo of a dance from earlier in the season. Jana and Gleb, who were voted out last night, did their HOT Argentine Tango from Week 6, and it’s still SMOKIN’ HOT! Calvin and Lindsay, too, did an Arg. Tango from Week 6 (excellent but not hot). James and Sharna redid their Quickstep from Week 4. Laurie and Val redid their trio Samba with Maks from Week 10.   For tonight, each couple was assigned a fusion dance, which was their last dance of the competition, right before the winner was announced:   Calvin Johnson: From running on the football field to dancing in the ballroom! Jive & Quickstep: Joyous, fun, perfect, charming. Loved it!                Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   James Hinchcliffe: with Sharna! From driving a race car to dancing in the ballroom! Viennese Waltz & Foxtrot: Beautiful, flowing, graceful. Loved it!       Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   Laurie Hernandez: From winning for the USA as a gymnast in the Olympics to dancing in the ballroom!  Foxtrot & Arg. Tango: Powerful, accurate, excellent.                           Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   DANCE OF THE NIGHT: (1) Calvin & Lindsay; (2) James & Sharna.   WHO WON, PLACED, OR SHOWED: Laurie         James           Calvin Why America gave the win to a gymnast who has a dance background, instead of to one of the two male contestants who had zero dance experience but performed outstandingly/equally well, is beyond my compre-hension and extremely unfair to James and Calvin. I repeat: I never want to see another gymnast on this show.   OTHER NEWS: Laurie will join the DWTS winter tour!  BLOG FANS: Weigh in with your comments about Dancing with the Stars! To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or sign in at the lower right-hand corner of the page. To understand how ballroom dancing and its fame today, on this show, differs from how it was in the 1930s and 1940s, you’ll want to read the biography I wrote of my father’s life in showbiz during that era: “Dancing in the Stars: Carroll Webster, International Dance Luminary of Vaudeville & Hollywood.” Get it from Amazon or...

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Dancing With The Stars The Finals, Night 1, Analysis and Results

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23, The Finals, Night 1, Nov. 21: Analysis & Results →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 11, Night 1 Finals, Analysis and Results It’s THE FINALS Week! Tonight, the finals; tomorrow night, the finale and our winner! The judges, with Len back, assigned the first dance for each celeb, a redo of an earlier performance Every time, the dancing and the entertainment value was WOW! Tom and Erin hosted. Band “Train” performed.   James Hinchcliffe: Dancing with Sharna! #4: Foxtrot: Cute story; smooth & entertaining.                                    Judges’ scores 9-9-9-10. My score 10. #4: Freestyle (his 2015 car crash): creative, poetic, gorgeous, stunning!  Judges’ score:10. My score 10.  LOVED IT!   Jana Kramer: #2: Tango: Sharp, intense, passionate.                                      Judges’ scores 8*-9-9-9. My score 9.5. #1: Freestyle (Contemp.): All-in/all-encompassing, beautiful flow/lifts/lines.   Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5.   Calvin Johnson: #1: V. Waltz: Pretty, soft, continuous/flowing, smooth.              Judges’ scores 8*-9-9-9. My score 9.5. #2: Freestyle: Happy/fun (like Calvin); fab choreo. LOVED IT!          Judges’ score 10. My score10.   Laurie Hernandez: #3: Paso Doble: Strong, matured, dramatic.                                        Judges’ scores 9-10-9-10. My score 9. #3: Freestyle: A creative & joyful group playground dance. It contained very little to show the dances she has learned this season.                                                                                     Judges’ score 10. My score 9.   *Carrie Ann deducted 1 point when Jana and Lindsay each had a foot come off the floor during a spin.     DANCE OF THE NIGHT: James and Sharna dancing a freestyle story of his 2015 race-car crash: stunning!   WHO WAS ELIMINATED: Jana, who was happy and grateful for all that she has taken from this experience, both as a dancer and personally.   WHO SHOULD WIN TOMORROW NIGHT? I’ve said it since the first night: James! 2nd: Calvin; 3rd: Laurie.   Weigh in with your comments about Dancing with the Stars! BLOG FANS: To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or sign in at the lower right-hand corner of the...

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Dancing With The Stars Week 10 Analysis and Results

Posted by on Nov 15th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Nov. 14 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star/Singer Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Analysis and Results It’s Semifinals Week! The celebs discussed people and events that affected them early in their lives. The performances and their entertainment values were WOW! Most of the judging was accurate while one judge behaved rather ridiculously/unfairly.   James Hinchcliffe: Arg. Tango with Sharna! Judges’ score 9-10-10. My score 10. The positive: Sharna is back early! I was worried that she might reinjure herself, especially when she appeared to be pushing herself hard. James, too, was worried but thrilled to have her in hand. Their dancing was intense, controlled, continuous, passionate—all that it was supposed to be, with perfect technique and ending with James in a handstand just above her. They completely captivated me, and I didn’t want it to stop. WOW! I must say, though, that I readily remembered that the blindfold technique had been used before; afterward, Erin told us that Max used it for her when she was his celeb partner some seasons ago. Again, Carrie Ann tried to pick on something that no one else saw (and maybe didn’t exist) and then scored him with only a 9—good grief. REMEMBER: James nearly died in a race-car crash last year and was not supposed to be able to walk again, ever, let alone to dance. HE IS AMAZING ACROSS THE BOARD AND REALLY DESERVES TO WIN.   Terra Jolé: Rhumba.             Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Their dancing was pretty and the techniques were spot-on; although a bit too untraditional for me, it was really wonderful. OMG! LOL! The packages were SO ENTERTAINING, especially the second one, with Artem, and her acting took it up several notches. I love her! Their friendship is truly endearing.   Jana Kramer: Quickstep. Judges’ score 9-9-10. My score 9.5. The positive: It was quite good. Carrie Ann may have been correct this time, though, that Jana’s head/neck position wasn’t always perfect; but even if it wasn’t quite perfect, it wasn’t a big deal. During most of this season, the judges often denied her obvious skill, said that her gorgeous lines were not gorgeous or even correct, and underscored her. She kind of stayed under the radar for a while. Lately, though, they’ve been promoting her to get her into the finals. REMEMBER: Her ribs are still healing from a performance-related injury that she sustained at least a month ago.   Calvin Johnson: Tango.             Judges’ scores 8-9-9. My score 9. The positive: Mr. Smooth, Mr. Class Act, who can do just about anything, especially with Lindsay’s creative and highly effective choreography. WOW on the entertainment factor! I loved it! In their dancing he had a misstep near the sideline and the crowd about three quarters of the way through, but they continued on as though nothing had happened. Carrie Ann was ridiculous in exaggerating what happened and knocking his score to an 8—so unfair; had Laurie done what Calvin...

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Dancing With The Stars Week 9 Analysis and Results

Posted by on Nov 8th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Nov. 7 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Analysis It’s Showstopper Week—Broadway. Mark Ballas, as Frankie Valli, and his three teammates showed up and performed as the Four Seasons from their Broadway run in the autobiographical “Jersey Boys.” Singer and Broadway star Idina Menzel served in Len’s spot with a humble and generous demeanor—lovely. Surprisingly, the judging was pretty much on target for celebrities who have been dancing at an elevated level much sooner than it happened in the first 15-20 seasons of the show, especially with Ryan gone. Marilu Henner: Samba. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. The positive: For the 2nd or 3rd week in a row, she was all in, comfortable, relaxed, and clearly enjoying herself. The dance was nearly perfect.   Calvin Johnson: Waltz. Judges’ scores 9-9-10-9. My score 9.5. The positive: For a guy who got 6’s and 7’s in the first week, he truly has come a long way, and don’t forget that he broke out of the middle of the pack just a couple of weeks ago, which was somewhat earlier than I had expected; great, though. Loved it! He is so smooth and graceful—very impressive and a joy to watch.   James Hinchcliffe: Jazz with Jenna filling in. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5. The positive: James is a natural-born entertainer and dancer in training. Except for a slight misstep early on, he looked like a pro, especially in doing a difficult jump/turn by himself (sorry—I forget the technical dance term). He’s Mr. Talent, Mr. Dance, Mr. Congeniality, and Mr. Entertainment, all rolled into one. I want to watch him again and again!   Terra Jolé: Charleston. Judges’ scores 10-10-9-9. My score 9. The positive: Can do and all in! Fun, spot-on acting/performing. As usual, adorable! So entertaining! The negative: Because of her physical limitations, she wasn’t able to do some of the traditional Charleston movements.   Jana Kramer: Waltz with Gleb (Alan in practice/as backup). Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Heartfelt, captivating, dramatic/emotional, beautiful. Magnetic; I couldn’t look away.  For me, the Dance of the Night!   Laurie Hernandez: Arg. Tango. Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: WOW! The jumps and catches were impressive, at pro level. In this performance the girl appeared to have grown up quite a bit. It was intense and strong, with moves as they needed to be.   TEAM FACE-OFFS: James & Calvin “Last Man Standing” Paso Doble: Cute story!           Judges’ scores 9-9-10-9. My score 9. Marilu & Terra “Cubs” Jazz: Well done.                                           Judges’ & My Score: 9. Laurie & Jana “Sisters” Contemporary: At pro level: difficult/dramatic/WOW! Judges’ & My Score: 10.   WHO WAS ELIMINATED THIS WEEK? Marilu. What?! I know! Yet, she was so gracious about it. Just as she has been most weeks about receiving sub-par scores, about basically being ignored with Derek in the packages, and about being ignored by Erin in...

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Analysis and Results

Posted by on Oct 31st, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Oct. 31 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Analysis On Halloween Night, Dancing With the Stars opened with a dance by pros that had the guys in dead-body shapes that moved with them on the floor—cool! I anticipated certain performances and moves by judges, so I wasn’t surprised. Some judging was accurate, and some was off target. Terra Jolé: Cha-Cha with Sasha. Judges’ score 8. My score 8.5. The positive: She’s SO CUTE and gets deeply into her role with darling facial expressions. She’s small, but her entertainment value is gigantic. It wasn’t a knock-your-socks-off dance, but it was cute, fun, and very well done. A slight negative: This time, Sasha didn’t choreo dance to quite all of the music but should have.   Laurie Hernandez: V. Waltz.             Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: It was elegant, lyrical, smooth, flowing, and just plain boo-tiful. Val was very emotional.   Marilu Henner: Arg. Tango inside a spider web! Judges’ scores 7-8-8. My score 8.75. The positive: Sharp yet graceful. She made a few tiny mistakes: a tiny misstep away from her chair toward Derek in the opening and a partially incorrect connective arm movement near the end. Otherwise, it was very good. The negative: Let go more.   Calvin Johnson: Quickstep.             Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Calvin truly has stepped into the upper league, which he began to display two weeks ago. Wow! He has such accurate technique, timing, and footwork, never missing anything and always in sync with Lindsay. Loved it! “My” Dance of the Night!   Ryan Lochte: Arg. Tango. Judges’ scores 7-8-8. My score 8. The positive: I repeat that he’s come a long way, and he did better tonight than last week, especially in entertainment value, but his caliber in dance certainly does not compare to the quality of Marilu’s. Yet, the judges gave these competitors the same dance tonight (shock?) and scored him and Marilu exactly the same—big surprise (not). The negative: STILL needs to be careful of his posture and to truly feel the music. He started at the bottom of the leaderboard and has stayed there; there’s a reason for that, folks, so wake up and send him home.   Jana Kramer: “Jazz.”             Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5. The positive: Jana danced alone quite a bit. Intricate series of steps/movements overall. She did splits and straddles, and they even did a cartwheel together. Very impressive all the way around!   James Hinchcliffe: V. Waltz (w/Jenna; Sharna injured) Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Sharna’s knee is hurt worse than any of us had anticipated in a ligament injury that’s supposed to sideline her for 3-6 weeks, with, she says, four weeks remaining in the season. Jenna filled in excellently. I’m supposing that the girls collaborated on the choreography, which was designed...

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Dancing With The Stars Week 7 Analysis and Results

Posted by on Oct 25th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 23/Fall 2016: Oct. 24 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”“Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s) Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Analysis & Results On Dancing With The Stars tonight, each couple performed to represent a particular decade/era in American history. Young celeb Laurie and young pro Lindsay learned quite a bit about their respective decades. Most of the judging was on target; Len was back from England, and Julianne stayed on the panel. Tom and Erin hosted.                 . Individual Dances: Laurie Hernandez: 1960s Quickstep. Judges’ scores 8-8-9-9. My score 8.5. The positive: “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons). Very fast! Laurie just attended her first prom and received her first corsage from a “boy.” Her naivete, eagerness, and devotion to Val are cute and endearing. It was sweet, highly energetic, and very well done. The negative: She still needs to be careful of her posture during some transitions. Val choreographed an unnecessarily extensive delay before the dance began. CA took off a point for the lift Val did near the end.   Ryan Lochte: 1990s Rhumba. Judges’ score 7. My score 7. The positive: “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” (Aerosmith). Some weeks ago, Ryan pretty much mastered certain moves/techniques: standing/keeping his lines straight while transitioning her, sometimes with one hand behind his back, but he has largely missed much of the rest of it. The negative: It was basically more of the same below-par work from Ryan, with him doing what she tells him to do and her doing much more dancing and the intricate moves. The only bit of sexiness in a dance that is supposed to be intensely sexy was Cheryl contorting around him. The main requirement that he missed was passion; the dance had zero of the required high level of passion and zero of a strong connection within the role with his partner. He still needs to work on moving his hips more, making his hands more graceful, feeling/connecting with/involving himself in the music, and immersing himself in the role. Again: He has not improved enough to earn the right to still be in the competition; he hasn’t by now, and he won’t. Stop coddling him—SEND HIM HOME!   Marilu Henner: 1920s Charleston. Judges’ scores 7-7-8-7. My score 8. The positive & the negative: “Never Forget You” (Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Feat. Addie Hamilton). It was fun and energetic, but it should have been much more so and could have been smoother. This is a dance in which people can loosen up and really have fun even though technique should be accurate. It was historically accurate. They were slightly out of sync, which was not easy to see. A great job on handling the upside-down lift/turn, Marilu!   Calvin Johnson: 1950s Jive. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. The positive: “Good Golly, Miss Molly” (Little Richard). Here’s a guy who really wants and deserves to be here!...

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Dancing With The Stars Week 6 Analysis and Results

Posted by on Oct 18th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Oct. 17 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”“Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s) Maksim Chmerkovskiy + Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 6 Analysis It’s Latin Night on Dancing with the Stars! Pitbull performed and served as the guest judge in Len’s spot. Why did they give the first set of results right before the dancing started? I don’t like that. How could a competitor concentrate on the new dance after being told that he/she is in jeopardy for leaving the show later in the night? Most of the stars upped their game while a few stayed their status quo and one or two slipped a bit. The landscape changed when Calvin climbed either to the top of the middle of the pack or out of it. Some of the judging was on target, a few were too low, and a few were too high. Tom and Erin hosted. Ryan Lochte: Salsa. Judges’ scores 7-8-8-7. My score 7. The positive: He’s a nice guy whose skills have improved and who sometimes shows good lines. The negative: I think he peaked at low to mid-range a couple of weeks ago, having shown some improvement. Why do judges and viewers keep hyping him?! No, Julianne, he did NOT nail it, Olympian or not. His rhythm/timing, hold, and footwork ranged from 50% to 75% accurate. He needs to learn how to coordinate his feet/legs with his hips; still needs to monitor his posture and work on transitions in body and feet. Get over this guy! He’s been here too long and should go home before votes for him knock out a competitor who truly deserves to stay in this competition.   Terra Jolé: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 7-8-8-7. My score 7. The positive: Can she and Sasha get any cuter? She works hard, and the packages of her and Sasha are adorable. Her ruffled gown was cute. Sasha had intricate choreo to a fast, difficult song. The negative: She slipped a bit tonight; kept looking to Sasha for guidance and was too dependent on him. She obviously lacked confidence tonight. Her shoulders weren’t always straight up, her arms weren’t quite finished extending, and her hands weren’t always graceful.   Amber Rose: Cha-Cha. Judges’ score 7. My score 7. The positive: She’s come quite a distance from when she started the show. I like this pretty girl, and I give her half a point for driving a hot-pink Jeep. The negative: But, she still holds back in confidence and in letting go inside the dance and the music, hasn’t improved enough to warrant staying on and probably won’t. She and Ryan need to go home, preferably at the same time in a double elimination.   James Hinchcliffe: Arg. Tango. Judges’ scores 10-9-9-10. My score 10. The positive: He really gets it, has unstoppable personality, and is enjoyable...

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis

Posted by on Oct 11th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Oct. 10, Week 5 Analysis →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”“Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s) Maksim Chmerkovskiy + Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis Tonight’s show opened with the pros dancing to the theme from “Titanic.” Beautiful! Stars reflected on and danced in remembrance of their individual Most-Memorable Years. Stories from Maureen, Marilu, Jana, and Terra were heartbreaking while those from Calvin, Ryan, Amber, and Laurie were more upbeat. The real clincher was James, who is a living miracle; 18 months ago he survived a race-car crash that, according to his doctor, should have killed him or anyone else. James had to learn to walk again, and now he’s dancing as a natural, as if he’d always done so. Surprisingly, judging was pretty accurate. Maureen McCormick: Foxtrot. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 9. The positive: The choreo and the execution were lovely, smooth, graceful, and flowing. Maureen was very happy, then emotional but controlled and deeply into the dance. Really enjoyed it!   Calvin Johnson: Jazz.             Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8. The positive: A mix of traditional and modern, his dance was fun and well done. Jerry Rice was a surprise guest for him, which made it even more fun. This guy is adorable. What’s not to like? The negative: He’ll need to keep monitoring his posture and to make his hands a bit more graceful.   Jana Kramer: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 9-8-9. My score 9.5. The positive: Gorgeous flow, transitions, lifts; etc., even a face-forward “fall” of trust toward Gleb, who caught her. WOW!   Ryan Lochte: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8. The positive: He’s still showing up and working hard, and it’s paying off. The negative: Although he has improved and looked pretty good out there, I still consider him to be inconsistent. His dance truly was pretty. Jana’s contemporary was even better, though.   Laurie Hernandez: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 8-9-8. My score 9. The positive: Sharp, strong, passionate, and well done. The negative: Bruno and Carrie Ann said they saw a few small mistakes. It’s still clear that Laurie and Val need to establish a “couple connection,” which is hard for a 16-year-old to do. I liked it, but it won’t go on my list of favorite Paso Dobles.   Marilu Henner: Viennese Waltz.             Judges’ scores 9-9-9. My score 9. The positive: Hallelujah, she did it—she let go and lost herself in the joy of the dance! It was elegant, gentle, and flowing with continuous movement. Beautiful, and a joy to watch!   Amber Rose: Samba. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8. The positive: This pretty girl has come a long way and improved a lot. She really did a nice job of it. The negative: She needs to keep the flow/movement flow while waiting to reconnect with Maks and while transitioning. She...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Fall 2016: Week 4 Analysis

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Fall 2016: Oct. 3-4 →   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy                   with                 Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Cheryl Burke                            with                 Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer Artem Chigvintsev                  with                 Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”                                                                                                                “Brady Bunch” TV show from 1960s/1970s) Maksim Chmerkovskiy           with                 Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist Sasha Farber                             with                 Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough                            with                 Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold                         with                 Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Allison Holker                           with                 “BabyFace” Edmonds, Singer Witney Carson                          with                 Vanilla Ice, Singer Sharna Burgess                         with                 James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko                        with                 Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 Analysis Monday was Cirque du Soleil night—filled with high-flying talent, color, and fun. It brought two big surprises; one was Ryan, and the other was Amber, and I was relieved to have been sitting down. Tom told us that two dancers would be eliminated the next night, and I hoped they would be Ryan and Amber. Tuesday night was the results show, revealing who was eliminated. Tom and Erin hosted both nights. Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno judged (Len’s back in the UK this week). The judges’ scores, by and large, were on target this week, with a few off. In certain cases the trend continues to give shockingly low scores to certain celebs who truly earned higher marks. At one point I was distracted, so I apologize if I put a couple of celebs in the wrong order (not that it affects anything). Calvin Johnson: Traditional/Modified Charleston. Judges’ scores 8-7-8. My score 8.5. The positive: Cute choreo by Lindsay. Calvin did fab lifts/catches. His posture was good and he was graceful. He has improved majorly! And he keeps getting even more likable, if that’s possible. The judges scored a little low. The negative: He’s so entertaining that I didn’t notice anything.   Maureen McCormick: Traditional Argentine Tango. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8. The positive: Maureen continues to improve her technique and to have a great attitude. Her lines in this Arg. Tango were lovely. She and Artem worked very hard this week to earn what they received. Even though her scores matched Amber’s for the same kind of a dance, she is a much better dancer than Amber. The negative: Must work on sharpening kicks.   Jana Kramer: Traditional/Modified Foxtrot. Judges’ score 8-7-8. My score 8.5. The positive: I repeat: This girl is a naturally gifted dancer who consistently shows gorgeous lines, follow-through, and technique. I’d like to know why most of the judges have shortchanged her most weeks. They got it right this time, though. Gleb choreoed a pretty, hippie-type throwback dance—clever, smooth, graceful, and highly effective. I loved it! The negative: Nothing in particular noted.   Marilu Henner: Traditional Paso. Judges’ scores 7-7-7. My score 8.5. The positive: A nearly perfect, impressively spot-on dance. But the scoring continues to be extremely biased. Are they holding back to avoid the impression of favoritism toward Julianne’s brother, Derek? The negative/Needs to work on: Relax and think less; flow with the feeling that the dance ignites in her and let go to truly express the dance with Derek. If she could get out of her head and let technique follow feeling, which would majorly...

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