Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 4 Analysis

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 4 Analysis—April 11, 2016


Dear Blog Fans,


Somehow last week I left out that pro dancer Allison Holker gave birth to a boy on Easter Sunday. Baby weighed an ounce shy of 9 pounds. Allison, husband Stephen “tWitch” Boss (So You Think You Can Dance), and big sis are all doing well as an excited and blessed family. There must have been something in the water because pro Tristan MacManus and his partner, Tahyna Tozzi, welcomed a baby girl shortly thereafter, on April 5.


Antonio Brown: NFL/Pitts Steelers wide receiver/punt returner.  Pro partner: Sharna Burgess.

Nyle Dimarco: Deaf actor; an “America’s Next Top Model.” Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd.

Kim Fields: TV/film actress (“The Facts Of Life”).” Pro partner: Sasha Farber.

Doug Flutie: FB commentator (was NFL Q’bk/Chargers/Patriots); Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff.

Marla Maples: Stage/TV(host)/film; mother of Tiffany Trump. Pro partner: Tony Dovolani.

Von Miller: Den Broncos def. linebacker/SB50 MVP 2/2016. Pro partner: Witney Carson.

Wanya Morris: 1990s H.S. to Boyz II Men (bestselling R&B). Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.

Jodie Sweetin: Actress (“Full/er House” & author). Pro partner: Keo Motsepe.

Paige VanZant: UFC straw-wt. mixed martial arts; lifelong dancer. Pro partner: Mark Ballas.

Ginger Zee: ABC GMA chief meteorologist, new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy.

Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 Analysis

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It’s Disney week on Dancing With The Stars! Everyone was ultra-excited (Who doesn’t love Disney?!), and all of the crews (lighting, set design, hair/makeup, wardrobe, etc.) went all out. We saw a night of many delights and a few disappointments. Zendaya, who competed with Val as her partner a few seasons ago, served as a guest judge, seated between Len and Bruno; she was insightful and on target in concise and well-expressed comments, and she clearly had fun.

  1. Antonio Brown: Jazz. “Aladdin” Judges’ scores 9-8-9-9. My score 9.

The positive: He stayed right with and looked as good as the four male pros who accompanied him! What showmanship! He showed good posture, great footwork, and huge progress. Very impressive! What a pleasant surprise! Excellent choreo, Sharna!

The negative: Keep monitoring and improving flow of arms and presentation of hands.


  1. Marla Maples: Waltz. “The Little Mermaid” Judges’ score 7. My score 7.5.

The positive: As usual, Marla showed lovely lines and grace most of the time, as well as her kind of a calm joy throughout. The dance was as likable as she but not snazzy or memorable.

The negative: Her technique and hands were not always perfect tonight.


  1. Nyle Dimarco: Samba. “Tarzan” Judges’ scores 8-8-9-9. My score 9.

The positive: How cute and fun was that? Their dance was very muscular, physical, strong, and energetic. They showed great timing and in-sync hips and footwork amidst correct content in another mesmerizing performance. Peta could have choreo’d even more dance content and Nyle could have handled it easily. This man is stunning to look at even when he isn’t dancing, even more so when he is dancing, and even more so when he wears little, which is how he was presented tonight. “Beautiful” both outside and inside. What an amazing man! Both he and Peta make me wonder what they’ll come up with next.

The negative: Nada.


  1. Doug Flutie: Jazz. “Mary Poppins” Judges’ score 6. My score 6.

The positive: It was a cute dance for a cute movie. He did his best and kept up with Karina. He’s so likable and, I expect, will take his scores back up next week.

The negative: Karina, I understand that you wanted to represent enough quality content from the movie, but the movie had so much good stuff that you ended up choreographing too much content/play and not enough dancing; it was cute but unfinished and not fully connected.


  1. Kim Fields: Quickstep. “Jungle Book” Judges’ score 8. My score 8.5.

The positive: Cute, creative, correct, and quick! They’re adorable together, and they had lots of fun while entertaining us. I loved it!

The negative: Didn’t notice anything.


  1. Jodie Sweetin: Cha-Cha. “Zootopia” Judges’ scores 7-6-7-7. My score 7.5.

The positive: Fabulous, continuous hip action with matching footwork most of the time until she, for whatever reason, couldn’t hear the music and got out of sync with Keo; she recovered well and hid the mistake well. Still, it was very enjoyable. This girl has great rhythm and always does her best. Keo continues to be very impressive as a choreographer and a considerate professional partner.

The negative: I don’t know the remedy for the technical difficulties that detracted this week from Jodie’s ability to hear the band and last week from Mischa’s. It’s a problem that does not seem to be the star’s fault and for which she should not be punished via lower scores. If the producers and the band don’t get together to fix it, some people may think that the problem is being rigged for certain stars as a way to get them out of the competition.


  1. Von Miller: Viennese Waltz. “Cinderella” Judges’ score 8. My score 8.

The positive: Witney wore the most-beautiful, blue gown! Their dance was sweet, pretty, flowing and elegant. Von’s musicality, posture, lines, and footwork were on target most of the time; he was properly in character and on his best behavior. He showed delightful improvement and a good job as a Prince Charming. Very impressive and very enjoyable!

The negative: He needs to learn to make his arms follow through to complete required movements and to ‘style’ his hands more gracefully/consistently, which we know can be difficult for a large-handed football player to do. He’s come a long way so far and deserves much credit.


  1. Ginger Zee: Foxtrot. “Beauty & the Beast” Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

The positive: The dance was graceful, elegant, and smooth; the holds, techniques, lines, and footwork were beautiful and correct. She and Val are well matched. The choreography was well done and represented the story well.

The negative: The story involving the village was very nice, but Ginger, who is talented and seems to learn quickly, could have handled even more traditional foxtrot content if Val had reduced the amount of story/non-dancing content.


  1. Wanya Morris: Samba. “Lion King” Judges’ scores 8-9-9-9. My score 9.

The positive: Wow! This dance was powerful, captivating, and exciting in the zone! Lindsay choreoed an excellent amount of traditional samba content with correct/timely moves and footwork. Loved it! Ya gotta love, Wanya, too.

The negative: I was so caught up in the performance that I didn’t notice anything.


  1. Paige VanZant: Quickstep. “Toy Story” Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5.

The positive: This girl seems to be able to do anything and to do it well. Her dance was athletic in a fun story but also smooth, graceful, and flowing. It showed excellent holds, lines, timing, and representation of the movie. Really cute and enjoyable, Mark. Fabulous!

The negative: Nothing noted.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? Marla, which was somewhat predictable, unfortunately. What an awesome person and readily a good dancer! I’ll miss her and Tony.


NEXT WEEK:   Doug was saved for this week, when his performance turned out to be only slightly better than what he did in week one, so he could go home next week. And when we remember that Jodie had trouble this week after being in jeopardy for the past two weeks, we can’t be surprised if she’s in jeopardy again next week.


What are your opinions? Weigh in with your comments—let’s get a great conversation going!  And hurry to vote for your switch-up couples (I already did)–it’s fun.

Vickie L. Weaver

Vickie L. Weaver

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