Ballroom Dance

Dancing With The Stars Week 3, Who Was Eliminated Sep. 27

Posted by on Sep 28th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

On Monday night, the Dancing With The Stars performances were rushed in one hour so that the show could finish in time for the presidential candidates’ debate.  Celebs who won their face-offs would be safe from elimination.  That left us to wait until last night to learn who would be leaving the competition. Who was eliminated?  Around the performances of guest bands and brief replays of the prior evening’s performances, pros and troupe members danced and Tom reminded us of which celebs were safe.  We found out bit by bit which remaining celebs were in jeopardy: Terra, Amber, and Rick.  I had recommended that, based on performances to date, either Ryan Lochte (my preference) or Amber Rose should be eliminated.  In the end it was neither.  Ryan is a nice guy who seems to have a good attitude, but he’s consistently been in the lower half of the middle of the pack (at least, according to my accurate analysis) and his performances have been slipping, especially this week.  I don’t understand why he and certain others are receiving inaccurate scores and are being sheltered from elimination. Well-liked by all, no matter people’s political persuasions, former Texas governor Rick Perry was the one to go.  The “older” guy with the fun-loving and endearing personality was voted out.  Rick had learned to dance over the past weeks so that he’ll look good for his daughter at her wedding reception in mid-October.  He wasn’t surprised to be eliminated, and he comforted pro partner Emma in the process.  He was so sweet and entertaining along the way, and again last night.  We miss you already, Rick! Stay tuned for Dancing With The Stars again next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.  I still stand by my choices for elimination.  See you all back here shortly...

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Dancing With The Stars, Season 23, Sep. 26

Posted by on Sep 27th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23, Sep. 26 →   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 Emma Slater + Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Allison Holker + “BabyFace” Edmonds, Singer Witney Carson + Vanilla Ice, Singer Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer   Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 Analysis Everything was rushed tonight so that Dancing With The Stars could finish in one hour, in time for the presidential debate to begin at 9 p.m. Many of my predictions came true: many of the stars’ performances in face-offs between pairs of couples and of inaccurate, unfair scores from the judges. All dances were traditional with sufficient, appropriate content. Most celebs who won their face-offs really did win while a few others were cheated. They are numbered in order of appearance/performance.   Jive: “BabyFace” Edmonds vs. Jana Kramer:  Jana won. BabyFace: Judges’ scores 7-6-6-6. My score 6.5. Cute dance with good/sharp kicks. Rather stiff, though; needs to work on rhythm and bounce. Jana: Judges’ scores 6-7-6-7. My score 8. Her energetic dance was much better than BF’s. The judges cheated her on scores! She seems to feel much better this week. The jive does not showcase her incredible lines and greatest strengths, but she did a very good job. BTW, did you see Allison’s six-pack (with BF)?! Unreal, even for a dancer, as a woman who just had a baby several months ago.   Paso Doble: Rick Perry vs. Vanilla Ice:  VI “won.” Rick: Judges’ scores 6-5-6-6. My score 6.5. Better technique/frame/hands/entertainment.   . Vanilla: Judges’ scores 6-6-5-6. My score 6. Good spins, but frame/hands not as good. Both need to work on rhythm, a bit more on timing, and more-energetic footwork. They’re both entertaining, but Rick is more so. The judges tied them; Len broke the tie by inaccurately giving it to VI. VI did a good series of spinning Witney. But, Rick’s technique and frame were more consistently controlled, his arms/hands were more graceful, and he was more entertaining/even more likable; should have won.   Cha-Cha: James Hinchcliffe vs. Ryan Lochte:  James easily won. James: Judges’ score 7-7-8-7. My score 8.5. No contest! He’s a natural; good hip action, etc. My second-favorite dance of the night. Ryan: Judges’ score 6-7-6-6. My score 6. Lacks rhythm, hip action, energy, good footwork.   Vien. Waltz: Terra Jolé vs. Calvin Johnson:  Calvin won. Terra: Judges’ scores 8-7-8-7. My score 7.5. Adorable/sweet and ya gotta love her, but she was a tad short on follow-through. Calvin: Judges’ scores 8-8-8-8. My score 8. His best dance to date! Even better and more entertaining than Terra’s. I think he’ll keep improving, moving up in the middle of the pack.   Salsa: Amber Rose vs. Maureen McCormick:  Maureen won. Amber: Judges’ scores 7-6-6-6. My score 6. Needs to work on bounce, follow-through in transitional moves, rhythm/timing/ footwork (only 75% there). Pretty and nice, with some decent hip...

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Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23, Week 2

Posted by on Sep 20th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23 Fall 2016: Sep. 19 Welcome to Week 2 of Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, and TV Theme Night! Because I couldn’t get the names of all songs that were danced, I’m not going to list the ones I did get. You could guess some of them (match actors to their TV shows, past and present).   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 Emma Slater + Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor Jenna Johnson + Jake T. Austin, Actor Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Allison Holker + “BabyFace” Edmonds, Singer Witney Carson + Vanilla Ice, Singer Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer   Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 Analysis The Stars were out with their pros, supplying technique, surprises, entertainment, disappointments, and, again, receiving some unfair scores. Dance content and the amount of it was WAY better this week. Maureen McCormick: Traditional Quickstep with Artem. Judges’ scores 7-6-6-7. My score 6.5. The positive: Good, energetic content and desire to learn/improve. She relaxed more and had fun, with former TV mom Florence Henderson involved. The negative/Needs to work on: frame, technique, and footwork; training herself not to do those unpleasant/odd facial expressions.   Jana Kramer: Traditional Tango with Gleb.                  Judges’ scores 7-8-7-7. My score 8. The positive: She put it all out there even though she was still in a lot of pain from pulled muscles between her ribs. She’s a natural, gifted, flexible, athletic, beautiful dancer who mesmerizes those who watch her! Delightful to watch–gorgeous and sexy! WOW!  Loved it! If given consistently appropriate dance content/instruction and fair scores, and if she can avoid further injury, she could win. Dance of the night #1! Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno MAJORLY cheated her on scores for a nearly perfect dance; should have had 8’s and at least one 9. The negative/Needs to work on: Keeping her long, beautiful legs in proper position for each dance; straighten when necessary and extend fully.   Rick Perry: Traditional Quickstep with Emma.           Judges’ scores 6-5-6-5. My score 6.5. The positive: Dancing on behalf of all U.S. veterans! Joyous attitude, cute personality, cheerful face, delight and fun in all of it.  Entertaining! Although his scores look a tad worse than Jake Austin’s, Perry is fun to watch because he gives his all, truly performs better than Jake, and has shown that he has more to offer. Len and Bruno underscored him. The negative/Needs to work on: Rhythm, technique, and timing.   Calvin Johnson: Traditional Foxtrot with Lindsay.    Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7. My score 7. The positive: Without evening trying, he makes you like him! The dance was cute and fun, which showed in his facials; really enjoyable. The negative/Needs to work on: His timing, rhythm, and footwork were 50% to 75% there; keep working on these and on techniques. He’ll keep improving but likely will stay in the middle of the pack.   Amber Rose:...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 23

Posted by on Sep 13th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Sep. 12 →   Welcome back, Dancing with the Stars! Four months we’ve waited! This fall season opened with all pros (some shown rather closely) (and the troupe, I think, according to the numbers from a distance) together outdoors at LA’s beautiful Griffith Observatory, all dressed in red and black and forming a star at the end of their number. Then the camera took us indoors, into the ballroom, where everyone else waited. Everyone and everything pulsated with excitement and anticipation as we were taken directly to see the celebs. Welcome back to the regular pros (Val, Witney, Lindsay, Sharna, Artem); to the always-funny Sasha in his third season as a pro; to pros Derek, Emma, and Allison, whom we missed last season; to pros Maks and Cheryl, who didn’t dance here for a few years; and to pro Gleb, returning to the U.S. in his second term here after a long break from the U.S. while performing in Europe. Welcome to Dance Captain Jenna Johnson in her first season as a pro! Welcome back also to Tom and Erin as hosts; and to our usual three judges–Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. Welcome back to Julianne Hough, returning as judge #4 after a season away. Peta, we miss you as a pro this season while you’re pregnant, but we’re glad to see you in the audience rooting on Maks and the others; we’ll watch for you to return in the spring or fall next year. Welcome to the fall season, number 23, of Dancing with the Stars and to all fans!   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 Emma Slater                             with                  Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor Jenna Johnson                          with                  Jake T. Austin, Actor 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 Dancing With The Stars: Week 1 Analysis The Stars and the pros tonight brought many delights, surprises, a few disappointments, a shocking number of similarly low scores, some matches to my predictions, and much more. Unfortunately, some of the judging was off target. They usually cheat the first contestant on scoring; tonight they switched it up. I was shocked and disappointed by the number of pros who failed to provide appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content. Marilu Henner: Untraditional Jive with Derek (on small raised stage). Judges’ scores 7-7-6-7. My score 6. The positive: She’s as in shape as ever, with an enthusiastic attitude, promising skill to match, and good entertainment value. Pretty good were her footwork, arms/hands/legs/extensions, facial expressions, and chemistry with Derek She did a good job with the shockingly untraditional content that Derek gave her to do. We’ve never seen a “jive” like this: almost fully in hold and without them side by side to do front/side/back...

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Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2016

Posted by on Aug 30th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing with the Stars Cast of Celebrities and Pro Partners! The Dancing with the Stars fall season will premiere Monday, September 12, ABC-TV, 8 p.m. What follows is today’s news from ABC regarding the fall lineup of pros, celebrities, hosts, and judges.   PROS                                        CELEBRITIES 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 Emma Slater               with          Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor Jenna Johnson            with         Jake T. Austin, Actor 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   Watch out for actress Marilu Henner, who, although she’s probably in her fifties, is well known for having nonstop energy. She also has a unique ability to remember nearly everything, even down to the date and the day of the week decades ago; that memory will come in handy to keep track of the fancy footwork she’ll have to do. Laurie Hernandez, gymnastics balance-beam specialist, and Ryan Lochte, are fresh from the Olympics, ready to compete for the Mirrorball Trophy rather than for gold, silver, or bronze medals. Remember that Olympians to date have performed excellently and even won on this show. Football players also have tended to do well. Even though I don’t know much about some of the celebs, I’m guessing that Laurie, Maureen, Marilu, Calvin, “BabyFace,” and Jana Kramer will have rhythm and good moves.   Welcome back to Cheryl, who won three times and has pursued other ventures for the past three years; to Maks, who took a couple of seasons off; to Derek, who has been on and will return to Broadway in NYC; to Allison Holker, who was on maternity leave last season; and to Gleb, who had one season as a pro a few years ago. Welcome to dance captain Jenna in her first time as a pro! Maks, please tell Peta that we miss her while she’s in pregnancy mode with your first child together.   Tom and Erin will host again while Len, Carrie Ann, and Bruno continue to judge. I’ve heard that seated between two of them this season will be Julianne Hough, returning after a season off to serve as judge #4, at least part of the time.   We’ll be able to see all of the couples together on “Good Morning America” on September 7.   Till next time and always, keep your dancing shoes...

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DWTS June 2016 News: Babies, Broadway & …

Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

DWTS June 2016 News: Babies, Broadway, Birthdays & . . .   Pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, engaged since December to marry, learned a few weeks into the spring season of competition that they are expecting their first child in January 2017. The ultra-talented Peta taught her celeb partner, deaf model Nyle DiMarco, and ultimately won the Mirrorball trophy with him, all while feeling ill much of the time with “morning” sickness. Peta can’t wait to nurture the baby, and Maks, known also for being fond of wearing a wide selection of tennis shoes, plans to keep his child outfitted in the latest styles, too. Meanwhile, Peta continues to accompany Maks and Val on their “Our Way” cross-country tour. Their wedding will be a year away, July 2017, in NYC. They chose July to avoid conflicts with the DWTS seasons and to increase availability of fellow dancers, friends, and former contestants.   Also expecting now are married couple and actors Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, who competed against one another in season 21. This will be their first child together.   Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy, who may still be a couple, were seen rehearsing for the “Our Way” tour. Also, Jenna and Artem Chigvintsev are said to be working on a new project for DWTS (can’t wait to see what that is!).   Anyone else missing Julianne Hough, both on the dance floor and at the judges’ table? On June 5 she co-hosted the Miss USA pageant, in addition to serving as the creative director. The actress, singer, and Emmy award-winning choreographer-dancer first found fame on DWTS, then in work in films and on stage; she even has her own production company now, Canary House Productions, which produced the pageant (www.broadway.com). What’s more. Julianne will be seen soon in a TV show about surviving outdoors, hosted and taught by the adventurer whose name is in the title, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” Her highly anticipated wedding to Toronto Maple Leafs star Brooks Laich is set to take place before the end of 2016; she has her wedding dress and her reception outfit ready to go.   Speaking of the Hough family, brother Derek Hough is still preparing to be seen in “Hairspray” and “Singing In The Rain” on Broadway, beginning, I believe, this fall. Meanwhile, you can see him in Lindsey Stirling’s new music video for her single “Arena.” We’re sure that he made it awesome! He hopes to return to DWTS. For more Derek news, go to PureDerekHough.com.   This is a good segue to Derek’s BFF, Mark Ballas. In late May, Mark had his 30th birthday, which coincided with his vacation with his true love, BC Jean, in Hawaii. About a week later the duo performed “Thief” on “Live with Kelly.”  They also recently performed live for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., apparently while on their “Head High” band tour. They’re talking about having an outdoor wedding where they again will perform together. As for the show, the previous champion (twice!) says that his dream celeb partner would be singer Shakira, who we all know is fit and has both the rhythm and the moves. Until the fall season and the wedding (date as yet unknown), the pair continue their band tour and Mark’s non-smoking campaign. Pros Derek...

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Analysis – The Finals, Night 2

Posted by on May 24th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Analysis – The Finals, Night 2 Tom and Erin hosted, with huge crowds both outdoors and inside the ballroom. So much excitement and celebrating!  All of the season’s contestants and pros returned and did at least a little dancing.  Recaps of the season were shown.  Guest singers performed.  Maksim Chmerkovskiy returned in brief spots, including in a dance with brother Val in order to promote their “Our Way” tour, which begins in mid-June.  This finale was much more organized and much less hectic than last season’s (thank you!).   Paige and Mark preformed their kickboxing-Paso Doble again (much on toes), which was absolutely amazing for only week 3. Ginger and Val repeated their last, stunning Argentine Tango from week 8.  Nyle and Peta repeated their Cha-Cha from week 1.  Jodie & Keo repeated their last performance, a fabulous Jive from week 8.  Wanya and Lindsay repeated their Charleston from week 9.  Antonio and Sharna repeated their Jazz, with Antonio again in white tux and tails, from week 4.  All of the pro girls danced to JLo’s “Ain’t Your Mama,” and all the guys, joined toward the end by Antonio and Von, danced to “Are You Ready for Love?”  All very good and fun.  Finally, the top 3 had to compete one last time, with each performing a different 24-hour fusion for the judges’ final scores.   Ginger & Val: Arg. Tango/Foxtrot. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. Lovely and well done. In the middle they paused actual dancing to slower rounding in order to thank the fans. I understand why they wanted to do that, but the dance overall would have been prettier and more effective, in my opinion, if they had employed a different method.  Loved the portions of Arg. Tango that Val used from week 8, which was my dance of the night for that week.   Nyle & Peta: Cha-Cha/Tango. Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The dances and back-and-forth transitions were excellent. Nyle fought tears the whole time that the judges were talking to him and Peta afterward.  What a dear man!   Paige & Mark: Salsa/Jive. Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. Lots and lots of Salsa hip action combined cleverly and smoothly, in and out, with traditional Jive moves and sharp kicks.  More fab choreo from Mark for a girl who has proven that she can do anything.     WHO WON, PLACED, AND SHOWED?  The judges’ final scores were combined with America’s votes from last night.  My prediction held true:  Nyle won, Paige was second, and Ginger was third—exactly as it should have been.  I’m especially delighted for Nyle and Paige.  Although Ginger became a lovely dancer, she did not deserve to win. What were your predictions? Do you agree with the results? Which dances did you like the most and the least? Weigh in with your comments! To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to the sign-in link in the lower right-hand corner of the...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 10 Analysis

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 10 Analysis   Nyle Dimarco:  Deaf actor; an “America’s Next Top Model.” Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd. 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 10 Analysis It’s Finals Week on Dancing With The Stars! Two nights of pull-out-all-the-stops dancing.  Two dances per couple.  Will the freestyle make all the difference? Ginger Zee: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 9-10-9. My score 9. The positive: A beautiful story, flowing, smooth. Excellent lifts. Very pretty, pleasant, and enjoyable. The negative: Only the first lift was rather difficult. Otherwise, the dance was rather easy and somewhat repetitious. Freestyle.                                            Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: A 1940s Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers joyful imitation of excellent choreography and execution.  Classy and elegant yet also fun and cute.  Quite a bit more demanding than the first dance in terms of choreography, sync., and overall execution.   Nyle Dimarco: Quickstep. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5. The positive: Fun, happy & carefree. Good posture. Looked VG/impressive to me. The negative: The judges said that they saw a few tiny footwork/timing mistakes. Freestyle.                                            Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: The dance to the new version of “The Sounds of Silence.”  Immediately dramatic & powerful! Ultra-creative; one of the most-creative and best ever in representing a certain song. It’s especially effective for and likely important to the deaf, but it’s also enjoyable for anyone else.  I cried and loved it. Memorable!  I predict that people will imitate this one. The dance of the night (DOTN)!   Paige VanZant: Salsa. Judges’ scores 10-9-10.  My score 9.75. The positive: Festive/celebratory, confident, sexy, mostly traditional choreo., tight/precise footwork.  Mark and Paige are fab together; he brings out the best in her and makes her feel confident and as though she can do just about anything—and she CAN. The negative: The judges said that Mark did not incorporate enough hip action.  I watched it again; it had much more hip action in the first half, which I’m okay with, so the second half could have had more hip action replacing some lifts/flips and arm actions. Freestyle.                                            Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: Exquisitely yet simply beautiful, intricate choreography! A combo of contemporary, ballet, and more. Beautiful, elegant, perfect lines, esp. in arms/hands and pointed toes. Gorgeously graceful! I loved it and cried while celebrating with them.  Even Mark cried!  Runner-up DOTN!   WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? No one!  Tonight was the last time that America will vote during this season.  The dancers will dance again tomorrow night for the judges’ votes; their votes will be combined with America’s from tonight to decide this season’s winner.   WHO SHOULD WIN?  WHAT IS MY RANKING/PREDICTION?  Nyle, at an indescribable disadvantage in being deaf but consistently performing nearly flawlessly, should win.  Paige second.  Ginger third.   I can’t wait for tomorrow night! To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to the sign-in link in the lower right-hand corner of the...

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Analysis

Posted by on May 16th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 9 Analysis   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. Wanya Morris: 1990s H.S. to Boyz II Men (bestselling R&B). Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold. 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 9 Analysis It’s Semifinals  Week on Dancing With The Stars, with five remaining celebs and their pro partners each doing two dances.  A “third wheel” joins each pair in the first dance. Paige VanZant: Samba with Alan. Judges’ score 10. My score10. The positive: Clever choreo. in a cute story of two male peacocks after one female peacock. On toes, on beat; rhythmic, sexy hips.  Perfect!  Loved it! The negative: No. Arg. Tango.                           Judges’ scores 10-9-10.  My score 10. The positive: Wow!  A sexy, sensual, slightly suggestive, and superb Argentine Tango!  Hot!  Paige has really grown comfortably into herself as an adult dancer.  Lifts, spins, flicks, and everything else there that was supposed to be there, and more.  Superior, tasteful choreo. with some clothing pieces coming off and others connecting the couple.  Second to none—one of the best Arg. Tangos I’ve seen, Mark.  Congrats!  For me, THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT! The negative: Not here!   Antonio Brown: Arg. Tango with [name UNK] Judges’score 9. My score 9. The positive: Intense, tight, sharp; great lifts. Impressive footwork individually and with the girls. The negative: Still needs to be careful of his posture at times. Contemporary.                      Judges’ scores 9-9-10.  My score 9. The positive: Athletic, graceful; beautiful/well-done lifts.  Excellent choreography. The negative: Didn’t notice anything in particular.   Wanya Morris: Paso with Witney.                      Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: Aggressive, powerful, true, passionate, well-coordinated and in sync at all times from girl to girl. Some elegant moves, including Wanya’s posturing at the end. Gorgeous! The negative: (Get real.) Charleston.                             Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: Very fast but not hectic or confusing. Right on! Fab content (Lindy Hop, esp. right away, and even some Quickstep added to the Charleston). Classy—the cat’s meow!  Swell and fancy footwork, Lindsay! The negative: (In your dreams.)   Nyle Dimarco: Jive with Jenna. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5.             The positive:  A cute story of Nyle two-timing the girls. Intricate choreo. with good transitions, although all agreed that it became hectic. Sharp kicks/flicks.             The negative:  Off timing/out of sync. during part(s) of the dance. Arg. Tango.                           Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: Correct, fast/sharp/tight and slow/deliberate/graceful; passionate, sexy.  Fully in sync. Beautiful! The negative: Nothing!   Ginger Zee: Paso with Artem. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. The positive: Intricate, powerful attack. Dramatic & strong. Very impressive! All in! The negative:  Unfortunately, her skirt appeared to be cumbersome to lift and difficult to handle throughout; it interfered several times, but she didn’t actually do anything wrong. Quickstep.                                           Judges’ scores 9-10-10.  My score 9.5. The positive: Fab footwork! Fully correct and lighthearted. Her skirt got in the way just a tad but didn’t cause actual problems. The negative:  Just difficult enough.     WHO WENT HOME...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 8 Analysis

Posted by on May 10th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 8 Analysis   Antonio Brown: NFL/Pitts Steelers wide receiver/punt returner (like Hines Ward, season 12, Kym Johnson). Brown wants Steelers fans nationwide. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess. Nyle Dimarco:  Deaf actor; an “America’s Next Top Model.” Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd. 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 8 Analysis It’s “Judges’ Team-Up Challenge” night this week on Dancing With The Stars! The show opened with all pros and troupe members, led by Dance Captain Jenna, in a flowing and sexy dance to “I Want Someone Who Can Dance.”  We saw delights and a few disappointments, beauty and fun, some tears, and a new experience with Nyle.  The makeup and wardrobe departments did some interesting work for Paige and Mark.  One particular performance was especially stunning. Nyle Dimarco: Paso Doble.  Judges’ scores 10-9-10. My score 10. The positive: Excellent content and performance: traditional, aggressive, powerful, and sharp.  The silent middle section with four other guys was quite different but eye-opening to show how Nyle experiences dance weekly.  As always, incredible that he can do so much outstandingly. The negative: I didn’t notice anything.   Antonio Brown: Viennese Waltz.  Judges’ score 9. My score 9. The positive: He truly worked very hard this week, showing vast improvement.  The dance had lovely traditional content.  Good footwork.  Pretty smooth and definitely well done. The negative: Still has small posture issues, mainly in the back and shoulders, which understandably can be difficult for a football player to overcome.   Jodie Sweetin: Jive.  Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: Keo choreo’d one of the most-clever jives I’ve seen to date in a happy story that showed all traditional, fun and cute content, along with sharp kicks.  Although she has scored pretty well and consistently along the way, I agree with CAI that this probably was her best dance so far.  Everything about it was perfect and pleasurable to watch.  I loved it! The negative: Nothing.   Paige VanZant: Viennese Waltz.  Judges’ scores  10-9-9.  My score 9.5. The positive: More creative choreo from Mark—mostly traditional; dramatic and emotional (including facials), and captivating. Pretty, too.  Paige is athletic and perfectionistic in all moves.  I liked it a lot.  With Derek away, I hope viewers are realizing that Mark, who trained with Derek and Julianne for years in Europe, is often only a hair behind Derek in choreography and performance. The negative: Len said that she hyper-extended her neck and, in so doing, incorrectly positioned her head, and they ever so briefly broke the required flow, among other tiny things.   Ginger Zee: Argentine Tango.  Judges’ score 10.  My score 10. The positive: Val really upped the choreo and the level of difficulty and sophistication; Ginger met his challenge beautifully.  It was aggressive, tense and intense, smolderingly passionate, light and dark/fast and slow.  It always flowed tightly and sharply, intricately and insanely in sync, with palpable chemistry. I could not look away!  I could hit “Replay” all day long!   WOW!  THE DANCE...

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