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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 7 Analysis

Posted by on May 2nd, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 7 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. Kim Fields: TV/film actress (“The Facts Of Life”).” Pro partner: Sasha Farber. Von Miller:  Denver 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 7 Analysis [To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to sign-in in the lower right-hand corner of the page.] It’s the first week for 2 dances and 2 eliminations on Dancing With The Stars this season! We saw a night of many delights and a few disappointments, beauty and fun.   Jodie Sweetin: Quickstep. Judges’ scores 8-9-9. My score 9. The positive: Pretty, happy, confident. Gorgeous arms/hands. Very enjoyable! The negative: Body contact and footwork a tad off a few times, but yay, Keo.   Kim Fields: Samba. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. The positive: Good turns/energy/content; cute, fun. They’re so good together!  She was very enthusiastic and excited; she worked very hard and did an excellent job. The negative: Energy level maybe could have been even higher?   Nyle Dimarco: Foxtrot. Judges’ scores 10-9-9.  My score 10. The positive: Smooth, graceful, elegant, flowing; gorgeous holds/lines/extensions/full movements/arms/hands/footwork. Incredible chemistry and accomplishments! The negative: Bruno goofed again in his scoring, writing a 9 but saying a 10—darn it!  Whether intentionally or not, he was ripped off again.   Antonio Brown: Tango. Judges’ score 8. My score 8. The positive: An average tango.  It had the required “attack, purpose, style, and finesse,” per Len, and he did a good job. He put on his appropriately dramatic face. The negative: Pace, posture, and footwork were a bit off at times, and it lacked a wow factor.  Although he shows significant improvement some weeks, he’s the least consistent.   Wanya Morris: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 9.  My score 9. The positive: He did a comfortable, well-executed opening solo.  The dance was cute, correct, and carefree; graceful and happy. A delightful and endearing spring evening in dance about a sweet young couple on a date. I liked it a lot! The negative: Because he couldn’t attend all rehearsals, he looked a tad concerned now and then.   Ginger Zee: Viennese Waltz. Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Gorgeous and graceful turns/arms/hands/frames/lines, content/choreo.  You could get lost in the beautiful flow of it.  A joy to watch.  My 2nd fave dance of the night! The negative:  Nothing.  What a pleasure!   Von Miller: Salsa. Judges’ score 8.  My score 8. The positive: Good opening solo as Elvis.  He had a good time, again showing much improvement, enjoyment, and likability.  Good content/hips/lifts! The negative: The choreo. was a bit busy, maybe.   Paige VanZant: Jive. Judges’ score   10.  My score 10. The positive: Clever, captivating, lighthearted; all in/all on!  Tight, controlled, sharp (esp....

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 6 Analysis

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

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 6 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. 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. Von Miller:  Denver 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 6 Analysis [To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to sign-in in the lower right-hand corner of the page.] It’s “Famous Dance” week on Dancing With The Stars! Celebs and their pro partners danced to famous songs, especially from movies. With only two days left before Monday’s performance, the producers changed Mark and Paige’s song, so Mark had to produce a new routine—pressure!  Jodie and Kim continued, after medical attention, through foot/ankle injuries. The show opened with all of the pros and the troupe dancing in period costume to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”—fabulous! Certain celebs advanced while others stalled or back-stepped a bit.  One celeb did a dance for which the show doesn’t have a category or real judging expertise.  Judging, as usual, was slightly inaccurate in either direction, but at least they weren’t way off the mark this week, even though some comments were unnecessarily harsh. One celeb threw his or her pro under the bus—Grrr! Kim Fields: Jive. Judges’ scores 8.  My score 9. The positive: A REAL JIVE: peppy, sharp, correct; good lines and energetic in what was clearly a fun dance with other couples.  Kim and Sasha revved up the crowd.  Impressive and fun to watch! The negative: CAI said it should have been even more energetic.   Von Miller: Jazz.                         Judges’ score 8.  My score 8.5. The positive: His best dance so far!  He didn’t miss a beat or a step!  Great lines, full arm extensions, even elegantly at least once; appropriate facial expressions.  He was really into it, and I really liked it. The negative: Keep learning; keep refining technique, lines, and posture (consistently).   Jodie Sweetin: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 9-8-8 . My score 9. The positive: Dramatic acting/emotional, powerful; athletic, difficult. Jodie persisted through a hurt ankle.  Very pretty!  Well done!  Good job, Keo! The negative: A few lifts didn’t go off quite as smoothly as they would have wished.   Paige VanZant: Jazz. Judges’ scores 9-10-9  .  My score 10. The positive: Wow!  Great choreo, Mark!  Precise, fun retro, with perfect spotting, beautiful lines/extensions, toes and turns. The negative: Nothing noted.   Nyle Dimarco: Quickstep. Judges’ scores 8-8-9. My score 9. The positive: Very fast and difficult, but Nyle, as usual, prevailed via excellent musicality/sync/timing/footwork. Very well done and very enjoyable.  Nyle joked—yes, really—that he danced as well as Val. The negative: His frame was good until about the last 15 seconds, which is when he often appears...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 5 Analysis

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

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 5 Analysis   It’s Switch-Up Week!  Who’s paired with whom?  Which new pairings will be beneficial, and which will backfire?  Which new couples should have been together all along?  Maks is back as a guest judge. Eliminated pros Edyta, Tony, and Artem danced together. Artem and Jenna did a steamy dance.   The customary lineup for the season: 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. 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. Von Miller:  Denver 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. [To comment, click on this week’s title or sign-in in the southeast corner of the page.] Wanya Morris with Witney: Tango. Judges’ scores 8-7-7-8. My score 8. The positive: A good job, although not as well done as usual. It was correct with full tango content, good holds/hip action/turns. Wanya attacked this dance as enthusiastically as he has all others.  He’s such a joy to watch!  Ya gotta love this guy and his appreciation for dance. The negative: His excessive energy produced too much movement beyond the traditional tightness/control. Because he’s so happy to dance, some of the movements and facial expressions weren’t dramatic enough.  His footwork was a tad off here and there, too.   Kim Fields with Keo: Viennese Waltz.   Judges’ scores 8-6-6-8. My score 8. The positive: It was smooth, romantic, graceful, and sufficiently dramatic, which combined to make it very pretty. Kim’s fully extended arms/movements and hands were gorgeously graceful. Keo is doing a fine job as a pro, even if the judges did bicker over content. The negative: Its content wasn’t sufficiently traditional, which Nyle’s truly was with Sharna, but it had enough that we knew what they were going for, and it was a pleasure to watch.   Doug Flutie with Peta: Tango. Judges’ score 7. My score 8. The positive: He tried so hard, with such commitment and determination!  Good frame, footwork, hips, turns, etc. in a difficult dance.  Really a good job!  I like him a lot! The negative: His posture could have been better in spots.   Ginger Zee with Mark: Salsa. Judges’ score 8. My score 9. The positive: A lot of good, traditional salsa content. It was fun and exciting. The two were very connected. She showed good hip & overall shimmy action, and good footwork.  Very entertaining.  Excellent!  This girl can do anything, look joyful, and have fun in the process. The negative:  Nothing specific noted.   Antonio Brown with Karina: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 7-6-6-7. My score 6.5. The positive:  He showed some good footwork and an impressive performance. This man smiles all the time and nothing seems to ruffle his feathers. The negative: His timing was off too many...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 4 Analysis

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

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 [To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to sign-in in the lower right-hand corner of the page.] 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. 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.   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.   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...

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New Weekly Posts for Dancing with the Stars

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

Hi, Blog Readers and DWTS Fans! I just want to clarify for you that during “Dancing With The Stars” seasons I write on my blog about each Monday night’s performance and usually post it right away.  Because I’m on Eastern Time, it’s already getting late by the time the show finishes, and then with time to write the new piece it’s sometimes after midnight on Tuesday by the time I post it for your reading pleasure.  Now and then, circumstances such as extreme fatigue or feeling ill keep me from posting until later in the day on Tuesday or, rarely, Wednesday.  At least 95% of the time you can expect to find it ready for you here either very late on Monday or just an hour or two into Tuesday.  If possible, once in a while I may do a series of bulk e-mailing to all 400 of you just to alert you that it’s up. Let’s talk about the DWTS performances and our projections as often as possible.  Just click on the title of the week’s article or go directly to sign-in in the lower right-hand corner of the page. Write in as often as you wish.  Thank...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 3 Analysis–April 4, 2016

Posted by on Apr 4th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 3 Analysis–April 4, 2016   Dear Readers: I forgot to tell you a week or two ago that the father of Derek and Julianne Hough died very recently. I don’t have medical details–just thought you’d like to know.   Also, Lindsay says that her BoyzIIMen star Wanya flies back and forth between DWTS workouts and his group’s performances in Vegas, but somehow keeps his dedication and energy soaring.   Reminder: The stars and some of the pros don’t just rehearse their dances all week long.  Some of them have many other difficult demands on their time, focus, and energy.  Here are examples:  Some have to go home to be spouses and parents.  Some have to fly between DWTS duties and highly scheduled jobs and performances in other states (even across the country), and their pros often accompany them.  Some of the pros attend high-visibility red-carpet events and community-support activities.  Some star/pro couples guest-star on TV shows.  They have very little downtime.  How they do it all, I can’t imagine.   Tonight, I expect to see more excellent choreo by Keo, Lindsay, and Karina, at least. I hope Keo has recovered from some sort of a boo-boo that he sustained in practice; he’s very impressive with Jodie.  And, I hope things will work out okay for Mischa and Artem, and that the wonderful Edyta Sliwinska will stay on to perform even though Geraldo just left.  Let’s see!   Mischa Barton: Actress of film, TV, stage. Pro partner: Artem Chigventsev. 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. 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:  Denver 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. [To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to sign-in in the lower right-hand corner of the page.] It’s the week for stars to share their most-memorable years in their respective performances tonight on Dancing With The Stars! Some of the chosen years evidenced triumph over heartbreak and intense struggle while others marked profound joy.  We saw a night of many delights, beauty and fun, clear improvements, and a slight disappointment or two.  Some of the performances were mesmerizing and stunning.  I ended up choosing one dance of the night and two close runners-up. Ginger Zee: Contemporary. Judges’ score 7. My score 8. Ginger’s year was 2013, when she met now-husband Ben Aaron, who attended tonight with their baby boy, who is nearly four months old. The positive: She and Val danced to “Home,” by Phillip Phillips, one of Ginger’s favorite songs.  It was celebratory and romantic, graceful and expressive, complete with nice lifts and appropriate facial...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 2 Analysis

Posted by on Mar 29th, 2016 in Ballroom Dance, Dancing With The Stars | 0 comments

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 2 Analysis   March 28. It’s the second week of Dancing with the Stars’ 22nd season and already Latin night.  And already, some of the contestants are dancing as though it’s at least week 6!  For the most part, this is a surprisingly good group—nice, dedicated, skilled, and entertaining.  Let’s see what they can do tonight!   Mischa Barton: Actress of film, TV, stage. Pro partner: Artem Chigventsev. 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. 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. Geraldo Rivera:  Award-winning journalist.  Pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska. 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. **To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or go directly to sign-in on the lower right-hand corner of the page.** Dancing With The Stars on March 28, 2016: Week 2, Latin Night, Analysis The judges seemed to have made a pact before show time to score some of the celebs lower than they deserved, often at 7-6-7, which was quite different from the other years. Again, in a case or two they over-scored.  Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), the Lift Police, missed nothing.   Jodie Sweetin: Samba. Judges’ score 7. My score 8.5. The positive: Her samba was loose, fun, and proper. It had plenty of good traditional content.  She showed good lines, hip action, and footwork.  Good choreo, Keo! The negative: Keep upping your confidence and learning technique.   Marla Maples: Argentine Tango. Judges’ scores 7-6-7. My score 8.5. The positive: Marla showed VG technique, lines, footwork, and facial expression. Her dance was correct, elegant/sophisticated, and pretty.  This fit lady seems to be a natural. The negative: The adorable and always-tactful and gentle Tony did not seem to have encouraged her to truly relax into the dance in order to show the required passionate side of it; I suppose that he prefers his partners to master technique first so that they can then let loose without goofing up. Let loose, Marla—we know you can do it and do it well.   Geraldo Rivera: Salsa. Judges’ scores 5-4-4.  My score 4. The positive: He gave a tad more movement, excitement, and entertainment value this week, so that’s a slight improvement. The negative: Even Master P, years ago, may have tried more than Geraldo did—and that isn’t saying much. If he isn’t really going to try, why is he here?  Like Geraldo, other contestants over the years competed at some point after they’d had back surgery or major illnesses and showed both some skill and true attempts to compete; so, to me, Geraldo has no excuse.  I’m very disappointed that he has let...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Premiere: March 21 & Analysis

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

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Premiere: March 21   Welcome back, Dancing with the Stars!  This season opened with Witney and Keo together, along with the whole cast and troupe outdoors, and then went indoors.  Everyone and everything pulsated with excitement and anticipation.  Welcome back to the regular pros, to the always-funny Sasha in his second season as a pro, to Tom and Erin as hosts, and to our usual three judges–Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman (he’s back from England!), and Bruno Tonioli.  Welcome to new troupe members.  And welcome back to pros Karina and Edyta!  Welcome to spring and season 22 of Dancing with the Stars!   The Cast: Mischa Barton: Actress of film, TV, stage. Pro partner: Artem Chigventsev. Antonio Brown: NFL/Pitts. Steelers wide receiver/punt returner (like Hines Ward, season 12, Kym Johnson). Brown wants Steelers fans nationwide as fans. 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; former NFL Q’back. Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff. Marla Maples:  Stage/TV (host)/film; mother of Tiffany Trump.  Pro partner: Tony Dovolani. Von Miller:  Denver 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. Geraldo Rivera:  Award-winning journalist.  Pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska. Jodie Sweetin: Actress (“Full/er House” & author). Pro partner: Keo Motsepe. Paige VanZant: UFC straw-wt. mixed martial artist; lifelong dancer. Pro partner: Mark Ballas. Ginger Zee: ABC GMA chief meteorologist, new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy. Dancing With The Stars: Week 1 Analysis The Stars tonight brought many delights and a few disappointments, along with enthusiasm, fun, and much more. All of them seem to be truly nice people. Unfortunately, most of the judging was way off target; they usually cheat the first contestant on scoring, but tonight they cheated a lot of them and up-scored a few. Kim Fields: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 7-6-7. My score 7. The positive: She’s high spirited, lively, and fun! A joyful and exciting dance.  Much of the time, met the need to be on her toes for Latin dance.  The perfect partner for Sasha. Good! The negative: Needs even more hip action (from fast/sharp foot placement).   Paige VanZant: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 7.  My score 8. The positive: She’s sweet and fun.  Her dance was rhythmic and flowing, with graceful arms/hands and pointed toes.  Good attitude.  Good job/a very-good start to the season. The negative: The dance needed more traditional foxtrot content. She’ll have to keep watch and control over her frame because she’s used to bending and turning her shoulders while boxing; she did pretty well, though.   Doug Flutie: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 5. My score 6. The positive: He usually showed nice arm extensions/graceful hands and “caught”/spun Karina well.  Eager to learn/improve.  A nice guy. The negative: Must work on frame/posture/footwork and bring his bum in.   Jodie Sweetin: Tango. Judges’ scores 7-6-7. My score 8.5. The positive: She’s extremely committed to learning and performing well. I rarely liked her bratty character on “Full House,” which means that she played it well, but I like her here.  Her dance was correct, tight, sharp, in good hold; her arms/hands, feet, hips, and lines...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Cast, News, Rumors

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

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Coming March 21 On “Good Morning America” today, Dance Captain Jenna Johnson started off the Dancing With The Stars celebration by leading the dancing before, during, and after the full-cast announcement for season 22. The next teaser opened with Witney and Keo, followed by the other pros. The beautiful Edyta Sliwinska is back to light up the dance floor while leading her star contestant! Between the end of season 10 and now, Edyta pursued personal projects and had a baby in 2014.  Karina Smirnoff is back, too!   Here is your Dancing With The Stars Season 22 cast–12 stars and 12 pros:   Mischa Barton: Actress of film, TV, and stage. You may have seen her in TV’s “The OC.” Pro partner: Artem Chigventsev. Antonio Brown: NFL wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown follows former Pittsburgh receiver and DWTS winner Hines Ward (season 12 with Kym Johnson) in urging the support of Steelers fans nationwide. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess. Nyle Dimarco: Deaf actor and a former winner of “America’s Next Top Model” (Cycle 22). Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd. Kim Fields: Actress of TV and film fame. Some of you may remember her from TV’s beloved “The Facts Of Life”; more recently in the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Pro partner: Sasha Farber. Doug Flutie: Pro NFL quarterback whose last teams were San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Now he works for NBC covering college (Notre Dame) and pro football. Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff. Marla Maples: Star of stage and the big and small screens, host of TV shows and beauty pageants, philanthropist, and mother of graduating college student Tiffany Trump.  Pro partner: Tony Dovolani. Von Miller: Denver Broncos defensive linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP in Feb. 2016.  Pro partner: Witney Carson. Wanya Morris: From high school in the early to mid-1990s, he became famous as an original member of Boyz II Men, which became the bestselling R&B group of all time.  Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.  Geraldo Rivera: Award-winning journalist.  Pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska. Jodie Sweetin: Entrepreneur, actress and author. As a child she starred on ABC’s long-running sitcom “Full House,” which still airs in syndication. Now she’s on the spinoff, “Fuller House,” which Netflix recently renewed for season two. Pro partner: Keo Motsepe. Paige VanZant: The youngest and a top-ranked contender in the women’s straw-weight division of the UFC in mixed martial arts; also a lifelong dancer. only 21. Pro partner: Mark Ballas, an MMA fan. Ginger Zee: Emmy Award-winning chief meteorologist for “Good Morning America” and ABC News, and new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy, who won the Mirrorball Trophy in season 20 with Rumer Willis.   Celebs Who May Have Been Invited or Wanted to Dance This Time: Scott Disick has been invited several times. Others say that Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu was interested, and that John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Teresa Giudice turned it down. “Bachelor” Ben Higgins, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers) were suggested. Sources say that all contestants receive the same guaranteed payment, that their earnings nearly triple if they are voted into the finals, and that many contestants donate the money to charity.   Absent Pros: This year on the show many of us will...

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Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Coming March 21, 2016!

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

Dancing With The Stars Updates GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS Derek Hough: Derek may be getting ready to do a stint on Broadway, so we don’t know whether he’ll be a pro on the show during spring season.   Julianne Hough: According to what I’ve heard, Julianne will NOT return as a judge with her DWTS family each week this season.  She’s getting married pretty soon, and she has many other projects in the works.  Len Goodman will return from England to reclaim his seat at the judges’ table.  It’s possible that she may return for a cameo now and then.  Meanwhile, look for her to cover the March issue of “Redbook.” I think she was on February’s “Cosmopolitan.”   “Grease”:  It’s being said that the “Grease Live” soundtrack is soaring on iTunes and the DVD will be available March 8 at Amazon and Best Buy.  You can preorder the DVD.   Noah Galloway: The talented and inspiring Army veteran, who reached third place in the finals of season 20 with Sharna Burgess, has been visiting and lifting the spirits of hospitalized Army vets. What a great guy!   “Dancing Pros Live”: ATTENTION, Niagara Falls residents and visitors! At the Fallsview Casino Resort, February 18-25, you can see stars Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, and Elena Samodanova, along with dancers from all over the world. The show comes highly recommended.   “Shall We Dance on Ice” will show again on Saturday, February 27 on ABC, starring pros Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya, and Damian Whitewood, accompanied by former winners Rumer Willis and Meryl Davis with former contestant Charlie White.   Maksim (Maks) and Valentin (Val) Chmerkovskiy: “Our Way!” This summer the brothers will present the story they’ve always wanted to tell about their lives, highlighting their journey and rise through the world of dance. Although no other names are available yet, the show will include many other dancers, likely many from their DWTS family, and be staged by some of the top choreographers. Without a doubt it will wow us with the creativity, elegance, passion, and seduction for which the brothers are well known. And, don’t forget the unparalleled skill and professionalism that we always see. Watch for “Our Way!” to be scheduled at a theater near you and buy tickets early!   Which Celebs Will Dance in Spring Season? The rumors are swirling! One says that Jodie Sweetin definitely will dance this season while another says it’s a maybe. Another says that Scott Disick is in negotiations with DWTS. Others say that Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu is interested, as well as that John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Teresa Giudice have turned down invitations to compete. “Bachelor” Ben Higgins, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers have been suggested. Sources say that all contestants receive the same guaranteed payment, that their earnings nearly triple if they are voted into the finals, and that many contestants donate the money to charity. In two weeks or so we’ll know for sure who will be in the lineup for the March 21 return.   Which Pros Will Dance? No word yet on which pros will be partnered this season. What we do know so far: Maksim Chmerkovskiy is retired, Cheryl Burke is signed to another network, and...

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