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DWTS June 2016 News: Babies, Broadway & …

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....

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

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. ...

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 10 Analysis

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. ...

Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Analysis

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...

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 8 Analysis

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,...

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