Dancing With The Stars Week 1
With The Stars
Phillip B Stephens,
Fellow and Examiner
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Great opening. I liked the street dancing. The judges looked nice tonight, except for Kari Ann's hair...
Victor Espinoza with Karina Smirnoff. He has little or no short-term memory. I can't see him succeeding, but who knows. It's a good thing he can stay on a horse, cause I don't see him lasting through this race. That was a SALSA??? 15 - an appropriate score
Tamar Braxton & Valentin (Val) Chmerkovskiy. Quickstep. These
two remind me of cats and water. She's energetic, stands up and moves nicely and was very much in sync with Val. 23 - I almost agree with that one.
Chaka Kahn & Keo Motsepe. Cha Cha. Timing is ok. Body moves are
a bit lacking. Her footwork was poor. She was so bothered with her own hair that it started bothering me. 13 - at least the judges were honest.
producers seem to be going for a "Nightmare Theater" effect with the garish unpredictability of Gary Busey...
Hayes Grier - Emma Slater. He's kind
of endearing. We'll see. He's got some nice moves, but his legs are a bit gangly. They were done before I could decide for sure if the entrance was over. 21 was high for that. Like my
friend and fellow dancer Michael Schedler said -
The judges were probably told to be nice because Hayes has 8 million social media followers and the
producers want to grab hold of them for show ratings.
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker. Foxtrot.
He has an interesting but rather odd appeal. Not exactly smooth, but still rather suave. He has good timing and made some good lines. 21 - much more deserved than the 21 Hayes Grier received.
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel. Quickstep. The belching on TV might have been a bit too coarse. I
was fairly sure this routine would have something to do with cooking. It was ok. What's up with that hair? Was hair and make-up
so overworked that they couldn't get to Paula today?? 15 - adequate for that performance.
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson. Jive. He has good timing and some good upper body moves. He appears very natural and "at home" on the floor. Feet need work, but this was quite nice for week 1. 23. I think he deserved 25
or even a bit more.
Mark Ballas & Alexa PenaVega. Jive. Her
husband is a much better
dancer and performer. She is NOT connected to the music, though she does seem to have the steps down and has reasonably good rhythm. 22. I'd have difficulty giving that performance more than 18.
Kim Zolciak-Biermann & Tony Dovolani. Crying already??? What's up with these people? What was this? Salsa? Egyptian Mummy Dancing? Awkward? Not very appealing. They declared it a Salsa. It was kinda bad. 12, and that was generous
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough. Jive. She has a great personality. Quite talented. She hits the beats, hits the lines, interprets the music and expresses everything. She looked totally alive in that performance. I really enjoyed
watching her dance. 24 and it could have been 25 or even 26 in my opinion.
Gary Busey & Ana Trebunskaya. Cha Cha. She danced...I'm not sure what he did. That was sad.
No way that deserved 15.
Alek Skarlatos & Lyndsay Arnold. Foxtrot. Good posture, Good smile. Nice lines. A bit cautious, but pleasing. Quite good for someone who has never ever danced. He has a natural rhythm that is most enjoyable. 22. I think he deserved a point or two more than that for such a sterling first performance.
Nick Carter & Shawna Burgess. Cha Cha. Good moves, sharp timing, nice facial expressions. Feet and legs need a bit more finesse, but it was a solid performance. 24. Not sure he deserved more than Alek.
That's my review for week 1.
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