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Each week Imperial Society of Teachers of Dacning Fellow and Examiner Phillip Stephens offers a review of the ABC hit show Dancing With The Stars. Phillip shares his thoughts on each couple, their costumes, their performance, their score, the judges' comments, etc, and offers great insight into the world of dancing. Click here for this weeks review

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Dancing With The Stars Week 4

Dancing With The Stars Review - 10/05/2015
Phillip Stephens, Fellow and Examiner
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

 The routinese presented tonight marked each celebrity's Most Memorable Year

Alfonso Ribiera filling in for Tom Bergeron, who was spending end of life time with his father.

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas. Foxtrot to "Momma Said" (Spykids tribute to her mother for helping her get where she is today.) Nice opening. She's good with solo work, lunges and lines, but not so good with the Foxtrot. She made several mistakes in the last few measures, but Mark hauled her through it. I would not give this very high marks as a Foxtrot. Judges made every excuse in the book for her, but I bet the scores aren't very high. 21 - which was fairly accurate.

Gary Busey & Ana Trebunskaya. Swing. Remembering the year he was nominated for an Oscar - 1979 - for the Buddy Holly Story. Not a bit of Swing in there. This is not a pleasant thing to watch. He really should not be in this show. He couldn't even do a Swing basic! Julianne spouted "feel good" malarkey. 16 - spot on for that "dance from the heart" that looked like drunken or drug-induced gyrations.

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovskiy. Rumba. She looks lovely in that blue sequin and chiffon dress. Tamar is very intense and her moves are quite precise with the occasional out-of-place harsh action. It was really quite a beautiful routine. Kari Ann blubbering about the performance was a bit over the top. I agree with Bruno that they did a "proper" Rumba - no theatrics. 27, which it deserved.

Hayes Grier - Emma Slater. Contemporary. I'm not a true fan of contemporary dance, but this is interesting. For a young man who has never danced, he did a good job with this form. They were generally quite well synchronized and the routine had a lot of life and context. I'd give it 9s. Yay - 27.

Alek Skarlatos & Lyndsay Arnold. Paso Doble. Tough for him after dealing with the terrorist on the French train and then finding out that there was a mass murder at Umpqua college where he went to school. He looks sharp in this outfit and is doing a very credible job with this dance. He has a dancer's "look", and it's difficult to believe he has never danced. Not his best, but not bad for the stress he dealt with. Probably get 7s. 24...I think they were perhaps a bit generous due to circumstances.

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess. Backstreet's Back. A disco-esque routine with bits of this and that thrown in for good measure. It was ok, but not impressive. Judges had NOTHING to say about the dancing - they just went on about his sex appeal. 27 - a bit too high for that routine.

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson. Waltz. Amazing Grace. Quite a nice story about what happened to change his life. This particular song is special for me - it was my grandfather's favorite and was played at his funeral. Carlos is doing a good job and is telling a powerful story, but tried just a bit too hard and didn't perform optimally. Julianne and Bruno were spot on, and Kari Ann was a bit wonky in the head with her comments. Yes, it was emotional and powerful, but not technically good. 25, which was quite right for this routine.

Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel. Cha Cha. "Respect". All the whining is a bit much. She's an amazing woman who has achieved much success and has no reason to be on this self-doubt journey. This is turning out to be her best routine to date. Her legs are a bit wild, but she's on time and is using her knees and ankles. Just a bit of a flub toward the ending. 18 - about right.

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker. Cha Cha to his own song - "Good to be Alive". Lost his mom to breast cancer so fast that it was extremely difficult to deal with, but it really started his career. A fast song, which made him look a bit frantic, but he did a great job of showing that, especially for him, it really is good to be alive. Though there were technical errors, it was good and I liked it. Kari Ann noted that he isn't totally connected top to bottom. 23 - fairly accurate.

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough. Contemporary to "Every Breath You Take". A lovely, intense and beautifully precise performance. Derek does such beautiful and spot on choreography and gets such a fantastic performance out of his partners. That was terrific. This should get the highest scores of the evening. 28. I thought it deserved all 10s.

Carlos & Witney in Jeopardy? Gary & Ana SHOULD be in jeopardy, so I'm glad they are. I sure hope Gary is the one eliminated. Fingers crossed --- Yay! Got my wish. His farewell speech was nice. If he'd put that much seriousness into his dancing, he might have improved.

That's my week 4 review. 

If you have comments about my review, please send them to philtex44@aol.com

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