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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 6

Dancing With The Stars Review - 10/19/2015
Phillip Stephens, Fellow and Examiner
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Swim suits are OK, but belong on the beach. I'm not so keen on the nearly naked girls parading on the floor. For me, I'd like to see a bit more sophistication in this program because I view ballroom dancing as a sophisticated art form, not a "skin" parade. The tail suits and ball gown I like, and the routine was good.

Olivia Newton John as Guest Judge this week, which features an Iconic Dance with style chosen for the couple by the judges.

Hayes Grier - Emma Slater. Jazz to "You're the one that I Want" from Grease.
He's never seen the movie. With the leading lady from the original movie as your guest judge, doncha think WATCHING it before trying to perform to a song from the movie might be a good idea?  Nice opening - very much in character for the music/movie. This is a good style for him, but I would like to see more dancing and less prancing. They are getting a bit carried away with the "production" aspect of some of these numbers. But it was a good and solid performance with some bad lines and an overall "gangly" look. Olivia thought it was fun and that it captured the essence of the movie. Bruno gave some "tough love" advice. Kari Ann wants him to focus on finesse for his lines. Julianne - thought he got into character and "owned it" tonight. 32, which is a bit high for the way I see it.

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker. "Good Morning" from Singing in the Rain.
Super "island counter" dancing. A very nice routine that uses a lot of elements from the original movie. Andy is certainly holding his own on this one. Great flair, great energy, great use of props, nice styling and an overall performance quality that is very appealing. Sometimes difficult to remember that he is NOT a pro. All judges praised him profusely, which was rightly deserved for that performance. 40, which was well deserved.

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas - Slave by Britney Spears
A Burmese python as a prop? Not sure I think of this as "iconic" - and I certainly don't like Mark's costume and hair. Alexa is doing a good job with the routine. Good poses, nice feet, and strong lines. Bruno was effusive with his praise, but the others were a bit more honest in stating that Alexa didn't perform as well this week as last. 30 which was accurate for that performance.

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough. "Time of Your Life" from Dirty Dancing
This young woman seems capable of hitting lines with ease. Her timing is very precise and matches her partner well. She really has great control over her feet and ankles. The lift wasn't real steady, but she maintained her pose and they made it. This was really a great re-enactment of the movie. The judges are very effusive with their praise. Bruno noted that they captured the essence of the original, but still put their own personality into it instead of simply copying the original. 40 - another well deserved perfect score.

Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel. Vogue - Madonna
The boys in shorts? Maybe not a fabulous idea. Paula looked good in the "Marie Antoinette" costume. A lot of walking instead of dancing, but good arm synchronization. This was an effective performance for Paula. I don't think the judges were fair with their comments. They didn't really critique the dancing...er, ah, performance, they just compared her to Madonna. 24 was too low for a nice routine that was, in the end, performed quite nicely.

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson. "Pony" from Magic Mike a movie about male strippers
He let his mental image of the movie affect his learning of the routine. But he got the moves and is doing a very good job of performing them. This is another one where it's difficult at times to remember he's not a pro - his performance with the guys on the chairs was super. Loved Olivia Newton John's comment that she thinks he may have missed his calling. 38, which was good for that performance

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess. from Saturday Night Fever
A strong solo performance that gave a good impression of John Travolta in the original. Very energetic and very well synchronized. The Samba bits, solo bits and Hustle bits all blended together nicely and he gave a very solid performance. Kari Ann was a nay sayer, but the rest of the judges were more accurate with their comments. 39 - very good for that performance.

Alek Skarlatos & Lyndsay Arnold. Jail House Rock - Elvis Presleey
He's a bit more "alive" in this one. Alek has so much natural talent, but he does need to dance with his face a bit more. Some of the moves in this routine are extremely tough, but he did them quite well and I enjoyed it a lot. The judges note his ability, but always ask for more expression - which he needs. 30 - if he'd smile and "play" more, he'd get better scores.

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovskiy. "Rhythm Nation" by Janice Jackson
This routine requires a lot of synchronization with the other performers. She's doing a good job with that, but this performance - which features very little partnership dancing - is NOT my cup of tea. Apparently, the judges DO like this performance style. She certainly got a lot of praise. 40, which may be proper for that routine, even if I didn't care for it all that much.

Paula Deen was eliminated. Though she has given a lot of "life" to the show, it really was time for her to go.

That's my review of week 4.

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

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