DANCE TIPS FOR DANCE STEPS
Dancing with the Stars - Week 6 Breakdown
Welcome to Round 6 of Dancing with the Stars. Once again this week's play-by-play is brought to you by Dancing for Dessert -- it's Better than Chocolate!! Last week after our 5th round of dancing we saw the lovely Tia Carrera get eliminated. I believe that this was an appropriate result and I'm glad to see that despite the popularity contest aspect the elimination was an accurate reflection of the quality of dancing.
This week each couple will perform a dance of their choice. Most of the chosen dances have already been explained in previous blogs. Additionally the dancers will be performing a group Viennese Waltz. This group dance will not be scored by the judges.
Viennese Waltz This is one of the more exhausting dances to perform. In it's purest format the dance is done with the dancers performing 4-7 movements. This affords the judges a chance to do a direct comparison of the dancers without being swayed by creative choreography. For Dancing with the Stars expect some artistic license for the benefit of creating a more exciting television viewing experience. A good viennese waltz should be danced quite close (no gapping) -- look for smooth right and left turns and an elegant presentation.
Jerry & Anna -- Paso Doble Wow -- this performance is a real breakthrough for Jerry! The passion and emotion that he was able to put forth was absolutely astonishing! Next I'd like to see Jerry get more grounded by creating more pressure through his supporting leg. Also watch that head Jerry. What an incredible performance!! I felt the judge's scores were a tad low, but in the right ballpark.
Drew & Cheryl -- Tango Another powerful performance from Boy Band. Nice staccato movements great flow through the closed body contact position. Unfortunately Drew, a promenade must be done with a heel lead! In fact, his footwork is surprisingly underdeveloped compared to the rest of his dancing. The judges have really been on him for his shoulders, but the real root of the problem has been in the carriage of his head -- unfortunately it hasn't been completely fixed. At his level I'd really like to see him track his knees for more balance during those fast movements. Not to take away from an otherwise adequate performance. Triple 10's from the judges and I can't say that it wasn't well-deserved.
George & Edyta -- Rumba I still think that this guy is the elegance in this show. The choreography is clearly designed to hide the difficulty of the rumba timing, but unfotrunately it doesn't hide all of it as George clearly stumbles with the timing. Another fine performance from George but at this round of the competition I'm afraid that George's dancing is not at the same level as the others. Look for George to be the next dancer eliminated. Judges tie him with Jerry, though I felt that Jerry earned a higher score than George.
Lisa & Louis -- Quickstep A comon flaw in the Quickstep is to shorten your steps in an attempt to keep up with the music. Unfortunately this is also Lisa's major flaw this week. The shorter steps take away much of the energy of the dance and because of this Lisa's dance really failed to deliver. It would seem though that the judges disagree with me as they were all very impressed with her performance. Triple 9's for Lisa this week.
Stacy & Tony -- Jive Another incredible performance from the lovely Stacy. I'd really like to see Stacy use even more of her knees to allow her to point her kicks down towards the floor for a more compact and explosive technique. Be careful, Stacy, not to let the relaxed nature of the swing cause your head to drop. Stacy pulls off the impossible by earning Triple 10's for the second week in a row.
Another exciting Dancing with the Stars with two of our celebrity dancers earning perfect scores. Drew & Stacy have basically stolen this competition from Week 1 -- look for these two in the Dancing with the Stars finals. Also look for George to get the boot tomorrow on the elimination show. Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think by commenting on this blog!
I've also decided to make this blog a little bit more interesting by posting Brian's Dance Tips for Dance Steps, so without further ado ...
Brian's Dance Tips for Dance Steps Brought to you by Dancing for Dessert
Whether you are leading or following, it is imperitive that you maintain a certain "elasticity" in your connection. This means that your arms should not be rigid or tense as this will only serve to make you less responsive to your partner as well as make your dancing feel stiff. Instead relax your arms and wrists while maintaining a light tone in your lats and your abs. This will give your dancing that muscular "substance" while keeping yourself light enough to be quick, responsive, light and graceful.
Until next week ladies and gentlemen!
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