April 8, 2014 |
The glitterverse had a little more swing in its step this week on “Dancing With the Stars,” as the producers took a cue from those key parties in the 1970s and had stars switch up their pro partners while their original pro partners (and an entire nation) watched. Guest judging this week was Derek's sister Julianne Hough, who showed up to offer her dancing critiques, act as a buffer between Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, and distract viewers with her newly shorn hair and peekaboo dress.
November 6, 2012 |
The big to-do on this seventh week on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” was the introduction of the Dance Fusions, in which each couple mixed two different ballroom styles with one song. According to the judges, the biggest challenge would be to maintain the character of the dance. The pro has his/her work cut out for him/her, because they have to come up with a strategy that suits each celebrity's style. Mostly, Len wanted to see decent amounts of both dances: “To win something special, you've got to do something special.” To give us a taste of the routines to come, Henry Byalikov from the Troupe choreographed a crisp and clean mutant super-dance hybrid for the Troupe and that featured Anna Trebunskaya, Louis Van Amstel, Tristan MacManus(!
May 14, 2013 |
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 16's semifinals are upon us, ballroom fans! And we were treated to two full dances from the five remaining couples - one a regular dance, and one a never before seen dance chosen for each couple by a Twitter republic. We got Afro Jazz! The Lindy Hop! A Flamenco! A tie for first place! And a whole slew of perfect 30 scores! Who has the Mirrorball in their court, and who is primed to get their sparkles ripped from them just one week shy of the finals?
September 25, 2012 |
It's a very special evening, ballroom fans. The All-Stars season is finally upon us! And this “celebration of the best of the best” is like a who's who of “Dancing With the Stars”-dom. Former champions and also-rans! Controversial figures! Boy banders! Olympians! Each couple performed a fox trot or the cha-cha. Though with so many shiny stars swirling and twirling around in the coveted Mirrorball trophy's glittery orbit, it was hard to focus on just one. As head judge Len Goodman said, what was good has to be great, and what was great has to be exceptional.
April 17, 2013 |
The Times has gymnast Aly Raisman , a two-time Olympic gold medalist at the London Games, guest-blogging while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars. " Each week while she competes on the show, Raisman will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Raisman's thoughts about Week 5 and her pro partner Mark Ballas, which she offered via email. Q. You said Mark's really good at being sassy. Do you think there is any way you can sneak him onto the women's gymnastics team?
May 21, 2012 |
Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver is in this week's finale of "Dancing with the Stars", and has an excellent chance of joining the list of athletes who have won the ballroom dance competition. He may have a better chance after a group of Wisconsin athletes, politicians and one Milwaukee Bucks mascot banded together for a video urging people to vote for Driver. If the video inspires the entire Packer Nation to vote his way, Driver could win pretty handily, because the winner is based on a combination of judges' scores and fan votes.