"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Season 10, Elimination 1
The elimination episodes on “Dancing with the Stars” are pretty fun! As I mentioned in my previous blog, I’m very late in jumping on the “DWTS” bandwagon. But now that I’ve started watching, I’m totally hooked.
Elimination episodes in general tend to be drawn out and fairly boring. All you really need to watch is the last five minutes to hear who gets the boot from the competition. But “DWTS” does a pretty good job of making most of this hour-long episode entertaining. I could’ve done without the weird Len Goodman preachy stuff (His commandments for the show? So strange.) and didn’t need to see Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough perform their routine again. It was great the first night, absolutely—but that was a mere 24 hours ago. I’m pretty sure everyone remembers it!
What I loved about the episode was all the dancing from the pros! The group number to Cascada’s “Evacuate the Dance Floor” was crazy hot and I have added two men to my dance crush list: Louis Van Amstel and Derek Hough. Those dudes can move! Louis is so professional and dignified. He is always poised and perfect. And Derek Hough, wow! I think if I was a contestant on the show (Ha!), I’d want to partner with Derek. He’s super fun to watch, especially when he breaks it down and lets loose from his ballroom character. As for the girls, Chelsie Hightower is, and always will be, my favorite. She can do no wrong by me. Loved her long, straight hair last night. So, definitely some great dancing from the pros last night!
Admittedly I don't love watching Maksim Chmerkovskiy or Cheryl Burke. Cheryl seems a bit cocky to me (Anyone agree?). When she was waiting with partner Chad Ochocinco to see if they’d be in the bottom, she seemed miserable. What’s up with that? I get that she’s a perfectionist and wants to do well in the competition, but for the stars it should be fun—Cheryl, if you don’t do well, they’ll probably bring you back again next season, don’t worry! I also don’t really get Maks. It’s hard to tell if he and partner Erin Andrews have a rapport going or if he actually doesn’t like her. When they were announced as being safe, he mechanically picked her up, spun her around, put her down and moved on. No smile. Come on, Maks! You’re safe! Woo!
Anyway. The bottom two couples last night were Mark Ballas/Shannen Doherty and Pamela Anderson/Damian Whitewood. Pamela was so cute when they were announced as being the first couple in danger of elimination: Her microphone was on and you heard her say to Damian “What?? We’re in the bottom two?” She was so sad, and it showed her vulnerability.
Ultimately, it was Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas who became the first couple to leave the competition.
Not happy with the results? Pick up the phone, people! The only way to save your favorite couple is to vote. Until next week…
Much of Janelle Ginestra's career has been about helping others shine. She's dedicated herself to supporting and cheerleading her partner, WilldaBeast Adams; the emerging talents in their dance company, ImmaBEAST; and the countless dancers she inspires at master classes and conventions. Her YouTube channel has become a launching pad for young talents like "Fraternal Twins" Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala, thanks to viral videos featuring Ginestra's creative vision.
But Ginestra's a skyrocketing success in her own right—an in-demand choreographer, a social media influencer, and a dance entrepreneur, building a legacy one eight-count at a time. It's time for her turn in the spotlight. And she's more than ready. "I want to be a legend in whatever I do," she says. We'd argue that she already is.
Almost a month out, Puerto Rico continues to suffer the devastating aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Many of the island's residents still lack power, clean water, and safe housing. Ballet classes? For Puerto Rican dance students, they must feel like an impossible luxury.
But a dance studio in Florida is working to allow a group of young Puerto Ricans to continue their training. And it needs your help.
Yes, I am a dancer, and yes, I am fat.
There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as the reactions I've received when I've told people I dance. They can range from disbelief to confusion to shock. To many people, it's somehow incomprehensible that a plus-size person like myself could grace a stage. While the body-positive movement has been trucking along at full force over the past few years, it hasn't made much progress in the dance community yet. In fact, the words "body positivity" and "dance" are almost never used together in the same sentence.
Despite that fact, dance is what helped me learn to love my larger frame. In honor of National Body Confidence Day, I wanted to talk about my first time in a studio, and about the tremendous progress I've made since.
If you've ever seen a Janelle Ginestra class video, you know how lit her combos are. What you don't see in those clips is how devoted Ginestra is to her students. We went behind the scenes at one of her sold-out IMMA SPACE classes to see Ginestra in her element, mentoring some of L.A.'s most talented dancers. It was an inspiration feedback loop.
All photos by Joe Toreno.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
I love ballet, and I've been told that I have a lot of potential. I can see myself dancing professionally one day. But I'm also working toward my black belt in karate—and I'm passionate about that, too. How can I keep up my technique while also making time for the other things I love? Is that even possible?
What do you get when you combine a Beyoncé anthem, fierce girls from all over the world, and choreography by legends like Ellenore Scott and Lamar Lee? You get the epic music video below. The viral video features little girls who live everywhere from Tanzania to Washington D.C. dancing and lip-syncing to Queen Bey's song "Freedom," and the result is electrifying. These littles can dance—and they bring a determination and enthusiasm to their movement that's truly inspiring.