"DWTS" Week 2 Recap: The First Cut Is the Deepest
"Dancing With the Stars" doesn't mess around—we're only two weeks in and the eliminations have already begun. Not to mention, it seems like everyone is injured. But the show must go on, as it did last night. After all, there's a Mirrorball at stake! From the rhinestones, to the spray tans, to the first elimination (gasp), here's what went down last night.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson danced a sizzling tango, even though Muniz was dealing with some pretty substantial, residual pain from when he broke his back (!!!) a few years ago. But like a true dancer, he pushed through, receiving a score of 23 and some pretty high praise from the judges.
There was also a three-way tie for the evening's highest score: Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy were all neck and neck with a score of 24, and they all deserved it 100%. First of all, Arlen has absolutely no feeling in her legs (she was paralyzed for an entire decade), so watching her glide across the ballroom like a seasoned pro is beyond inspiring. Not to mention, girl can dance. She and Val seemed so at ease with one another, and their routine was a joy to watch.
Frankie Muniz wasn't the only one in pain last night. Vanessa Lachey sliced her entire toenail in rehearsal (#dancerproblems—welcome to the club, girl!), yet danced like she'd just had the most rejuvenating physical therapy session and massage of her life. She and Val danced, as Carrie Ann exclaimed, like "liquid gold," and I have to agree.
And rounding out the three-way tie were Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold. Their sparkling waltz was textbook "DWTS," and the audience (and judges) ate it right up. It's too early to predict anything, but they're definitely a couple to watch.
But as we know all too well (we've had 25 seasons to learn this, after all), someone had to be the first to go. Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe were sent packing, but it wasn't all sad. Corcoran said that the show was "the most exciting thing I've done in my whole life." Awwww #allthefeels. Tune in next time for your weekly dose of bedazzled drama.
What's better than a good dance joke? They're corny, they're punny, and they're exactly what you need to get you through long Nutcracker days. These 10 jokes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face—no matter how much your feet are hurting.
Some might say Charlize Glass' fame kicked off with a single three-letter word. In 2014, Beyoncé shared a video of the then–12-year-old dancer performing to "Yoncé" on Instagram, along with a simple caption: "WOW!"
But by that point, the hip-hop mini had already performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and won first runner-up with her crew, 8 Flavahz, on "America's Best Dance Crew." And her Queen Bey Insta shout-out wasn't even the pinnacle of her tween career: She earned a spot on The PULSE On Tour as an Elite Protégé for the 2014–2015 season, and performed with Missy Elliott at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in 2015.
These days, the 16-year-old spends her time touring the country as Brian Friedman's assistant at Radix Dance Convention and blowing up YouTube and Instagram with her class-video cameos. And while the Char Char we fell in love with was a hip-hop cutie pie, the more mature artist we see today is sure to rock the dance world for years to come.
You're obsessed with class videos. We're obsessed with class videos. The passion, energy, and talent showcased in these clips, which give us an insider-y peek at the commercial dance world's hottest classes, are totally irresistible.
But at what point does the phenomenon go from being a good thing to a bad thing for dancers and the dance world? Is the focus on filming distracting from the work dancers are supposed to be doing in class? Are overproduced videos presenting a dangerously misleading picture of the dance world? Is the pressure to be a class video star becoming too much for dancers to handle? These are some of the questions A-list dancer and choreographer Ian Eastwood—no stranger to the class video himself—has been asking on Twitter. And they've sparked a lively, important debate.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
"So you Think You Can Dance" Season 14 finalists Lex Ishimoto and Taylor Sieve shocked fans at home (at least the ones who hadn't thoroughly scoured their respective Instagrams) during Episode 14, when choreographer Mia Michaels asked if either of them had ever experienced "the kind of love that takes your breath away." They confessed that, yup, they had—with each other. The two met at The Dance Awards in the summer of 2016, where they were each named Senior Best Dancer, and went on to tour with the convention as assistants. Before long—and long before their "SYTYCD" journey—they became a couple.
Take a look at Dance Spirit's exclusive interview where they dish on everything from their favorite dates to the dance moves that give them all the feels.
There's a surprising twist to Regina Willoughby's last season with Columbia City Ballet: It's also her 18-year-old daughter Melina's first season with the company. Regina, 40, will retire from the stage in March, just as her daughter starts her own career as a trainee. But for this one season, they're sharing the stage together.
Yes, we all know dancers are strong. But sometimes it takes a truly epic workout video to remind us JUST HOW INSANELY STRONG they actually are.
Behold, National Ballet of Canada principal Svetlana Lunkina's oh-so-casual pre-class exercise:
Dance Spirit is beyond excited to announce the first round of 2017 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability. The second round of winners will be featured in our January issue, so stay tuned!