"DWTS" Week 3 Recap: Dripping in Drama
It's only week three of this season of "Dancing with the Stars," and things are already starting to get, um, complicated. But tbh we wouldn't have it any other way. First up in big, shocking, did-that-really-happen news: Maks Chmerkovskiy skipped last night's performance, and pro Alan Bersten, who was the first eliminated last week, stepped in to partner contestant Vanessa Lachey. Rumors are SWIRLING that Chmerkovskiy stepped out by choice (not due to an injury, which is common on the show), thanks to an ongoing and pretty major feud with partner Lachey. 😬 Yikes. Fingers crossed the two are able to work through whatever happened and return as a stronger pair.
After a very serious and emotional moment of silence to honor the victims of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the show kicked off its Guilty Pleasures night routines. Which were exactly the kind of light-hearted fun the country needed yesterday. (Frankie Muniz secretly loves boy bands?! Count us here for that.) Let's get right to our list of must-watch moments.
Drew Scott and Emma Slater
We're going to be really honest and just say it straight up: We did not have high hopes for Drew Scott on this show. But after last night's performance, we're awarding him our very unofficial Most Improved award. Seriously, Scott has grown so much in just a few short weeks! The couple's intense Argentine tango celebrated Scott's love of watching true-crime TV shows (who can't relate to that) and wowed the judges, earning the duo one of the night's high scores.
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas
Violinist Lindsey Stirling got real last night about her guilty pleasure: She revealed that currently it's staying in her pajamas all day eating ice cream, because she literally JUST broke up with her boyfriend. Talk about rough stuff. But her adorably upbeat jive with partner Mark Ballas was probably one of the cutest things we've ever seen—and the highest-scoring piece of the night. The goofy bed section! The perfectly glittered PJs! The heartwarming chemistry! It was almost too much sweetness for our hearts to bear.
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd
Despite the fact that their significant others (Maks and Vanessa) were in the middle of a partner controversy, Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd were in good spirits. The couple danced a super-energetic, '80s-inspired jazz piece, dedicated to Lachey's guilty pleasure of romantic comedies (aww!). Decked out in full jazzercise gear, the pair brought it to a song from Love Actually. Weirdly, the judges were not impressed, and gave them a disappointing score. I mean, if a former boy bander can't steal the show, who can?
At the end of the night, "Pretty Little Liars" star Sasha Pieterse and partner Gleb Savchenko ended up in the bottom. Luckily for them, ABC decided to forgo any eliminations this week. So, check back here next week for our recap—and to find out who was sent home!
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!