"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!
Misty Copeland. Her name is synonymous with exquisite artistry and outspoken advocacy. And her visibility has made a huge impact on the ballet world. Ballet's relationship with race has always been strained at best, hostile at worst. But Copeland's persistent message and star quality have finally forced the ballet industry to start talking about racial diversity, inclusivity, and representation. "The rarity of seeing ourselves represented is sad," Copeland says. "The more we see every hue and body shape represented on the stage, the more possibilities young dancers feel they have for themselves."
There are plenty of current Olympic figure skaters who'd make beautiful dancers (first among them Adam Rippon, whose gorgeously choreographed long program won the internet, if not the gold). But today, as we wait for the women's figure skating competition to crown its new champions, we wanted to throw it back to one of the most beautifully balletic skaters of all time: Sasha Cohen.
Yesterday, the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg and Cara Loughran, both 14-year-old dancers, were among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
American Ballet Theatre principal Sarah Lane charms audiences with her bright energy and crisp technique. The San Francisco, CA, native first started dancing at age 4 at a local community center, and at age 7 started training in Memphis, TN, at the Classical Ballet Memphis. Her family later moved to Rochester, NY, where she continued studying at the Draper Center for Dance Education. In 2002, she was a YoungArts Foundation winner in dance, allowing her to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2003, was made a soloist in 2007, and was promoted to principal last fall. Recently, she originated the role of Princess Praline in Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream. Catch her later this spring during ABT's Metropolitan Opera season. —Courtney Bowers
The high-flying leaps of grand allegro are meant to be incredibly exciting. But at the end of an intense ballet class, when you're exhausted, it can be hard to give them the attention they deserve. Want to pump up your big jumps? Follow these 10 vital tips from Jennifer Hart, curriculum director and instructor at Ballet Austin.
"Whole, low-fat, or skim?" The question of which milk to drink has gotten a little more complicated lately, with a wide variety of nondairy milks popping up in grocery stores. To find out which ones are worth your milk money, we had registered dietitian Monika Saigal answer some FAQs.
You and I both know that dancing is the best thing since chocolate chip cookies! But its always nice when dance gets the recognition it deserves from non–dance-world peeps. That's why we did our own happy dance when we saw Shape magazine's article on how dancing can actually make you a better athlete.
When Ruby Castro became a Top 10 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 13, she was a fresh, feisty new face to most at-home viewers. But in the dance world—particularly on the ballroom circuit—Ruby was already a household name. Miami-based Ruby grew up as a belle of the ballroom: Her parents, Manny and Lory Castro, are veritable superstars of the scene. They're the owners of Dance Town, an ultra-competitive studio in Doral, FL, and raised Ruby to follow in their furiously fast footsteps. Before she graced the "SYT" stage, Ruby had already been named a U.S. Junior Champion in Latin Ballroom, and competed on "America's Got Talent"—twice!
So, we know she's talented, we know she's versatile, we know she's stunning, and we know she can dance. But here's what you may not know about Ruby.