"DWTS" Week 4 Recap: Most Memorable Year
ABC might as well re-name this episode "All The Feels." Just about every dance was a genuine tearjerker—and, as a rule, I am so not a crier, y'all. That said, certain numbers stood out for amaaaaaaazing or awkward reasons. In keeping with the emotional roller coaster theme of last night, here are our (highly subjective) highs and lows from Week 4.
Low: Nick and Peta's rumba. Major props to Ms. Murgatroyd, not only for providing every last smidgen of the technique and sparkle in this bizarre Bachelor-themed version of "Shape of You," but also for putting up with Nick's gaze firmly fixed on the floor. Just when you thought things couldn't get more palpably awkward, Nick's fiancée Vanessa Grimaldi appeared at the end for a very long, very graphic smooch. No one wants to see that much PDA, "DWTS" producers. (But we love you, Peta. Keep fighting the good fight.)
High: Heather and Alan's cha cha. This number had all the ingredients for a perfect "Most Memorable Year": touching backstory all about family (cue the awwwwwww's), a deep connection to the song and—oh yeah—some seriously flawless fancy footwork! Plus the brief cameo appearance by Morris's real-life husband was more natural than some others on the episode. (Yes, I am giving you serious side eye right now, Nick.)
- Rashad and Emma's contemporary (I'm not crying, you're crying!)
- Bonner and Sharna's foxtrot. Dance heals, y'all. For proof, check out the full video:
- Erika and Gleb's disappointing cha cha. Spacey "stage presence" and a general lack of confidence doomed what could have been an AMAZING Madonna tribute number.
- Mr. T getting sent home. I know he wasn't exactly slaying the competition, but what a cutie! I'll miss his enthusiasm and good-natured presence.
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A lot of ballet men play around a little in pointe shoes—to get a feel for what their partners are experiencing, or just because they're curious.
But Houston Ballet's Hayden Stark, Derek Dunn, and Daniel Durrett aren't playing.
They're SLAYING. SO. HARD.
It's finally summer, which means you're probably spending as many long days outside in the sun as you are in the studio. You might think a quick mist of SPF 30 will do the trick, but there's a lot more to that number—and to sunscreen, in general. Here, we break down the sunscreen basics to keep your sunkissed skin safe.
We already know that Misty Copeland—who needs no introduction, but OK: American Ballet Theatre principal, trailblazing role model, all-around superstar—is an excellent dance show judge. Her turn on the "So You Think You Can Dance" judging panel back in Season 11 impressed dance fans everywhere. Obviously any professional dancer is going to have a leg up (sorry) when it comes to critiquing technique, but Copeland's feedback on "SYT" was particularly smart, incisive, and illuminating. (Remember when she told Rudy to think of his legs as tree trunks rooted in the ground, so he could better hold up the "flowers"—aka his partner?)
That's why we're very excited to report that Copeland is putting her judges' hat on again, this time for NBC's "World of Dance."
Serious question: Is there anything Maddie Ziegler can't do? Serious answer: Nope. Case in point? Her big screen debut as Christina in the new movie, The Book of Henry. But even more exciting than seeing Maddie in a movie theater is the fact that we get to see her dance, too! The trailer hinted at a dance scene, and you guys, it's better than we could've ever imagined.