"DWTS" Week 5 Recap: Disney Classics Dazzle on the Dance Floor
Week five of "Dancing with the Stars" proved to be one of the best weeks of the season so far. (And we're not just saying that because Mickey made a cameo debut on the piano during one of the routines—although that certainly didn't hurt!) Everyone brought their A-game, and with such a fun theme the contestants were able to really let their guards down. There was true sincerity in their dancing that we hadn't seen before. But not all Disney stories end with a "happily ever after," and one couple still had to hang up their dancing shoes.
If there's one week you should watch all the routines of it's undoubtedly this one... But, ICYMI, scroll below for our highlights of the night.
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
We can't say we're surprised by Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold's jaw-dropping performance —the pair has been the one to watch since the beginning, and they only seem to be getting better and better. Their chemistry was unreal, plus, finding out that Fisher is a total perfectionist made the couple's first perfect score that much sweeter. (It was also the first perfect score awarded this season!) And you really just can't go wrong with the up-beat "You're Welcome" from "Moanna," especially when Fisher's vocals are carrying the tune. Seriously, is there anything he can't do?! We just don't have enough thumbs to give this routine the praise it deserves.
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson
Sultry may be the last thing you think of when it comes to Frankie Muniz, but there's nothing like a tango to bring out his passionate side. Muniz channeled his inner Johnny Depp as he and partner Witney Carson gave one of the best performances of the night—the judges gave them a score of 29. The only real hiccup of the dance was when Carson's heel got caught on her skirt. Despite that, it was truly a surprise to learn they ended up in the bottom two couples. Luckily, these two will have another shot on the dance floor and we'll get to continue to follow the transformation of Muniz from former child actor to a mean, lean, dancing machine.
Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko
Though Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko ended the night as the couple going home, we felt it was worth mentioning the improvement we've seen in Pieterse's performances. It can't be easy struggling with polycystic ovary syndrome and learning how to dance, but Pieterse persevered, brought some serious stage presence, and gave each and every performance her all. We wish nothing but the best for the "Pretty Little Liars" star!
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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!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
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!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.