"DWTS" Week 8: America Made Some Interesting Choices
You GUYS. "DWTS" was SCANDALOUS this week! I guess it's only natural for there to be a bunch of drama in the lead-up to a double elimination. But we also have ourselves to blame for some of it—because it was "America's Choice" week, and that meant "DWTS" turned to us for direction on things like costumes, music and dance styles. The result was a lot of exposed chest acreage, especially on Chris Soules' part, and, um, some serious kissing. KISSING! SCANDAAAAAAAL.
Yes, Robert Herjavec planted a giant smooch on partner Kym Johnson during their contemporary routine Monday night, "confirming" (ahem) the swirling rumors about a budding relationship between the two. Or maybe they were just playing along with the crowd
to earn votes in the spirit of fun. Either way, it was a heck of a kiss.
But let's get back to the actual dancing, shall we? We're at the point in the competition where we know who the frontrunners are—that'd be Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough/Sasha Farber and (especially) Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovsky—and, unsurprisingly, they turned in the strongest performances of the week.
Nastia looked stinking adorable in her retro jive trio with Sasha and Derek, which involved some impressive workarounds for the still-injured Derek...
...Riker got in touch with his sensitive side in a passionate Viennese waltz with Allison...
...and Rumer burned up the dance floor in her paso doble trio with Val and Artem, which involved actual flames and, even more impressively, actual technical ballroom dancing:
Because we're back to the two-nights-a-week format, there was also time, on Tuesday night, for a few awesome bonus dance performances.
Our friends in Shaping Sound had a lot of fun with The White Stripes and a bunch of brick walls...
...the pro ensemble did a sweet little routine we really, really, really, really, really, really liked to accompany Carly Rae Jepsen's performance of "I Really Like You"...
In the end, despite the shirtlessness and the kissing, Chris and Robert were sent home. Ah, well—so much for scandal.
What did you guys think of the two-night "DWTS" extravaganza? Will Derek be able to think of yet another creative way to camouflage his bum feet next week? Can we all just agree right now that Rumer is going to win this thing and call it a day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
Today in Ballet Dancers Are Actual Superheroes news:
You've no doubt heard that the fabulous Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in the newest iteration of Tomb Raider, which hits movie theaters this Friday. But while her training for the high-octane action role was crazy tough, she says, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet School was far tougher.
What do you get when a hoard of dancers collaborate to the catchy tune of "Love Somebody," by the band Frenship? The most epic dance party ever, of course! Said dance party was produced by the talented Michael Riccio, who's performed in feature films, including "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Shrek Forever After."
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
Are you a high school senior who's been accepted to a four-year accredited college or university program? Congrats! Within the 2017-2018 season, have you competed in events run by at least two of the organizations in the above graphic? Double congrats, because the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions, or ADCC for short, wants to give you $1,000 (!!) towards college tuition.
From dancing in music videos (including Katy Perry's "Swish Swish") to performing on reality TV shows (including "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice"), 17-year-old Amanda LaCount is already conquering the commercial scene. If you've ever seen her dance, you understand why: She's a hard-hitting phenom with major stage presence. But in an industry where not having the "right" look can jeopardize your career, Amanda's also blazed her own path by accepting her beautiful curvy body the way it is.
Amanda's never let body-shamers discourage her from going after her dreams. She hopes that by breaking the "dancers are skinny" stereotype, she'll give others the courage to highlight their own unique features rather than hiding them or changing them to fit repressive industry standards. She's even started a campaign, #breakingthestereotype, to inspire artists of all shapes, colors, and sizes to dance for themselves.
We caught up with this dancing maverick to get her advice on cultivating body confidence in a world that's obsessed with the "perfect" body.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
All the dancers in my level auditioned for a prestigious summer intensive—but I'm the only one who got in. Now everything is incredibly awkward at the studio. I'm really excited about the program, but I don't want to make my friends feel bad. What can I do?
Can't get enough of the dance party T. Swift throws herself in her "Delicate" music video? Take a look at the two making-of clips Taylor just shared on her Instagram, showing her practicing the vid's charmingly awkward choreography.