"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Season 11, Week 8 Elimination

Things we loved on last night's results show:
-The pros strutting their stuff! As always, the chance to see GOOD ballroom dancing was the highlight of this whole silly extravaganza.
-Jeanine Mason. Our former cover girl looked amazing in her duet with (the increasingly creepy, no?) Mark Ballas. Fun that she got to show off some of her ballroom skills, too.
-Hot Beyoncé-esque leotards. Work it, ladies!
-Really, really talented little kids. Not only does Emily Bear have the cutest name (and cheeks!) ever, but she's a true piano prodigy, and we're hoping that the two baby ballroom couples will fulfill Tom's prediction and end up as pros on "season 30."
-Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya, who were possibly the classiest couple on the show, not to mention the adorable-est. Kurt was, as we expected him to be, a very gracious loser. We'll miss 'em both!

Things we flat-out loathed:
-There was SO MUCH FILLERRRRRRRRR. Stop it, guys. Just stop it. Dancecenter? So over it. This results stuff could easily be condensed into 30 minutes, and we'd all be better off for it. (Well, all of us but ABC.)
-It's not that we hate Bristol Palin--in fact, we feel kind of sorry for her--but boy, oh boy, do we hate that she's still around. So much for yesterday's theory about hard work and charisma winning the day, because Kurt beats Miss Palin on both counts. Sigh and a half. We're praying to the ever-fickle dance gods that she doesn't win it all, because if she does...well, we don't think WE'D have the self-control to be gracious losers.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?


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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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