"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Season 12, Elimination 6
Can I be honest? Sometimes, I enjoy the “Dancing with the Stars” elimination shows more than the performance episodes. No, it’s not because I’m a grouch who enjoys seeing someone’s newly-formed dancing dreams crushed. That would be mean. It’s because the elimination episodes move quickly, feature professional dancing and usually include some juicy behind-the-scenes footage.
Speaking of which..Mark Ballas is a glass-half-empty kind of guy, or so he revealed before he and Chelsea performed Monday night. She was excited to dance and he was having none of it. Booooo. Also, I predict here and now that Mark will be a grumpy, perverted old man. He will make inappropriate comments and leer at young girls. Essentially, he’ll be Len.
Something else we learned: Kirstie Alley rocks. OK, we already knew this, but it was confirmed last night when we saw her post-performance interview. On Monday, she danced a jive to “La Bamba” and although she had sass, she forgot part of the routine. Her response? “I just wish I could marry the time of my life with the dance of my life!” Hey, Kirstie, wanna hang out this weekend? Cool. I'll text you with plans.
As for the professional dancing—hey, wait a second, we recognize that ballerina. It's Patricia Zhou! Not to toot our own horn but, uh, alright we will: Patti was a 2010 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search finalist. Check it out! But seriously, she’s a lovely dancer and it was fantastic to see her perform. It was like watching the 1992 NBA title-winning Chicago Bulls. Or so I would imagine, given that Kirov Academy deputy artistic director Martin Fredmann declared Patti the next “Michael Jordan of ballet.” (I’m assuming he’s referring to Jordan’s golden three-peat years and not his “career comeback” Wizards period.)
While Patti was a welcome distraction, eventually, they had to get down to the dirty business of sending someone home, and this week Kendra said goodbye. I’ve been her biggest cheerleader at the DS office and was sad to see her go. She’s genuine, she works hard and she means well—and she exits with a booty shake. What more could you ask for in a "DWTS" contestant?
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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.