Meep. Last night's "Dancing with the Stars" continued the trend of minimal Pro Troupe Team performances. We totally get it: The competition is winding down, so they're giving the stars maximum screen time. But c'mon guys! You've got so much talent waiting in the wings—and we want to see it!
That being said, last night's "DWTS" found a creative way to spotlight some of the Pro Troupe Team members and eliminated pros. In the Trio Challenge, each couple selected an additional pro to add to their team. Turns out, three was the magic number for two fan favorites: Sadie Robertson and Alfonso Ribeiro.
Robertson took on the three-person foxtrot with partner Mark Ballas and newly-eliminated pro Emma Slater. We gotta hand it to you, Sadie: It took guts to dance next to a pro of the same gender, and you didn't let her show you up.
Ribeiro and Carson turned their paso doble into a paso triple with Pro Troupe Team member (and Carson's BFF) Lindsay Arnold. And to throw convention completely out the window, the three danced to that Lil' John classic, "Turn Down for What." The fact that Len Goodman still gave them a 10 is a testament to how extra-strength fierce their routine was.
Both earned perfect 40s!
But all this trio-y goodness didn't come until the second half of the show. The first part of the competition was "America's Choice." Throughout the week, viewers used social media to weigh in on style and music selections for each couple. Who fared the best? Somewhat surprisingly, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy took the lead with a charming and polished quickstep to "Hey Girl! Hey Boy!" Naturally, the routine was sealed with a kiss. (Classic Chmerkovskiy, amiright?)
In the end, Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev were sent packing (meaning Tommy Chong is headed to the semi-finals...). Did the wrong person go home? Who do you think will go all the way? Does Lil' John belong in the ballroom? Let us know in the comments, and check back here next week for more results.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Dancers are naturally "in their heads" all the time—but not always in productive ways. Long days of receiving and applying corrections, taking class, and performing can get to even the most composed individuals. What should you do when you feel like your mind is just as busy as your rehearsal schedule? Try meditation. Dance Spirit turned to Adreanna Limbach, a head teacher at NYC-based meditation studio MNDFL, for a breakdown of this highly beneficial practice.
Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.