"DWTS: Athletes" Week 3 Recap: And Your Final Three Couples Are...
"DWTS" or a duet at Nationals? (Screenshot via YouTube)
Well, this has certainly been an efficient season of "Dancing with the Stars." It seems like only yesterday (because it basically was) that we were freaking out over the new cast, daydreaming about routines for Adam Rippon, and recapping the premiere. Yet here we are—Week 3, the penultimate episode, the second-to-last chance to live in a world filled with glitter, fringe, and sequins for one glorious hour. There was some great dancing, and there were some gnarly eliminations. Without further ado, let's RECAP!
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
There's no question that Mirai is a solid, strong dancer, even if four weeks isn't a ton of time to prove it. She and Alan Bersten danced a super-enjoyable quickstep, filled with lots of sass and fast footwork. Mirai definitely has the moves down, but maybe the next thing to work on is a little more stage presence.
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber
Tonya turned in a truly emotional, moving Rumba, dedicated to her father, and while she kept it together throughout the routine, I was most certainly on the brink of tears the whole time. Her dancing has become far more relaxed and comfortable as the season's progressed, and it really showed in this Rumba—she was glowing! So was Sasha! (But he's a pro so that's a given!) The judges agreed (though, a little less than I would've expected), giving them a 33/40.
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
While watching Adam and Jenna this week, there was a moment I completely forgot it was "DWTS," and not "So You Think You Can Dance"—that's how convincing Adam was with this contemporary piece. The boy's got lines! And presence! And musicality! These two are such a powerful duo, and they've connected in such an authentic way on stage, without fail, every single week. The whole thing was the total package, and the judges agreed.
Sometimes, I think that all the sparkles are just meant to distract from the fact that the "DWTS" universe is a cutthroat, unforgiving place, especially last night, when THREE COUPLES were eliminated. 😳 We said goodbye to Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe, Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson, and (shockingly), Mirai and Alan. The three remaining couples (Adam and Jenna, Tonya and Sasha, and Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess) will dance their hearts out next week for the Mirror Ball trophy. Knowing the competitive edge that these athletes possess (especially the figure skaters), it's sure to be quite the finale. We'll see you there!
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: