"DWTS" Finale, Part 2: We Have A Winner!

Aaaannndd...It's Meryl and Maks! Can we really say we're surprised? After a whole season of rave reviews from the judges—not to mention some pretty obvious chemistry—Maks and Meryl were a shoe-in for that coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Check out our recap of the final episode below, plus some throwback pictures of the final three couples from earlier in the season.

This is everything.

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Maks and Meryl's final performance was just as good as everything else they've done this season. They earned perfect scores for their dancing on Monday night, and last night's foxtrot/cha-cha fusion got them another perfect 30. Even though the dancing itself was great, I was just blown away by Meryl's stage presence. That girl can really give some face. And really, despite the intricate choreography, I loved that they just ran up to the top of the stage at the end, like two excited little kids.

So cute!

 

 

 

Third place went to Candace and Mark. Candace definitely overcame her periodic performance jitters and was especially adorable during the rehearsal footage. She and Mark performed a solid samba/quickstep fusion with Candace in an awesome bright red jumpsuit that I need to own. We can all relate to how much she's grown over the season, and even though she might not be the best dancer, she seems genuinely happy to learn and watch herself improve. It's obvious why she has such a big fan-base.

Total trust.

 

 

Amy and Derek were the runners-up, dancing a cha-cha/tango fusion. It was...okay. It wasn't my favorite performance—it just didn't pop like the other two dances. That said, they've been consistently impressive throughout the season and their confidence in each other definitely shows up in their dancing.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there were all kinds of extra performances throughout the night. Most impressive was Peta and James' encore of their amazing freestyle dance. Kind of like The Hunger Games? Shirtless James? Backflips? Fierce ladies? Um, yes please. I was obsessed with it, and was really happy to get to see it again.

So long to "DWTS." Now, take a breather and get excited for "So You Think You Can Dance!"

Latest Posts


Because there's never been a better time to binge-watch "Bunheads" (via Freeform)

5 of the Danciest TV Shows Streaming Right Now (and Where to Stream Them)

We're about two months into #SocialDisDancing, and let's be real—while we all wish we were spending every spare minute stretching, cross-training, or taking online classes, sometimes we just need to Netflix and chill.

We figure, if you're going to be watching TV anyways, why not make it dancy TV? After all, watching pros dance on-screen is basically dance class homework...or at least we'll say it is. Here are five of the danciest TV shows for you to watch—and where to find them.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Larry Saperstein on "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" (Disney+/Fred Hayes)

Celebrate National Tap Dance Day with "HSM" Star Larry Saperstein

Happy National Tap Dance Day, friends! We're marking the occasion by catching up with one of our favorite talented young tappers: Larry Saperstein. The "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" star began taking tap classes at 12 years old, studying at the American Tap Dance Foundation, where he quickly discovered his love for the art. These days, he's putting his skills to good use as Big Red on "HSMTMTS." (Who could forget that iconic moment at the end of season one where he broke out into a tap routine that shook us all!)

We chatted with Larry about why he loves tap so much, and why the art form needs more and better representation in the dance world (and the world world).

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

2020 Dance Grads: We Want to Put You on Our Cover!

Hello, all you members of the great Dance Class of 2020. With the world on lockdown, this hasn't been the graduation season you expected. You likely weren't able to go to prom; your commencement ceremonies have probably been delayed or canceled; and you might not have been able to take your planned-for final bow onstage.

Since you're missing out on so much, we'd like to give you a virtual ovation, to recognize all you've accomplished. And what's the highest honor we can bestow? The cover of Dance Spirit!

Here's the plan:

  • If you're a high school or college senior dancer, use this form to submit your information and dance portrait.
  • Each day during the month of May, we'll create a digital Dance Spirit cover starring one of you, chosen at random—31 covers in total.
  • At the end of the month, we'll create a "commencement video" featuring even more of your submitted dance photos.
  • 100 of you, selected by lottery, will also receive free one-year subscriptions to the print magazine.

Merde, 2020 graduates, as you dance your way into the future!

High School and College Senior Dancers: Submit Your Photo Here

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search