Alan Bersten and partner Alexis Ren (ABC/Eric McCandless)

"DWTS" Week 1 Recap: IT'S BACK!!!

Guys, the best time of the year has officially started. Not only is it the greatest season that exists (fall, duh), but it's also time for another season of "Dancing with the Stars"! A big welcome back to sparkly outfits, partner drama, and screaming at the TV because we don't agree with the elimination—we've missed you so much.


Season 27 kicked off this week with a jam-packed two-night premiere. There was some stellar dancing, super-talented minis, AND the season's first elimination. Here are our highlights.

Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev

So, Paralympian skier Danelle Umstead is the show's first blind contestant—and she seriously blew our minds. She and pro partner Artem Chigvintsev wowed with their emotionally charged and super-graceful foxtrot to "Rise Up" by Andra Day. After, Umstead's husband and her guide dog came onstage to show their love and support, and let's just say there was not a single dry eye in the house.


Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten

Model and Instagram star (she's got over 12 million followers 😱), Alexis Ren showed off her adorable and bubbly personality in her sweet ice-cream shop inspired jive with partner Alan Bersten. The duo already has some great chemistry, and Ren's dancing really looked fab. It was precise, clean, and just so fun to watch. We're calling it now, this couple just may be the one to beat.


Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong

Singer Tinashe and her pro partner Brandom Armstrong won the high score on Monday night. Their jive to "I'm a Lady" by Meghan Trainor was on another level. It's clear Tinashe is a performer because she commanded that "DWTS" stage from the second she walked onto it. The piece was high-energy and expertly danced. We can't wait to see how Tinashe grows throughout the season (because it's very clear she's going to stick around.)

Unfortunately for us, "DWTS" wastes no time getting down to elimination business, and last night, stand-up comedian Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko were the first couple sent packing.

Latest Posts


Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search