Alan Bersten and partner Alexis Ren (ABC/Eric McCandless)
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.
Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)
Three of our Insta faves (Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, Robert Roldan, and Gaby Diaz) in one photo!
It's safe to say that we're obsessed with the "So You Think You Can Dance" All Stars. Over the past few seasons, we've loved seeing them up on that "SYT" stage, guiding each new batch of contestants. Unsurprisingly, many of the All Stars are as charismatic online as they are onscreen. While we wait to hear which All Stars will be involved in Season 16, here are six from years past that you should totally be following on Insta.
Sage Humphries rehearsing "White" (Brooke Trisolini, courtesy Boston Ballet)
It's been an eventful few months for Sage Humphries, to say the least. Last November, the Boston Ballet company member made her (very well-received) choreographic debut with a piece called YOU, part of the company's BB@home: ChoreograpHER program. Just one week later, Humphries sustained an injury that kept her offstage for a couple of months. But she didn't have much downtime: Artistic director Mikko Nissinen soon asked Humphries to make a piece for Boston Ballet's first-ever appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival. Now that Humphries is back in the studio, Dance Spirit caught up with her to talk about making ballet rock, working with her composer brother, and what it's like to see her name next to William Forsythe's.