Is anything more emotionally exhausting than the Most Memorable Year episode on "Dancing with the Stars"? It's like being asked to run a marathon while someone reminds you of every breakup and totally unfair grade on a group assignment that you've ever had.
The problem with this episode is also its saving grace. It's not really about ballroom technique as an end-all, be-all. It's about using technique to get real on the dance floor, which is what makes a routine about your life story interesting. However, the stars aren't exactly competent technicians...yet. So we're left with a tsunami of unbridled emotion from the stars (which is great), and the pros pulling more than their own weight to keep everyone standing (which isn't so great).
Regardless, we're totally obsessed with Keo Motsepe, and it was great to see his Foxtrot with partner Jodie Sweetin nail both the technical aspects and the tear-jerker narrative of Sweetin's struggle with addiction. Their routine was my favorite of the night.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.