There's something so magical about getting to see Dawson dancing a quickstep. (Photo by Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

"DWTS" Week 4 Recap: Another One Bites the Dust

Was it just us, or was this week's "Dancing with the Stars" the quick-and-dirty edition? There was no theme, and no opening number. It felt like we were just barreling on towards the second elimination of the season. (Maybe it was a palate cleanser before next week's Disney Night to look forward to, which is bound to be chock full of the glitz and glamour we love so much?)

Luckily, the episode wasn't lacking on the dance front. In case you missed it, we rounded up the highlights.


James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater: Quickstep

We loved seeing James Van Der Beek and his partner Emma Slater in this lighthearted (and light-footed) quickstep. James' graceful movement quality is perfectly suited to the style, and the sunshine-y costumes and song had us smiling through the whole routine. The judges (including guest judge Leah Remini) gave James and Emma 7s across the board, for a score of 28 out of 40.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten: Paso Doble

As lovers of the dramatic and glamorous, we're big fans of the paso doble. And Bachelorette Hannah Brown brought all of the drama and glamour we could've asked for in her paso last night. She and partner Alan Bersten delivered a tight, substantive, passionate performance. The judges gave them straight 8s, for a score of 32 out of 40.

Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko: Foxtrot

We couldn't get enough of Lauren Alaina's foxtrot. The country queen looked more comfortable than she has all season—maybe because she got to dance to a song that was totally in her wheelhouse. She and partner Gleb Savchenko delivered a dreamy routine full of wistful, romantic glances that earned them all 8s from the judges, for a total score of 32 out of 40.

Unfortunately, after last week's brief respite from eliminations, a couple had to be sent home. Karamo Brown and partner Jenna Johnson and Lamar Odom and pro Peta Murgatroyd ended up in jeopardy; ultimately, the judges chose to send Lamar and Peta packing.

What did you think? Was the right couple sent home? And who's going to be eliminated next?

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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