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"DWTS" Week 4 Recap: Thanks for the Memories (and Please Pass the Tissues)

Not to pull a Captain Obvious or anything, but the "Most Memorable Year" episode of "Dancing with the Stars" is always, um, super-memorable. Each celeb performs in a number that recalls (often painful or extremely difficult) personal memories, and the result is an emotional doozy. Celebs are crying, pro partners are crying, I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING!


How better to channel the sheer poetry that was last night's episode than through, well, some more poetry? With that in mind, I've created incredibly profound, 100% serious haiku for the three moments that will be most memorable for me, with a bonus—the always-heartbreaking elimination. You'll have to watch the videos to really get what I'm oh-so-poetically hinting at, but let's be real: You were going to binge-watch them all anyway because, even after 24 seasons, you're still just as "DWTS"-obsessed as we are. (You can so sit with us.)


Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke's Viennese Waltz to Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing"

Rhythm and rhyme YES

Not just your first names, your moves!

#musicality


Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Rumba to Nick Lachey's "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)"

Liquid, simple, smooth

For hotter chemistry, try:

Maksim-um drama


Drew Scott and Emma Slater's Jive to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now"

You gangle-tron men

How can awk moves still win hearts?

Because duh you're twins


Elimination

Bye, Derek Fisher

Adorbs jazz wasn't enough

Sharna loves you, though! <3

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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.'"

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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.

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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


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