Bless the "Dancing with the Stars" peeps for knowing we needed something to help us recover from the cryfest that was Most Memorable Year week. Bless them for knowing that that something was an extra-spicy, super-hot Latin Night. Bless you, "DWTS" team, for washing away last week's tears with an actual onstage shower.
Latin Night always seems to show the competitors at their best—because there's nothing like aggressive hip action to bring even the shiest star out of her sequined shell, amirite? Let's shimmy our way through a roundup of the highest highs:
First—as usual—we have Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy, whose super-fun salsa included some high-flying acrobatics. Was it perfect? Nope. Was it more than enough to keep Laurie firmly ensconced in our hearts? Oh, heck yes.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess showed us the softer side of Latin Night in a sweetly sensual rumba. Many, many bonus points were earned by James' flocked, spangled, split-to-the-waist shirt:
The one perfect score of the week went to Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko, who are going to start a lab fire with their crazy chemistry—so maybe the shower located center stage during their Argentine tango was actually a safety precaution? It was darn hot, whatever it was, and the pair showed some impressive technique before getting oh-so-sexily soaked:
At the end of the night, we said goodbye to Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy, which was sad but not entirely unpredictable. Next week: the triumphant return of Mr. Len Goodman to the judging table! We've missed his distinctively British brand of grumpiness.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.