"DWTS" Week 6: Latin Night

This week "DWTS" was Latin dance-themed, which usually means the sexiness factor is turned way up—and last night's show did not disappoint. There was a lot of booty-shaking. But we'll get to that.

The good news: After last week's switch-up, everyone was back with their respective partners. (Phew, because Witney Carson and Alfonso Ribeiro are obviously made for each other.) The bad news: You might have heard the DS editors' collective "NO!" when Allison Holker and her partner Jonathan Bennett were eliminated. The worst part is that Jonathan, who's been having kind of a hard time on the show, really hit his stride last night with a jazz routine.

Michael Waltrip, another underdog, and his pro-partner Emma Slater also stepped up this week, dancing a slow, gentle tango. I never thought I would like a tango that didn't involve lots of smoldering glances, but this one was sweet and it really worked for them.

Of course, Witney and Alfonso killed it with a salsa-ish routine to JLo's "Booty." It opened with Witney's hair blowing majestically in the wind followed by some fancy salsa footwork, and it definitely contained some modified twerking. What can we say? These two can do no wrong! Check out their close-to-perfect routine below, and let us know what you thought of last night's episode in the comments.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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