ICYMI, this week on "Dancing with the Stars" was Halloween Week. And since we're still in MAJOR denial that all the spookiness has subsided for the year, we're revisiting our favorite pieces. There were not one but two perfect scores that night, and the dances do not disappoint.
Milo Manheim & Witney Carson
The Disney Channel star has proved he's got moves. And this piece with pro partner Witney Carson scored him three 10s. It's not hard to see why. The contemporary routine to "Toxic" by 2WEI was perfectly eery: Manheim was an insane asylum patient falling in love with his equally creepy nurse. But the judges couldn't get enough, saying it was "spellbinding" (Len Goodman) and "mind-bending" (Bruno Tonioli).
Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke
The Argentinian actor brought the party in his Egyptian inspired jive to the perfectly on-theme "Dead Man's Party" by Atwater Men's Club. It was so fun, upbeat, and super energetic. So, naturally, the judges awarded the pair the night's second perfect score. They had literally nothing to criticize. This was also the duo's second perfect score of the season, so it's pretty clear they'll be sticking around for a while.
And for your viewing pleasure, here's the opening number that was so festively fun we almost couldn't handle it:
But there were also some really scary parts of Halloween Week: an elimination. 😱 Unfortunately, gymnast Mary Lou Retton and partner Sasha Farber didn't make the cut and were sent home. The competition is truly heating up, guys!
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.