Courtesy of Sasha Farber
For the 18th season of Dancing With the Stars professional dancer and troupe member **Sasha Farber will be sharing his thoughts on the evening’s dances. This week, he breaks down the performances during party anthem week! Let’s get this party started!**
What a memorable night in the ballroom it was last night. We opened with a great number, debuting Mark Ballas’ new single “Get My Name” and I love this song already. Congratulations Mark on an amazing debut, everyone go out and get this album. He’s a talented artist.
We also had a new judge this week, the one andonly Abby Lee Miller, from Dance Moms, and all I can say is it was VERY interesting to have her on the judging panel. I can’t say I agreed with everything she said, but she did make amazing television! Lots of tension!
This week, we also got to see the celebrities’ partner up with each other in the duo dances, a first for Dancing with the Stars!
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
This was a great concept for this dance. Danica looked amazing from the second she stepped out onto the floor. The dance was sharp, strong and her posture was spot on. Her commitment and character to the dance was brilliant. Danica’s timing could have been a little better at the end of the dance. But I thought they deserved better scores. It was so sad to see them get eliminated, because Danica has been improving every week and I loved watching her dance! She works so hard.
Guys don’t forget this girl danced with a fractured rib!
Well done to both of you on a great season! You will be missed Danica.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Viennese Waltz
The connection between James and Peta is really showing in their dances. From a sexy Samba last week, to a beautiful Viennese Waltz this week, James had a really exquisite frame throughout the dance, although they did lose body connection once or twice on the rotational steps. However, overall it was a solid performance. James really leads Peta well when dancing with her. It’s a real man/woman partnership. James uses the sides of his body well when taking his steps. It’s really important to use your ‘opposites’ when dancing ballroom, if you want to have a good glide through the floor!
And James my friend, you did just that!
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy
These two told a powerful story last night. Their rumba had the passion, the technique, and commitment behind the performance. Meryl and Maks were in their own bubble and nothing could go wrong in this performance, they were a well-oiled machine. Meryl injured her toe during the dress-run, however that didn’t stop her from performing a beautiful rumba. What I loved watching from Meryl in this dance was her extension. The flow of her arms moved naturally and completed every line she created (especially in the ‘Opening outs’ step). Great job to both of you guys!
And I have to mention this, a significant moment in the show last night was when Maks told Erin Andrews (the host) that he really doesn’t care for what Abby Lee Miller (the guest judge) has to say about his dance with Meryl!
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
Charlie and Sharna executed this quickstep on a different level. Charlie’s posture and lead in this dance was perfect for me, it wasn’t the easiest of dances and Charlie brought it home! This guy is a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor, and I’m so happy for both of them to finally get a perfect score! I think after this week, we are going to see a different Charlie!
Well done guys, all your hard work is paying off! Can’t wait for next week!
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
Go Candace! I am so happy for this girl. Candace is turning into a beautiful dancer! She smiled, had fun, and danced an entertaining Foxtrot. This dance was very easy to read, and not for a second was I worried that she would go off time. These last two weeks Candace has come out and nailed each dance! Well done keep doing what you’re doing, you’re on the right track.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Dance: Argentine Tango
I loved this dance. From the get go Amy sold this for me, I was speechless. One tiny little thing unfortunately went wrong at the end of the dance; a small part of the choreography using the stool, but I only really knew this because I was familiar with their routine after watching the dress-run earlier yesterday. And the dance was so good, I completely forgot about that. Every time Amy dances she pushes herself even further than the week before, no matter what dance or style she has been assigned to. What I love about Amy is that she is actually extremely neat. I think Derek is a master of detail and it shows in Amy’s performances. This dance was my favorite of the night!
Well-deserved perfect scores!
Duo Dance teams
# Danica Mckellar/Val Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis/Maks Chmerkovskiy
This dance had a lot of samba content, which is always great to see! The one thing I didn’t like however was when Danica and Meryl started dancing together for a solo, I didn’t think the choreography was strong enough at that point. But the rest of the dance was filled with great samba technique and lots of different body rhythms which is very important. At times, the couples weren’t quite together with each other. Still a good performance from these beautiful hardworking ladies! Always a pleasure to watch. Seeing Maks and Val’s grandmother in the package was very entertaining.
Charlie White/Sharna Burgess, and Candace Cameron Bure/Mark Ballas
This should have been a perfect score for me. This dance was filled with so much passion and heart! When Candace and Charlie partnered together and did their section in the middle of the floor, it was so unexpected. Charlie had complete control over Candace as he whipped her around his shoulders and around his back! Candace looked like she was on a rollercoaster having the time of her life! I was glad I got to see this routine, well done to Mark and Sharna for the wonderful choreography in this number!
James Maslow/Peta Murgatroyd, and Amy Purdy/Derek Hough
This team really worked together well. I have to say my favorite part about the Dance Duos is when the two celebrities get to partner each other. Its fun! During the week whilst working on a trick, James and Amy fell (it was shown in the package last night too!) so I was concerned for the both of them but it looked like they took that specific move out of the routine (good idea). I would like to see James relax the top half of his body. This will help him move a lot faster. Amy performed a great jive. In this dance (as well as Samba) you really need to focus on using your knees.
There you have it guys, thanks for reading my blog. I hope you all enjoyed it!
Cant wait for next week, it’s going to be very exciting, make sure you tune in for another amazing ‘Macys Stars of Dance’ number choreographed by Derek Hough and Chris Scott!
Thanks guys, Sasha Farber