Dancing with the Stars: Classical Week

Dancing with the Stars: Classical Week

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Apr 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM PDT
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It’s Classical week on “Dancing with the Stars”; the band is joined by orchestra members, dancers are donned in eighteenth century dress, classical violinist Joshua Bell, and the ballroom saw its first perfect score of the season.

The night started off with the troupe performing to the Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell and the orchestra.

Co-host Brooke Burke revealed that last week DWTS was the number one watched show on television.

With only seven couples left, the team dances return once the couples have performed their solo dances. The injury bug also returns with celebrities and professional dancers both suffering injuries that threatened to affect their dancing.

The first dance of the night is from Katherine and Mark with a “Game of Thrones” theme dance a Rumba to one of Katherine’s favourite tunes – the “Cannon in D” by Pachelbel. One year ago on Classical night Katherine appeared on DWTS as a performer. Len said it was a classical Rumba that was elegant and in keeping with the music; Len added that Katherine stayed on time despite any set rhythm in the piece. Bruno would have liked to see a raunchier dance but said Katherine was toying with her subjects and the unattainable object of desire; Bruno added that Katherine was technically perfect. Carrie Ann said that technically Katherine is unmatched in the competition and she had perfect placement but felt that the passion of the dance was not genuine. Katherine and Mark scored 27 points for their Rumba.

Unsure whether he would be able to perform an injured Maks solicited the aid of his brother Val during the week to help with the Argentine Tango to “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Bruno said that the couple was extremely brave to take on the music of Mozart but added that things got a bit messy and the dance was not clean. Carrie Ann described the performance as Cirque du Soleil gone wrong; saying that with the quantity of lifts the quality of the dance suffered. Len felt the pair pulled it off and the dance was full on but lacked quality. Melissa said it felt good to her. When asked what he thought of the remarks Maks said that he doesn’t think, he just dances. Melissa and Maks scored 21 points for their Argentine Tango.

Cuban born singer William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke perform a Viennese Waltz as Grammy Award winning child star Jackie Evancho sings Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. Still suffering from his injured ankle, William was concerned about being able to complete the dance. Carrie Ann said, “THAT is what I was looking for;” adding that the dance had ture content, true dancing and that William always find the story and brings the romance to life in his dances. Len said that he wasn’t transported to Vienna but he was in Austria. Bruno said that William captured the purity of the song, showed vulnerability, followed the melodic line as only a professional dancer can, showed the heart and sould in the dance. William and Cheryl scored 27 points for their Viennes Waltz.

After surviving the bottom two and the dance duel last week, Roshon and Chelsie perform an Argentine Tango to a classical rendition of the Lady Gaga hit “Bad Romance”. During the rehearsals Val Chmerikoskiy gives Roshon some tips on “being a man” and perttnering in the Tango. Len liked the transitions but said that Roshon needed more tension in his feet but overall the dance was clean and confident. Bruno said Roshon had a slick line, was mostly very clean with seamless lifts. Carrie Ann gave Roshon a hug and welcomed him back to the competition; she added that Roshon was steady on his feet. Roshon and Chelsie scored 25 points for their Argentine Tango.

Attired in a golden tuxedo footballer Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd performed a Viennese Waltz. Bruno loved the performance and said that Donald danced with the passion of Verdi’s music. Carrie Ann loved the intensity when Donald dances; adding that he was sharp and had strong moves with regal quality. Len thought Donald did terrific and his footwork was spot on. Donald and Peta scored 27 points for their Viennese Waltz.

Maria and Derek put the bite on the Paso Doble with their vampire themed dance to the “Montague’s and Copulates”. At the end of the dance Maria “bites” Derek’s neck; after falling to the floor host Tom Bergeron tells Maria to drag him over here (the judging circle). Carrie Ann said, “that didn’t suck;” adding the dance ws on fire. Len said the dance was sharp as a razor; adding that they lived it and he loved it. Bruno called Maria, “the queen of the damned was the queen of the night;” adding that the structure of the dance was spellbinding. After hearing the judge’s comments Maria “put the bite” on host Tom Bergeron. Maria and Derek earned the first perfect score of the season with 30 points.

The final solo performance of the night was from Jaleel and Kym with the third Viennese Waltz of the night. During rehearsals Kym gave Jaleel a teddy bear as a gift for all of his hard work. Len said that he liked it enough not to be cruel; adding that the dance didn’t have any footwork, and lacked the rise and fall of the dance. Bruno said that while he couldn’t ask for more with the content, the moves were not executed well; but said the dance was very nice. Carrie Ann said that Jaleel was back in the game and his storytelling was excellent. While waiting for his scores Jaleel said he, “hoped they (the judges) show a brother some love.” Jaleel and Kym scored 24 points for their Viennese Waltz.

Melissa and Maks – 21
Roshon and Chelsie - 25
Katherine and Mark – 27
William and Cheryl – 27
Donald and Peta – 27
Maria and Derek – 30

While the dancers were getting ready for their team dances, Jackie Evancho performed as Katrina and Tristan performed on the dance floor.

The seven couples paired up into two teams – team Tango and team Paso – for a group dance and points that would be added to their scores. With all eight dancers donned in tuxedos Team Tango - Katherine, Mark, Maria, Derek, Jaleel, Kym, Roshon, and Chelsie – performed a dance Len called a mix of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. Bruno said the choreography was excellent and creative; adding the dance was excellent. Carrie Ann loved the concept and called the performance incredible. Team Tango earned 27 points for their dance.

Team Paso – William, Cheryl, Melissa, Maks, Donald, and Peta – performed a Paso Doble that Bruno said had more Paso power than the Avengers – at which point the guys jumped onto the judge’s table. Bruno called the team Super Heroes. Carrie Ann said the routine was so much fun; adding that it had passion, intensity, and predicted that it would be the fan favourite dance. Len said people dress to impress but they undressed to impress; adding that the dance was like fire and ice. Team Paso scored 26 points for their dance and the audience booed the score.

Melissa and Maks – 21 + 26 = 47
Roshon and Chelsie - 25 + 27 = 52
William and Cheryl – 27 + 26 = 53
Donald and Peta – 27 + 26 = 53
Katherine and Mark – 27 + 27 = 54
Maria and Derek – 30 + 27 = 57

On the Tuesday results show Gavin DeGraw returns to the Ballroom, this time to perform, the ballroom battle dance winners are announced, and a performance on the AT&T Spotlight Dance.

Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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