Well, to be entirely fair to Len, when DWTS first started he'd had minimal exposure to or experience with American Smooth. As such, any dancing out of frame was more a show number than a proper ballroom dance. As DWTS has continued from season to season he can only have become that much more familiar -- and hence more comfortable and accepting -- with the style.
Finally found a moment to dig these up. You'll have to take my word for it that these descriptions have been up for quite some time.
On Dancing with the Stars the couples will be dancing an "American Smooth"-style Foxtrot. The American Smooth style means couples can break the traditional ballroom "hold" throughout the performance allowing more open movements, including under arm turns. Think Fred and Ginger.
On Dancing with the Stars the couples will be dancing an "American Smooth"-style Waltz. The American Smooth style means couples can break the traditional ballroom "hold" throughout the performance allowing more open movements, including under-arm turns. Think Fred and Ginger.
I think the pros are specifically told to do their Viennese Waltzes, Waltzes and Foxtrots as "American" Style, while Tango and Quickstep are "International." Obviously liberties get taken regardless of which style they're supposed to be doing...
Goodness people, it's not like mindputtee posted a video of something truly disturbing, like American Paso or American Samba! Give the smooth quicksteppers a break!!
About what y'all were really responding to: Y'all really still watch this stuff? Health tip: You can drop a good 10 points off your blood pressure if you avoid reality tv dancing shows. You can not only add years to your life, but to your tv's life as well, because it won't be in constant danger of something being thrown at it.
Speaking of which, the Macy's stars of dance routine didn't do much for me... surely a couple of world-renowned choreographers could do better than that. I was trying to imagine it being performed by SYTYCD contestants (b/c it really smacked of that show) and it still wasn't wow-ing me.