DWTS - Week 6 - Spoilers

That's amazing - I have to wonder if any of the judges will see that.

She was my favorite before - I really think she's easily one of the top 3 dancers this season. But with that music . . . wow. I was impressed.
Well, someone had posted it over at the ABC board. I don't belong there, but I get a kick out of reading their messages. So, I'm sure that ABC had seen the video by now. They have people that watch the message board. But what's interesting is that almost everyone it seemed supported Louis and Monique! Wohoo! Good! That might just have been the boost they needed to get ahead in this game, but they did it fair and square. Good for MoLo!
 
I've been struck by all the little racists crawling out of the woodwork over there. Makes me shudder and run back here as fast as possible.

:(
It's been like that every season over there. I stopped voting and posting during season 1 because of stuff like that going on. It's still kind of interesting to read to see how they view things. But yeah I completely agree with you about that.
 
...Okay first let me go on record and say how much I DISLIKE that song because it's called cha cha and yet doesn't have a single, recognizable cha-cha element to it and is instead just another Latin American pop music artist cashing in on a popular dance name despite doing nothing to honor it with the song's structure. (me? bitter? nooo.... ;) )
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Ah, you obviously don't know the seasoned dance DJ's first rule: if it has the name of a dance in the titlte or the lyrics, it's almost never that dance!

;-)
 
Ah, you obviously don't know the seasoned dance DJ's first rule: if it has the name of a dance in the titlte or the lyrics, it's almost never that dance!

;-)

Huh. That's true, isn't it?

Except for many waltzes I can think of right of the top of my head. But for non-waltzes, it seems to be true as far as I can tell from a cursory look through my mental file cabinet. {Wheew, it's dusty in here.}
 
It's always such a relief when, seemingly by accident, the music director on DwtS manages to match the music to the dance.

I thought the first season that Andy Fortuna (the Latin Jam series) had consulted for them. But there's scarcely any evidence of that.

About three years ago, I programmed music for a dance demo for our university community. I thought a lot about trying to convey differences between international and american styles of particular dance. But I was also aware of the ability of the music to connect on a popular level. Rather than choose inappropriate music, I tried to find correct dance versions of things people might have heard. Like waltz done from the Shrek theme, and Santana for chachas.

I think that was a much more effective way of connecting to the popular song element without compromising the construction of the dance.
 
It seems pretty common for DJs to have no idea of what they're playing. Like anything that sounds like dance music will do. We went to dancers' wedding some time ago, and the DJ was puzzled by how many people would sit out during "popular" songs and dance to "other" ones. Then at the end he asked what the last dance should be, everyone said "salsa" and then all but one couple left the floor when it started playing. He looked like a deer in headlights, poor thing had no idea he played a superfast samba.
 

Ithink

Active Member
Honestly, even watching Louis and Monique's samba to no music at all (as I just did because I'm at work and can't listen music) to my educated eye it looks very much like a samba. I mean it had botafogos, whisks, promenade runs, crusada walks, rolls - what the heck else do they want from it. And the side by side stuff they did I have seen in COUNTLESS pro samba routines. I mean Max and Yulia's famous fringe-y samba routine has the very same african-dance type movements Monique and Louis did... And noone can tell me that that routine is not samba!
 

wooh

Well-Known Member
Honestly, even watching Louis and Monique's samba to no music at all (as I just did because I'm at work and can't listen music) to my educated eye it looks very much like a samba. I mean it had botafogos, whisks, promenade runs, crusada walks, rolls - what the heck else do they want from it. And the side by side stuff they did I have seen in COUNTLESS pro samba routines. I mean Max and Yulia's famous fringe-y samba routine has the very same african-dance type movements Monique and Louis did... And noone can tell me that that routine is not samba!
That right there is the power of music. With the right music, or even no music at all, it's obviously samba. Put a stupid song to it though, and all of the sudden, it's hard to tell.
 
the mambo did have a lot going for it - good choreography, good energy, pretty freaking difficult footwork in spots. v. fast. mario couldn't actually LEAD a lot of it, but there's very little way he could learn that in the time they're given anyway.

that ending though - why? why end with your face in her abdomen? so strange.
I agree, the dance had a lot going for it BUT as SALSA not a MAMBO. I also thought if they could have broken away and done some side by side footwork and then came back together again it would have highlighted Mario better instead of him just supporting her. Still it was a good salsa. Yes, I was thinking the same thing....strange ending.


Maybe ABC will have a spin off DwtS Show for Stars who already have 20 years of dance training and pair them up with professionals.
Dare I say it? Is it just me?
I just kinda feel that it's unfair to the Stars that don't have that kind of dance training to have someone in the competition who is above their level.
Ok it's for a lot of good causes but I feel just a little sad for the others.
The playing field is waaaaayyyyyyyy uneven.
One of these things is not like the others.
Most likely Mario will win.
 

reb

Active Member
Well, last season it was Stacey with training far beyond the others and look how that turned out... :wink:
I thought both Drew and Mario have similar backgrounds in the sense that they both attended 'arts' high schools and have been performing in one way or another since their youth. There's a lot to be said for learning how to move, learn choreogrpahy, and perform at a young age.
 

SDsalsaguy

Administrator
Staff member
since fan base is so much of the vote this year, it matters much more who is popular.
Good point alemana, the "revised" scoring and voting procedure this year elevates the significance of popularity quite a lot... especially since the judges refuse to really use the full value of scores available to them.
 
Oh, I didn't know about Drew and Stacey's background
because I only watched one episode of it last season.
I think Mario will get both the judges vote and the popular
vote. If he doesn't win they'll just have a dance off like they
did with John O' Hurley and Kelly Monaco to appease America
and make more money for the causes and the network.
 
Well, last season it was Stacey with training far beyond the others and look how that turned out... :wink:
Good point. But I think if I remember correctly that Stacy had only Ballet lessons. Well, as a former Ballet student I can tell you that yes Ballet can help you with lines etc., but it has completely messed with my turning ability for Ballroom and Latin. I keep wanting to go up instead of pressing down etc. I also have to think about posture and other things differently now. So, yeah I mean Ballet can help with a few things, but it can also mess you up with other things.
 
DJs!

It seems pretty common for DJs to have no idea of what they're playing. Like anything that sounds like dance music will do. ...
A friend of mine who's been my ballroom music mentor has a solution for that. You give the DJ the music you want him/her to play! It's worked famously at the couple of dancers' weddings he and I have both been to.

Any good wedding DJ wants to play the music the couple wants. They're
happy to be clued in to what that should be.
 

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