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DANCE- The Man’s Choice


Part 1-  Learn. Friday morning. 7 a.m. Day 2 of Arthur Murray Dance Studios’ fabulous Superama. I’m preparing myself for a great day at work (not sure if you can call dancing for a living work, but it sure is a job that’s a lot of fun).  As I’m going through my daily routine and applying makeup to my lightly tanned face I take a look in the mirror and strike a pose (as most dancers do).  While in my waltz frame, I start to think about the world and dance.  And how the world and dance are both things that I love (as most dancers think about).  A thought strikes my mind, “How did I get so lucky to do this?”  Maybe it was just by chance, or by design.  And then it hit me.  2 things guided me to this industry (like most male instructors).  1-women and 2-men.

#1 Women-  The women got me interested in how dance could fit into my cleverly planned smooth moves and pick up lines at local hang outs.  I saw the movie Swing Kids and got hooked on how all the woman gravitated toward the guys that knew how to dance.  Sure it was the movies, but who hasn’t seen a movie and started to immediately take on that role the moment the movie was over?  Later that day I pretended I was a smooth Lindy Hopper trying to pick up on the ladies that ignored me once before.  Although I had the swagger, I did not however have the cool dance moves down.  That’s where Arthur Murray® fit in.  I immediately called and demanded that women hang all over me like in the movies and although my needs were not met, they were satisfied with the understanding that one day I would wield a power that only few men possessed.

#2 Men-  The men on the other hand were different.  After about 3 months of taking lessons, I gained the courage of entering a local dance competition where I got to showcase my talents, cleverly named “Showcase”.  I had mentioned to my instructor that maybe one day I’d like to be an instructor as well (after all, I was having a blast learning this stuff ) and was introduced to a couple of guys that she thought would be a good influence on me.  They were both latin with their hair slicked back (similar to my cousins, but they had more style).   One said “So you want to be a teacher, huh?”  That’s right!, I said.  “Well, maybe you just might fit in, IF, you have the right moves.  You see, guys like us are high in demand and there are only so many good ones to go around”  Sold!

The man that dances gets his chances

Wanna dance with these hot chicks? Call your local Arthur Murray®

That was all the influence I needed to make my decision.  They quickly left to the dance floor and danced like I’ve never seen before.  I looked around the room while everyone’s eyes were glued to their bodies moving to the rhythm.  “I want to be like that one day”, I said.  “I want to be the guy that all the people look at and admire”.  It was then that I made the decision to be a guy in high demand.  A man that can DANCE!

Over the many years of partner dancing there has been, in general, a shortage of men to dance with the lovely ladies that outnumber the male by at least 3 to 1.  You would think that given the numbers, a smart guy would take his chances at the risk of maybe being a bit embarrassed and take those odds.  A betting man would bet on himself to be the only one in a crowded room that dances with every woman that is either A) looking for someone to hold or B) wishing that the one they came with was more like you.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a Win-Win to me.

Meanwhile, Back at Superama.

Part 2-  F.E.A.R. After applying a light set of foundation (Revlon Spice #45 to be exact), I glue my hair to my head w/ an enormous amount of hair gel/glue and what seems to be hairspray (or maybe a wood lacquer of some sort), thought #2 runs into my mind about men and dance.  I mean, what guy wouldn’t want to do this?  I feel pretty manly right now with my make up and extra hair product.  I feel pretty manly right now as I slip on my latin shirt with the built in leotard that showcases the upper half of my bodacious chest accompanied by my latin pants that grip the bottom half of my torso which allows others to increase the way they see me from behind.  I am reminded that I am in Las Vegas and I could be mistaken for a Chippendale (then again, that wouldn’t be a bad thing).

O.K.  Maybe there’s the whole Perception vs. Reality thing going on (a False Evidence About Reality if you will).  Maybe, what most men are watching is Dancing With the Stars and their sports icons wearing outfits that they would never be caught in public with.  Maybe they’re seeing grown men on TV look like fools with their famous female “Dance Instructors” trying to move like a professional to choreography fit for the pros.  Maybe, just maybe, they’re seeing the wrong image of what dance really is and their reality of dance is not the REALITY of DANCE at all.

Real men dance with women like in this short clip posted here.  Real men rule the dance floor with their cool techniques and abilities to make the lady feel like a Real Woman.  Not sure if the male species has heard, but women love the man that can hold them and sway their bodies like nobody else can.  My wife.  Case in point.  If it wasn’t for my dancing, I would just be another skinny latin guy.

A friend and I once calculated the worth of our stock as potential suiters/boyfriend material before we were married.  Needless to say, it was very low.  In fact Enron has more value.  Our wives would agree that our sexiness rating increases exponentially when we became dancers (the skinniness factors dissipate immediately after the first box step).

Here’s what we know about the DNA of a man (REMEMBER: All facts are derived from my own experience and the experiences of one other friend.   So with that being said, I believe it should prove to you that I am now an expert in all men facts including behavioral patterns and social skills).

Every man wishes to be James Bond.  Why?  Because James Bond is the Ultimate Man (him and that latin guy from those Dos Equis commercials cleverly dubbed “The Most Interesting Man in the World”).  So if that is true, then our job as MAN is to increase our inner Bond-ness by any means possible.  The Ultimate guy, amongst other things, will have 3 main factors to him and one of them is the ability to Dance a lady into submission.  For the other two, you will have to buy my book when it comes out.

Are you as interesting as this guy? If you danced, you'd come close.

It is said that a Women can tell a Man…

by the way walks into a room,

by the way he touches her,

by the way he moves his hips,

by the way he treats a lady,

by the way he holds her,

by the way he Dances.


Part 3-  The Flip Side. I remember the first time I learned to dance.  My cousins and uncles would make fun of me (as most latin families do).  They would constantly sing Tina Turner’s “Private Dance”, dancer for money, do what you want me to do. One day I showed them a photo of who I danced with (my wife) and then the video that accompanied it.  They haven’t bothered me since.  Okay maybe they do, but not about the dancing.

I interviewed the lady clientele at every Arthur Murray I’ve been to and the answer is unanimous.  Women love a man that can dance.  One was even quoted as saying “the man that dances gets his chances.” However much dancing may increase the attractiveness of the female counterpart, Dancing, is not for every man.  It’s not for the man that wants to have coffee down the street by himself having people watch him wondering “Poor guy.  He has no friends.”  It’s not for the man who would rather live the life as an online stud muffin avatar named Joe Biceps.  Dancing is not for the man that prefers a good conversation about a mediocre book he read over an incredible social encounter with the person of his dreams.  Lastly, dancing is not for the man who would rather live through a text field from a phone and social media (like the one you’re reading from now) than meet a real person face to face.

Part 4- Results. I recently met with a Vietnam War veteran that piloted for the 82nd airborne division.  He recounted this story of his trip to China…

“I was on the Great Wall of China when I wanted to take a picture with a group of women I was with.  When the photographer was about to shoot, I lifted one girl up and started Fox Trotting.  We posed for the picture as we danced.  She squealed like a school girl.  I grabbed each one and with each one a different dance.  Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz.  Each one screamed.  The babes loved it and they loved me.”

If that’s not a man, I don’t know what is.  A Vietnam vet (whom by the way had two lovely ladies on each arm while he told the story) testifying how dancing keeps him happy.

So if this is anything, it’s the role call to bring all the men that want to be THAT guy that the ladies search for.  To be THAT guy that ladies flock to in a distressed situation.  To be THAT guy that ladies dream about.   I wanted to be THAT and it got me THAT girl.

If you know someone that could use this as encouragement or if you’re a man still asking whether or not dancing is right for you, listen to the millions of screaming women who agree how a dancing man please them so, how a dancing man is the way to go.

But then again, it’s all up to you.  Your choice.  However, you know what they say about a man that can Dance…:)

*all studies and stats are pure fiction.  Results may vary depending on the Dancer and the move.  Each move has the ability to make each women feel and act differently.  Please use Dance and Dance affiliated venues with caution as it may cause heart related issues, including broken hearts (if not used properly) and excited partners.

Diva’s Dish On Who Made It To The Finals

Ralph & Karina: ARGENTINE TANGO score 25

So America saved him to danced this week, let’s hope he can pull it off.  I liked this routine.  The begining was great on setting up the story with them starting apart, but mirroring each other.  Then chasing one another around the street lamp and finally into each other’s arm.  Ralph did a good, but not great job.  I think it was his facials for me, it was too focus vs. changing from stern to passionate through out the solo.
Second Dance: SALSA score 23
Oh good Lord! Let me start off by saying I have never, ever liked any Salsa routines on the show. They never seem to get it right.  I feel the professionals try to combine Samba, Cha cha and Mambo, cross their fingers and hope that it comes off as a Salsa.  Big two thumbs down for the routine and those horrible padded butt that made him look chubby.  Just because you have a bigger butt, does not mean you could move your hips better.  Bottom line: Hot Mess!!!
Hines & Kym: FOXTROT score 30 
First off, watching that clip of poor Kym falling on her neck gave me the biggest chill up my spine (no punt intended). Of course, the first thing a teacher worries about is the time lost and getting their student prepared for the show and on the flip side, Hines could care less about the show and was more worried about the health of his teacher. I’m surprised she can even walk right now, let alone dance! And what a dance it was!  Watching her first move of the routine and all the tricks, you would have never believe her injury was last Friday. The set up at the beginning drew you into the feel of the tango and was non-stop till the end. Everything was exicuted clean and sharp and I was left wanting more. Now I know that reality TV loves a good drama story to make you feel sorry for a star, but even if I had no clue of her injury, I feel the score was right on.
Second Dance: SALSA score 30
FINALLY, a Salsa I liked!!! Wait for it…..I’m going out on a limb and change my mind to love. It made me smile and feel I was in the middle of a club or on the streets of Cuba. He had my heart on his first rock step and danced with such an ease and swagger.  And yes, I am going to steal the move Kym did with his suspenders. A couple of my students comes to mind, all will be reveled at Area Solo Showcase…

Chelsea & Mark: ARGENTINE TANGO score 28
This girl could not fully extend her legs to save her life! This really bothered me to see all her flicks, kicks and reaches cut short and have no energy or follow through.  With her beautiful long legs, she had no excuses! If she would have done that one technique I would have gave her a 10 for sure. And I can not believe that Carrie Ann was on point with her feedback.
Second Dance: RUMBA score 30
Hmm, I still have no clue why she wears a practice sandal for her performance. Why do I make should a big deal about it? One, you have a goregous dress with 10,000 Saworski rhinestones, wear the proper shoes. It’s like wearing Valentino with flip flops, you just wouldn’t do it. Two, it shows to the judges that your feet/ankles are not strong enough to wear heels. Heck, if Kirstie Alley can wear the shoes, who is twice your size and age, then suck it up and put on those heels! I like this dance for her and this was the most balanced performance from her! Go girl!
Kirstie & Maksim: VIENESSE WALTZ score 27
One of her best smooth dances of the seasons, but her posture seemed to stop at her neck. Because she looks down alot with her eyes, it makes it seems her whole head is tilted downward. Some of her transitions were a little choppy and Maks did a good job using hesitations to buy some time for her to catch her breath.
Second Dance: PASO DOBLE score 27
Not bad, almost a, “you go girl!” Very simple but she was able to show a strong character that fits this style perfectly.  I would like to see her body create her shaping and arm styling for fuller movement.
Winner takes all Cha cha
Round 1: Hines vs. Ralph- Sorry Ralph, Hines has way too much swagger on you. Even though he needs more turn out when doing any first position breaks, he rocked it. I do have to say Ralph had some cool syncopated moves. WINNER-Hines
Round 2: Kristie vs. Chelsea-OK, now Chelsea wears her heels! She how much better and sexier her legs look! I just hated that she lip sync while dancing, which drove me nuts. I felt Kirstie just has a natural look and feel for this dance. I completly disagree with the judges choice. WINNER-Chelsea
Final Round: Hines did great like before and kept it cool. Chelsea once again lip sync her song, which now has really annoyed me to the point of throwing my shoe at the TV (which I can’t due to what would be a very upset husband). Plus, she totally missed a side by side kick, almost fell on her lunge and Mark losing his balance on the ending pose.
The winner of the bonus 15 points? Chelsea……boooooooo!!! No way, I would have gave it to Hines.
So who are my picks for going home? America, don’t boo or hiss at me, but I think Ralph is out of here.  Even though Ralph has been my favorite from the start, but I just see a gap of talent now from him and the other stars. See you in 24 hours with my thoughts about the results.
This is it kids, who has made it to finals? This is the break down of last night.
Like I thought, Hines is safe and the first one to know for sure he will be dancing a freestyle routine next week.
The guest performer for the night was the one and only Stevie Nicks with her new single. Then came back with a classic “Landslide” danced by Cheryl and Tony.
Also, Pitbull, Ne-yo and Nia  took us to the clubs of Miami with a hot dance song along with a group of hot Latinas providing even hotter moves!
Next to make it into the finals Chelsea, but no shock there.  With her extra 15 point victory, did you really think she wasn’t a shoe in for the finals?
Macy’s Stars of Dance, young 13 year old Tayla Kelley was such an inspiration. She got a chance of a life time to dance with the fabulous Chelsie and Lacey in a cute jazz trio.
And as I called it last night, it was Ralph’s time to go. With his injury last week, I believed it really held him back from making that leap to get ahead of the pack. So even though Kirstie is in, I still hope Hines takes it all.  As always, the freestyle has been the clear sign on who will walk away with the mirror throphy.

DWTS Week 8- Diva’s Dish on Dancing and Results

Instant Dance is back! Now the stars get a taste of what us professional go through during a normal competition. You put together a mini routine that could be danced to any song and when the time comes, you just go out there and rock it, even if you hate the song that is playing!
Romeo & Chelsie: TANGO score 27
OK, welcome back to the competition Romeo! I really really liked it, great look and feel. Totally nailed the Tango and I’m going out there and saying the best routine for him the whole season! Much improvement in his frame and topline.  I actually wished I was Chelsie dancing out there with the costume, partner and music. AND, I felt their score should of been higher!
Instant Dance: SALSA score 25
Ummm, well…..I agree with Carrie Ann, it felt off to me and not at all very Salsa like.  Half those moves would never be danced at a real Salsa club, so I did not care for it. If you told me it was a Mambo, then it would have been more believable.
Ralph & Karina: VIENNESE WALTZ score 25
Knowing that you are working with an injury is the most stressful and annoying issue to deal with. There is always the question that replays again and again in your mind, “Do I suck it up and move forward, all for the chance of victory?” or “Should I just save myself and quit?”
Well, I thought that he totally pulled it off with a dark and erie dance.  Yes, there were times that componets looked unpolished but for only working on that routine for 9 hours? Come on, much kudos to Ralph for dancing!
Instant Dance: Cha Cha score 21
And…….they have not even worked on the instant dance?!?! Karina looks calm for this challenge she is facing.  I know I would be a hot mess and freaking out of my mind, let alone trying to coach my student/star that everything would be alright. But smart of her to use elements from last week’s Cha Cha formation to make it work! Not bad overall, but compared to the others, it would be the weakest of the night.  I give mad props to him for not giving up and pushing through it. Let’s see if America will keep him for the semi-finals next week. On another note, that song was a horrible Cha cha!!!
Hines & Kym: FOXTROT score 28 
Cheesy Foxtrot? Now you are speaking my language and I loved it! Foot work was a little messy, but he pulls off the attitude, the feel and story! Great musicality using syncopations when the music sped up and had a playful fun spirit!
Instant Dance: JIVE score 26
I would never have known that that routine was an instant dance. Kym did an amazing job within those 30 minutes putting all the accents and hits to match the music. The only thing that drove me crazy, and my students know this, was not pointing his feet on the flicks and kicks!  Grrrr, please point your feet! But Bruno, where did the 8 come from?
Now the ladies….

Chelsea & Mark: WALTZ score 29
Overall, not bad. I like the comtempory feel through the routine but feel there were moments of rough transitions mainly in her arms and feet. And since she was wearing practice sandals and not traditional smooth shoes, there should be not excuse for messy foot work and the judges still gave her two 10’s?!?! Really? I mean, for me to see that score, I need to be blown out of the water and want to rewind my DVR to see it again. But not in this case, good for Len for holding the standard!
Instant Dance: SALSA score 26
I completely understand what Chelsea is going through.  I too memorize all my routines by musical cues and certian words in the song. But when it came to the Salsa, I just felt all the shimmies looked very fake or like they tried too hard. In other words, total white girl and not very earthy or grounded.
Kirstie & Maksim: ARGETINE TANGO score 28
Just watching the clips of the practice sessions, I was just shaking my head and wondering if this girl is going to survive? Geez!!! Thank God she proved me wrong. What a come back to show America that when she is focused and pushed, amazing things that can happen! They had me on that lift as Maks walked down the stairs with her on his shoulders! Then the one where she was on his hip and they both spun around down the floor with a graceful dismount at the end. Then the last trick with her leg wrapped around his thigh as he did a slow and sexy lunge (I think making up for the one in the Rumba a few weeks back during the infamous drop/fall). At the very end, Kirstie posing away from him in a very “noir” movie ending.
Now here is a subject I’m going to spend some time on that many ladies will rarely speak about how they really feel, lifts! First, minus the lack of trust of your partner and knowledge on how to do anything with your feet off the ground, and you will still have that huge concern floating in your mind, “How is he going to lift my fat butt up in the air?” Many times we feel like we don’t deserve to do the moves all the pretty, young, skinny girls do…but there is a secret to it. It’s all about what works well for your body/partner and keeping it appropriate. Being a curvy girl myself, I also have the same feelings every time Juan wants me to do some sort of lift during a routine.  I give him the, “are you crazy” look, then he says, “just try it”. I usually fall once or twice like Kirstie, but then we make it work and I feel just as beautiful as the girls on TV. So it goes to show you that it’s all about how you carry yourself on the floor and I’m so proud of Kirstie for representing herself and other women like her that you can be sexy and sensual, even if your pant size is a double digit!
Instant Dance: SALSA score 25
It had a more true feel for what the Salsa is all about. Great use of fluid arm checks and face loops and she worked what her mama gave her, her hips! Yes, she lost footing during her open left boxes, but it was not the end of the world.

Dance turns lil' into Romeo.

The road to the Semi Finals always leaves one person out the door.  So let’s see what America had to say…

Hines and Kirstie are safe and relieved to continue in the competition.
The trio of brothers were the cutest thing ever, mixing in a little Cha Cha with their hip hop.
How much did I love the performance of Adel singing, “Rolling in the Deep”? The guest guys dancers were amazing but the girls were not in sync and looked a mess.
So Romeo and Ralph are in danger of going home while Chelsea is safe for next week. Mmmm, I really don’t know at this point what is going to happen. But it was said that Romeo will be denied dancing in the Semis. Now I’m a little sad that he had his strongest night last night and still could not hold a spot for next week.  But I’m surprised of what he said about his fear of dancing, even missing out of his own Prom and movie roles.  It goes to show how much a person can change or improve their life by dancing.  Even a young punk kid can transform his mind and body to a young man and view life with less fear now, all by gaining confidence through dance.
Well kids, 2 guys and 2 girls will duke it out to see who will make it to the finals. Usually I can easily call out who it will be every year, but everyone has something going for them. Kirstie with her body transformation, Ralph being America’s boy, Hines with his amazing showmanship and Chelsea with her cute Disney girl charm.
Until next time.
Ok kids, here we go….
The show started off with an encore performance of a Cha cha from Team Chelsea.  This time they looked more relaxed since they are not dancing for scores but just for the fun of it.
This week’s first guest performer was my girl, Nicki Manaj!  The dancers performed a mix of comtempory style with latin and a dash of hip hop. I loved it and now I have some ideas for my students.
Next highlighted, was a new ballet protege, Patricia Zhou.  Her story was amazing since she started ballet at the age of 13.  And in 4 years she has blossomed into a world class dancer, which is never heard of.  I like the fact that her story could inspire many people to do something that they want to do and can start living their dream no matter how old they are.

late bloomer? Me thinks not.

Tuesday would have been the 78th birthday of the ledgendary James Brown, and to honor him, Wayne Brady sang an amazing medley of his songs.  And his dancers were filled with the spirit of the late singer with high energy moves and quick transitions.

The last performer for the night was James Blunt with a new song that is sure to have you bopping in your seat as you drive to work.
As for the main reason you are reading this blog, here are the results.  As Kirstie was saved for the week, my jaw dropped!  She was a mess last night!  But America some how wanted her in for another week.  That means it was either Chelsie or Kendra, and even before her name was called, I knew who we were saying goodbye to.  Yes America, Kendra went home.  But ironicly, this was her best week!!!  Grrrrrrr……  She was, what Len called, “a late bloomer”, but now I’m bummed to miss out on what could of been for her.  But on the flip side, we got to witness the transformation of her and hopefully change some minds on how people view her.  I have always been a fan.  Go Kendra!  Go Kendra!
Next week the stars will have to dance 2 full solo routines (no hiding in a formation) as well as the “Instint Dance” in which they have only 30 minutes to find out what music they will be dancing to. Once again, I see a meltdown in the future with a splash of a temper tamtrum.  Who do I speak of?  Read next week to find out or leave your guesses in the comments section!
Diva Christina


Honoring the great in Ballroom Dancing this week with guest judge the one, the only, Donnie Burns! And with Luca Baricchi and Shirley Ballas coaching the stars, it’s going to get crazy!!!

The first team of Romeo, Ralph and Chelsie, danced to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. I mostly loved it with some rough spots due to lack of synconization. But very past paced and energized! They score a 30 for their Cha Cha formation.

Team Hines a.k.a “Shakin’ Your Butts Club” did a great job doing so. Dancing to a Ke$ha song, they did a good job bringing a club like energy to the floor. But they actauly tied with a 30 as well.

What an amazing surprise to have Yulia and Ricardo dance the fastest Jive I’ve ever seen!!! I’ve always loved her!!!
US and World Champions dancing a Tango was the %*&#!@ sickest thing I have ever seen! The stacatto action was beyond anything I ever knew and I had to rewind my DVR again and again and could not get enough of it!

Romeo & Chelsie: SAMBA score 29
I hated it, another hot mess. He was squating the whole time with his knees as if he was dancing a Tango. There was no bounce action and too much booty shakin’ could not cover the fact that he lacked all the skills to pull off this Samba.

Ralph & Karina: QUICKSTEP score 36
Super cute! Loved the story and speak easy theme. His footwork was surprising good for such a fast dance. Not much to say but he’ll be back next week.

Hines & Kym: TANGO score 36
All I can say is WOW! The best of the night for me. Some parts were a little too light on the feet during the run arounds and at times a little off balance, but all forgiveable.

Now the ladies….

Kendra & Louis: TANGO score 31
Luca was their coach for the Tango, and really like what he said, “A great dancer is not a dancer that doesn’t make mistakes. I make mistakes, Luis makes lots of mistakes when we dance, but we deal with them.” Well, I did not see any mistakes from this most improved dancer. And I give it up to her for surviving the pivot to promenade walks transitition which was super hard!

Chelsie & Mark: PASO DOBLE score 34
Loved her costume and the fact that the lace was a rhinestoned body suit…HOT!!! But the dance was Ok, nothing too special. And I hate it when Mark gets all bent out of shape and starts to, once again, name drop all the names of patterns. I’m soooo over him.

Kirstie & Maksim: JIVE score 30
I called it out America! I told you she was going to have a breakdown this week, ha! Now her dancing… freakin’ mess! The side by side work was like she just ran out of steam and barely was able to lift her feet off the ground which is a must in this dance. And when your teacher is Maks, you know he does not hold back.

Well for the most part, it was not a good week for anyone. I think Romeo and Kirstie will be under the red light to see who will go home. If were up to me, I’d say it would be Kirstie going home. I think her fame is not enough to overcome the abundance of bad dancing this week. Then again, America may give in to the weight loss goal empathy voting and allow her one more week for redemption before ultimately ousting her from her dreams of a mirror ball trophy. But, you never know.
See you in 24 hours with my thoughts about the results.


N…K…O…T…B…S…B, how giddy am I right now?  Loved the opening number and who is going to get me front row to their concert in San Jose? Anyone? Anyone?  Their second number, BSB, sounded like they had a little sound tech problem, but NKOTB came in and made up for it!  BTW, what a surprise to have Donnie and Joey (“OG” DWTS season 1) bust out their Latin moves with the pros!
Well, for the rest of the show.  Macy’s Stars of Dance has really stepped it up this year and this night was by far THE BEST.  As you all know by now, I’m a sucker for love and a hopeless romantic.  The sweet story of the stages of love told though dance just moved me to tears. It’s amazing how Christopher Scott put this piece together, well done!
Now down to the nitty griddy…
First off, I was completly shocked that Kendra was still in the game and the two left standing were Chris and Ralph!  And the results?  Huge WTH moment.  America, so disappionted with your lack of support for the one person that I called to be the Dark Horse.  Booooo!!!!!  Hissssss!!!  Well, next week is where we seperate the strong from the weak and I see a major meltdown or two when the stars have to do 2 different dances.  In the end the stars that will be wiping tears, Kendra and Kirstie.  Ok kids, time for everyone to eat their Wheaties and suck it up, it’s not going a crazy week.  Can’t wait to see what happens!
“Guilty Pleasures Week” on DTWS!  Can this be any more perfect for me to talk about?  I am all over this theme!  Yes, I’m guilty of singing in the shower and while driving to work (yes, I’m that girl on 280 Northbound). I have no shame letting it all out and thinking “What student can I get to dance to New Kids on The Block? Britney? *Nsync?” Mmmmm….And the show had the “pre-Jonas Brothers” band Hansen as the house band singing more guilty pleasures songs between commercials.
Chris & Cheryl: TANGO score 22
“Don’t Stop Believing”, can this night get any better?  Bruno and Carrie Ann are on drugs and Len was spot on! (Happy Birthday Len)  I was so impressed with Chris’s toned and relaxed shoulders throughout the routine.  He looked strong but yet was flexible when need be, which is a challenge for most guys that have alot of muscles.  He needed to have a way higher score, give me a paddle board!
Romeo & Chelsie: WALTZ score 28
Who doesn’t love a hopeless romantic? Titanic’s “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion would have been a great routine to pull off, but I felt it fell short. Don’t get me wrong, he totally pulled off the facial expressions and created a feel of the story, but his transitions, once again, is the small detail that would put him above Hines, in my eyes.  But Carrie Ann’s 10? I told you she was on drugs. She claimed that it was a magical night for Romeo, I think not!
Ralph & Karina: PASO DOBLE score 24
Ok, when Karina put in the famous “wax on, wax off” arm styling, I was thinking for the love of God, pleeeeease tell me they are dancing to “You’re the Best Around” from The Karate Kid. Oh but no, an even better song, “Everybody Dance Now” (ps. it’s one of our teachers’ favorite songs.  Don’t tell Dustin I told you America).  Now for the actual performance….. Loved the way it started with the high energy and even I was getting pumped up and wanted to start dancing around my house.  I know you all are wondering my thoughts on Karina’s fall.  The combination of tripping over Ralph’s foot (which was not mentioned) and landing on his coat which made her slip and fall, all I can say is poor thing! Once again kids, the professionals are humans too!  Even as frazzled as she was she knew she had to get back up and get back into it.  Once that was, the routine picked up from where it was left off. For those of you who think knee spins and that last run to dip was not a big deal, it was! Those elements are difficult and great job to Ralph for pulling them off.
Hines & Kym: VIENNESE WALTZ score 27
Oh, Boys II Men songs.  Taking me back to the good old days of high school and all things cheesy. But his routine was far from cheese, I loved everything about it.  The choreography was one of Kym’s best and amazing.  If I’m being super picky, I would say watch for the footwork during the pivots, no spinning on the heel.  Now, any ladies who want to volunteer to take the place of Hines’s pillow?
Now the ladies….
Kendra & Louis: SAMBA score 25
Some may agree, some of you may not, but that was by far her best dance ever!  Finally, we were able to see her shine and have fun and not march around like last week. Her voltas were a little weak, but you have to give it up to her letting loose on the dance floor.
Chelsea & Mark: QUICKSTEP score 28
OK, I love this one. Super cute and fun from beginning to end, I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. Yes, Mark, I have nothing but positive nice things to say tonight. This one was deserving of the score but was hoping for a 29. Go girl!!!

Kirstie & Maksim: SAMBA score 26
Yes, welcome back to the competition Kirstie!  I mean come on, dancing to Britney’s first hit “Baby, Hit Me One More Time”?  Loved it and her dancing. She tends to look down, which shows a lack of confidence from time to time, but when she makes eye contact with Maks or the crowd, it’s hot! I would like to see her hold her feet to show off the “1 a 2″ rhythm better and more twist action during the stationary copas.  As for the famous Shadow Samba Rolls……..not bad.  Usually, I’m against these patterns because they are so hard to do correctly, but I am not hating them on her (Rachel, don’t pass out!).
All in all, I think every week needs to have this theme.  At least I was fully entertained. So who is going home America? I think with the combination of a low score (compared to everyone else) and a feeling that America has been trying to get her off the show.  We’ll send home Kendra.
But, then again…Who knows.  See you in 24 hours with my thoughts about the results.

Dear Petra: I hate to see you go, but love to see you leave.

Here we go America!  The results are in, but let’s see what lead up to it…

I’m so glad that Romeo was picked to do the encore dance.  This time around he seemed much more relaxed and hit every move better than the night before.
The opening number sung by Tobey Keith was all American fun, but Maks is having a heck of a season with mishaps happening with both his star and professional Lacey.  Like I tell my students, “Keep on going!” The second song featured Jonathan and Anna from the Bay Area with a beautiful medley of different dances.
Now normally I don’t pay too much attention on the clips they show between who’s save or not, but Psycho Mike’s DWTS “EXPOSED” was freakin’ hilarious!!!  And since Maks caught my eye this week, his describtion of himself (sex on a stick) was to die for, I love these European men!
Macy’s Stars of Dance was really neat with all the different styles of dancing around a New York like stage. And I love that song!  Watch out, I see a new routine in the future.
So now the moment of truth!  And what did I tell you?  Petra is going home folks!  I honestly never saw what all the hoopla was about this girl.  I mean, she was just OK for me, but the praises she received from the judges were not justified to me.  Thank you America for making this her last week.
What do I see happening in the near future many of you ask?  Unless something magical happens with Kendra, that girl is out of here.  And dare I say if Ralph does not shape up, he’s in danger of losing his mirror ball dream.
My top picks? Of course my “dark horse” Chris Jericho is steady and moving right along to the finals.  The next spot is a toss up between Hines and Chelsea.  I think the combo of his personality and hard work will pay off in the end.  But I’ve seen the power of all things Disney and tweens supporting Chelsea.
Next week the stars will be dancing to songs they love in Guilty Pleasure week.  Now I am already looking forward to my own guilty pleasure with New Kids On the Block and Backstreet Boys on the show.  Yes, I will be screaming like a 15 year old teenager and reliving my NKOTB days (don’t judge me).  So Juan and Cari, I think I feel a cold coming on and have a feeling that I will be out sick Monday & Tuesday night.  Don’t worry, I will make a speedy recovery and be fine for the rest of the week. 😉
Until then…
It’s American Week at DWTS, so bust out your Red, White and Blue!

Chris & Cheryl: VIENNESE WALTZ score 26
Love this one! Great natural turns in closed and shadow position.  I agree with Len on Chris being a little flat footed. But for a guy, he had fluid movement with his arms.  That impressed me. His last run around was frantic and I hated his costume, so unflattering. But once again, watch out for this one, I pick him to remain top ranked for the rest of the season.

Romeo & Chelsie: FOXTROT score 26
Dancing to “New York, New York”, Romeo did not let me down! Wow, see what happens when you get over that attitude about not looking cool? He really got into his character and added his own flavor to it. That’s why I love the Fox Trot!  It’s the perfect blend of elegant ballroom with a splash of sassiness.  Great job Chelsie! Just watch Romeo’s left arm that it does not extend too high in closed position during rotations.  Timing was mostly danced correctly, had to give him credit for that.  It’s challenging for any dancer to really control the “slow”. Overall, I’m a sucker for anything Old Hollywood.
Ralph & Karina: SAMBA score 22
What happened here? Started off weird and I had no idea what was up with his facial expressions? This seemed out of control and looked like he tried too hard. With his scrunched shoulders and bad attempt at a Shadow Samba Roll (as one of our students, Rachel would say, “They’re a priviledge, not a right”).  Sorry to say, Ralph was no Urban Cowboy tonight.
Hines & Kym: RUMBA score 27
Here’s where I like to see the clips of practice.  Dropping partners, head butts and punching them in the ribs are not so romantic.  Thank goodness none of that came out during their performance. Now, I’m not going to lie, I had to rewind my DVR to see the routine again, due to how hot Kym looked in her costume.  I could not take my eyes off of her. Now when I finally paid attention to Hines, I noticed too many heel leads and toe releases on most basic components.  He usually has strong lines and ankles, but seemed weak this week.  His costume and shoulders distracted me and I felt it hindered his movement.  I do disagree with Len.  True it was not his best dance, but for sure not horrible.  As well as Carrie Ann, he had better hip motion in his Samba. I mean come on, he can carry me (or any woman) off the floor anytime he wants to.  Btw, that’s an open invitation should he read this article.
Now the ladies….
Kendra & Louis: FOXTROT score 22
Ok, how more cheesy can you get?  What producer picked that horrible song and purposely gave it to poor Kendra?  I mean, it was cute for a 6 year old to dance to at a Little Miss Beauty Pagent, but really?  I guess you can say that the performance as a whole embraced the theme for the week perfectly.  At least her pivots were spot on. Either America will love it or end her time for sure this week.
Chelsea & Mark: SAMBA score 26
Don’t let booty shaking fool you for correct hip motion. I’m surprised that she is not flexible in twisting her hips more. It was fun and cute, like all things Disney, but she had a little rough spot on the Promenade Runs that were forgivible.
Petra & Dmitry: QUICKSTEP score 22
I love all things Vegas, but not this routine.  All I can remember is her hidious left shoulder popping up like the Hunchback of Notre Dame (harsh, I know).  It made it impossible for poor Dmitry to establish any connection with her to create a true lead and follow.  As a result, his frame was a mess and looked like she was clinging on for dear life. On the flip side, her feet were much better than last week and finally took that much needed heel lead on forward steps!
Kirstie & Maksim: FOXTROT score 23
Well……..where do I begin with this one? After wiping up the drool from my chin due to a shirtless Maks, I had to once again rewind my DVR to take a second look at his bodacious body and then again for the dancing.  Now don’t start hating me, but that girl in that semi 2 piece outfit was not OK!  And if you are going to flip your hair around, commit to it.  Her dancing was lifeless and flat, not to mention she moved her feet as if they weighed 20 pounds each. Her sassy attitude was a great match for the song, but not enough to pull off this dance number.  Carrie Ann and Bruno are way off their rocker with their praises for this last number of the night.
My guess is that Petra or Kendra will get voted off today,  Petra was a gawky mess and Kendra had way too much cheese this week.  Then again, I guess we’ll have to see.
See you in 24 hours with my thoughts about the results.

Ok, here we go…..

Love that Chelsea and Mark got to do their routine again for the encore. In danger of going home? No, I think not!

Next week is paying tribute to the good ol’ USofA!  Oh boy, everyone get out your red, white and blue!!!

Swan Lake on DWTS? Principal dancer from the San Francisco Ballet (Bay Area represent, woot woot!!!) Nice to see ballet exposed to millions of fans.

Now the bottom 3….
I knew Chelsea and Mark were fine, I guess the producers just wanted to add more drama.  She’s a good dancer and has a lot of talent.  No worries there.

Petra and Dmitry deserved that scare of being in jeopardy.  She needs to step her game up and get down all of the details and technique needed to make her stronger.  Not sure if that will happen by next week, but look for her to be in the bottom three again if not voted off.

It was Sugar Ray to leave the show this time.   Not totally surprised as I called out 2 weeks ago, but still a little bummed out.   He was fun to watch and always put a smile on my face.  I guess this boxer went down in the fourth round.

As for next week, don’t be surprised to see Petra back in the bottom three along with Chelsea and new bottom three pal Kendra.  Unless they create great routines and show America something different by Monday, you’ll see no change here.  In the end, I think it will be Petra as the one going home.  But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Until then…Diva Christina