"An American in Paris" - April 8th
The next movie classic to be adopted
as a dance party theme will be the 1951 musical An American in Paris that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. The film featured iconic Gershwin
music and, since Kelly directed
it, lots of dancing. The 17-minute dance climax cost almost half-a-million
(1951) dollars to produce.
"Saturday Night Fever"- We All Got Into It
John Peters provided the first action of the evening with a nifty
Hustle sequence. It seemed to be just the right amount of challenge as it
looked like everyone had it down by the end of the lesson. Before that, it was a 70s fashion show as
many of the dancers dressed their parts (see the photos on
Dancing on TV - DWTS in Second Week; SYTYCD - June 12th
It's certainly too early to pick the Dancing With the Stars winner but let's place the contestants in three groups:
Semi-finalists: Simone Biles & Sasha Farber, Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess, Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater
Wanna-Bes: Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko, Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev, David Ross & Lindsay Arnold, Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd
Soon-So-Long: Charo & Keo Motsepe, Chris Kattan & Witney Carson, Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Mr. T & Kym Herjavec.
So You Think You Can Dance is returning with mainstays, Producer/Judge Nigel Lythgoe and Hostess Cat Deeley. Returning as a Judge is Mary Murphy, hopefully raising the emphasis on ballroom. A third Judge is TBD. The format will have aspiring young (18-30) professional dancers go through a rigorous tryout series, get winnowed down to the top-ten, then paired with All-Stars (previous winners) to enter the elimination rounds.
Dance-floor Etiquette and Floor-craft Tips
Most of the time, dancers recognize the type of music and
the dancing is somewhat homogeneous.
Even then, there will be differences.
In the traveling dances, experienced dancers tend to cover more ground
and take up more space than beginners.
If you are traveling slowly, just make sure there is a path on the
outside of the floor for overtaking dancers to pass. Then you don't need to be looking over your
shoulder to see who's coming up behind.
It is always the overtaking dancer's responsibility to navigate around
the dancers in front of him. Also, if
the music is a Foxtrot, for example, and you want to do your Swing, you should
be near the middle of the floor.
Conversely, if you are doing Foxtrot, etc., enter the middle of the
floor at your peril -- you likely have no idea what you will find there.
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