Dancing off the Edge

with Jenny T. Partridge

Dancing With The Stars – A Little Tango and Jive

Posted by ctanglefoot on April 1, 2008

The action stepped up tonight as half the teams took on the tempestuous Tango and the jumping Jive.  But I was left a little confused and wanting.  The musical selections tonight were peculiar to say the least.

I missed the majority of Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez’ Jive. What I saw rocked, it seemed maybe her arms could have been a little more controlled and her fingers finished, but wow, I saw a whole 30 seconds of the dance.  To me Matlin is a marvel.

The judges scored them straight 7’s for a total 21 on the evening

Steven Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya performed a Tango. I personally don’t’ think it is possible for Guttenberg to look angry or aloof, but the guy gave his all and best to the Tango, performing very good footwork.

The judges scored them straight 7’s for an evening total of 21

Christian De la Fuentè and Cheryl Burke danced a Jive.  I did not like the musical selection. I did not like the choreography, although it might have fit some other piece of music.  And I noted a few missteps on both dancers parts.

The judges disagreed and scored them 8 – 8 – 9 for a 25 total on the night

Mario and Karina Smirnoff danced a Tango. Mario was definitely off his mark tonight, but the music selection didn’t help. No musicality at all, weird, just really weird music for a Tango.

The judges scored them 7 – 6 – 8 for a total 21

Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough drew the Jive. The dance really fits her, but she had some floppy toes, instead of sharp pointed kicks. The energy was great through the whole dance.

The judges scored them straight 8’s for 24

Adam Carolla and JulieAnn Hough danced a Tango. Great choreography and Adam’s sucked in cheeks.

The judges scored them straight 7’s for 21 points

Marisa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovalani danced a Jive. Some missteps, but I feel the choreography let them down. It seemed a bit pause dance, pause dance. And I give credit to Marisa I would have had tears running down my face. She’s a trouper.

The judges scored them 6 – 7 – 6 for a 19, the lowest score of the night

Priscilla Presley and Louis Van Amsted delivered a sultry Tango.  Good foot work, good body attitude and facial expression. Very nice choreography and classic Tango music.

The judges liked it too, scoring them 8 – 9 – 9 for a 26 on the night

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska performed the last Jive of the night. Good choreography that fit his physical build, good footwork, and fun.

The judges scored them 8 – 7 – 8 for 23 on the night

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas served their Tango piping hot.  The music was just too darn weird again, but the great choreography shown through. Good physical attitude and position, great footwork.

The judges liked it too, scoring them straight 9’s for 27 on the night.

Tomorrow night one will go home, and nine will remain. Who will it be? Hard to tell, Marisa Jaret Winokur received the lowest score on the night from the judges. But Adam Corolla, while scoring better was necessarily a better dancer.  Tomorrow night will tell.

The night will also feature another Macy’s Stars of Dance, Tuesday’s treat, The Alvin Alley Dance Company.  Can’t wait.  Until then.




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