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The Dancing Poetry Corner – The Spirit of Freedom

Finale – Part One

Freedom – Performing without restriction, the state of being free, a right or a privilege to be able to live in freedom, ease of movement or performance

The Finales of Dancing With The Stars are populated with highly anticipated Freestyles. There are no restrictions, the sky is the limit for the creative juices to be flowing. Freestyles can range from an epic production to a subdued dance telling a story. Any number of elements can make up a Freestyle. A Freestyle is usually a water cooler subject. A freestyle can be remembered as a highlight of the Dancing With The Stars viewing experience!

Some of my favorite Freestyles – Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke – Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy; Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves – Banana Man Quickstep; Julianne Hough and Apollo Anton Ohno – their adorable Hip Hop routine; Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson – their high energy, tap happy dance; there are too many to mention.

The pairs had two dances to do for the finale – their repeated personal choices and the Freestyles.

The Tenth Anniversary. Season 20, Finale Freestyles were done in:

The Spirit of Freedom

Freestyle Spirit – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Contemporary – Titanium
With Troupe Assist

Noah the Vulnerable, depicting a heartbeat of pain
A powerful reality exhibition, a spirit of steel
With heart and love, poetic and meaningful
Breaking out, being free celebration
An inspirational transformation

Freestyle Spirit – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Contemporary – I Won’t Dance
With Troupe Assist

Broadway Revue Blockbuster, a spotlight for Riker
With flair, finesse, and piñache ala Fred Astaire
All the elements of a Freestyle
A strike down Riker’s alley, the past meets the present
Full of dazzling razz-ma-razz and pizzazz

Freestyle Spirit – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Argentine Tango/Contemporary Fusion – Toxic
A cover of Rumer on vocals, Val on violin

Their own personal stamp and personal expression
Completely their own, pure and brave
Intoxicating, invigorating, bewitching intensity
Sharp, staccato sensational movements
Perfect depiction of their style and journey

Personal Choice – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Argentine Tango – Rather Be

Clarity of movement, connection of partners
Picturesque bends and lifts
With newly-found confidence, subtle nuances
Owning the space, with a survivor spirit

Personal Choice – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Jack Sparrow Paso Doble – He’s A Pirate

A showstopper, blockbuster, fierce, fabulous
Powerful Jack-Of-All-Trades Paso
Treasure trove of content, a barn-storming devil
A swashbuckling, epic, dynamic dance

Personal Choice – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Foxtrot – Take Me To Church

Lyrical, light-as-air, swirling, twirling
Purely exquisite, like poetry in motion
Lovely flair of movements, pure Ballroom Bliss
A flawless exhibition of Dancing Royalty

The pairs laid it all out on the dance floor. Their devotion, determination, and spirit shown through dance. Their spirits were soaring as Finale Night – Part One came to a close.

The Spirit of Freedom was exhibited in many ways. Deeply personal emotions were on full display. The spirit of happiness and fun was on full display. The Freestyles were danced with spirit into the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 20, 2015

Please stay tuned for Finale – Part Two

May 20, 2015 I Written By

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Paps Cover The Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Wrap Party

Lot’s of fun below to watch thanks to PopTVDotCom….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Good Morning America After Party – Videos, Photos

We’ll post all the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Good Morning America After Party coverage in this post. Thanks to @idolxFactor for being so quick to get this to us….

Madison Taylor has been tweeting photos. Don’t miss some live shots here.

More coming! Stay tuned….

ETA: Below is the full after party. Be sure to send @Idolxfactor some thanks for all of his work this season….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 20 Post Finale Media, Photos, And Interviews

I just want to start out by saying thank you so much for all of you for your amazing love and support for PureDWTS this season. What a ride it’s been through all the good times, the not so good times, and all the curve balls. We laughed, we cried, and we shared it all together. So from all of us, thank you so much.

Also, for those new to the site, know we never go away in the off season. We follow the pros in the off season as much as when the season is on. We post exclusive interviews and any new rumors we run into for the next season. Court holds an Awards. Heidi writes awesome commentaries. Heidi and Court may even post some cheesecake. We love to post new Questionnaires as well. And then there is the new Dancing With The Stars Tour, Julianne and Derek’s Move Live On Tour, and the new Ballroom With A Twist shows to report on. So, yeah, don’t go away.

Ok, moving on to some post finale media. First up, Renee Spei You Tube at this link for some behind the scenes action at the show last night. Also, if you missed any of the dances last night on Dancing With The Stars and would like to see them all, see this link. Al worked late into the night trying to get everything up last night.

For photos of all the performances last night, see the Daily Mail and Getty Images. So many stunning shots as always to take in. Below are just a few…

You can watch a recap at E News. And here are some interviews….

Access Hollywood:

Be watching Afterbuzz TV as they will probably be posting their interviews soon. Read more..

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Tony Dovolani Interviews The Final Three, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, And Len Goodman

Tony Dovolani talked with the couples after they danced last night on Dancing With The Stars. He also spoke with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman. They look into the crystal ball for tonight. More below…

May 19, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

HQ Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale Night One

Just breathtaking as always! Photographer: Adam Taylor bringing it again!! Click the photos to see more….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 20 Finale Media and Interviews After Night One

I can’t believe we’re down to the last shows of the season. Also, I can’t get Riker and Allison’s Jack Sparrow and Freestyle dances out of my head. I love when that happens and I hope and pray it’s telling for tonight’s outcome? So, first up, let’s get the scores first from last night….

Riker and Allison Holker – 80 (40/40)
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy – 80 (40/40)
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess – 72 (32/40)

You can also view some magnificent photos from last night at the Daily Mail, ABC7, and Entertainment Tonight.

You can watch some new interviews at E Online. The couples weigh in on how they were feeling after they danced.

E Online also reviewed the dances last night. They are still upset about Derek and Nastia not being in the finals. Me too. Ditto to this paragraph and Riker in his Jack Sparrow costume…

Let the record show: We are still mad.

Nastia Liukin should be in these finals and there’s nothing you could say that would make us change our mind about that. However, regardless of what we think, we can’t do anything to change reality and we’re just going to have to accept the fact that we do not control television and focus on the good things, like Riker Lynch in a Jack Sparrow costume.

FOX 11 interviewed the couples as well. Here is a take from the link….

Rumer also told FOX411 about doing the freestyle, “Honestly, you have to just let the whole world disappear and you just have to dance with your partner and stay with that connection…it was amazing. I don’t even feel like I totally remember it. I don’t know how to explain it. We put everything we had on the floor.”

While her supporters include A-listers like Gwyenth Paltrow and Ashton Kutcher, who tweeted their love on Monday, Rumer gratefully noted backstage that it was her crew of NON-famous fans who voted her into the finale.

Rumer received a perfect score of 80 for the two dances.

Meanwhile, double amputee Galloway scored a 32 for his first dance and a 40 for his second for a total of 72 points.

He told FOX411 about his freestyle with partner Sharna Burgess, “I felt great because Read more..

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 20, The Final Performances – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)

Well, I took an unscientific poll of Derek fans. Everyone appears to be voting Riker. Granted, I have 11k followers and only about 30 people responded to the tweet…but only one or two said they were voting Noah. Everyone else said Riker. I have NO idea if this is the best course of action. One minute I think Riker has a better shot, then five seconds later I’m thinking Noah is getting a ton of votes. The fact that they called Riker safe makes me think that he was the one that was only 1.5% ahead of Nastia…then five minutes later I think that he was in first place. I have no idea.

As I preach every week in my “Dancing by the Numbers” post, it’s NOT just the voters, but the judges as well. Their points count for half. Generally, the finale and semi-final can go one of two ways. The judges rank the couples by handing out scores that put someone in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place OR they throw out scores in such a way to create a tie – that’s called throwing it to the audience. Which way will they go?? Well, if they throw it to the audience, I expect that it’s Rumer’s to lose. After all their hard, hard work this season in making sure Val gets a MBT, are they likely to throw it to the audience if she didn’t have it in the bag? Maybe, maybe not. I feel schizophrenic. :-) At the end of the day, if Noah is within three points, I would want to vote for him. However…if all the Derek fans are going with Riker, well then I should go with them, right?? :::sigh::: We’ll discuss this again at the end of round one. 😉

Okay, Noah up first with his AT.

He was pretty unsteady in spots…but a 32 may be the nail in his coffin, depending on how the other two do.

Riker up next with his Paso – which he pretty much killed. If he gets nitpicked, I’ll be pissed.

Standing ovation from Len?? Either Riker is doing horrible in votes or he’s doing amazing. No middle ground.

Aren’t you shocked that Rumer is going last?? I know I am. (end sarcasm)

Okay, required Rumer tears…check. Required Val kindness…check. Required repeat of Len’s prediction that it’s Val’s season…check.

A bit out of sync…and still rather hard. Bruno mentions “hollywood royalty” and “dancing royalty”. CAI says poetry in motion. Oy veh. Long night.

Difference after round one….Noah needs about 72k more votes per million votes cast to beat either Rumer or Riker. Biggest Margin ever, I think. This will change after the freestyles, but it looks like I’m voting Noah.

Okay, Noah’s freestyle was killer. I loved it. It best be a perfect score. They’ve handicapped him enough.

Dance party in the red room and Erin makes a funny at Redfoo. :-)

Aaannnndd…Noah gets a perfect score. Well deserved but it also seemed pre-planned.

Lot’s of pressure on Rumer and Val because Riker just slayed it with a fun, different, cool free style.

Welp, I’m voting Riker….I hope you do too. 😀

Someone explain to me how that was a freestyle?? And how it was markedly different from anything else she did all season long. Me thinks they missed the whole point of a freestyle.

Gee, where have I heard that bit about stripping it down….oh, that’s right, DEREK.

Okay, with a diferential of about 35k votes, I’m voting Riker. You also have to remember there is a dance that is scored tomorrow. Need to vote to make up for the underscoring that Riker will likely get.

May 18, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Official Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Two Night Finale Promo

Not long to wait now….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Artem Chigvinstev Interviewed On Who Will Win Dancing With The Stars Season 20

Dance pro Artem Chigvinstev talked with KTLA about having Patti Labelle for a partner on Dancing With The Stars this season. He also talks about who will win the season. He thinks it’s….surprise? Yep, Rumer and Val. He talks on the strengths of the other two couples too. He preps fans for the new Dancing With The Stars tour as well.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.