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Pure Dancing With The Stars Discussion: When The Music Matches The Style Of Dance

Who needs to relive this number last night with Karina Smirnoff and Jose Manuel Carreño when they danced the Argentine Tango? I thought it was steamy, beautiful, and so passionate! Also, I love it when the music matches the style of dance. I wish the producers of Dancing With The Stars would discontinue theme weeks and go with matching music to the style of dance instead. The whole package is just so much better when everything goes together. Do you agree or disagree?

Special thanks to PureDWTS reader Jimmbboe2 for the video! Let’s get Heidi and Court’s thoughts:

Heidi: Aw, come on…who doesn’t love someone attempting to Tango to Bohemian Rhapsody?? :-) Sorry, that’s cray cray.  All you have to do is look at the music the pros choose to dance to when they have a choice: Karina last night…Derek and Allison Holker last season…neither “Popular” music, but both dances were great and well received.  We figure that the producers are trying to accomplish making the dancing more…current?? But at what cost? The very least they could do is have the pros pick the actual songs for the actual dances from a list of popular music. At least then the tempo would be more correct.  And people are watching ballroom dancing on TV in 2012 – shouldn’t that tell you something about the need for pop music?? I dunno. I think they could do a better job at it.

Courtney: I agree, sometimes a song can totally screw a couple, and for what? So they can have some hokey theme, or appeal more to mainstream viewers not familiar with “real ballroom” music? I think Tristan’s been the victim of it 2 seasons in a row now – “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” were nothing more than an excuse to fit with a theme, which is one of the many reasons why I hate theme weeks.  The tempo and phrasing were not at ALL conducive the dances they were meant to coincide with, and the end result was 2 particularly train-wrecky dances.  I get that they want to appeal to a broad audience – hence the need for “current” music.  But yeah, like Heidi said, at least try to pick current music that’s actually conducive to ballroom dancing.  However, on the flip side, I often wonder if the nary impossible music some of the couples are given is an attempt to get the pros to “rise to the occasion” and craft some innovative, unique, Emmy-worthy routine, a la Ricki & Derek’s Psycho tango or Karina & the Situation’s “Boom Boom Pow” foxtrot.  I’m all for unique, innovative, & Emmy-worthy, but there’s just one problem: not every pro is capable of spinning a crazy song in that direction, and I’m not sure every “wacky” song they dole out is even capable of being translated into something cool.  Sometimes, a song is just bad, and better left off the dance floor :-)

April 11, 2012 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.

Kiss, Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey, Jose Manuel Carreno, & More To Perform on Dancing With The Stars

Gear up Kiss fans! As promised last week by Tom Bergeron, the 70’s legendary rock band will be performing next week on Dancing With The Stars. What’s more, they will be performing for both nights. Below are some more details about the songs to be performed and also details about Karina dancing with ballet dancer Jose Manuel Carreno on Tuesday. Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey will also be performing. Say what? Yep, see why below. It’s going to be a great week to watch the Troupe dance as well. Who’s ready? :)

Rock Week returns, with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” accompanied by the Troupe. Bringing lots of leather and lots of fire, the remaining ten couples will perform to some of the greatest Rock songs of all time, MONDAY, APRIL 9 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

On Tuesday, KISS hits the stage for another rockin’ performance of “Lick it Up,” with Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Henry Byalikov and Oksana Dmytrenko accompanying their performance. “DWTS” alums Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey will return to the ballroom with a sneak peek at their “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” show, which debuts April 14 at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. Also during Tuesday’s show, a special performance featuring Karina Smirnoff and one of the world’s best ballet dancers, Jose Manuel Carreno, who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Their dance will be accompanied by a live performance from Gotan Project’s “Santa Maria,” the band’s U.S. network TV debut, and one more couple will be sent home, TUESDAY, APRIL10 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

You can read more at the ABC MediaNet.

April 6, 2012 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.