Professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya weighs in on the semifinals of “Dancing With the Stars.” The “DWTS” veteran knows what it takes to dazzle on the dance floor and gives her take on the dances, the choreography and the judges’ scores. You can find her on Twitter @atrebunskaya.
By ANNA TREBUNSKAYA
Each couple danced two individual routines, earning two separate scores which were combined into a grand total for the night.
Candace Cameron Bure
Candace’s Viennese Waltz: This was a beautiful, emotional and a technically-filled routine. It’s harder to present a simple routine than one filled with special effects and Candace delivered. She did stumble slightly in this routine and it affected her a bit afterwards. She’s been so good week after week and that her first dance was a bit of a let down. We have all fallen in love with her positivity, perseverance and humility though. I love how she is very honest about her mistakes, but never gives up. Awesome attitude, Candace!!
Candace’s Jazz: I think Candace was a dark horse in this season, but this routine showed us why she’s in the semifinals. It was a full on Fosse-style Jazz routine that was completely unexpected and sexy! This was sharp, clean, and well-rehearsed — you could see that she put A LOT into this dance, and she totally deserved the scores. Congrats on reaching the finals!
Charlie’s Foxtrot: My favorite part of the routine was Charlie’s solo. Simply amazing, Charlie! It had all the marks of a spectacular performance: strong footwork, beautiful lines and frame, solid partnering, and all the pizazz of the old Hollywood era.
Charlie’s Samba: I’ve been a fan of Charlie’s from the very beginning and while I have enjoyed his dancing, I was worried about this particular routine. Latin dances are tougher for Charlie; hip action is not his forte. Having said that, it was still a very solid routine with all the proper Samba elements. He performed it at 100 percent with the smile that we love and an attitude we adore.
How does Amy do it?! Technically, Amy’s routine was fast and complicated and it was insane to watch. I agree with Carie Ann — it was so nice to see Amy move across the dance floor. The Quickstep is about speed and she used her athleticism from snowboarding to her advantage here. She looked like a pro; I’m blown away by this girl! Aside from her obvious handicap, she is a phenomenal performer, a fierce competitor and a beautiful woman. Such an inspiration!
Amy’s Jazz: This was a beautifully-mastered routine. There was only one slight mistake — Hough and Purdy were slightly out of sync at one point — otherwise it would have been a perfect score. Visually it was super hot. A classic Jazz number with serious sex appeal and an intention behind every move. Brilliant job, Amy!
James danced the cha-cha to Michael Jackson’s newly released song, “Love Never Felt So Good.” This was a very cool routine. I think this was his best performance out if the whole season. A great blend of Michael Jackson style and a ballroom cha-cha. Congrats!
James’ Rumba: Well, well, well! That was a sexy Cowboy Rumba from James! Week to week, you can see the work and effort that James puts into his performances. He has been improving and slowly but surely is becoming the leading man on the dance floor. There were a few technical pieces missing, specifically the hand expressiveness as the judges pointed out, but overall it was solid performance.
Meryl’s Jive: Watching Meryl and Maks was like watching two professional Jive dancers! Let me tell you, that was a packed routine with lots of syncopation, rhythm and speed changes. Meryl is such a beautiful dancer with impeccable lines and light footwork that you almost forget that her home is on the ice and not the ballroom. No critiques from me. I can’t wait to see what she will bring in the finale!
Meryl’s Viennese Waltz: I love the theme of this waltz — a little bit country and a little bit of ballroom in one. Another impeccable performance, so deserving of a perfect score. What is so mesmerizing about Meryl’s dancing is her elegance and grace, and I think this dance showcased it more than ever. Gorgeous!
The Scores (1st routine, 2nd routine)
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 40, 40. Total: 80
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 39, 39. Total: 78
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40, 36. Total: 76 (White was voted off tonight.)
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 40, 36. Total: 76
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 34, 38. Total: 72