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By Jennifer Broadwater | October 31, 2011
Tonight's Halloween show was hard to take seriously, what with all the special effects, overblown makeup and costumes, and ridiculous props. Fun, nonetheless. Cheesiest props: J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff for use of caskets, fake lightning and even a proton gun in a tango set to music from "Ghostbusters. " And then there was Karina's costume -- an inexplicable mix of feathery white fringe from head to heels covering her backside, but just bits of flesh-toned leotard up front.
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By Amy Watts and For the Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
First off, congratulations to Derek Hough for his Emmy win Sunday night in the choreography category.  The show opens with a routine from the pros, and there's Derek front and center. I guess unlike football players he doesn't get the night off. They appear to have done away with the grand staircase entrance for each couple, introducing them in groups of three as they stand on the dance floor. There's a quick shot of the leaderboard with last week's scores and we're told it's all-Latin tonight and they immediately go to the first couple.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | November 14, 2011
We've finally reached the semi-finals -- leaving just four couples in the competition. Contestants had a tall order to fill tonight with three dances apiece: two individual dances (including an Argentine tango that this week allowed lifts), and a group dance, the cha-cha relay. But before I recap the performances, let's check in on the dancers are faring physically. DWTS injury report Hope Solo: muscle cramps and pain requiring shots J.R. Martinez: twisted ankle requiring ice, twisted yet again during his first dance of the night Rob Kardashian: Seems unfazed.
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By Amy Watts | November 27, 2012
It's the last all-performance show of the season and it's only an hour long. Let's hit it. Tom says they've been battling for a grueling nine weeks - feels so much longer doesn't it?  This season has felt weird overall, with skipped weeks, non-eliminations, double eliminations. The first round tonight will be "favorite" dances (aka re-runs!) and the second will be the "supersize" free-style, where they can bring in extra dancers to "enhance" the routine. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy Paso Doble During rehearsal footage, Kelly notes that they made the finals without ever getting a 10. Val rightly points out that her fan base is strong.
FEATURES
By Amy Watts | May 22, 2012
We're at the finale already (didn't this season seem short?). I'll say it right here at the top of the episode - unless William falls repeatedly on his keister, requiring the judges to give him 5's across the board, there's no way he's not winning this thing. That being said, I'd be OK with any of the three finalists winning, even though I'm personally Team Driver. Tonight's show will have each couple dancing two dances:  1. Judge's pick, which are new routines danced to new music, but in a style the couple has previously danced and in which the judges would like to see them improve.  2. Freestyle Tomorrow night, the couples will be doing some sort of third scored dance, details about which we'll learn later.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amy Watts and For the Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
First off, congratulations to Derek Hough for his Emmy win Sunday night in the choreography category.  The show opens with a routine from the pros, and there's Derek front and center. I guess unlike football players he doesn't get the night off. They appear to have done away with the grand staircase entrance for each couple, introducing them in groups of three as they stand on the dance floor. There's a quick shot of the leaderboard with last week's scores and we're told it's all-Latin tonight and they immediately go to the first couple.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amy Watts | November 27, 2012
It's the last all-performance show of the season and it's only an hour long. Let's hit it. Tom says they've been battling for a grueling nine weeks - feels so much longer doesn't it?  This season has felt weird overall, with skipped weeks, non-eliminations, double eliminations. The first round tonight will be "favorite" dances (aka re-runs!) and the second will be the "supersize" free-style, where they can bring in extra dancers to "enhance" the routine. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy Paso Doble During rehearsal footage, Kelly notes that they made the finals without ever getting a 10. Val rightly points out that her fan base is strong.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amy Watts | May 23, 2012
Tom opens calling it the "hardest fought season ever. " I'm not sure about that, but I will say that this is one with a lot of strong competitors, few loathsome personalities, and a satisfying final three. It starts with the pro dancers (the "real" pro dancers, not just the troupe) dancing to a song I would probably know if I were 20 years younger, but I'm not and the only 16-year-old in this house is a cat. At the end of the song, we get the pros walking the floor with their celebrity partners.
NEWS
July 25, 2011
Competing in Hunt Valley, SwingTime Ballroom placed at the top with its dancers at the 2011 Atlantic Dancesport Challenge. Studio owner and instructor Scott Layfield took amateur student Barbara Ziegler, of Bel Air, to victory in the American Smooth Closed Bronze 3-Dance Challenge. Professional Vladimir Skrylnikov and amateur partner Gina Kazimir, of Bel Air, also won a championship with their victory in the American Smooth Closed Bronze 3-Dance Scholarship, after taking top honors in Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot as well.
SPORTS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | February 15, 1992
ALBERTVILLE, France -- She wore a high-cut black dress with a black halter top over a glittery, blue strapless bikini bra. He was a picture of black and white.She appeared nervous. He was steady.They performed the conservative steps with grace and ease. And when they finished, the crowd erupted, showering the ice with flowers.Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay of France made their debut at the Winter Olympics last night.In the ice dancing compulsories, worth 20 percent of the overall score, the Duchesnays finished third.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amy Watts | May 23, 2012
Tom opens calling it the "hardest fought season ever. " I'm not sure about that, but I will say that this is one with a lot of strong competitors, few loathsome personalities, and a satisfying final three. It starts with the pro dancers (the "real" pro dancers, not just the troupe) dancing to a song I would probably know if I were 20 years younger, but I'm not and the only 16-year-old in this house is a cat. At the end of the song, we get the pros walking the floor with their celebrity partners.
FEATURES
By Amy Watts | May 22, 2012
We're at the finale already (didn't this season seem short?). I'll say it right here at the top of the episode - unless William falls repeatedly on his keister, requiring the judges to give him 5's across the board, there's no way he's not winning this thing. That being said, I'd be OK with any of the three finalists winning, even though I'm personally Team Driver. Tonight's show will have each couple dancing two dances:  1. Judge's pick, which are new routines danced to new music, but in a style the couple has previously danced and in which the judges would like to see them improve.  2. Freestyle Tomorrow night, the couples will be doing some sort of third scored dance, details about which we'll learn later.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jennifer Broadwater | November 14, 2011
We've finally reached the semi-finals -- leaving just four couples in the competition. Contestants had a tall order to fill tonight with three dances apiece: two individual dances (including an Argentine tango that this week allowed lifts), and a group dance, the cha-cha relay. But before I recap the performances, let's check in on the dancers are faring physically. DWTS injury report Hope Solo: muscle cramps and pain requiring shots J.R. Martinez: twisted ankle requiring ice, twisted yet again during his first dance of the night Rob Kardashian: Seems unfazed.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jennifer Broadwater | October 31, 2011
Tonight's Halloween show was hard to take seriously, what with all the special effects, overblown makeup and costumes, and ridiculous props. Fun, nonetheless. Cheesiest props: J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff for use of caskets, fake lightning and even a proton gun in a tango set to music from "Ghostbusters. " And then there was Karina's costume -- an inexplicable mix of feathery white fringe from head to heels covering her backside, but just bits of flesh-toned leotard up front.
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