Dancing with the Stars’ classical night can best be summed up by a quote from professional dancer Mark Ballas: “You can’t spell classical without ass”. There were some great classical music moments and some, well, you know… Last night’s show featured an awesome Paso Doble, a wonderful Viennese Waltz, and two terrible Argentine Tangos.
My favorite dance of the night was Maria Menounos and Derek Hough’s Paso Doble to an excerpt of “Montagues and Capulets” from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. I’m always amazed how Derek’s innovative choreography can tell a story in the space of less than two minutes. In this dance, he portrayed a battle between a female vampire and a slayer.
The best fit between the style of dance and the accompanying music was Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Viennese Waltz to Giuseppe Verdi’s aria “La Donna è Mobile” from the opera Rigoletto. The joyous, swaying music works perfectly with the giddy spin of the Viennese Waltz.
The biggest fail of the evening was the producers’ choice of music for the two Argentine Tangos. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy struggled with the overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. The music doesn’t have the right rhythmic feel or correct pacing to accompany a tango. That’s because Mozart composed Figaro in 1786, and the Argentine Tango didn’t even come around until the late 1880s. But the worst musical disaster was Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower’s Argentine Tango to a classical version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. What the @#$%^#@@! were the producers thinking? I mean, it’s CLASSICAL night. Why use a cheesy orchestral arrangement of a pop song? There are several classical composers who have written tangos. The most notable is Astor Piazzolla; Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, and Isaac Albeniz have also written well-known tangos.
Below, you’ll find videos of Maria and Derek, and Donald and Peta. I’m not including the Argentine Tangos. They were so horrific that I’m trying to pretend they don’t exist.
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- Crystal Bell: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Maria And Derek Are Perfect (huffingtonpost.com)