If you watched Dancing with the Stars on Monday night, you probably saw DWTS pro Sharna Burgess dance a foxtrot with radio personality Bobby Bones. Personally, I love Sharna’s choreography. She always comes up with something creative that plays to her partner’s strengths. So I was a little thrown when the dance ended with…flossing?
Obviously, it was NOT part of Sharna’s carefully crafted routine. But it was hilarious and after Bobby went nuts in the first week, not entirely unexpected. The judges all loved his enthusiasm and energy. I do too! Like Carrie Ann comments, he’s totally authentic, which I’m all about!
But I’ll be honest. The school nerd in me was a little put off at the class clown fooling around with something that I work so hard at and hold so dear to my heart. I couldn’t help but wonder if Sharna felt frustrated after she put in the effort to choreograph a great routine for her student and then he doesn’t bother finishing it. It feels a little disrespectful. I don’t follow all of the unspoken standards in ballroom when it comes to appearance, but when it comes to the dancing itself, I work my hardest to stay true to and respect the art form.
Then again, it’s Dancing with the Stars, not Blackpool. True ballroom steps and technique are hardly high priority. The main goal is to perform and entertain, not actually become a ballroom dancer. Bobby totally fulfilled that purpose! Oh, apologies to all those DWTS fans who are inspired to take ballroom lessons and then learn that real ballroom does not involve a dramatic dip at the end of every dance.
So I’m telling the school nerd to get over herself, but I’m curious! What are your thoughts about Bobby’s little improv?
I was super curious to see what Mr. Bones would do this week, and the previously miffed nerd in me wants to say “welcome to dance, Bobby!”
It was Most Memorable Year week and he chose the year he graduated high school because he was the first in his family to do it. He had a very difficult childhood and he knew education was his way to a better life. In the contemporary piece he danced with Sharna to “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman, he expressed a full range of emotion, from playfulness to pain, and even though I don’t know him, I felt so proud.
One of the magical things about dance is you can take your pain and bad memories and turn them into something beautiful. Bobby went there this week in an honest and pure way. Well done. ❤