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Tricks and Treats!
Week 7 of DWTS celebrated Halloween, with costumes, dances to spooky songs, and a special team competition.
Daniel and Britt danced the Paso Doble to the Billie Eilish song bury a friend. Dressed as gamers who have been sucked into the game, the pair fended off dancing zombies attacking from the corners of the dance floor. The dramatic and powerful choreography pushed Daniel and Britt across the dance floor, leveling up again and again until Game Over.
The latin dance style has sharp movements and lots of drama reminiscent of flamenco dancing. The judges have very specific expectations for the Paso Doble.
Carrie Ann: 8
For the team competition, the eight remaining couples formed two large dance teams for a massive, head-to-head dance brawl. The dancers in each team performed large group choreography, with opportunity for each pair to perform a solo number.
Comments for Team Wicked were generally positive, although the judges noted that some solo moments had execution issues, and dancers who were not actively dancing had no choreography.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Derek: 9; Bruno: 8. Total 33
Team Scream developed a storyline for their choreography, playing to the strengths of the actors in the group. The team was praised for their balance of solo and teamwork, keeping the entire group together in one story. Carrie Ann praised the strategy of the team. Derek noted Daniel’s strong performance.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9; Derek: 10; Bruno: 10. Total 39
After the results of pairs and team competition, Daniel and Britt tied for fourth place in the overall rankings for the night. With the results of the audience voting considered, Team Sign To Shine was easily safe to continue on in the competition!
Vinny & Koko, Shangela & Gleb, Gabby & Val, Heidi & Artem and Jordin & Brandon
Trevor & Emma, Charli & Mark, Wayne & Witney and Daniel & Britt
Pair Dance Reactions
Wow, wow, wow!Bruno
I love the characterization. This is Halloween, so that was a bonus.Carrie Anne
For me, getting other couples on the dance floor is a distraction.Len
I have to disagree. I love the content.Derek
I counted all the way through. Literally, I was banging on the desk — and you only missed a fraction of one step. It is unbelievable.Bruno
The shaping was a little broken, the footwork was a little flat-footed. It could get a little stomp-y. It still amazes me, as I’m sure it does those watching at home, every time you get on this dance floor.Carrie Anne
I thought your shapes were great. You had great oval arms.Derek
All of the elements of the Paso Doble — the first one of the season — were there. Fantastic!Bruno
You came out and you gave us a proper performance. Well done.Len
You got your hips up after those walks — I saw that brother!Derek
Title: bury a friend
The song bury a friend was featured on the debut album by Billie Eilish.
Danny McDougall, PhD, CSC — “Dr. Danny” — owns and manages TerpTheatre. Since 1986, he has interpreted in hundreds of plays, musicals and other performances on stage – most in the shadowed style. He teaches and lectures on the theory and practice of theatre interpreting. Danny is the chair of Sign Language Studies at Madonna University, and holds a PhD in Translation and Interpretation from Heriot-Watt University – where his dissertation explored the relationship between space and meaning during interpreted theatre performances.