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My thoughts on DWTS Season 16, Week 2

Here’s my take on the week 2 performances on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars…

Ingo: Really good quickstep. Lots of tricky closed choreography that he managed really well. He looks at ease in the ballroom division. If he could keep his elbows stiller and wider and pick up his chest a bit, his frame would be really quite good. Like all beginners he tends to stick his head forward as he does lowering actions but other than that he moves really very smoothly across the floor.

Dorothy: Quite an uncomfortable performance she missed a lot of connections and messed up her chicken walks and generally looked really uneasy out there. She should have such an advantage over the other competitors with her performance skills but I’m not seeing it yet.

Jacoby: Loved this jazz number. Talk about having loosey goosey daddy long legs! And boy does he know how to use them well! This number really played to his strength and he was lucky he didn’t have to do a lot of partner dancing except for lifts and tricks. This really gave him an advantage over the other competitors.

Victor: This was a good dance for him to do because it hid his hunched shoulders and showed up his athletic abilities. He had quite a bobble head in this number and that could be a weakness in the other dances. I love his personality on the floor though!

Wynonna: Talk about going from one extreme to the other last week she could only look down at the floor, this week she could only look up at the ceiling! Her frame was in the correct position and even though the routine was a bit boring she did it quite well. She is not going to win this competition being careful, she has to cut loose and have more fun out there!

Zendaya: Wow! She is the most composed and mature 16 year old I have ever seen. She has beautiful posture, stunning legs and a gorgeous self-awareness. Despite her height she rarely looks gangly or Bambi-ish. Cool number

Andy: What a kooky and really entertaining number. Andy really put it all out there and I appreciate how much effort you put into this performance. I wasn’t expecting such a good performance out of him at such an early stage in the competition. Great choreography for him!

Sean: Cutest intro! Loved the effect of the pool on the floor. If I could ever take my eyes off Peta to watch Sean (what a beautiful girl and amazingly strong dancer!) I thought that he did a good job. He looks like he’s having a great time out there and that is so appealing to watch.

Ali: She is working really hard on her frame but it is too distorted especially at the beginning of the routine. Her head was turned too far left and her right arm was locked out straight I found that really distracting. She actually got better as the routine went on and she relaxed a little bit.

Lisa: Are we going to have to watch Gleb take his clothes off every week?

D.L.: Terrible frame and musicality but I have to give him props for doing beautiful footwork on is opening sequence of progressives chasses and quarter turns.

Kellie: So flexible and precise. I thought it was the results show and watching a professional performance!
Great choreography by Derek (of course!).

If you have any comments or thoughts on my feedback, feel free to let me know on my twitter: @toniredpath

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