“Dancing with the Stars” started off with a truly ‘enchanted’ opening number, featuring Alfonso, and a couple of young dancers and the cast.
Rashad and Emma started the ‘Disney Night’ festivities with dancing a Fox Trot. Rashad was wearing proper 18th century attire, with his royal glitter velvet tailcoat with matching blue brocade vest and plain trousers. Lots of gold braid trimmed his formal ‘beastly’ togs and wrist ruffles added to his historic ‘peacock’ look. Emma wore a basic yellow ‘beauty’ of a dress. Their costumes were suitable for their theme, pretty enough, but nothing special.
Nick and Peta then danced a Jazz presentation with ‘cutesy’ costumes. I enjoyed Nick’s Pinocchio togs with bright colors, big buttons on his suspenders and feather in his cap. Peta’s basic black costume included big yellow buttons on her red crop-top, under her short, minimalistic black tuxedo jacket, leggings, and tiny top hat. Adding can-can skirts worked well with their costumes. Neither costume was extraordinary, but were suitable for their theme. The use of accessory items such as hats, shoes and bow ties can be important for conveying your dance theme without extreme costs.
Erika and Gleb danced a classy and elegant Viennese Waltz with Gleb in rather traditional-looking formal attire with his black satin shirt, basic black vest and pleated trousers. Erika wore a beautiful dusty pink gown with long mesh sleeves, beautifully low-cut bodice and matte-finished woven skirt with sheer, shiny, blue-iridescent godet insets to create her lovely skirt fullness. The iridescent skirt panels along with the multi-colored (including blue) rhinestones included in the asymmetrical rhinestone patterns of her bodice hinted at the ocean water theme of their dance. Her gown was light and airy, and floated during her performance. I LOVED her costume!
Our Minnesota’s Alan and Heather presented a Jazz routine costumed with their “Frozen” theme. Again, both dancers were suitably styled in their historically Disney togs, but not overly impressive. I was rather surprised by Heather’s white briefs (the bottoms of her white blouse leotard-did you notice a few missing rhinestones on her collar?) showing over her dark-toned tights (under her lack-luster skirt). Her deep green weskit was attractive and coordinated with Alan’s deep green leather-look tunic with wispy fur trim and shoulder detailing. I didn’t like the bib-detail on his tunic. It looked stuck on and unattractive.
Bonner and Sharna were also in character while dancing their Tango, wearing themed, cartoon costumes. Very suitable but definitely not glamorous or classy. The orange plaid shirt worn by Bonner included narrow metallic gold threads woven into the plaid – the highlight of his costume, for me! Maybe the one-shouldered brown, bib overalls part of his costume brought back memories of the Zionsville HS show choir’s ‘River Folk’ set of costumes that we created this last winter! Sharna wore a blue velvet hoodie with pink zipper and strings, matching blue thigh-high stockings (which glue or double-sided tape did she use to hold them up during her rigorous dancing? – I know, do you?) I did enjoy her black, sunburst-pleated double-layered skirt with leather-looking waistband, but generally both costumes were pretty ho-hum.
Normani and Val danced a “Mulan”-inspired Paso Doble with very successful costumes, in my opinion. They wore black costumes with similar silhouettes, with feminine and masculine versions. Both costumes featured shoulder details and lots of visual fabric textures with the addition of a sheer, paneled skirt for Normani. I LOVED their costumes which featured just a touch of shine. They were perfect!
David and Lindsay danced the Jive wearing car-racing togs that I LOVED! Red vinyl-looking sexy jumpsuit on Lindsay and red leather-looking classy jumpsuit on David. Both featured bright yellow color-blocking, some red rhinestoning and a triple star detail on their chests. Just the right amount of glitz, along with wide belt detailing. Of course Lindsay’s front zipper was down, revealing a sexy red bra. Her costume was VERY similar to several seasons of New York Knicks ‘City Dancers’ team uniforms that Satin Stitches created, many seasons ago.
Nancy and Artem then danced an ‘enchanted’ Jazz routine with Artem in a basic, traditional charcoal gray ballroom ensemble with a tie matching Nancy’s dress. Nancy wore an aqua feminine, youthful, historical gown with gathered mini-puffed sleeves and a ruched empire bodice. Her skirt cut away at the center front to reveal a white underskirt. Little splatterings of rhinestoned flowers bedazzled her floating frock. Nancy’s age didn’t figure into the costuming equation – she emulated a young girl and looked great.
Simone and Sasha finished out the show with Simone FINALLY in a perfect costume that fit her body, her age and her theme of a Contemporary dance routine as Moana. Her bright orange lace top, sash and headband were bedazzled beautifully, and her asymmetrical white lace skirt over matching fringe was perfectly proportioned for her petite frame. And I loved the green vegetation around Sasha’s leather-looking cummerbund/waistband. They looked absolutely fabulous together. FINALLY!!!!
One of my favorite moments of the show was seeing Donny Osmond perform his song, "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan – it was great seeing him again! And it’s sad that Erika was voted off, as her costume was exquisite this week!