Got a better copy of this. As I just watched it, I had to take back the idea of not saying anything until tomorrow. My main question isn't just where did the Foxtrot happen, but where did the dancing happen?
Meryl actually walked this dance. I could see if it were contemporary, where you sort of walk around lyrically in between emoting and lifts, but this is Foxtrot. She was striding through the parts where she wasn't death dropping and kicking. I get when you've got somebody who's not really a dancer - and she's not - you break it up so they don't have to sustain a through line. I get it. But the part where we're to believe she was actually doing the assigned dance, she was walking and striding. No rise and fall. That's what I'm going to gif tomorrow.
|Look at Meryl foxtrot.|
One wonders what went on in training, and at what point
Maks realized he couldn't teach her to actually dance.
Break out the bag of schtick (He had Kirstie Alley
on the floor in one of their dances too. Of course, she
This guy's older than Meryl - it's John O'Hurley from Season 1, doing a foxtrot. I don't think he has a gold medal at home, but he's not taking a load off in the middle of his routine. I'm putting it here so the rise and fall can be observed.
Maks is certainly taking hold and muscling her along, but it's early stages. Let's wait til the dancing actually starts.
|5 steps, turn and kick.|
She's walking. Look at her
BIG wide steps.
5 steps kick, 5 steps kick - that's enough dancing.
|I don't know. Maks has someone who wore an Olympic|
gold medal in ice dance around her neck, yet decided fourteen and
a half seconds standing in place would pass better muster with
the judges than having her move.
This is the most dancing we get in the routine. Seven (?) steps. He's rising and falling but she's not.
There ya go. Maks quits yet again on actually teaching a partner to dance, but to be fair, maybe she's so hard-wired nobody could break through her 17 years of faking it.
I think we just saw this part. Oh well. Over. Three tens and a nine!
I wonder if all those folks at the beginning got paid AFTRA scale. As this began, I thought my second-hand embarrassment was going to be severe, but the beginning was the best part. Before he gets down to the floor, up there among the dancers and the crew, he's body Englishing it, he's moving to the music, he's got jazz hands. He's a little tight but keeping it laid back, and his timing is there. He jumps down to the floor, where it sets up to take off, but instead, he almost kicks Sharna in the head. Then he nearly pulled her arm out of its socket. Twice. Then he did some jiving with his alignment totally out of synch. He sticks his butt out, especially in turns. How many times have the judges told some male celeb to get their ass under them? Not Charlie. Running into different spaces to dance was also a flag. Switching spaces killed time and was sort of visual trick to make it appear more dancing was going on than actually was. He's also taking those GIANT hockey steps he took in tango. Sharna got herself and Charlie to more or less match in the first two dances but here we had fail.
This is going to be fun to gif. It's the first one that gives any of Meryl's efforts a run for its money.
One fan on one of the forums said this was the best male jive in the entire history of DWTs. Professional quality.
|And they say Meryl is the sprite.|
|Do a little of it, then|
run run run!
|Kill time standing in place, |
doing a lot of shit with your
It's just like watching him skate.
These re-caps aren't here because it's fun to rag on Meryl and Charlie. They're another look at how they move. This is relevant to how they were scored as ice dancers. It especially goes to rhythm and timing in pattern dances, and to control of your body in space. Yes, the floor is different from the ice, but you can either keep time and observe a specific rhythm or you can't. Meryl can't. DWTs just highlights/underscores this. As mentioned below, she also has an extraordinary inability to control her own leg when it's extended in space. That's very puzzling. She struggles to stay over her feet without external support. In fact, there was a "wrestler" on this show - Stacey Keibler - whose dancing I thought was overrated, but who could extend her legs in space with great control and at different tempos. Meryl is one note. She has one way of doing something and only one way of doing something, and everything else is a work around.
We can see when they dance, the lack of engagement of the torso, especially from her. These are things that ought to have been trained in them for the past seventeen years, beyond what the blades aren't doing. Look at the Shibs working off-ice with Corky Ballas. When it comes to ice dance, the "skates are different than the floor" is bogus to a large degree, because ice dancers have done floor work for years. It doesn't show in Davis White. DWTs goes to ice dance because it shows these two supposed ringers as incredibly fit and conditioned, but mediocre dancers. Combine it with mediocre skating, and the gold medal is a joke. It's not fair to measure them against any celeb with movement training. These people have dance training, on the floor, in ballroom, in Latin, and were given a gold medal.
Something else I've noticed about the two of them. I don't know what it means, but it interests me. Meryl is ripped. Her body fat appears negligible, has to be. You could see her entire sternum in one of her costumes - the whole thing. That's not good. But ripped, she is. Charlie, however, is not. He's thin, he's in condition, but he lacks some of the arm development we see in Scott, for example, when Scott's competing. I'm just curious what could account for the difference in tone. Meryl's muscle tone doesn't appear to help her control her limbs, so why is it so almost OTT? And why is Charlie's so much less? What does it say about how they work together, the mechanics of their partnership. I don't know, but I think it has to say something.
P.S. - Meryl lucked out with Maks. His reputation as a bad choreographer is so baked in that people are going to say he didn't give her a chance. One fan who is apparently new to Meryl complained that he didn't give her a chance to sustain her moves or finish anything. That's right. Because Meryl's just waiting for the chance. Because she has a title, it doesn't occur to non-ice dance fans that she didn't sustain or finish because she can't and never does, and that's why it looked the way it looked. Maybe the producers gave Maks, Meryl, not because they thought it would get him the mirror ball (although likely he thought so) because they figured he would be the one pro who, although his choreography would expose her, people would interpret it as him, not her.