They proceed to rehearse, and
She's got this:
Note that in the Argentine Tango part of the gif, Meryl does her kick/swing back while Val does a sharp bent knee AT tango inside kick. It's meant to be a mirror move, and sort of tricks the eye that it is, but she's not doing the AT move (haven't reviewed the proper names) that's he's doing.
Don't want to leave anybody in suspense about this week:
Let's lift the veils, and look at how balletic:
|There she is.|
So Meryl tells Maks:
|"It's not me. It's you."|
Here's Charlie's dance this week, the cha cha.
I considered titling this post, "How does it feel, Charlie." And/or how does it feel Ms. Belbin, come to wonder.
Charlie's got a unique opportunity to see this shit go down from the outside. Here he is, paired with a pro partner who really does it. Charlie's now into the process. He likes it. He's learning stuff. He learns new routines, real ones, because his partner puts in the content. And he's pretty good, considering. However, compared to his erstwhile ice dance partner, he's getting dicked over in the scores. His ice dance partner merely has show up in a diaphanous ankle length costume and do the same program set to different music each week in order to get tenned up the ass. Each week her choreography is the same posing and face acting, broken up by the same three or four bent-legged, off-time, off-balance moves, and filled in with some trotting and walking. Meryl gets apologies if someone even thinks about not giving her a ten. Just like when Meryl and Charlie got a little huffy when, on rare occasions, the mass-fellating from the judges wasn't delivered with the expected enthusiasm, Meryl got a bit shirty when her hip bumping Maks, "dancing" with him at arms' length, kicking bent legs and waving her hands in the air got only nines. I guess she'll just have to look at those protocols.
As I said in the comments section for the post below this one, Charlie and Sharna broke hold a couple of times in their tango so she could spin, and so he could arrest her spin. She didn't walk halfway across the dance floor. It was all phrased to the next beat. Still, nope, nope, here's two nines, and a seven from Len because of that hold breaking.
Everybody in that celebraquarium, or whatever they call that DWTs fishbowl where the others watch the performances, saw that Maks and Meryl killed fourteen and a half seconds walking side by side, broke hold repeatedly, and kind of hung out looking at each other while they broke hold. I figure they've all noticed her moves this week look like her moves last week, which look like her moves from the week before. Ten ten ten ten!! Charlie - have some nines and maybe an eight!
He's doing it, she's not. And as he has a real teacher who is actually teaching him, he knows he's doing it, and Meryl's not. He knows he got punished for breaking hold, and that she rang a perfect score for breaking hold even more.
He's not exactly Virtue and Moir to Meryl's Charlie and Meryl, but the experience is similar in its own small bore way. Wonder if he gets it.
Here's some of the tango gifed and capped, more later.
|Fourteen and a half seconds of walking.|
Second or third hold break and scurry scurry scurry scurry scurrry.