At this point, you can’t say that Nancy is scoring last because she is a poor dancer. On Monday, she and professional dancer partner Tristan MacManus performed the Tango for their regular performance and the Jive for their Instant Dance, which features the duos having to adapt their choreography to music given to them during the live show. Judge Len Goodman was very happy with Nancy’s first performance, while judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought the routine was clean despite a slipup at the end. Her Jive, while slightly adorable, was a flashback to the first couple of weeks; the judges were not impressed, and Len compared it to the end of a fairytale, saying it’s midnight and time to go home. Truth be told, Nancy just isn’t as polished of a dancer as one would hope for in the finals. She has her shining moments, but a few bright spots aren’t enough to win the Mirror Ball trophy. She should count her blessings that she survived longer than Chynna Phillips and even Kristin Cavallari, but it’s time to get serious.
Topping the leaderboard on Monday was J.R. Martinez with a perfect-score night – two 30s and nothing but praise and swooning from the judges. It was no surprise that J.R.’s graceful Waltz earned a 30, but the Instant Dance is one of the toughest challenges of the show, if not the toughest challenge; for him to nail it, it just proves, like I said after week’s one performances, he deserves to win this competition. His Instant Dance, also the Jive, was amazing; I dare say it was better than his Waltz. You never would’ve known it was his Instant Dance, and the judges thought it was sensational and the best performance of the night.
Want to Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango and Jive like the stars? Check out these New Hampshire dance studios:
Arthur Murray, Manchester - http://arthurmurraymanchester.com/
Great Bay Academy of Dance, Portsmouth - http://www.gbadance.com/
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, Bedford - http://www.snhdt.org/