“DANCING WITH THE STARS” (DWTS) debuted on ABC in 2005. Since then, this reality TV series has maintained a regular following, a viewership enamored with celebrities gliding (or fumbling) across a stage performing creative routines. And what have these folks learned throughout the years? Devoted fans discovered that dancing IS a SKILL; what you think you know about this art is probably wrong.
DWTS, myths this reality TV series broke about dancing:
Athletes are stupid.
Untrue. These super fit competitors conquer other DWTS participants because of a unique knack to memorize beats and foot movements. Regardless of their sport – racing, football, or gymnastics – this group becomes one with the dance. Check out the DWTS roster: over 50% of the winners are athletes.
All blacks have rhythm.
This stereotype has been broken over and over again on DWTS. Black entertainers who keep the masses laughing or thinking because of their talent can’t dance. Here is a short list: Wendy Williams, D.L. Hughley, and Sherri Shepherd.
Pro dancers never mess up.
The professional DWTS dance crew bumbles on occasion; they either fall or forget steps. Partners, judges usually call them out. What happens afterward? The person either shrugs off his or her mistake or cries (sorry Karina ).
Stature matters in dancing.
Not in all cases. Minis (Shawn Johnson, 4’9) and mammoths (Emmit Smith, over 200 lbs) can shake it up with the best of them. This variation also applies to age as long as the male or female is between 20 and 50.
Dancers can do any dance.
The truth: technical dancers cannot always do hip-hop or vice versa. For this reason, DWTS pros like Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have an edge. You can tell both of them have a night life helping them better understand how to bump and grind like regular partiers at a club.
Thanks to DWTS, these myths about dancing are dying out. (See, reality TV is good for something.) Viewers never can tell who is going to earn the coveted mirror ball. They just know it will probably be someone who’s paid to catch a ball or do summersaults.
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