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“Dance with the stars: Juniors recap: Season 1, Episode 7

Have not the small participants danced to songs from their birth year a reminder of how young they are and…

Have not the small participants danced to songs from their birth year a reminder of how young they are and how old are we? Apparently not as the juniors jump into time machines and learn about different decades (okay, and sent to the future). You know, far away times like the 1980s! Breaking my ego once more, this is a perfect theme for the kiddos. The themes and stories about their dances are a bit of their comfort zones, and some of them learn a bit of history. You know, like Angelina Jolie is not an actress from the 1940s. In addition, we can see Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz dancing Macarena with Honey Boo Boo to celebrate the 1

990s, and for that one, you can never be grateful.

Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold (1950s)
Mentors: Lindsay Arnold
Jive, “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets
Miles do their homework this week (see children, Even this boy who is dancing all week has time to do some homework) and learns some fun 1950s factoids that also blunt his mentor, Lindsay. Bless Miles for this Exchange: When he tells his team of frozen dinners invented in the 50’s, Lindsay asks what people did before frozen dinners. His answer? “They made dinner.” Aside from great facts in the 50’s, Miles and Rylee perform a I Love Lucy themed jive and it is easily one of their best dances. Miles are super sharp in his tabs and kicks and their side by side sections are so synchronized it’s crazy. I’m happy Choice gives Rylee a shout to be a good partner – she kills it in this routine. Hopefully, Miles celebrated a frozen dinner after. Or not.
People: Gleb Savchenko
Jazz, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae (19659006) Jepsen
All the incredible music of the 1980s and they go with … “Call me maybe”? Do not care, it’s a great song and has an 80’s sense of it (could not you see Debbie Gibson rock this?), But like, choose an 80-song song! I appreciate the shrinking of the hair but it is not enough! Apparently Gleb also asks much more from his team this week as well. Mackenzie is a big (educated) dancer, so he drives her to become better and more focused. He’s tough, we know this. The routine is fun and it looks like a box of crayons vomited on the ballroom (v. 80’s), but the judges want more from Mackenzie as well. Adam and Val wants to be emotionally moved – and the leg just does not cut it. Mandy points to some clumsy turns and misses, but she also compliments her hitch kick. If you want someone to praise your hitch kick, it’s Mandy Moore.
Judge Rating: 26/30

Mandla Morris and Brightyn Brems (Future)
Mentor: Cheryl Burke
Paso Doble, “Gangsta’s Paradise” by 2WEI
Okay , how long did it happen to you to realize that Mandla and Brightyn’s futuristic paso (what nobody wanted to disco through the 70’s?) was added to an epic orchestra version of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”? What a wonderful songwriter Mandela’s job this week is to be strong, impressive and aggressive – paso is the matador’s dance after all. He fills the most! Val has some notes about having more fighting, but Mandy points out that Mandla absolutely did not have any dance training so the fact that he can Adam is also a big fan: “If this is what Paso looks like in the future, I’m not angry with it,” he says. I mean, hope this is what the future looks like, or how?
Judging Points: 24/30

Ar Iana Greenblatt and Artyon Celestine (1940s)
Mentor: Brandon Armstrong
“Classic” by MKTO
Yet another interesting song choir for the allotted decade, but we really need to talk about Ariana who names Angelina Jolie as her Examples of “Old Hollywood. “I know these kids are young – how can you forget?” But this became really hard. “At least after dance, she is called Audrey Hepburn as her favorite actress.” We are approaching! Quickstep is a tough dance for a little dancer – so much of It must be in the frame – but Ariana and Arty make it easy. Brandon’s choreography is great and mixes the modern with the 1940s in a smart way (the side by side they pretend to be framed? I’m dead.) The judges do not have much to say, essentially only agree that this is a hard style to be handed over, but thanks for the judge’s coming?
Judging Points: 27/30

Sky Brown and JT Church (1920s) ]
Mentor: Alan Bersten
Charleston, “A Little Party Never Killed None (All We Got)” by Fergie & Q-Tip & GoonRock
Now this is how to choose a modern song to go with A retro style. Sure, Baz Luhrmann made it easy on them? Yes, but who cares? Ch arleston is the perfect party dance and Sky and JT do not skimp on the party. The routine is fast but never chaotic, and Sky seems to be checked all the time. The girl got her Charleston turn down. Mandy warns of coming and behind the beat a few times, but overall, the judges are big fans of Sky and JT. How can you not be when she continues to tell the kids inspirational things like “If you want to do something, just do it.” Sure, she stole it from Nike, but she does not know!
Judge’s score: 27/30

We are heading to the semifinals next week, so this is a hard shot – they are so close to winning that trophy! Sorry, this week we say goodbye to Mandla and Brightyn as Team Cheryl sent home. Now that we are down to the last four, who do you think has a shot to take this child home?

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