Spring is in the air on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” new theme week. Monday’s episode of the reality TV ballroom competition show was all about taking a spring break. The atmosphere of the night ranged from the poolside to surfing to boardwalk arcade games to the beach.
After all the individual dances were complete, it was time once again for the team dances. They were divided into four couples for each side. Team Yolo was a nice take on the old school spring breakers from the film “Where the Boys Are.” Team Trouble took on students staying after school while in detention a la “The Breakfast Club” from 1985.
Opening the show was a delightful respite at a hotel pool with Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev. During the rehearsal video package Artem was actually clueless as to the tradition of spring break, not even Patti knew much about it. Essentially it dates back to 1928 when the city of Ft. Lauderdale in Florida built the first Olympic-size pool in the state for collegiate athletes. They used the pool when colleges took a break for a week from classes during the late winter and early spring periods.
South Florida is an ideal location to go swimming during that time of year, especially for college students coming from the north. In 1960 the film “Where the Boys Are” took spring break to another level with more and more college students flocking to Ft. Lauderdale. Patti and Artem danced a spirited quickstep to, appropriately enough, the song “Heat Wave.” During their dance, Patti kicked off one shoe and the other stayed on. She didn’t miss a beat and it was her best dance to date.
The judges were especially tough on most of the couples throughout the spring break night on “Dancing with the Stars.” Rumer and Val recreated the Destiny’s Child music video of “Bootylicious.” Naturally Len Goodman said it was too raunchy. He further went on to say it’s not appropriate for the ballroom, more like the bedroom. Nastia and Derek danced a brilliant tango, yet the judges were underwhelmed. During the interview segments with Erin, the troupe were actually grilling hot dogs and serving up chicken wings. Yum, this would make any viewer hungry.
Chris and Witney had the most improved dance out of all the couples. The judges were over the moon about it. Riker and Allison received the highest scores of the night with 37. Now it was time for the team dances. First up was Team Yolo. They had the best concept with an early 1960s vibe dancing to the classic “Wipe Out” by The Safaris. It was the best team dance out of any season. It featured brilliant costumes, set design, and choreography.
Team Trouble was completely bare-boned in comparison. Patti played the teacher in a detention hall. Oddly enough both teams each received 39 out of 40. Clearly Team Yolo was more deserving of it. Four couples were in jeopardy that included top scorer Riker and Allison. It was Patti LaBelle who went home.