Season 20 Weekly DANCE Trivia

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      • Wow! Right out the gate, what a mesmerizing, showstopping, Broadway-like first week dance!
      • Didn’t you think that dancing the Foxtrot in only Week 1 was a very surprising dance choice?
      • Derek danced this dance in Week 1 only once before, but that was for the All-Star Season.
      • Also surprisingly, that Foxtrot that season earned him his lowest Foxtrot score ever, a 22. Huh?
      • This season’s Foxtrot received only two major critiques: it had a “Derekesque-entertaining lift (How dare he? ☺), and Nastia was too limber in her back. We can live with those. ☺

Foxtrot Trivia

      • The Foxtrot, as a dance, is much like the waltz, but the music is different; it’s danced in 4/4 time, rather than 3/4 time.
      • Did you know that the Foxtrot was originally called the “Bunny Hug”? Don’t ask me why.
      • The Foxtrot was even more popular in the 40’s than the Waltz, the Tango, or even the Lindy Hop.
      • When Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” debuted in 1955, people danced the Foxtrot to it.
      • Eventually, the Foxtrot split into a slow version and a quick version, and voila!, we have the origin of the Quickstep.
      • How’s that for some dance trivia?


      • For My Jam Night, celebs chose their favorite songs to dance to. Nastia’s choice…fantastic! Thinking Out Loud.
      • And what a night! Dressed in dreamy white; shirt open; beautiful…passionate… mesmerizing…stunning…sexy, hot Rumba; audience on their feet; first 9’s of the season! Not bad, eh? ☺
      • After Derek and Nastia’s dance, they were trending once again on Twitter. Yay!
      • For practicing with Nastia, and due to his hectic schedule, Derek had to text Henry with choreography instructions during the week. 🙂
      • Though he had less time to work with Nastia than normal, Derek choreographed and performed another Rumba that will go down as a truly memorable one.
      • What’s cool about Derek’s Rumbas, in general, is that they are usually ever so memorable.
      • Remember that triple turn movement from another of his Rumbas? It was with Lil Kim. Watch here.
      • And remember these? The Titanic Rumba with Shawn, the Material Girl Rumba with Maria, the Light My Fire Rumba with Amy, Waiting for a Girl Like You with Jennifer, the I Love Who I Am Rumba with Bethany, and my personal favorite is the Rumba that stars Derek’s hips towards the end.
      • Oh, you don’t know that one? I’m pretty sure Jennie was in that one too. 🙂

Rumba Trivia It’s About Those Hips!

Because you know it’s all about those hips
‘Bout those hips, no trouble
I said it’s all about those hips
‘Bout those hips, no trouble
It’s all about those hips

‘Bout those hips…hips…hips… hips!

      • Yea, it’s pretty clear that the Rumba is all about those hips, right? Well, actually, yes and no.
      • Ironically, the hip movement in the Rumba is really all about the legs and knees. Sorry, Meghan Trainor.
      • If one feels what the body wants to do naturally to maintain balance and control, “Every inch of the Rumba will be perfect from the bottom to the top.”
      • It’s all about the movement of the straight leg and the bending of the knee on the other leg to shift the weight.
      • This weight shifting and the keeping of the feet really close together cause the hips to move.
      • Watch this neat video. You’ll see the couple achieving this hip action…effortlessly…from the bottom to the top. 🙂
      • Look different from Derek’s choreography? That’s because the pros throw in other movements for entertainment value.
      • After all, 1:30 minutes of what you’re going to see in this video could get a tad bit boring. ☺


      • Wow! Now that Samba was on fire! All the ingredients you could want, Mami: fast, shaking hips, rotating pelvises, samba rolls, a shirtless Derek. What else could you ask for?
      • Dancing to Chillando Goma, which means “burning rubber” (as in tires), yeah, I’d say they were laying some rubber with that dance. ☺
      • The judges’ praise for the dance was effusive, but with a wee bit of nitpicking from Bruno and Julianne about Nastia’s need to work on her extensions.
      • With only three days of practice together to develop that “connection” that Julianne looks for, and with an injury to Nastia’s thumb, it was amazing to see how Derek and Nastia managed to pull it off.
      • Derek said that they got it done on N.E.T time = No Extra Time, meaning they use every moment together to practice.
      • He’s also discovered that for show days, it’s better for him to lay off of the caffeine, as that gives him an “out-of-body” experience. His beverage of choice? Grape juice. 🙂
      • Derek flew to LA, slept only three hours before practicing with Nastia from 7am until show time, and spent a total of twelve hours in LA before returning to NYC. Insane!
      • Isn’t it interesting how Henry fills in for Derek? Last week, he received choreography instruction by text. This week he watched video on his cellphone of Derek and Nastia’s practice sessions.
      • And when all is said and done, we leave Derek and Nastia right where they belong……….. on top of the leaderboard…again. Ah ye-ah!

Samba Trivia

      • What is a Samba? Well, there’s the dance done at Carnival time by costumed revelers in Brazil as they parade, galavant, and sing in the streets.
      • And then there’s the Samba done on Dancing With the Stars by a pro and his celebrity as they perform a rehearsed dance, ballroom-style.
      • The two types of Sambas are so different. Well…maybe just a little alike.
      • On DWTS, Samba is danced in partners, counter-clockwise, and it’s suppose to have its requisite voltas, botafogos, batucadas, and good stuff like that. Ask Len. 🙂
      • And more often than not, the Samba music on DWTS doesn’t in any way have the flavor of a typical authentic Samba. Surprisingly, Derek and Nastia’s Samba music did.
      • Brazilian Waltz is another name for ballroom Samba, though it doesn’t resemble a “waltz” in any way, shape, or form. Flip a coin for why it’s called that. 🙂
      • Ballroom Samba has a lot of speed, and syncopated timing, and lots of bounce action, with rolling hip movements, and pelvic tilts, and precise torso action, and… is really hard to do. We’ll just leave it to the experienced ballroom dancers to do it.
      • By nature, all Sambas are high-spirited, and cheerful, and playful…and without those qualities you lose the true flavor and sizzle of the dance altogether.
      • Shannon Elizabeth once captured the essence of Samba, referring to it as… “a party in your pants”. 🙂


      • Ah ye-ah! The first 10 of the season, and so deserved!
      • The Argentine Tango done by Derek and Nastia this week may just be the most elegant Argentine Tango Derek has ever choreographed.
      • Surprisingly, Derek said he had experienced a choreography block this past week due to so many performances for his New York Spring Spectacular, two each day on Wednesday through Friday, and three each day on Saturday and Sunday.
      • Despite any creative blocks, the final choreographed dance was amazing, and Nastia performed the most incredible lifts.
      • Though Len complained that the dance was not a classic enough Argentine Tango, he claimed it was a “fantastic dance.” And it was!
      • The other judges ganged up on Len, because in reality that dance was sooooo beautifully executed. Hey, Emma Slater said so. 🙂
      • When the Argentine Tango was introduced on Dancing With the Stars in Week 4 of Season 8, it was Derek and ‘Lil Kim who were the first couple to dance it.
      • Their performance of that new dance, in only Week 4, earned an amazing 27 out of 30.
      • The other scores for the AT that night were 19, 12, 16, and 30.
      • Gilles/Cheryl received the 30, but they danced next to last, while Derek and ‘Lil Kim had danced second. We all know how that works.
      • Turns out that that 27 has been Derek’s lowest score for an Argentine Tango in all his seasons, but that’s still a 90% success rate. ☺
      • Derek and Nastia’s score this week was a 36/40, also a 90% success rate. We’ll take it, yes?

Argentine Tango Trivia

      • Who would ever think that the Argentine Tango, such a mesmerizing and beautiful dance, had it’s origins in the brothels of Buenos Aries, Argentina?
      • That this dance was considered scandalous back in the 1880’s is an understatement. So how did it come to be accepted?
      • Here’s a twenty-second history of the Argentine Tango.
      • When the Tango from Argentina was first danced, it was danced in the bordellos of Buenos Aries — to music that was not only raunchy, but full of obscenities. No lie!
      • This dance was the epitome of passion and intimacy, so unlike dances before it.
      • Until the Waltz appeared around 1847, dancing “together” meant partnering up, but standing at a distance opposite each other.
      • No one, but no one, danced in “hold”, cheek to cheek, chest to chest, with their legs moving in and out of each other’s space.
      • “That” way of dancing had its origin in the backstreets of Buenos Aries, gradually got cleaned up, with people from the middle to upper classes slowly embracing the dance. (No pun intended.)
      • With Argentina being one of the richest nations in the world in the early 1900’s, the dance eventually found its way to London, Rome, Berlin and New York due to travelers, and Europeans began doing the dance.
      • Women’s fashion even adapted itself for the dance, with full, restrictive dresses changing to freer flowing wear to accommodate the moves of the dance.
      • By the time the dance returned to Argentina, men were dancing it in tuxedos and women in beautiful, glittering evening gowns. It had come a long way, Baby, from the slums of Buenos Aires!
      • And what’s the distinction between Argentine Tango and the Tango?
      • Well, the Argentine Tango, as we know it today, is the derivative of that terribly sinful dance originally done in the low-class areas of Buenos Aries.
      • The dance that we call regular ballroom Tango is an adaptation of Argentine Tango, differing in the depth of hold, closeness, and intimacy.
      • And, Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-… That’s all, folks. The end! 🙂


      • Whimsical, frolicking, and ever so sweet! Derek, with sideburns, hair parted in the center, and clad in a white uniform, looking every bit the part of Prince Hans, and Nastia, looking absolutely stunning as Princess Anna, performed together an impressive re-creation of a scene from Disney’s “Frozen.”
      • By any chance, did you miss seeing this fifth-highest grossing movie of all time? If so, for comparison to Derek and Nastia’s portrayal of Hans and Anna, here’s a YouTube video of the original Love is an Open Door.”
      • Despite the audience’s wild applause, and obvious appreciation for the Disney vignette, and the fact that many thought the dance should have scored a perfect 40 (You should see my timeline.), Carrie Ann docked the couple for their…lipsyncing. (Oh, you really should see my timeline after that one.)  ☹
      • Derek and Nastia’s dance order this week was 9th (last), which curiously was Derek’s same dance order last season for his Jazz performance with Bethany. The only difference, Derek and Bethany danced Jazz in Week 3.
      • Because Derek and Nastia have the highest cumulative average of the season (172/200), Nastia will be the team captain for next week’s Team Dance. (Val and Rumer have 171/200).
      • And right after the show, Derek tried to drive off to his late-night rehearsal for the team dance, but…his car was out of gas. Is that sorta analogous to him “running of out gas” due to his insane schedule? 🙂
      • By the way, not too surprisingly, Dancing With the Stars’ Disney Night raked in 13.9 viewers, the largest audience nationally among all the TV stations for Monday night.

Jazz Trivia – And All That Jazz!

      • Wanna dance some Jazz? Well, open up your iTunes. You can do Jazz to some of your Hip Hop, Jitterbug, Disco, and even Rock music.
      • All you need are some movements like big leaps…quick turns…fancy footwork… shaking or twisting or swinging…snapping of the fingers…nodding of the head…stamping of the feet… or basically whatever the mood of the music naturally causes you to want to do. That’s Jazz, folks! ☺
      • Oh, and the music you choose to dance to has to be syncopated, meaning that it is accented on a normally weak beat, rather than a normally strong one. So instead of ONE two, three, four, you might have something like one, TWO, three, four.
      • Jazz music also can have polyrhythms (conflicting rhythms), swing notes (unequal notes), and improvisation (spontaneous rhythm).
      • Jazz dance movements are so varied that they even differ from choreographer to choreographer, and according to the words and contents of a song.
      • One of the most famous Jazz dancers was Jack Cole, who is known as the Father of Jazz Dance. He’s also famous for choreographing Marilyn Monroe in “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”.
      • Katherine Dunhan is another famous Jazz dancer, who is known as the Matriarch of Black Jazz dance. She developed what’s called body isolationism, which is a style that most Jazz dancers dance today.
      • Isolationism is when one body part does its own movement. Remember Derek and Amber’s Jazz hands?
      • Can you guess what form of dance is a good foundation for being a great Jazz dancer? It’s ballet, due to the balance and grace required of each dance. Did you guess ballet? 🙂
      • And where did Jazz come from in the first place, you may ask? Look no further than the nightclubs of New Orleans. It came from a blending of movements much like boogie, swing, Charleston, jitterbug, hip-hop and lyrical dance done by African-Americans back in the 1920’s.


      • Tango
      • Breathtaking! That Tango had to be the best, the most intense, and certainly the fastest I’ve ever seen Derek perform with a partner.
      • People LOVED IT! Not sure why all the nitpicking from the judges, but we can only speculate, right?
      • Lowballing Derek and his partner after having terrific scores for weeks seems to be a pattern with the judges. Let’s look at just his winning seasons, for example.
        Season 7 – Week 9 – Jive – 7-7-7=21
        Season 10 – Week 6 – Samba – 9-7-10=26
        Season 11 – Week 6 – Pasodoble – 6-7-7=20
        Season 16 – Week 6 – Team Samba – 8-9-8=25
        Season 17 – Week 9 – Quickstep, 8-8-8=24
      • Team Dance
      • For the eighth time out of thirteen, Derek’s partner ended up being captain for the team dance due to having the highest overall average. However, she and Derek weren’t able to participate in the dance’s conception after selecting team members.
      • How about Team Yolo’s choreography and execution of their Freestyle team dance! Perfection!
      • Even though Derek had been in New York all week and had only one morning to learn the dance, it had his signature synchronization all over it.
      • Team Yolo took quite a chance having props, such as beach balls and scarves. Any number of things could have gone wrong. But they didn’t!
      • And what’s the status of Derek’s record of winning every team dance he’s ever performed in? Intact…sort of. Well, he didn’t lose! It was a tie! ☺
      • Derek’s Injury
      • Unfortunately, Derek was injured after the show when rehearsing with Maria Menounos for the upcoming 10th anniversary show.
      • Derek hurt his foot after he smashed it on a piece of equipment, and when he went to grab ice to put on it, he fell down the stairs, rolling his ankle. His left foot has been wrapped and held by splints, and his right foot was encased in a therapeutic boot. It’s been reported that he broke a toe on one foot and that he has a sprain and bruise on the other. Poor baby!
      • The way Derek’s injury occurred reminds us of his Season 7 injury in which he was walking backwards, tripped over a box, tried to break his fall by jumping up, but caught his foot on a stage light which sent him further into the air, causing him to fall onto his back on the wooden dance floor, and then smashing the back of his head.
      • We’ve got to have some body angels surrounding our man at all times. We’re praying for his quick recovery.

Tango Trivia – Click here.
1) Tango vs. Argentine Tango: How To Tell Them Apart
A chart that compares and contrasts the two different styles of Tangos.

2) How the Tango Conquered the World
Includes a really cute video about How The Tango Conquered the World. It’s mainly about Argentine Tango, but it’s so cute and informative, I’ve included it this week. 🙂


      • Masterful choreography! The work of a craftsman! That’s our Derek. Down and out for the count himself, but he created an insanely fun Modern Charleston for Nastia and Sasha.
      • The subway-themed Charleston, with Andy Grammar on the train, and the other riders dancing along, was just so innovative and cool. And how about that slow-motion? Genius, Derek!
      • I would have loved to see Derek dancing that Charleston with Nastia, but our beloved Sasha, bless him!, filled in more than ably.
      • Derek, of course, had quarterbacked in a chair from the sidelines all week, making sure that everything was just perfect! And it was! He’s a control freak, you know. 🙂
      • In Season 15, Derek joked about being a control freak, and how he was so into creatively controlling Shawn and Mark’s dance, that they physically had to tie him down to prevent him from injuring himself further.
      • Don’t think he needed to be tied down this time. That injury of his is in “control.”
      • And how about Derek having Andy Grammar sing on the subway train, and Derek singing along with him? Neat addition.
      • As Tom quipped, “And that’s how you make lemonade out of lemons.” Hey, we all enjoyed that “lemonade”, didn’t we?
      • Had Derek been able to dance, this would have been only his 4th time dancing the Charleston, having danced it only three times before, twice with Amber Riley (24 & 30) and once with Sadie Robertson (32) (Switch-Up Week, Season 19).
      • Nastia and Sasha (Derek) won immunity, having the highest score for the evening, and did not have to participate in this week’s Dance-Off.
      • This is the third time that “Derek” has won immunity in the four times immunity has been offered. He and his partner won it in Seasons 16 and 17 as well.
      • How many times has Derek actually missed dancing on a DWTS show? Three times! He missed Week 5 of Season 9 due to the flu; he missed Week 7 of Season 15 due to a bulging disc injury; and he missed this past week, of course, due to a broken toe and sprain. (See Derek Trivia).
      • It was pretty sad to see Derek hobbling along behind the scenes on AllAccess. 🙁 Tom even dubbed him with a new moniker… “Hopalong Hough”. 🙂

Charleston Trivia – The Charleston’s Tainted Past

      • Oh my! First it was the Viennese Waltz, then the Argentine Tango, and now it’s the fun and exuberant Charleston that joins the group of dances with sullied pasts.
      • ‘Round about 1903, the dance surfaced in Charleston, South Carolina in the African-American communities there.
      • The dance was a probable backlash and counter-reaction to the prim and proper standards of the proceeding Victorian era.
      • In contrast to those Victorian moralistic and straitlaced behaviors, the Charleston was a new dance that crossed the bounds into the wild and woolly.
      • This “indecent” dance was associated with speakeasies, and flappers, and Ragtime Jazz.
      • In the early 1900’s, Jazz was equated with individual expression and sexual freedom, so the Charleston was, quite naturally… guilty by association. 🙂
      • Can you believe it? This fun and entertaining dance was actually banned from dancehalls. Yes, banned!
      • In those early days, the Charleston was seen as tantamount to having sexual relations on the dance floor! Hmmm.
      • It wasn’t until the 1920’s that this fun, snappy, high-spirited and quick-paced dance finally found social acceptance, even making an appearance in a Broadway show.
      • The basic step of Charleston resembles the natural movement of walking in place, with the arms moving in the direct opposite direction from the movement of the legs, and requiring a breakneck pace to rapidly shifting rhythms. It’s a dance of endurance.
      • Once upon a time, there was a woman by the name of Anne Cummings from the UK, who competed in a Charleston marathon.
      • Marathons were not about who the best dancer was , but who had the stamina to outlast everyone else.
      • And so as the story goes, Anne Cummings won that Charleston marathon, hands down… in just a mere 27 hours…wearing out six of her partners!
      • For your own dancing pleasure, here are three of the more commonly known Charleston songs. Surely you’ll want to dance to such catchy ditties as Ain’t We Got Fun sung by Doris Day, Toot Toot Tootsie, Good bye sung by Al Jolson, and Yes Sir! That’s My Baby sung by Eddie Cantor.
      • Sadly, the Charleston died out as a popular social dance in the 1930’s, when fashion dictated long sheath (tight fitting) dresses for ladies, making the Charleston impossible to do.


Dance Trivia – The Gladiators Pasodoble – The Irony

      • Loved this headline in an E! blog: “Derek Danced Again: Dancing With the Stars’ King Returns”.
      • This week, America was able to choose the dance, the music, and the costuming for our team, sooooo, Team Houghkin got to wear gladiator outfits.
      • Well, Derek did what Derek does best; he made lemonade out of lemons by choreographing an Emmy-worthy gladiator Pasodoble. Just all in a day’s work for our man. ☺
      • You gotta love Derek as a Roman Caesar, and Sasha and Nastia dancing in a Spanish Pasodoble duel, Sasha as a fierce gladiator, and Nastia as a beautiful Roman goddess. ☺
      • Here’s a bit of irony though. When the Romans conquered Spain in 218 BC, they introduced Spain to the Roman-style gladiator games, but when the Visigoths laid waste to the Romans in 415 AD, the Visigoths got rid of those horrid games and replaced them with a much more civil sport… bullfighting. Hmmm.
      • Derek was absolutely running on all engines creatively when choreographing for the second dance of the night, the trio Jive.
      • The choreography concept was just brilliant! Kind of reminds us of Derek’s dual-reality dance performed with Kellie Pickler and Tristan McManus in Season 16, doesn’t it?
      • It was nice that Derek did a bit of dancing in this Jive, and he didn’t look too shabby either.
      • William Shatner tweeted: “Derek has to be commended. Injured but still dancing.”
      • Tom said, “Nastia and Sasha [and Derek], with some of the best broken–toe dancing you’re ever gonna see.”
      • Out of five prior seasons of performing in trio dances, Derek had never earned a perfect score for any of them, until this week!
      • And only three times out of 19 times have any of his Jives earned a perfect score (Seasons 10, 16, and now).
      • In the current standings, Derek and Nastia (and Sasha) have 117 points with the combined totals from last week and this week (41 + 36 + 40). Rumer and Val tie them with 117 points as well (37 + 40 + 40).
      • And drum roll, please!!! Derek and Nastia are headed to the semi-finals!!! This is the 13th time in 15 seasons, folks! 🙂
      • Let’s thank Sasha for being so awesome! And let’s pray that our man, Derek, can complete the rest of the season….and get that 6th win! 🙂

Pasodoble Trivia – The Dance From France (Huh?)

      • Imagine this scene! A tall, slim, matador (toreador), attired in an intricate, finely-tailored bullfighter uniform, enters the arena to the shouts of an adoring crowd. An angry bull spots the toreador’s red cape and angrily charges him. But the proud and confident bullfighter coolly dismisses him with a simple double sweep of his cape. ¡Bravo! roars the crowd.
      • You have just seen in your mind’s eye a depiction of a bullfight, the iconic sport of Spain, and also of the movements that are portrayed in the ballroom dance known as the Pasodoble.
      • In Spanish, paso means “step” or “pass”, and doble means “double”. Thus we get the double step or the double pass.
      • The roots of the words matador or toreador for bullfighter are matar, “to kill”, and toro for “bull”.
      • In the dance, the male simulates the scene from the bullfight, moving calmly but quickly, manifesting pride and grandiosity.
      • The female represents (1) his cape by moving fluidly and gracefully back and forth, just as a cape would.
      • In the dance, she can also represent (2) the charging bull, or the beautiful (3) señorita dancing the Flamenco for her esteemed matador.
      • All three of these portrayals can often be seen in the same dance: cape, bull, and señorita.
      • The conventional music of a Pasodoble majestically heralds the matador upon entering the arena when he salutes the audience, and later just before he kills the bull (unless the bull gets lucky). ☺
      • The Pasodoble, as its name implies, has a double step, and is danced to music that is played in 2/4 time.
      • The steps are like a rhythmic march danced 1-2-1-2. (The double step).
      • Ironically, this dance does not originate from Spain at all. It emerged from Southern France, where it was created in the 1920’s in emulation of Spanish culture.
      • In the French dance, Spanish music is used, as well as the movements from typical Spanish dances, leaps, stomps, and a whole lot of attitude. ☺
      • The Pasodoble is not meant to be a social dance, but rather to be performed, dance competitively, or watched. However, you will find it danced in some social situations in Spain, France, Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, and Venezuela.
      • As simple as the 1-2 step of the Pasodoble is, it has like 30 variations! For brief video clips of the movements, click here. Wow!


Dance Trivia – The Semi-Finals

      • Wow! Week 9! Aren’t you so proud of what Derek and Nastia have managed to accomplish, especially with all the obstacles they’ve had this season?
      • What exceptional choreography again this week from Derek! That Quickstep, danced by Nastia and Sasha (Derek couldn’t do all the bouncing, due to his injury) was another spectacular dance, so engaging, compelling, and with so many flawlessly performed artistic details.
      • And what about that Viennese Waltz danced by Derek, Nastia, and Len Goodman? Was there a dry eye in the house? Just stunning!
      • Thank you, Nastia, for being such a phenomenal and dedicated partner for Derek.
      • Derek is still the only pro to have gone all the way to Week 9 with 14 of his 15 partners, and to the semi-finals with 13 of his 15 partners. What an incredibly outstanding record!
      • He missed the semi-finals by only two weeks in Season 6. And in Season 8, though he went to Week 9, that was an 11 week series, so he missed the semi-finals by one week.
      • Our man Derek has missed going to the finals only 5 times out of 15 seasons.  A mind-blowing record. No other pro can say the same.
      • We will miss our man in the finals, but…now he can rest his feet for his amazing Move Live on Tour 2015 which begins June 12. 🙂

Quickstep Trivia: The Skinny

      • Believe it or not, the Quickstep was originally a military march in 1850. Yep. It was.
      • Then the Quickstep further developed from a blend of the Peabody, the One Step, the Charleston, the Foxtrot and other 1920’s dances.
      • The Quickstep matured from the Foxtrot when bands began playing the Foxtrot music too fast. ☺ Then it was called the “Fast Foxtrot”.
      • When the “Fast Foxtrot” was slowed down, we got a dance called the  “QuickTime Foxtrot and Charleston”.
      • When the Charleston was removed from the dance, and two people danced it together, we got the Quickstep, as we sort of know it today.
      • At times, you can see influences from the dance’s Foxtrot, Charleston, Black Bottom and Peabody origins.
      • The dance is characterized by being performed in closed position with a running step, hops, skips, flicks, points, kicks, and the crossing of the feet.

Viennese Waltz Trivia: The Skinny

      • The Viennese Waltz is the oldest of the ballroom dances and originated in Austria and Germany.
      • The dance was considered scandalous when it first emerged due to the fact that women and men were holding each other (gasp!), and that women wore dresses to perform it that showed their ankles (horrible!).
      • The dance is very fast, apparently because the wooden dance floors of the time allowed for a great deal of speed around it, as well as the better shoes that were worn to perform it.
      • Waltz means “to turn forward from one place or to advance by turning.”
      • The dance is characterized by these turns; the natural turn to the right (clockwise – six counts), the reverse turn to the left (counter clockwise – six counts), and the change step (contrachecks, fleckerls, hesitations, hovers, and passing changes), which is in between the natural and the reverse turn.

Archived Season 19 Weekly DEREK TRIVIA. Click here.

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