There's a bit of a kerfuffle in the celebrity world. Some people are outraged that Metta World Peace got voted off Dancing With The Stars and that Rob Kardashian got fewer points than Chaz Bono. Online, the Kardashian sister threw down on twitter, accusing the show of being rigged, saying that bro Rob "did so good," and others accused her of murdering the English language by wrongfully using "good" as an adverb.
It's not often that I venture into the world of pop culture. But I was fascinated by the question of whether Chaz was actually better than Metta and Rob. It may not be well known, but it has been said that Dr. Weiss was quite a dancer in her younger days.And so, on a slow news day, I was mesmerized by watching the performances again on YouTube this morning.
I have a few thoughts about Chaz as a dancer
First of all, I have to admit that I didn't watch the show on Monday night. I had said that I would, but I forgot that my class schedule this year includes a class on Monday night that goes until 9:15pm. So I followed the twitter feed after class, and I saw the video. When I first viewed the video, I thought it was all Lacey and no Chaz. But then, this morning, I saw that Metta World Peace was voted off, and read about Kim Kardashian's comments on Rob's low standing, and I watched their videos too. After that, I had a far different opinion of Chaz's dancing.
Peace was stiff and didn't do much. The music chosen was a bit lame, and seemed designed to allow him maximum flexibility to avoid the need to stick to a tight rhythm. Here's his video. Watch to see how little he actually does any moves.
Kardashian clearly does better. He moves around the floor with some grace, but I couldn't help feeling I was watching a teenage boy awkwardly trying to connect with his partner. Sometimes his moves were a split second behind his partner's, giving the impression that he wasn't sure of the next move. Here's his video.
But when you watch Chaz, you see a man who is clearly comfortable with the dance. He took the stage with authority in the beginning, and his moves were all in rhythm with the music. He had flair. He knows how to give those small flourishes that make a dance snap to the music's rhythm. Here's his video. He had a wonderfully beaming smile on his face to start with. Right from the beginning, his moves were in sync with Lacey's as they walked towards each other. He connected with Lacey with aplomb, pointing his free hand into the air with a graceful gesture while twirling his partner. As they walked down the stairs of the dance stage, he wasn't the most graceful person in the world, but he was in time with his partner. Then, as they took the main part of the stage, they both moved their feet from side to side, requiring one to actually get both feet off the floor in order to execute the move, which requires some athletic ability. Chaz did so with elan, and the effect was one of grace and joy. As he took Lacey's hand, and they danced a cha-cha move, their feet touched the floor at the exact same time in the same rhythm.
After the dance concluded, I felt that I was watching two people who clearly enjoyed what they were doing and doing it well. The main feeling I was left with was joy, as opposed to the feeling I had after Metta's dance (lumbering bear) and Rob's dance (awkward prom dance).