May 18th, 2010


Dance of the Day - Latin

When Vaidotas Skimelis and Jurga Pupelyte performed this dance at Ohio Star Ball two years ago there was quite a bit of controversy. What appears to be a silly, over-the-top, ridiculous Latin routine, was actually danced in the old style from the 70's and 80's. While the audience laughed this up, a number of judges were offended by it - they'd made their names and reputations dancing Latin like this and saw themselves as being mocked. Notice the exaggerated arm movements, the focus on poses rather than lines, and the deliberate removal of nearly all torso movement. This was how Latin used to look.

Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself: