Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:29 PM
I thought the Samba would be a fun dance for Katherine, but she just didn't deliver for me. I think, just like in the AT, she was struggling to understand who her character was supposed to be and she did a bit of dancing by numbers, and it felt robotic and a tad soulless. The quality of dancing was nice enough at times, but really I think she was exposed as more of a beginning ballroom dancer in this dance than she has in any other. She was not the only one surprised at her 10s, and frankly, to me, the dance was over-scored. That dance was not close to being nearly perfect, either with her technique or the choreography.
I wish the judges weren't so desperate to keep her on that they would actually give her some real critique, which I think she deserves and would only help to make her a better dancer. Stop letting the Welsh Wiggler wriggle off the hook of constructive criticism when it is due her, everyone else has had their turn, and then some, it is beginning to look lopsided and it's unnecessary..
And another issue I have is that I believe Mark is really not putting forth his best work this season, as I've seen it. I have rarely liked his style of dance but I also haven't liked most of his partners, so when I saw he had Katherine I thought he might bloom teaching her, but it's been practically the opposite. Mostly I feel bored watching him with Katherine and I can't help but think that she would be getting better dances, more interesting choreography, if she'd been given to Derek or Tristan.
It is clear Katherine has quite a bit of natural dancing talent but seeing Mark squander it is one of the, many, unfortunate things to happen this season. Stop focusing on out-dancing your student, Mark, and maybe give her a dance that will truly earn her scores that she deserves.