How do TV dance pros get their partners ready each week?
November 19, 2009 12:37 PM Subscribe
What do pro dancers do to get their celebrity amateurs so good, so quickly?
posted by philosophygeek to sports, hobbies, & recreation (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
In shows like Dancing with the Stars, the pro dancers manage to get their amateurs to perform at a pretty respectable level, given that many of them have no previous dance experience and they're learning a new style each week. The same is true, to a lesser extent, for So You Think You Can Dance: although the choreographers are working with talented dancers, the dancers are often learning a brand new style, and yet they perform it incredibly well in just a week.
How do the pros in these situations manage to bring up their dancers to such a high level so quickly? Obviously, part of it is spending 6+ hours a day on the routine, but even so, those are grueling days, and I don't know how the pros keep their ams mentally sharp over that long of a practice session. So how do they do it?