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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Monday, April 28, 2008  
DWTS - Week Seven

They now have to perform two dances each. It gets harder and harder for them. Tonight there was a ballroom round and a Latin round.

Marissa and Tony

Dance: Tango Score: 27
Dance: Rumba Score: 25 Total Score: 52

Len said the tango was her best dance yet! Tony was so excited again, and she was thrilled. It was passionate and dramatic. They praised their rumba and thought she was passionate. Bruno wanted her to be dirtier and Len wanted her to give it a bit more welly (whatever that is). She was so excited and happy, and Tony said she went from 6's to 9's and was so proud of her.

Cristián and Cheryl

Dance: Viennese Waltz Score: 25
Dance: Samba Score: 21 Total Score: 46

Beautiful waltz even though the judges found things to criticize. They looked wonderful together and were graceful and romantic. The samba started out energetic and fun, but Cristian pulled a muscle in his arm and stumbled through the rest of the dance but had done most of it. The judges said they would score him based on what happened before the injury but didn't. He was better than 7's, especially better than Shannon's all 8 Samba. Irritating! He'd better not be eliminated because of this.

Kristi and Mark

Dance: Viennese Waltz Score: 26
Dance: Cha Cha Score: 28 Total Score: 54

Well, that is a surprise. The judges gave them lower scores than before, and I don't know why unless it was back off some and equalize things. These judges are not consistent and are hard to figure out. Len was crabby tonight or as Bruno called him "cranky pants." Cougar Ann was her usual critical self. The cha cha was rockin' and energetic and fun. Bruno and Crazy Ann loved it with 10's, and Len not so much and gave them an 8.

Mario and Karina

Dance: Foxtrot Score: 24
Dance: Mambo Score: 27 Total Score: 51

Mario had to learn three dances this week - two for the show and one for his music video. He didn't like the foxtrot but did well and looked smooth and graceful. Len thought he wasn't elegant enough. Crabby Ann said he mastered difficult routines and didn't miss a step. Their mambo was better. Mario liked it more and Karina is a world champion Latin dancer. The judges said this was his dance and all of them loved it.

Shannon and Derek

Dance: Tango Score: 27
Dance: Samba Score: 24 Total Score: 51

Aha! Derek was hard on her in rehearsal to get her irritated with him for the tango. He told her the end results would make it worth it, and she muttered, "Not if you go home alone, it won't." Hmmmm, that's interesting. She's just still too stiff and gangly to me, but Len and Bruno are suckers for long-legged pretty women. She had a fake bottom but still didn't have hip movement.

Jason and Edyta

Dance: Quickstep Score: 29
Dance: Paso Doble Score: 26 Total Score: 55

This was quite a quickstep - energetic, fast, and smooth! What fun! He did a hand stand at the end and was great. The judges thought so, too. Bruno thought it was the performance of the night. Their paso doble was powerful and dramatic and different since the music was the Monday Night Football theme. Loved it! The judges agreed, but of course Critical Ann pointed out the lift when Edyta's foot briefly left the floor. Their costumes were the colors of the Dolphin uniforms.

Next week Mario Lopez will be on with something from A Chorus Line in which he's appearing on Broadway. Wonder if there will be any drama with him, Karina, and the young Mario. And be still my heart!! Maksim will return! Yes! He and Mel B will dance. Ah, just for old time's sake, let's look at him and sigh.

I am ready for Shannon to leave and am sure she'll cry when she does since that's what happens when she doesn't like the scores or critiques. It's hard for me to know about the others because I enjoy watching all of them. I want Jason to stay for sure and hope he'll be in the finals along with Kristi, who will probably win.

Watching the dancers makes me wish I'd appreciated my body when it looked good, and I didn't even realize it. All I could do was focus on the imperfections. I didn't use my power either. Oh well. C'est la vie.

11:06:00 PM

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