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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 21, 2008  
DWTS - Week Six

They perform two dances from now on, so it becomes even more difficult. Tonight they must do a dance they have not yet tried as well as a group dance. For the rest of the time, they are scored on two individual dances.

Jason and Edyta

Dance: Cha Cha
Score: 24

Their cha cha was sexy and hot to watch. Edyta took Jason to a free-style class for him to learn to move his body and dance more. The judges liked what he did but noticed some footwork problems. It's a good thing I don't look like Edyta because I'd flaunt myself all over the place. Jason and Edyta are so good looking. I'd like for them to stay on just so we can look at them.

Shannon and Derek

Dance: Rumba
Score: 24

Apparently Derek stayed out of the hospital this week after hurting his neck and having the flu the previous two weeks. Their rumba was smooth and flowy. Shannon is still stiff and has no hip action even after Derek took her to the beach to loosen up. Does this make her a dead dance? (sorry, sometimes I can't help myself) I think a showmance might be going on with them. Won't be the first time that happens on this show. Samantha and the judges might think so, too, which probably helped their rumba.

Marlee and Fabian

Dance: Mambo
Score: 21

I try to imagine how Marlee manages to dance and move to the music without hearing it and can't even imagine there being no sounds. The judges said her mambo looked forced, and it did. She didn't move her hips the way she has before. I predicted the judges would all give her 7's and was right.

Cristián and Cheryl

Dance: Fox Trot
Score: 27 (all 9's!)

Oh yes! The fox trot was graceful and beautiful. Bruno said Cristian was at his dashing best and that his footwork was excellent. Len said if he were in the bottom two this week, he'd show his bum in the supermarket. Let's hope that doesn't happen! He said he wanted to be known as Cristian de la Fox Trot. OK, he's gorgeous but not that clever.

Marissa and Tony

Dance: Viennese Waltz
Score: 26

Marissa had problems learning this dance and got dizzy during the spins. Tony took her to an aerial arts class which helped. She was graceful until the spin at the end which looked awkward to me. The judges praised this waltz, and Tony seemed more excited than Marissa when they gave their critique, and that's saying something. They were thrilled with the scores! Wow, two nines and an eight!

Kristi and Mark

Dance: Jive
Score: 30

Kristi said she was born with club feet and had to wear casts and have therapy to correct them. She's definitely overcome any problems she might have had from it and performed a rocking jive! It was peppy and fun for sure. Strange outfit though, especially the ruffly socks with the ankle-strap heels while Mark looked like a glittery Buddy Holley. The judges loved it and will give them a 30, I'll bet. Yep! All 10's! I loved it, too. They deserved and earned that 30. She should win this season because she's far and away the best of the bunch.

Mario and Karina

Dance: Rumba
Score: 28

Oh my! They danced the rumba to "Let's Get it On" which already sets quite a tone and they steamed it up even more. I need a cigarette! (and I don't even smoke) It was too raunchy for Len but not for Bruno and Cougar Ann who said it was better than good sex. They loved it. Karina's outfit would have been better with the drape in sheer red fabric instead of what looked like a sheet draped over her like a toga. The dance was hot!

All of the contestants and dancers did a group dance which Jason called Showdown at the Ballroom Corral. It looked like fun but very hard work since they could do lifts and all kinds of moves they can't do in this competition. Fun and energetic!

Predictions: Marlee will probably go this week. Next will probably be Shannon, Marissa, and Cristian if they just go by dancing. Popularity plays a large part because of the fan base, so sometimes it's hard to tell which way it will go. Jason will probably go before Mario, which will leave Mario and Kristi as finalists.

4:58:00 PM

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