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Dancing with the Stars Season 16 – Week 5: Side by Side

Hector’s Introduction to Week 5:

Following the Pro Couple, or Side by Side as they are calling it, turned out to be a good idea after all!  I was dubious at first, but to quote the Bard All’s well that ends well! I like it, how creative the DWTS production team is!  I’m a sucker for new twists and imagination!  That said, I’m also unfortunately the first to dump on the creators when the idea doesn’t work as well, like their dubious Prom Night!  In general, in the making of this show, there’s a lot of improvisation, or call it serendipity.  It’s part of the charm and attraction of DWTS.  In this live show, things don’t always turn out ideally.  This would seem logically appropriate, except big networks don’t like losing lots of money or ratings on slightly dysfunctional episodes.  I might add that Tom Bergeron, master of ceremonies supreme, helps a lot in fixing and balancing this show!  His humor and talent for making us trust that things are under control when they aren’t, is unparalleled!  Read More…


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Dancing with the Stars Season 16 – Week 4: The Best Year of our Lives!

Dancing with the Stars Season 16 – Week 4:  The Best Year of our Lives!

Hector:  Introduction

Week 4 theme brings us The Best Year of our Lives represented in dance.  Get out your handkerchiefs and prepare for an inspiring night.  This is a good theme night because it’s supposed to bring out the contender’s emotions.  If the dancing star cannot put his feelings into dance, nor have an emotional bond with his dancing partner and the viewing audience, it will not work, neither aesthetically or meaningfully.  Whether you’re a dance expert or just an average viewer watching, if it leaves you cold, it failed.   It won’t get the applause, nor the votes.  So get ready for a satisfying review, cause this theme succeeded in eliciting feelings in the dancers, the pros, and in our hearts!  Read More…


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Dancing with the Stars Season 16 – Week 3 Prom Night!

Here we go again!   Hector and Jayne’s dialectic over that entertainment milestone in American TV Culture.  What else?  Dancing With The Stars!  Week 3 brings us PROM NIGHT on April Fools Day!!

Hector:  Does anyone have mixed feelings about their prom?   Yeah, yeah!   Most everyone, even if you were Prom Queen or King (which I was not) probably feels this way.  Celebrating an experience like Prom Night, which often brings feelings of inadequacy, is risky.  It could be funny and successful, like Grease the movie was, or it could be a turkey.  I would dub Dancing with the Stars Prom Night at best a mixed bag; at worse a ship of fools.  Biggest fools were the production team, who had the badly handled idea!  It didn’t help much to enhance most of the couples dancing and at times made them look foolish.  Of course, it’s my opinion.   Read More…


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Dancing with the Stars Season 16 – Week 2 Thoughts!

Jazz, Jive and Quickstep!

Hector here!  Dancing with the Stars Season 16, Week 2!  Here we go again folks!   Going down the roller coaster with mixed emotions!  First week is like we’re going up and up.  This week we’re alternately thrilled and downbeat, euphoric for some, sad for others.  Jayne and I are going to break it down…so let’s get to it!  Read More…


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Dancing with the Starts Season 16 – New Pros, New Stars, New Dances!

Dancing with the Stars – Premier Review

If you are not a regular reader of At a Glance Mag, you may not have noticed a semi-common thread through a number of articles and interviews published here.  Dancing with the Stars is a favorite television show of mine and I have become acquainted with many lovely people who have been generous and helpful in providing their time to share with us.  So, it should come as no surprise that there will be some coverage of the show itself as it kicks off it’s 16th Season!  For this first night of dancing, I’ve invited one of our contributors, Hector, to share a bit of his impressions of the couples, the dances, chemistry…whatever he may feel like voicing.  Since I couldn’t stand to let him have all the fun, I decided to add my two cents in as well.  So, we will start off with an introduction paragraph from Hector and then a breakdown of each couple, listed in the order of HIS preference!  Read More…


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Dancing, Fundraising and Beatlemania

A Moment and an Event with Tristan MacManus…

If you are a fan of Dancing with the Stars you undoubtedly know of Tristan MacManus.  According to Tristan, he’s “The Hot One” on the show.  Ok, so the line was scripted, but I doubt you will find many who disagree.   The Irish born and bred Tristan debuted on Dancing with the Stars in Season Twelve as a performer in the Dance Troupe.  The following season he returned to participate in the competition, being assigned partner Nancy Grace and went on in subsequent seasons to compete with partners Gladys Knight and Pamela Anderson.  Tristan’s approach and teaching method with his partners, his skill and wit are all qualities which have endeared him as a fan favorite Pro dancer.  But there is more to Tristan than just dancing.  Read More

Tristan and Pamela Anderson - Photo Courtesy of abc.com

Tristan and Pamela Anderson – Photo Courtesy of abc.com


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Have You Met My Friend Josh?

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Photo Courtesy of Josh Sabarra

A Moment with Josh Sabarra…

When I started putting together ideas for the first interview articles launching this magazine, one person immediately came to mind.  I met Josh Sabarra online via Twitter.  Josh and I shared common interests, most notably that of a fondness for a television program called Dancing with the Stars.  Josh’s connection to the show was more than just fondness; as it turned out he had a much deeper connection to the program.  I’ll get to that, but first let’s meet Josh.  Read More