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Dancing With The Stars

Contemporary as New Style on Dancing With the Stars 2013: Good or Bad Idea?

It’s a lot to ask of a newbie. Just saying.

Dancing With the Stars Season 16 is introducing two new dance styles this season: Jazz and Contemporary. They started with Contemporary on the March 18 premiere, and the judges couldn't agree on what they wanted. They loved some stuff, not others, and it really wasn't based on clear technique. It’s hard to know how to judge Contemporary, since it’s such a visceral style, and seems best when done either by pros (like on the DWTS Results Shows or on So You Think You Can Dance) or later in the DWTS season when the couples have established more of a connection. But that's just one opinion.

What did you think of the Contemporary dances on the spring 2013 premiere? Were you impressed? Pleasantly surprised? Confused? Was it a good idea to add this style? Good style but maybe not right for Week 1? Wrong style for the show? Please share!