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Entries by Tonya Plank from 04/2008

Dancing With the Stars Reaches a New High By Showcasing Alvin Ailey

| Posted 04.02.2008 | Entertainment

The most unhelpful and belittling thing a dance student can hear is that they are "boring" and "better than that," without specifying what "that" is.

Step It Up And Finally Dance

| Posted 04.21.2008 | Entertainment

Last Thursday's episode of Step It Up And Dance, Bravo's new reality dance show, which premiered three weeks ago, was, for the first time, actually about dance.

Where Were The Hips?!: Dancing With the Stars Week 5

| Posted 04.22.2008 | Huffington Post

This week's dances were Rumba and Samba, my two personal favorites. So, I guess it makes sense that I'm going to be most disappointed if those don't c...

Dancing With the Stars: The Musical Mambo Gets Marlee Matlin Booted (and Shannon Elizabeth Hangs On)

| Posted 04.23.2008 | Entertainment

I would have liked to hear Marlee's perspective on her difficulties. We heard the judges say everything looked "forced," but Mambo is impossible without being able to hear the music.

What Does It Take To Convict Police in The Shooting of an Unarmed Black Man?

| Posted 04.27.2008 | Politics

To many who sat in on the Sean Bell trial everyday, as I did, Justice Cooperman's verdict -- acquittal on all counts -- came as no surprise. While und...

Shannon Elizabeth Needs to Stomp That Latin Out

| Posted 04.29.2008 | Entertainment

Hooray for Marissa Jaret Winokur. Her tango this week was lovely. I agree with Len that it was her best dance yet. And poor Cristian!

The Sean Bell Trial Put Bell Community on Defense and Left Unanswered Questions About Police Conduct

| Posted 04.29.2008 | Politics

After sitting through 28 days of testimony in the Sean Bell trial, I knew far more about Mr. Bell's friends' prior convictions than why the officers acted as they did.

Cristian Soldiers On and Makes Dancing With the Stars Top 5

| Posted 04.30.2008 | Entertainment

So, Cristian is going to continue despite his need for surgery. It's a brave decision, and shows how popular and respected this dance show has become.