‘DWTS’ Charlie White Had The Best First Dance Of All Time

Tue, March 18, 2014 10:11am EST by 6 Comments

It’s not a surprise that the Olympic champion ice dancer would translate his amazing moves onto the dance floor, but I never thought it would be as good as it was in week one. Watch the amazing performance below.

In my opinion, we have a clear front runner after only one episode of Dancing With The Stars. The premiere, which aired on March 17, showed the talent, passion, determination and artistic ability of Charlie White, who recently won a gold medal in ice dancing at the Sochi Olympics with partner, and DWTS rival, Meryl Davis.

Charlie White On ‘DWTS’ — Best First Dance In The History Of The Show

Charlie was amazing on the premiere episode. True, he danced Contemporary with partner Sharna Burgess, a dance which allowed him to showcase dramatic lifts. Either way, it was magnificent.

WATCH: Charlie White & Sharna Burgess — Contemporary — Week 1

In their very first dance, they got a score of 27 out of 30, the highest score of the night. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said: “You guys are a perfect match! That was poetry in motion!”

Bruno Tonioli called him an “artist” and seemed slightly worried that he wouldn’t be able to live up to the high expectations. Head judge Len Goodman was also somewhat skeptical, saying he did an amazing job in the Contemporary dance but that he was interested to see his ballroom dancing.

I truly think that if this wasn’t week one, the score would have been higher — probably a 29.

I Don’t Think Charlie Has An Unfair Advantage

I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite, because I have written before that I think gymnasts (like Shawn Johnson in Season 15) have had an unfair advantage in the competition.

But I was also a competitive figure skater for 10 years so I feel like I have some knowledge on the subject. When people would expect me to be an expert roller skater because I was an ice skater,  I would just look at them with a blank stare. It’s not the same.

True, you’ll have better hand position, facial expression, and overall artistic ability, but I bet that almost every actor or celebrity on the show has taken dance lessons as a child or as their career started to soar.

I do think that rigorous Olympic training means Charlie is in shape and able to perform routines without struggling, but any young contestant, including Cody Simpson and James Maslow, has energy and stamina and is used to performing for hours at a time on stage.

When you look at it like that, Charlie only performs for a few minutes at a time — Cody, James, and even long distance swimming Diana Nyad, all have crazy endurance.

Do you think Charlie will win season 18 of DWTS? Do you think he has an unfair advantage, HollywoodLifers?

– Dory Larrabee

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Where to Ballroom

Posted at 4:48 PM on March 20, 2014  

First a quote:
“Basic dance–and I should qualify the word basic–is primarily concerned with motion. So immediately you will say but the basketball player is concerned with motion. That is so–but he is not concerned with it primarily. His action is a means towards an end beyond motion. In basic dance the motion is its own end–that is, it is concerned with nothing beyond itself.”
– Alwin Nikolais

I think figure skaters fall into this same category as dancers in that the movement is the end itself which is different from other athletes who move their bodies but do so to achieve some other goal. In this sense I think a figure skater has a huge advantage over an athlete like a football player. On the other hand a football player is likely to have a larger fan base. That’s what’s great about the show; it’s a mix of ability, popularity, and just plain heart

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Posted at 2:22 AM on March 20, 2014  

Wow. Sorry about those responses. You’re right on, and I’m Team Charlie all the way!

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Posted at 4:39 PM on March 19, 2014  

Your article is a huge exaggeration. It was no where near the best first dance ever and I think some others were underscored. I was most impressed with Candace Cameron Bure. She has no dance experience and did an awesome job. Judging by YouTube views I am not the only one impressed. Not everyone is impressed with an ice DANCER knowing how to dance. Too obvious. You may be surprised at who ends up winning.

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V. Garcia

Posted at 2:40 PM on March 18, 2014  

Erin go back to sports. Your voice is annoying. Bring back Brooke.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 12:03 PM on March 18, 2014  

so he must be a hetero sexual, folowing his dick.

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Posted at 10:36 AM on March 18, 2014  

This season on DWTS is very unfair. I hope those two ice skaters doesn’t win.

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