It wasn’t a surprise…

that Kim Kardashian was voted off Dancing with the Stars. Despite really trying (I do believe Kim really tried and worked hard), when you make the mambo and rumba look dull and lifeless, you aren’t going to last long.  After so many seasons of the show, regular viewers know what the dances are supposed to look like, even if they don’t get the technique…

like NO HEEL LEADS IN LATIN DANCES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAH!!!  Except for paso.  Heel leads are ok, there.  Don’t ask why.  No one could tell me.

Kudos to Cloris for doing a proper, age appropriate paso doble.  I know you know that Corky Ballas is Mark’s father.  What you may not know is that Corky and Shirley Ballas are one of the reason’s why we have latin dance as it is today.  They changed the look (from nasty unitards that were way too Ziggy Stardust to shirt/pants, shorter less fluffy skirts to show leg action), technique (infusing alot of traditions from the folk roots), and style.  Almost all of the pros on DWTS were trained by him at one point.

Alot of this credit can be given to 14 time Latin champions Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather, who were just champions just prior to the Ballas’s.

And… Corky’s dad invented the weed eater… creativity abounds in that family.