9 favorite dances on ‘Dancing with the Stars'

For 16 seasons, “Dancing with the Stars” has shimmied its way into the hearts (and TV sets) of viewers all around the country.  Throughout the hundreds of episodes that have aired, the superstar contestants and their professional partners have performed a variety of memorable arrangements.

1. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke Freestyle (Season 2)
- As many others will agree (including judge Carrie Ann Inaba), this country-dance takes home the gold.  Ballroom dancing to “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy” is unusual as it is, but Burke was able to create a fun and unique number while also incorporating authentic ballroom dance moves.  This risky approach to a finale proved successful on all counts, considering the duo took home the Mirrorball Trophy that season.  A perfect 30/30. (Note: Mobile and tablet users visit http://bit.ly/MchnTE  )

2. Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough Quickstep (Season 5)
-Undeniably, this show creates a certain amount of chemistry between every dancing duo that comes through.  This chemistry is most evident in this “banana dance” between Castroneves and Julianne.  This performance is best described as vibrantly astonishing: starting from the bright yellow outfits all the way to the surprise smooch between the couple at the close.
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3. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Bollywood (Season 15)
- This Bollywood performance, which was the first of its kind on DWTS, was so enjoyable to watch and really showcased the beauty and liveliness of Bollywood culture. Jai Ho. (Note: Mobile and tablet users visit http://bit.ly/14szJMe   ) 


4. Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke Argentine Tango (Season 8)
-Burke and Marini nailed this performance, channeling Marini’s seductive side from the get-go.  With each step, the passion and ferocity of this performance continuously increased, ending in a perfect 30/30 score and a standing ovation.
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5. Apolo Ohno & Julianne Hough, Samba (Season 4)
- Julianne does it again.  From the thrilling jungle feel of the music and the attire to the precision of the moves, it’s no wonder this dance scored a perfect 30/30.
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6. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, Argentine Tango (Season 16)
- The silhouette opening is what adds this performance to our top 9. It showcased Pickler’s nearly perfect lines and created an extremely passionate feel to the steamy tango form.
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7. Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, Futuristic Paso Doble (Season 9)
- Every week, the audience and the judges are hoping for a performance that they’ve never seen before.  That is exactly what Hough and Krupa did with this memorable, space-like performance.  They were able to revamp the set-in-stone Paso and execute the “Tron- inspired” theme perfectly.
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8. Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough, 1950s Paso Doble, Season 10
- As Hough describes pre-performance, the Paso is known to be a more serious dance, while the decade of the 1950s has a swingin’ and jiving’ type feel to it.  So how do you coordinate the two?  Hough shows us how in this performance with Scherzinger, establishing amusement in the wardrobe and occasional facial expressions while keeping the intensity alive in the steps.  Bravo!
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9. J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff - Instant Jive
- This routine suited Martinez’s personality perfectly.  From the use of the dance floor to the springy steps, this number had the audience at the edge (and up off) their seats. In every step, you could feel both of the performer’s energy, making it one of the liveliest performances of all time.
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The season finale airs Tues. May 21 on ABC 10 at 9 p.m.

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