The World Choreography Awards were held November 16, 2015 in Hollywood to celebrate creativity, diversity & innovation by recognizing excellence in the art of media choreography. The winner of the World Choreography Award for music video was Get My Name by Mark Ballas with choreographers Mark Ballas, Misha Gabriel and Nick Bass. The award was accepted by Misha Gabriel.
The semi finals of Dancing With the Stars brought three new dance challenges to the remaining stars. One of those was the dance trio. Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin selected Mark Ballas to join them in their jazz routine. Using a wire box and a rope, the routine was an innovative and flawless dance which earned perfect scores from the judges.
Week nine of Dancing With the Stars found the couples dancing two dances: one dance style they had not previously performed, and a duet with another couple. For their individual dance, Alexa and Mark were assigned a contemporary dance to Ed Sheeran's Make It Rain. In the package, Alexa shares that as a teenager she suffered with bulimia for six years, and that she still struggles with her body image because of this time. With Mark in all black and Alexa in white, the routine portrayed her fighting off a dark force and breaking free. The dance brought a standing ovation from the judges and audience and the team's first perfect score together.
The second round of routines were Showstoppers based on famous dance performances. Mark and Alexa were teamed with Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, and were sent to New York City to get inspiration from the Broadway musical "Chicago". Their jazz/Charleston routine to a medley of All That Jazz/Hot Honey Rag had the judges pleased and earned a second perfect score, giving the couple a total score of 60 for the night.
It's week 9 of Dancing With the Stars and the competition keeps getting tighter. This week was personal icons week. Each celebrity picked a person who inspired them and Alexa chose David from the David and Goliath story in the Bible. She compared Goliath to the dances she conquers each week. Dancing to Viva La Vida by Coldplay, they performed a biblical Argentine Tango. The two slight bobbles in footwork were noticed by the judges and reflected in their score. The judges gave very positive comments, but had to penalize in points for the small errors, earning the couple a 25.
The second half of the night was the Dance Off competition. Singer Nick Carter had earned immunity due to his top scoring routine, so the remaining six couples faced off in a side by side dance off for extra points. For the first time ever, America was also able to vote and serve as the fourth judge in determining which teams got the coveted points. Tamar Braxton chose to dance off against Alexa, and she selected the cha cha as the dance. The two couples had very different styles, so the judges were mixed. Carrie Ann picked Alexa, but Julianne and Bruno picked Tamar. America picked Alexa with a commanding 76%, so the extra points went to Alexa.
For the first time in three weeks, Mark and Alexa were not in jeopardy. They were called safe fifth, and then Andy Grammer was eliminated.
It was Halloween Week in the ballroom and the dancers pulled out their best tricks AND treats. This week found Mark and Alexa dancing a paso doble to Hora Zero by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Using the theme of Edward Scissorhands, they were dressed as the love interests Kim and Edward, complete with scissorhands. The strong routine had the audience on their feet and garnered praise from all the three judges. They were awarded a score of 27.
The couples also performed the popular team dance. Mark and Alexa were with Bindi Irwin, Derek Hough, Carlos PenaVega, Witney Carson, Alex Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold doing a routine to Who You Gonna Call. They paid homage to the movie GhostBusters with their costumes and characterization. They were a little out of sync at the very beginning and the judges awarded them a 28.
The couple talk about how the night went, what changed from last week, and how hard they are working. They do not know what dance they will be doing next week, but will begin preparing for the dance off on Tuesday.