I know how long The Waltz has been around and I know the basics of all the `classic' dances. No where in my posts did I slam any of these dances or belittle them. That would be stupid. I simply pointed out that Mark is pushing the envelope on a show that is designed to entertain-and that's what he is doing- and I'm quite sure in 300 years freestyle will be treated with as much reverence and respect as The Waltz. And someone will be breaking the `rules' of freestyle. I have respect for all types of dance and I'm not going to slam Mark or anyone else who messes around with the rules in order to create something different. I also wrote that he isn't always successful, so it's not like I'm blindly following him. I simply like and appreciate watching people create and imagine.
DWTS is not a professional dance competition, it's entertainment , If I want to watch a real dance show I can turn on PBS and watch one of their ballroom dance shows. That's when the rules matter. I can complain if the competitors don't follow the rules but aren't held accountable.
I also said art can become static if nothing changes. I did not say The Waltz is static. What if realism was the only type of painting considered acceptable? Oh we can't have Pointillism or Cubism because they break the rules of Realism. Because they aren't as old as realism. Artists take from a source and they work at creating offshoots of that original source. I see elements of the classical dance in Marks work infused with newer elements. What's wrong with that? I appreciate it. Again, this show is about entertainment it is not a pro dance competition.
Any complaints about the rules being a mess should be directed at the judges, plain and simple.