Broadway and I had a good discussion in another thread about Gilles. I agree with her that he is a very natural dancer, clearly the best of the men and appropriately scored by the judges. His injury puts him at a disadvantage, however.Originally Posted by sdl;3382941;
I wish you had not asked about Shawn because I suspect many will dislike my view. Her height is a challenge, but Mark works better with her than any other current male dancer would. Now for the unkind stuff, intended in the nicest possible way: First, I just don't care for her body proportion, which while apparently great for a gymnast, doesn't appear right to me as a dancer. Then there is the issue of clothing which contributes. She just seems to young for the way the costume designers have been working to create and edge on the dance floor. Finally, there is the question of her emotional maturity for ballroom.
While dance is certainly about beauty and grace on the dance floor, the underlying connection between any two dancers is a certain sensuality. This is as much true in the waltz as it is in the Latin dances. I once heard a noted world class dancer respond to the question, "What is dance to you?" He said one word: "Foreplay." A great dance couple is one that makes you hold your breath and forget to exhale or wish you could have a cigarette when they finished dancing. I just don't think Shawn is anywhere near ready for that kind of emotional commitment to the dance, and, frankly, I don't want to see it from her-- for her own good. I'm sure she is an absolutely delightful person, but I don't think it was appropriate to cast her.