Raising the bar on 'Live to Dance'
January 20th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Raising the bar on 'Live to Dance'

In yet another reminder that there are virtually no rules to the competition on "Live to Dance," the ballet pair of White Tree Fine Art brought in a long red ribbon, which Ethan did acrobatic moves on in the middle and end of their routine.

This was like something out of Cirque du Soleil, and it brought down the house on Wednesday night's episode (the first night the show was up against "American Idol").

All was going well until Travis Payne gave them a red star. Despite his misgivings, Paula and Kimberly sent White Tree into the finals.

As for everyone else, they have to hope for the audience vote (and thank you, America, for voting in D'Angelo and Amanda last week, by the way).

I liked pint-size B-boy Jalen a lot, and one shouldn't count him out since he is Justin Bieber's back-up dancer (he even got a little Twitter assist from Biebs). He could give some of the "SYTYCD" B-boys a run for their money.

I also think that Lindy-hoppers Dax and Sarah did an extraordinary job, considering Dax's injury (which likely explains why they didn't do any lifts).

But I've gotta go with Twitch, the all-female-except-one troupe who dazzled all three of the judges equally. Their style is truly unique, and it would be a shame not to see them in the finals.

As for Du-Shaunt Stegall, his routines need some work, and the best I can say for Dance in Flight is that they brought back MC Skat Kat.

Do the likes of troupes such as White Tree have you sticking with this show, despite "Idol"? Do you agree with the judges' picks and mine? And isn't it time to retire "Hallelujah" from all dance routines for the next, oh, 50 years? Share your iReport recap or comment below.

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  1. Linda Bryan

    The best dance group that represents Liv to Dance is TWITCH! I am in awe every week and can't get enough.
    I love the way Paula introduced all ages to dance. I think she is trying to show that anyone can dance. It is a release of all your problems and a uniqueness to exemplify. God gave everyone talents but TWITCH represents the overall talent
    of America! Go TWITCH!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Natalie

    I gotta agree that TWITCH is the best group! Felt like the red ribbon WHite tree used is very over-used. All I concentrated on was that, and not on the dance. Didn't agree with the judges pick!

    January 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tro

    Twitch has a couple of good dancers but the rest have a hard time keeping it together. Nice group just not real clean. White Tree was by far and away the best group of the night. Not even close.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Treena

    Love the show. Makes me want to get off the couch and move....but not until after the show is done!

    January 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. liz

    Live to dance was a very good and entertaining show. Thumbs up to Paula. Keep it up. I love watching it.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

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