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Wonderful world of ballroom dance, marred by commentary
26 February 2008 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

I'd give this program a 9 if it weren't for the insipid commentary during the performances.

The performances themselves range from good to great; some of them are quite thrilling. But -- and this is a major flaw -- the commentators constantly talk over them. These are works of art, and they should be contemplated as a whole, without the intrusion of verbal chatter. This is not a ballgame; it doesn't require constant narration to keep one's interest and pique their excitement. If you were at the performance, in person, and someone next to you was talking during it, they'd be considered boorish, and you'd probably move. Unfortunately, you can't get away from the commentators if you want to watch the show on TV -- I've tried turning off the sound, but, without music, the dance loses something :-) So, please, producers, if you're reading this: PLEASE, lose the commentary during the individual performances. (During the mass performances, when several couples are performing at once, the commentary is more tolerable, and, I'd even go so far as to say, warranted. This is the section of the show in which the commentators can add value.)

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