10 Best Dancing With The Stars Routines Ever, Ranked | ScreenRant
Since debuting on ABC in 2005, Dancing with the Stars has evolved into one of the most popular reality competition shows. Viewers get to watch their favorite celebrities, whether they be lifestyle influencers or childhood television stars, compete on the dance floor each week is fun in and of itself, but even better because they are given the option to vote for their favorite pairs.
Dancing‘s 30th season is set to air in the Fall, but in the meantime, there are plenty of legendary dances from previous seasons to watch and fall in love with. Over the years there have been tons of dances to receive perfect scores, but these 10 dances are the closest to be the actual definition of a perfect number, making fans forget that there’s only one professional doing the routine.
10 Alfonso Riberio’s Jazz (Season 19)
When it was announced that Alfonso Riberio aka Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would be competing on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, viewers wondered how long it would take before he broke out the iconic Carlton dance move from the ’90s sitcom.
Alfonso and partner Witney Carson catered to fans in Week 4 with the Most Memorable Year theme, dancing a Jazz to “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, adding in a few Carlton steps. With their face full of smiles and bright yellow outfits, the duo earned their first perfect score and ended up taking home the Mirrorball Trophy in the finale.
9 Helio Castroneves’s Quickstep (Season 5)
Season 5 winner and Indy 500 Champion Helio Castroneves performed quite a few perfect routines with his professional dance partner Julianne Hough. But one of the greatest of all time came in the form of their Week 8 quickstep.
The pair, wearing matching pale yellow costumes, danced to “Hey Pachuco” from the 1994 film, The Mask. The quickstep is one of the hardest dances for celebrities to master on the show, with subtle fast movements that never seem to let up throughout the course of the routine. For their part, Helio and Julianne looked like they were having a blast, and their dance and win will never be forgotten because of it.
8 Shawn Johnson’s Mambo (Season 15)
Shawn Johnson competed on the show twice, once on Season 8 where she won, and the second time as an all-star on the first and only all-star season.
During that season of all-stars, Shawn competed with Derek Hough and during Week 4 they danced a mambo to “Para Los Rumberos” by Santana. The mambo is a dance that is hardly done any more on the show, but the one that Derek and Shawn delivered perfectly encapsulated everything it should include with their timing, steps, and style.
7 Jordan Fisher’s Foxtrot (Season 25)
Broadway star Jordan Fisher and pro Lindsay Arnold won Season 25, so they had a lot of perfect scores by the time their season wrapped up.
Their most elegant and flawless number was during Disney Night, where they danced a Foxtrot to Jordan’s version of “You’re Welcome” from Moana. The pair embodied the playfulness of the children’s film beautifully and looked like they were literally walking on water with every step they took.
6 Nyle DiMarco’s Freestyle (Season 22)
Nyle DiMarco was the first and only deaf contestant (so far) to ever compete on Dancing with the Stars, and he won it all with the help of his professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd.
For their freestyle dance, the two performed to a chilling rendition of “The Sound of Silence”, accompanying by plenty moments of silence itself. The dance Peta choreographed was inspired by her journey with her partner, and how proud she was of his growth as a dancer. Couple that with the fact that Nyle was gracefully tossing Peta around while she was newly pregnant, and this dance is one of a kind.
5 Paige VanZant’s Jive (Season 22)
Second place finishers of Season 22 Paige VanZant and partner Mark Ballas delivered a hot jive on Icons Night, one that would be referenced and remembered for years to come.
The wrestler and her professional partner channeled Tina Turner’s energy as they danced to her hit, “Proud Mary” in shimmering red costumes. During one section of the dance, Paige and Mark take turns doing cartwheels while balancing on one another, something that definitely contributed to the perfect score they were awarded.
4 Bindi Irwin’s Freestyle (Season 21)
Bindi Irwin and partner Derek Hough had one of the most genuine partnerships and friendships the show has ever seen, with him wanting to honor Bindi’s life and her father’s legacy in every possible way.
When it came down to the finals, Bindi and Derek danced their emotional freestyle to “Footprints in the Sand” by Leona Lewis, mimicking the relationship that Bindi had with her late father, Steve Irwin. At the end, Derek surprised his celebrity partner by turner her to face a photo of her kissing her dad. The dance was fall of raw emotion and love, and for that is one of the best ever.
3 James Hinchcliffe’s Waltz (Season 23)
Indycar driver James Hinchcliffe and partner Sharna Burgess had excellent chemistry during their run on Season 23, so it was a bummer when she had to step out for a few weeks due to an injury. Fellow pro Jenna Johnson danced with James in one of the most perfect dances the show has ever seen, choreographed by Sharna.
James and Jenna did a Waltz routine to “You Don’t Own Me” on Halloween Night, dressed as The Joker and Harley Quinn. James’ ability to tap into character while remaining light on his feet was incredibly impressive, and the storytelling Sharna was able to execute made the dance come to life.
2 Milo Manheim’s Contemporary (Season 27)
Fans were shocked when Milo Manheim and partner Witney Carson weren’t crowned the champions of Season 27. The duo had a number of perfect scores, including a dance on Halloween Night that looked like it was performed by two professional dancers.
The Zombies star performed a contemporary to “Toxic”, playing a man breaking out of a psychiatric facility while Witney danced as a nurse. The musicality and body language of the dance was haunting, breathtaking, and award-worthy. Not a step was missed or out of place, and it deserved to go down in the Dancing with the Stars Hall of Fame.
1 Meryl Davis’s Tango (Season 18)
Olympian Meryl Davis is regarded as one of the most elegant and deserving winners in Dancing with the Stars history. She and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy had some of the most evident chemistry the show had ever seen, with many viewers speculating whether the two were in a relationship in addition to their dancing partnership.
Their Week 6 Tango to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris rightfully earned them a perfect score but is also the best dance the show has ever seen. They remained in proper Tango hold, were completely in sync even when they danced apart, and shared an intense connection that was conveyed through body language.
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