Mya Harrison earned 27 points for her rumba dance on last night’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” The judges gushed on and on about her great performance, which I have to say was very sexy and entertaining. But ever since Stacy Keibler competed on “DWTS” in season two I’ve had the same question: Is it fair for trained dancers to compete against Average Joe celebrities? Both Stacy and Mya took ballet, tap, and jazz classes when they were younger, and Mya even had the opportunity to study tap under Savion Glover and teaches dance at her own arts foundation. Stacy and recent “DWTS” contestant Melissa Rycroft were both professional cheerleaders for football teams. Although ballroom dancing is very different from tap, ballet, and jazz dancing, contestants with this kind of training no doubt have an advantage because they’re used to moving their bodies to a rhythm, taking direction, and memorizing routines. Similarly, both Stacy and Melissa placed third in their seasons. We’ll have to wait and see about Mya.
What do you think? Should dancers compete against non-dancers on “Dancing with the Stars”?