My Favorite Moment: Dancing With The Stars Week 9

Last night on Dancing With The Stars we witnessed something truly great. Alexa PenaVega’s contemporary dance, brilliantly choreographed by her partner Mark Ballas, was more than just a dance. It was bigger than her — it was a tribute to anyone who has ever struggled to overcome something.

Before her dance, we saw her speak openly about her struggle with bulimia, and how she overcame it. You could see in her movements that she was conveying something so deeply personal, and everyone in the audience was truly moved when the dance was over. I had goosebumps!

Alexa was a perfect example of vulnerability showing true strength, and it was easy to see why she received a perfect score for this emotional dance.

What did you think of the episode?

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Hadar Lourie

    I don’t know why but I was kind of nervous throughout the whole episode. Maybe bec I was worried about Tamar ?! It was amazing though! Every dance was so beautiful. Especially Alexa and mark,Bindi and Derek.The pros are really bringing it with choreography this season in my opinion.
    Juliane you were really made me laugh during the episode lol

    • Kelly Farley Kantola

      Tamar needed to withdraw.Pneumonia is no joke. Girl needs to take care of herself. In the grand scheme of things, DWTS is just a silly little dancing contest.

      • Christina

        I agree! I was so worried for her! I hope she got in the bed immediately after that.

  • Jordan Watson

    I was so sad that they went home. Alexa deserved to stay in the competition, and I feel like she was out unfairly. Her dance moved me to near tears, and her partner dance with Bindi was absolutely amazing. PERFECT dance. Last night was amazing for her and Mark. So sad to see her go.

  • Kelly Farley Kantola

    I think there was too much drama surrounding Tamar–will or won’t she dance? I didn’t care for that contemporary number by Alexa and Mark–it looked more of a spouse being physically abused by her man.

  • Tiffany Garcia

    I absolutely loved this dance!! She was so inspiring!! I cried after!! I know she touched many people with this dance and her story!! Was so sad to see her go home!!

  • I thought it was amazing… it reminded me of the addiction dance from SYTYCD … very powerful. Hate to see Alexis leave the ballroom. Hate to see Mark go too.

  • AmySears

    I thought it was amazing!! I was upset that she got voted off as she deserved to be in the finals 100 percent!

  • Jayne

    Beautiful night with Alexa AND Derek. Such vulnerability brought to the dance. And, Derek brings an open heart to his partners. Isnt it amazing you need a box of tissues nearby for watching DWTS!!!

  • Christina

    I thought it was such a beautiful dance.

  • Alexa

    This episode tonight me so much! I learned a lot from this episode and it was one of my favorites! I wish Alexa could have stayed! She was an inspiration to me as a dancer and as a human!

  • Frank Wynerth Summers III

    Sad that Alexa was eliminated and the married couple split so soon. However, it was good to see her final dance. She seemed to have had some personality conflict with Mark. I know you lived with the Ballas family. I think you probably have a lot of insight into all of that. But she was all appreciation and smiles this morning. Life is messy for all of us…

  • pat mclaine

    so sad to see Alexa go home last nite her 2 preformances were outstanding. She really showed every one this week that she can really dance. I will always say if you want your favorite person to win you have to vote. One good thing they went out on a high note. Mark is a great teacher and always comes up with some great dances,

  • Adrianna Boen

    I was devastated to see Alexa leave last night. Out of all the contestants I can relate to her most. As a dancer myself, i often get caught up in my own head, freak myself out, and lose confidence. Through Alexa’s journey I’ve seen that it is possible for people to gain that confidence back. Also, I’ve been through similar struggles with people telling me things that really made me struggle with myself. I’ve also wanted to dance about it but was too afraid. Seeing Alexa convey her struggle through a dance and impact so many people gave me that courage to use my own story and communicate it with dance. I can’t wait to start choreographing all thanks to Alexa! That is girl is a brilliant spark of light and she has really impacted immensely. I will always think she was eliminated way to quickly. But I’m still so proud of her, and couldn’t be prouder.