Last night, Dancing with the Stars premiered its 26th season. Since the first episode aired on June 1, 2005, the pro dancers and their celebrity partners have treated us to hundreds, if not thousands, of dances. It’s impossible to choose a top five overall, although I tried. Instead, I narrowed the field a bit to choose the sexiest dances, with no repeats of dance style, dancer, or star. Even then, it was hard to choose just five, but I persevered. Here are my Top Five Sexiest Dances from Dancing with the Stars.
Season 24: Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, Viennese Waltz (redemption dance)
Rashad had many great dances, including his freestyle and rumba, but my “no repeat dances rule” helped me select Rashad’s Viennese waltz for this list. He and Emma first did a Viennese waltz during the second week, and received three 8s. The judges chose it for his redemption dance in the finals, and whoa. Rashad’s moves are pure magic. The man exudes sex, but in a soothing way, if that makes sense. It’s no wonder he got a perfect score the second time around! (And won the season!)
Season 18: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Foxtrot
The foxtrot isn’t always a sexy dance, but the way Maks and Meryl danced it…wow. It also benefits from a super romantic song—“All of Me” by John Legend—and live violin accompaniment from Lindsey Stirling (who earned second place in Season 25). Meryl and Maks’ partnership has gone down in Dancing with the Stars history. Maks has quite the reputation for being the “bad boy of the ballroom,” but Meryl’s quiet strength brought out a softness in him. She got him, and her background as an Olympic ice dancer made her well suited to the stress of the grueling DWTS rehearsal schedule. Visually, they’re a striking couple, especially in this foxtrot. Meryl looks small and ethereal, almost fairy-like with her delicate, graceful movements, but she’s also secure in her strength and has a sassy side, evident in the way she whips her hair. Maks looks even bigger and more imposing than usual next to her, crackling with masculinity. When they dance together, she draws an almost awkward sweetness out of him. The moment when they just stop and hold each other’s faces? Swoon. And to make it even more impressive, this was week three. It’s rare to see this level of dance connection so early, but for them, it was there from week one.
Season 20: Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy, Freestyle
It was hard to choose just one of Rumer and Val’s dances. They had so many good ones, and she totally deserved the Season 20 Mirrorball Trophy. I chose their freestyle not only because it was extra sexy, but because of the music. Rumer recorded a slower version of Britney Spears’ Toxic and Val provided the violin accompaniment. The song is beautifully done and adds another layer to what is already a smooth, sensuous routine. Finally, what gives it the extra edge over, say, their Fifty Shades-inspired Viennese Waltz, is that it was a freestyle. I commend Val for making the decision to do a freestyle that focused purely on Rumer’s stellar dancing technique, with clean choreography and simple stage production, as opposed to a “pulling out all the stops” kind of freestyle with explosions and whatnot. (Don’t get me wrong, I like those, but in this case it was a smart move.)
Season 23: Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko, Argentine Tango
Jana and Gleb’s Argentine tango is so flipping hot, I don’t even know what else to say about it. The pair had chemistry for days, but Jana also revealed a depth of vulnerability in her dances and interviews. At the time, her marriage was suffering, but she seemed to grow stronger as the season went on. This dance is sexy, yes, but there’s a level of intimacy to it that earns it the spot of sexiest Argentine tango on this list. Also A+ song choice (“Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez) and use of water on stage.
Season 21: Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson, Rumba
I couldn’t do a Top Five Sexiest Dances without including a rumba. While it’s not 100% a true DWTS rumba with the bedsheet dress and dim lighting, I have to give this one to Carlos PenaVega for doing a dance that was sexy and fun. His “Famous Dances Night” rumba to “Pony” by Ginuwine mimics Channing Tatum’s moves from Magic Mike, and it. Is. GLORIOUS. I only wish his shirt had ripped all the way through, since it seemed to distract him. Kudos to Witney for letting Carlos take center stage, and earning the spot of Sexiest Dance According to Alexis.
Which one is your favorite? And if you’re a DWTS fan, I’d love to know what you would have put in the number one spot!