Last year, ABC disappointed a lot of viewers by refusing to allow two men to dance in close contact on Dancing With the Stars. In 22 seasons, the show has never featured a same-sex couple in competition. Last night, however, progress was made.
Celebrity competitors Jodie Sweetin and Nyle DiMarco participated in a tango choreographed by judge Bruno Tonioli that featured a woman dancing with a woman and a man dancing with a man.
The dance, which is set to Georges Bizet's "Habanera," starts with four female dancers on chairs. They soon pair off with men, but as the performance goes on, the partners switch. Jodie does an emotional dance with professional Peta Murgatroyd, and Nyle joins Keo Motsepe for some beautiful footwork and even a lift. The entire routine is stunning and it's made all the more so by its message of equality.
This is a step in the right direction for Dancing With the Stars, and a reminder that dancing need not be limited by gender or sexuality. It's especially significant that the show went with one of the most sensual dances in ballroom to mark this milestone. Hopefully it's a sign that the show will soon allow a same-sex couple to compete from week to week.
Watch the dance below:
(H/T: Cinema Blend)