Team Stop and Go--James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess would have bested "Dancing With The Stars" Cirque du Soleil Night had it not been for the Laurie Hernandez shocker. But almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right? Well "DWTS" scores of 9/10 aren't as good as Hernandez-Val Chmerkovskiy perfect 10. But they do prove that there might be a connection between ballroom dancing and IndyCar racing. And they show the importance of art in dance. 

Dancing ain't like racecar driving, kid (but it kinda is)

It might not seem like the skillsets for driving IndyCar (Hinchcliffe's day job) and ballroom dance have anything in common but they do.

Like dance, competitive driving requires total body involvement and tons of coordination. Drivers and dancers both have to execute hairpin moves in split seconds with lightning reflexes. Hinchcliffe performed a dance choreographed to "The Hollywood Wiz" from "Paramour." Judge Bruno Tonioli loved it and gave the pair a 10. The ladies, Julianne Hough and Carrie Anne Inaba were slightly less impressed and handed down a 9 each. 

Art imitates life. 

Season 23 of DWTS has seen lots of technical dexterity, some cool costumes, exciting music choices but less creativity. That's the area where most competitors needs to leave their day jobs behind and look to the arts. Because dance requires other things than just nicely executed steps. Repeatedly, judges like Julianne Hough have asked for more from contestants--more enthusiasm, more artistic style, more spit and vinegar.

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That Ryan Lochte, a swimmer, struggles with that isn't surprising. Swimming is purely physical and little art. You might expect that Amber Rose would put out more in the passion department. 

Develop your character.

Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess motored past everyone on Cirque du Soleil Night except Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy, whose dust they had to eat. Hernandez nabbed a solid perfect 10 with her Michael Jackson "One" dance to "The Way You Make Me Feel." How did a 16-year-old Olympic gymnast steal first? She got into character and held nothing back. If you want to land an audition in theatre, you have use the midwife's maxim in childbirth--push past the pain. To nail a dance routine, you have to push past the shyness, discomfort, body-shame (Amber Rose, are you listening) or whatever holds you back. When actors and dancers give it their all, they have judges and audiences eating out of their hands.