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Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars

Learn English in this 'Dancing with the Stars' ESL lesson

Date: May 22 2015

Themes: Hobbies, Pop Culture

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

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Not everyone can dance. It can take a lot of work to become a good dancer. “Dancing with the Stars” is a fun show to watch because viewers can see some of their favorite celebrities learning to dance.

“Dancing with the Stars” is a competition where famous people must train in different dancing styles. Some of the more popular stars on the show are very inspiring because they gradually become better dancers.

Julie tells Jessica about how much she enjoys watching the competition show. Find out more in today’s English lesson about learning to dance on the air.

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Julie

Julie

Jessica

Jessica

Jessica:  So, Julie, I just saw that “Dancing with the Stars” is on.

Julie:  Is it really?

Jessica:  Yes. And I can’t believe that it’s still on the air.

Julie:  It’s really popular. People really enjoy watching the competitors gradually improve. Because in the beginning there’s fumbling and making mistakes. But you can see them improve and it’s inspiring.

Jessica:  That’s really cool. And it’s incredible to see how much training goes into learning a routine. And how much endurance it takes to perform.

Julie:  I just feel like some people have an unfair advantage because they might have a background in dancing. They’re more likely to advance further in the show than if they were all amateurs to start.

Jessica:  That makes sense. Oh, you’re making it sound very interesting. Maybe I will give it a try.

Julie:  We can have a “Dancing with the Stars” girls’ night.

Jessica:  Oh, that sounds like a lot of fun.

 

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Discussion

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Julie thinks that “Dancing with the Stars” is an inspiring show. Viewers can see some of their favorite celebrities work hard to become better dancers. However, she does feel that it’s unfair if one of the celebrities has a background in dancing.

Jessica is surprised that “Dancing with the Stars” is still on the air. But after hearing Julie talk about it, she’s more interested in watching. Jessica thinks it’s interesting how hard people will work to win the competition.

Have you ever seen the show “Dancing with the Stars?” Does the show sound interesting to you?

 

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irish1707

irish1707

Kazakhstan

my dream is learn to dance tango

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

I didnt have any dream ” dancing with the Stars” ,maybe ı didnt have dancing ability,maybe ı was too shy , 

03:27 AM May 24 2015 |

asef

asef

Afghanistan

I like dancing very much, but i have never learnt how to dance very well. Indian people are very famouse at dancing

03:02 AM May 24 2015 |

Crizsearch

Crizsearch

Indonesia

I love  ballet but I’ve never learnt before. I dance hip hop, breaking, locking and I have a lot fun doing that. When ypu are dancing you will feel free in the air ;)

11:49 PM May 23 2015 |

Crizsearch

Crizsearch

Indonesia

Yes, it’s much more interesting when shows LIVE , either on the air or right on stage. I love it and it’s must be  a lot work before the show. I’m so amazed when they have no mistake in their dance. Kinda having amazing goal on their performance.

11:44 PM May 23 2015 |

EmErAlD

EmErAlD

Egypt

we always fumble when starting a anew dance :)

01:46 PM May 23 2015 |

Wuthering

United States

It is a place for rich , famous people date with young , pretty people. 

08:41 AM May 23 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Dear Julito, when I first came here I also didn’t know that this site had an Argentine who would make our days wonderful by his comments. 


Ditti, husbands are always honest when it comes to saying how bad we are at doing things. If you are already married you might know this. 


I practice dancing regularly, and I’m a bit better than before now. Thanks for asking. 



NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

Love this show.

04:30 PM May 22 2015 |

maher20000

maher20000Super Member!

Canada

The only time I tried to dance, I sprained my leg. That night, I couldn’t sleep from pain. I spent the whole night Awake with the Stars.

01:07 PM May 22 2015 |

Mahtab.bp

Mahtab.bp

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I havent seen this show but I have to confess that I have no talent in dancing therefore watching such professional dancers makes me ashamed! :(

ola33

ola33

Japan

I like dancing, used to teach ballet, still dance and will never stop. I have a very good sense of rythm and very much interested in keeping my long life skill and developing it more and more. Practice makes perfect, you know;) But I don’t watch “Dancing with stars” I don’t know why. Wether I crave for more dance backround show. I know one of the dancers is supposed to be a pro. But the exciting proceses is mostly for who, for a star, but not for a watcher, I guess. I really like “So you think you can dance” show. Where the tough competition is involved and the best from the best are picked to amaze us with their incredible talented moves, pas, turns, jumps – you name it. But dancing with stars is more or less fun show for the people who take part in it. I love more dramatic stuff. And only professionals can get it through your senses.

Ditti

Ditti

Hungary

Hi Shoba,


Your story was funny to read ! :)


It would be a an unexpected reaction from your husbund, but at least he was stright !    :)


And you imporoved after this occurence ?

09:20 AM May 22 2015 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

Dear Shoba , I didn`t know that this english learning site, as a bonus, comes with a humorous ingredient  made in Sri Lanka. hahahahaha 

09:17 AM May 22 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



I haven’t seen it, but it sounds like my kind of show. Dancing is a great stress-buster to me. I’m all for anything that is associated with dance.  


But unfortunately like our dear Julito I also have two left feet and can’t dance properly. 


Once when I was dancing with my husband I said, “Oh, I want to dance like this forever.”


He was shocked and said, “What?!! Don’t you want to improve?!!!”



S&W

S&W

China

I have seen this show as it had been populor for some time.Compared with dance wiyth celebrity,i am more like so you think you can dance.There are many competitors in this show got very touching tear-jerker stories.They use 10 minutes dance and the other 15 or 20minutes told stories.the TV producer let celebrties to describe how hard their partner was, kept dancing,never had the throught of gaven up.It was true that celebrities are more convincing. But i can’t stand with that business mode.

julito1

julito1

Argentina

TV producers in my country  have put on the air a copy of this show under the name of  ”bailando por un sueño” dancing for a dream . This show gets high ratings , mostly because    show business , sport  and other  well known  figures  take part in this competition. In spite of the buzz  and the propaganda i don`t see the show .The main reason is that watching these people dancing  makes me aware  that i have two “dumb” legs . hahahaha


 

Ditti

Ditti

Hungary

Yes, of course it sounds interesting to me ! I haven’t seen “Dancing with the stars”, but I watched some similar Hugarian shows. I love this kind of show because I like dances very much, but unfortunatly I am too famble to do it! :-(  And it is also good to see how can people improve during a few weeks.


I always admired people who are professional at dance.


And of course I love dancing films like Dirty dancing, Flashdance and so on. I thin dancing is one of the most beautiful and attractive art.


11:55 PM May 21 2015 |

s11211s

s11211s

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have seen some sort of that show but they are not interesting to me, of course seeing non of competitions like football or any other type of sport competitions are interesting to me!
I think being a competitor If i can, is better than to see people competition!


11:30 PM May 21 2015 |

Lewej_06

Lewej_06

Philippines

I love dancing because it makes me fit.

10:23 PM May 21 2015 |

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