Tristan was asked a few weeks ago about the best part of Season 17 thus far. His response? “Sasha and Emma being given partners!” Trust Tristan to always stand up for his good friends, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater, but if there was a better decision than to have Tristan, Sasha, and Emma as pros, I can’t think of what it would be. Today I am going to talk about Sasha and the extraordinary touches that made him a superb pro.
In Burn the Floor and Floor Play, Sasha was a superstar performer that we could never forget. As a member of the DWTS Troupe beginning in Season 13, he stood out because of his winning smile, his fun personality, and those famous backflips. He was also, all along the way, extremely fan-friendly and receptive to comments and kind words and was always a friend to his many supporters who also happen to be Tristan MacManus supporters. Just like Tristan (and Emma, too), he answered question after question that we sent in for him.
When he was named as a pro for Season 17, we wouldn’t have been happier, but I was concerned that with Nicole’s cheerleading and gymnastics skills and with Sasha’s amazing talents we might end up with a lot of flips, rolls, and non-dance moves. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sasha made sure to take advantage of Nicole’s skills while teaching her how to be a performer, but he also taught her how to dance and how to entertain. The best part of all? He never, ever showboated. He didn’t dance around Nicole, and he didn’t try to draw attention away from her with overly ambitious or overly theatrical costume decisions and selfish choreography. What he did to was dance as a team with Nicole and made us love them both every week. It was all about the dance. It was about the team. It was all about showcasing Nicole and making her the best she could be. It was all about making Nicole’s experience on DWTS as fun and enjoyable as possible. Sound familiar? I thought so. Tristan has said the same thing many, many times.
Like Tristan, Sasha should be back for Season 18 but he should return as a pro with a celebrity partner. He showed us why in seven wonderful weeks. We missed Tristan, of course. We still do, and we are still stinging from that early exit because Tristan deserves to have a legitimate chance to compete for that mirror ball trophy. The funny thing is that somewhere along the way this season we fell a little in love with pro Sasha Farber too. Like Tristan, he stands out from the crowd. Not only is the talent exceptional, but he handles his celebrity partner with the utmost respect and kindness. He makes the journey about the partner and not about himself, and that is not something we see very often.
All I know is that DWTS would be missing their main attraction without Tristan and Sasha. Well done, guys. You are what this show is all about. You give it class.