Mya: Dancing Queen

Mya: Dancing Queen
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 23, 2009

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Singer and actress Mya Harrison has proven a strong contender for season 9 of “Dancing With the Stars.” She is now one of the final three contestants and thisclose to win the prize. ESSENCE.com takes a look at her stellar performances through the weeks.

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Although the judges didn’t see eye-to-eye on their critique of Mya Harrison’s opening performance with partner Dmitry Chaplin, her fluid technique won over two of the judges and the audience.

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Mya scored 21 points and graciously said that, despite the harsh critique, she “respected the professionals” and was here to learn.

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Mya dazzled as she got live with the jive, which earned her the name “Mya the Magnificent.”

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“This was the most fun I had and my favorite outfit,” Mya told ESSENCE.com. “It was nice invoking a little of Josephine Baker, and the wig was great too.”

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The judges were so impressed that Mya and partner Dmitry Chaplin were chosen for an encore performance.

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Mya and Dmitry heat up the dance floor with the Rumba and put “all of America in the mood for love,” scoring 27 points with two 10’s (the firsts of the season).

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During rehearsals Mya set the mood in the studio with rose petals and candles to help she and Dmitry Chaplin get into character.

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Mya does a brief solo sequence that mesmerized the crowd.

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Mya and Dmitry bring flavor to America in a provocative routine that is muy caliente!

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Mya seduces partner Dmitry Chaplin with a thrust of the hips.

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Mya and Dmitry complete a backwards snake move during their hot performance.

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Dmitry leads Mya in the Tango and the dancing queen delivers with fancy footwork worthy of a pro.

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Mya stays focused with a leg up on the competition.

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Mya and Dmitry are happy to know that their hard work has paid off!

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Mya shows her versatility as she goes into a semi-split in the air.

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Miss Mya is all smiles as she smoothly dances across the floor.

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Mya and Dmitry dance to “Bad Girl!”

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They are keeping their eyes on the prize. Here the two are focused on staying on cue. Go Mya! Love the ’stache Dmitry…

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Sparkling in a bright pink jumpsuit, a serious Mya and Dmitry wait to hear the results from the competition.

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Mya makes dancing look so easy; here, the star glides with partner Dmitry.

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It was a night of spectacular performances in the semi-finals, as the four remaining couples each danced three individual routines—one for the Ballroom round, one for the Latin round and a dance of their choice for the dance-off round, on ’Dancing with the Stars.

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Mya and Dmitry light up the audience with an encore performance of the salsa on the Results Show.

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Mya performs on “Dancing with the Stars” on November 23.

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