Dance Team - Week 3

Packers voice Larrivee, dance expert review Driver's quick-step on DWTS

CREATED Apr 4, 2012

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LOS ANGELES- Green Bay Packer, Donald Driver tapped into his emotional past when performing on Dancing With The Stars Monday night. The theme of this week's episode was "The Most Memorable Year of My Life." Each couple was allowed to perform any dance just as long as it told the story of an emotional time in their lives.

Donald Driver danced out the memory of when he lost his best friend to cancer in 2010.

"I can never get it out of my mind because he died in my arms," Driver said during an interview on Dancing With The Stars. His friend was the one who introduced Driver to his wife.

Driver, and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, danced the Rumba. Driver said he hoped the dance "would tell the story of devotion and love."

Each week Dance Team 4 critiques Donald's dance. Week 3 proved to be a strong week for the wide receiver. He scored well with both the show's judges and Dance Team 4.

Dance Team 4's Albina Habrle, world renowned ballroom dancer and owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Milwaukee, said Driver's performance was touching. Driver opened the dance by carrying his partner.He danced to the song, "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey.

"He selected a beautiful and meaningful song. That always makes it easier if you try to tell a story through dancing. I felt he delivered it very very well. As an audience, even if you don't have much expertise in dancing, you can always relate to human emotions and feelings," Habrle said.

The Rumba is considered the dance of love. "The dance is mean to portray a very strong and masculine image of a man and a very oft and feminint image of a woman," explains Habrle.

DWTS' judges gave Driver a total score of 26 out of 30. The voice of the Packers, and Dance Team 4's Wayne Larrivee says beyond just Monday night's judging, Driver's performances should be able to help the football player score well on the field as well.

"What people don't realize is how in shape these dancers and how difficult the dances are. All of the football players on the show, Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, have said they practice five hours a day. That is more practice than a mini camp in May," explained Larrivee.