Does Sibling Rivalry Exist In Dance?

“Dancing with the Stars” is known for their interesting pairings.  This year they have a husband and wife competing against one another.  The married couple of actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, singer Carlos PenaVega has the duo competing against one another.  But this isn’t the first time that the show has created some type of rivalry with couples or family members.

Lisa Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin have both been contestants on the show, with Mrs. Hamlin outperforming her husband.  The show, however, kept these two apart and they competed in alternate seasons.  One of the more famous rivalries was that of Donny and Marie Osmond.   The two have based a career on this sibling rivalry.  Marie was the first to compete, making headlines for her faint seen heard around the world.  That season Marie ended up finishing third.  Her brother Donnie had to do one better, or in his case two better.  He competed after his famous sister, and although he did not faint, he did walk away with the trophy as the winner of his season.

One of the most interesting forms of sibling rivalry is still going strong on the show.  Derek Hough and his sister Julianne have not only competed against one another, the show took it a step further, making the female Hough a judge who must now judge her brother.  The two started out not as competitors, but instead dance partners.  Living a good portion of their lives in London, they started competing as a pair and eventually as a trio when one of the pros on “DWTS”, Mark Ballas, joined them.

Both the Houghs have won multiple times in the competition.  At one point they were tied with three wins a piece, Derrek broke the streak by winning two additional trophies.  Despite the competitiveness between these two, they both insist there is no sibling rivalry.  Derrek takes the critiques offered by his sister well on the show, and Julianne is constantly reminding people how amazed she is by her brother’s talent.  Julianne was quoted on the red carpet as saying that her brother was the “most talented person she knows” while Derrek has been equally as complimentary by saying his sister has a “good mind and a phenomenal eye.” 

You see dance didn’t create a sibling rivalry among all these pairs.  Instead it created a stronger bond between them.  It brought them together as competitors, but also as each other’s biggest supporters.  Dance forms bonds, it teaches people how important it is to work together as a team.  Perhaps you and your partner or sibling can try out a dance class and experience this type of bonding as well.

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