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22 C I N E M O N T A G E F E A T U R E By Kristin Marguerite Doidge I n June 2005, a new show hit Americans' television screens and quickly became a ratings behemoth. Between the bright, sequin-studded costumes, stunning cho- reo g rap hy, an d dyn am ic mus ic, A B C's "Dancing with the Stars" ("DWTS") al- most instantly made Monday nights more fun — and definitely more glittery. FANCY FOOTWORK HOW THE POST-PRODUCTION TEAM HELPED 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' FIND ITS MOVES AS A STREAMING SERIES But what made the show particularly special were the stories that would emerge as star athletes, actors, and musicians would push themselves beyond the limit week after week, often enduring grueling rehearsal schedules, injuries, and personal challenges along the way. L a s t fa l l , i n a s i g n o f t h e t i m e s fo r streaming entertainment, "Dancing with the Stars" moved to Disney+. The show continued to stream live on Monday nights for the duration of its 31st season, in a first for Disney+. It was also first for a major broadcast show to move to a streamer for live worldwide streaming without ads. The edict for the new editing team? Bring back the heart and emotion of the show — no easy task when the shoot-to-air Duane Fogwell: "We want to put the heart and emotion back into this show." P H OT O : M A R T I N C O H E N

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