Cody Rigsby’s first performance dancing with the stars 2021
Cody Rigsby is a well-known Peloton instructor, but he also added the “Dancing With the Stars” contestant to his resume and he delivered a great first performance in the show’s Season 30 premiere.
Rigsby’s first performance was the tango from Dua Lipa’s song “Physical” and her 2021 DWTS partner is show veteran Cheryl Burke. The routine started with Rigsby on a stationary bike, but he quickly descended from the stage to meet Burke on the floor. The two were stunned in neon pink and put on a powerful but fun performance.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she liked the performance but wanted to see Rigsby “relax” a bit. Len Goodman told him he needed to keep his grip tighter and lift his head, but called him “watch.” Derek Hough said the performance was so much fun and Bruno Tonioli called it a “great ride”.
After the performance, host Tyra Banks told Rigsby that she took some of his classes.
Cody Rigsby is already a dancer
Rigsby might be a newbie in the ballroom, but he admitted to having done background dancing over the years. Does this give him an unfair advantage? Several of the DWTS Season 30 contenders have some dance experience, so maybe that’s a level playing field.
Vogue described Rigsby as “a dance party leader prone to shoulder shimmies and jazz hands; a storyteller (his mother, Panera Bread aficionada Cindy Rigsby, is a recurring character); and a pop scholar.
But Rigsby hasn’t always been a famous fitness star. He confessed to Vogue that he had in fact been homeless for three years. Fortunately for him, those days are over.
Cheryl Burke could retire after this season
On an episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast in November 2020, Burke hinted that she might be getting ready to hang up her DWTS hat. According to Us Weekly, Burke confessed, “My hips don’t lie and I’m starting to get tendonitis. For a woman, as far as competitive ballroom dancing is concerned, normally in her thirties [they retire]. I’m 36, so it’s time to hang up those shoes.
She continued, “I also don’t want to be like that old woman thinking, ‘Oh, here’s Cheryl doing the same dance, just slowly but in her head she thinks she’s going so fast. I don’t want to, I guess, be a dancer and have my partner have to say, “I can’t lift.” There is a time and a place for everything.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Burke admitted to being “nervous” before DWTS Season 30 because she was now sober. She admitted: “Confession time – this might be my 24th time doing #dwts, and while I’m so horny, I have some big nerves too. Doing this sober show really made me realize all my insecurity and the pressure I’m putting on myself which is difficult… I just wanted to be honest with all of you because I know sometimes it can seem like this of things to be easy for us, but it wouldn’t be real.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET.