| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ward remains in 'DWTS' lead

Steelers/NFL Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hines Ward excels as a go-to receiver in a two-minute offense.

On Monday, the Steelers' star and his "Dancing with the Stars" partner Kym Johnson didn't have much more time to complete two dance routines.

"Instant Dance Week" provided a new challenge for the five pairs left in the eighth week of the reality television competition. After Ward and Johnson earned a 28 (out of a possible 30 points) for a bouncy foxtrot to the tune of Natalie Cole's "This Will Be," the pair was given 20 minutes to match their prepared choreography to the oldies rock song "Chantilly Lace."

Just as he thrives under pressure on the field, Ward came through on the dance floor. In their instant dance challenge, Ward and Johnson earned a 26 to stay in the overall lead of the competition, with 252 points. The second-place pair, Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, have 245 points.

"You've done an incredible job in 20 minutes," judge Bruno Tonioli said.

The judges had fun with Ward following his first dance. Clad in a pink suit and throwing some skips into the routine, Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba both commented on the "cheesy" factor of the dance.

Ward embraced the teasing with his well-known smile.

"(My teammates) have a lot of encouragement," Ward said in his post-dance interview. "They say, if that's what it takes to win this mirror ball, then go out there be the be the master of cheese."

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers stalled by Seahawks, on outside of AFC wild-card picture
  2. Steelers’ Roethlisberger reported symptoms that led to his exit vs. Seahawks
  3. Steelers players say they support Tomlin’s attempts at deception
  4. Rossi: It’s past time for NFL to protect players
  5. Family of man accused of shooting St. Clair officer say allegations don’t fit his character
  6. Week 12 — Steelers-Seahawks gameday grades
  7. Community comes together to mourn death of St. Clair police officer
  8. Sports Deli is latest tenant to say goodbye to Parkway Center Mall
  9. Steelers notebook: Seahawks’ Sherman gets better of WR Brown
  10. Pennsylvania Game Commission reaps revenue from shale gas under game lands
  11. 40 years later, siblings of South Greensburg girl who disappeared still seek closure