Everything You Need to Know About ‘DWTS’ Relay Dances

Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli on 'Dancing With the Stars'Photo by: ABC/Eric McCandless

Relay Dances on Dancing With The Stars could be a real game changer as the team in first place will receive the most extra points. This portion of this competition comes back every so often, so let’s look at the official rules of the exciting segment.


What Are the Relay Dances on Dancing With the Stars?

The way Relay Dances are done on DWTS is pretty straightforward, but there are official rules that need to be followed. Relay Dances feature each remaining couple, sorted into three relay groups depending on the dances they’ve already performed.

The grouped couples will compete against one another for the chance to get bonus points. The performers will then have to dance a routine in a style they haven’t performed yet. Basically, dance styles that are performed by the dancers will not be repeated on the Dance Relay.

The judges will rank each couple accordingly based on their routines, with each group having one judge assigned to them. Afterward, the group in first place will gain the most bonus points and the group in third will receive the fewest.


Apart from performing their relay dance, they also need to perform their normal routines for the night. The dancers will get to put their skills to the test, having to perform twice on the same night against other teams during Relay Dances.

Best Relay Dances From Past Seasons

Ever since Relay Dances have been introduced, a lot of amazing performances were seen, but some performances stand out from the rest. These are among five of the best Relay Dances on DWTS.

1. Viennese Waltz Relay

This Viennese Waltz Relay from season 30 of the show is certainly one of the most graceful and memorable in the show’s history. The Queen themed night then sees the teams dancing to “We Are The Champions,” by Queen.


2. Cha Cha Relay

The Cha Cha Relay Dance happened in season 29 of the show featuring Nelly, Nev Shulman, and Chrishell Stars along with their professional dancing partners. Dancing to “Rain On Me,” by Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande the couples performed the energetic Cha Cha routine.

3. Samba Relay

The Samba Relay to “Levitating,” by Dua Lipa was performed by celebrities AJ McClean, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and and Skai Jackson. They were able to deliver the Samba routine to perfection, each teams were so close together in terms of their scores.

4. Foxtrot Relay

Queen night on DWTS season 30 has seen some of the best Relay Dance performances of the show, that are indeed really hard to top. This time, JoJo Siwa, Olivia Jade, and Jimmie Allen danced the foxtrot routine with Jenna Johnson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and Emma Slater respectively.

5. Salsa Relay

The performers of season nine of the show held their own in terms of the quality of dances compared to other seasons. The dancers performed a Salsa routine to “Get Busy,” by Sean Paul for this relay in DWTS season nine.

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