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Mario and Kristi Yamaguchi may be making all the right moves on "Dancing With the Stars," but fall's short, shimmering party dresses are already winners.

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Mario and Kristi Yamaguchi may be making all the right moves on “Dancing With the Stars,” but fall’s short, shimmering party dresses are already winners. Here, Lovenia’s silk-lined rayon velvet dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes; men’s wear and shoes from Dior Homme.

Who doesn’t love to tango, salsa or swirl to a big band? Plenty of people do, and designers continue to come up with fresh versions of bare little dresses that swing and sway to the beat. — Bobbi Queen

Dance Floored

Since he has prepared dancers and actors for numbers in movies such as “Enchanted,” “Autumn in New York” and “Scent of a Woman,” it wasn’t a stretch for Paul Pellicoro of DanceSport to help WWD’s models find their natural rhythms during this photo shoot.

The success of television shows such as “Dancing With the Stars” has led to a significant increase in the popularity of lessons at Pellicoro’s studio. The dance teacher, who offers classes in everything from tango and swing to the most popular — salsa — insists that there’s a style for everyone. Don’t be intimidated by the dips, twists and twirls you see on TV, Pellicoro says. The routines showcased on “Dancing with the Stars,” (a program for which he has coached several contestants, among them, Laila Ali), are typical of competition dancing, which requires long, rigorous practice. Pellicoro suggests that beginners, rather than trying competitive moves, go instead to social-dancing classes, which allow for more spontaneous expression. It’s not as hard as it looks, he adds: “You’re always dancing. Even when you walk next to someone and end up stepping in time — you’re harmonizing.”

— Christina Roperti

PHOTOS BY KYLE ERICKSEN; MODELS: KENDALL GREEN/FUSION AND LAURENT/B1 MODELS; HAIR BY DARIA WRIGHT FOR DARIAWRIGHT.COM; MAKEUP BY MIZU FOR PRICE INC; SILVER BRACELETS FROM UGO CACCIATORI AND EARRINGS FROM JOSE & MARIA BARRERA; ALL OTHER JEWELRY FROM BARBARA FLOOD’S CLOSET; FASHION ASSISTANTS: CHRISTINA ROPERTI AND AYSE CUETO

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