Sadie Robertson Dancing With the Stars Rumba: Elegant, Yet Age-Appropriate!

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Sadie Robertson stuck to her Christian values while performing the rumba on Dancing With the Stars, proving that those two aren't mutually exclusive.

Check out the stunning 17-year-old's elegant performance on Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 8 Monday night and see what we mean:

A dance style known for its sometimes sexual nature, the rumba from the Duck Dynasty youngster brought her judges, fans and family to tears.

In a good way.

Before the dance, Robertson was seen during rehearsals expressing her concerns, noting that she didn’t want the performance to “come off as sexy.”

“I hope this week, it doesn’t come off as sexy, but it comes off as sweet,” she said. “It’s just so awkward to me, and when I get awkward, I laugh a lot.”


Sadie, whose brother John Luke Robertson is engaged at 19, said she talked to her grandmother and mother to clear some of the moves with them.

Her professional "Quack Pack" partner, Mark Ballas, carefully abided by the family’s wishes while choreographing the routine we saw on last night's show.

“I wanted to find the correct balance between being appropriate and doing the right dance,” Ballas said of the routine, as well as Sadie's ensemble.

Sadie's dad and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson approves all her costumes, so there's no question the pressure was on Mark on this one.

While both Robertson and her partner expressed worries about how it would be received, the couple ended up shining, and scoring a 35 out of 40.

That total was more than enough to coast through the Dancing With the Stars results portion and kept them on track for this season's final episodes.

Rather than penalize her for offering up a more reserved version of the dance, judge Julianne Hough praised Robertson for sticking to her values.

“Obviously, the rumba is a super passionate dance, right," Hough said, but added that Sadie proved it can be that and "doesn’t have to be raunchy."

”This was a beautiful story about falling in love, and that’s what I loved about that," she said, and America and the other judges clearly agreed.

Team Sadie!

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