Certain dances are held up as classics of the series.

* Drew Lachey's and Cheryl Burke's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMgUNzHbjbg "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" Freestyle]].
* Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4SMO7ZcszM Tango to "Whatever Lola Wants."]]
* Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP5sEPH1vDQ samba to "Bootylicious"]].
* Ma and Dmitry Chaplin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhVyz-QPLVE paso doble to "We Will Rock You"]].
* The paso doble to the My Darling Clementine song.
* Apolo Ohno and Julianne Hough had a couple
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLH8BvOY96Y tiger Samba to "I Like to Move It"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWqGqCseujY second quickstep to "Big Bad Voodoo Man"]].
* Julianne Hough and Hlio Castroneves' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwBNNvVlGCo quickstep to "Hey Pachuco" from ''The Mask'']].
* Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas also had a few awesome dances even if they they got eliminated halfway through the season"
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsEy9wQaVrQ hip hop infused cha cha]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq2xqI24nJY perfect 30 paso doble]] (which was the earliest perfect score anyone has ever got on the show at week 4).
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjUx6rJ4n38 lively quickstep]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12n5ytv-J2w high energy jive]].
** Their hot [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi01aw4HYfM rumba]].
** They returned on season 9 for a special number with the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X5GAAbK9Q0 "Eye of the Tiger" paso doble]].
** Sabrina and Mark [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxAKLWIQ47U danced to Avril Lavigne's "Complicated"]].
* Melanie Brown's and Maksim Chmerikovsky's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIisq-AeNl8 Paso Doble to "Free Your Mind."]]
* Gilles Marini's and Cheryl Burke's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuORkB7wNJw Argentine Tango]] to "[[MrAndMrsSmith Assassin's Tango]]."
* Season 6's Kristi Yamaguchi's and Mark Ballas also had a few:
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpKWfxWfXNM foxtrot to "The More I See You"]] which got the first ever highest score for week 1.
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkdLUfl_3JA first jive to Little Richard's "Rip It Up"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsGQ0Bk_CHM paso doble to New Order's "Blue Monday"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLP-Hm5FTtM rumba to John Mayer's "Say"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqM7FKpIVes cha cha to Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI2kpYEBHVM mambo to "Hey Baby"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szmjacCFMu4 winning freestyle to Michael Jackson's "Working Day and Night"]].
* Season 8 Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas' also had some moments:
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmwEy_5KZLM cha cha to Michael Jackson's "P. Y. T."]], arguably the best ballroom dance tribute to Michael Jackson.
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOTXdbQJXvg quickstep to Aladdin's "Friend Like Me"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqFF-40EexA Argentine tango to "Asi Se Baila El Tango"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXwxtTLBgrc paso doble to "Gotta Get Thru This"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3bsr0OAIR8 rumba to John Mayer's "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40NS-B6Q26Q Jabbawockeez inspired freestyle]].
* Anna Trebunskaya and Evan Lysacek had two:
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymJLfdOS3QQ Argentine Tango to "Bust Your Windows"]].
** The ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' themed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITz1stk1_Jo paso doble to "Bring Me to Life."]]
* Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel's Viennese Waltz to "Trouble."
** Also her freestyle to "I Will Survive". Doubles as a [[SugarWiki/HeartWarmingMoments Heartwarming Moment]].
* Pro dancer Kym Johnson dancing a perfect [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ56IxQe0yY Argentine tango]] with Hines Ward three days after suffering a serious neck injury.
** Also a TearJerker if the reactions of the audience, the judges, and Hines himself were any indication.
* Anna and Jonathan dancing while Michael Bolton sings "Hallelujah".
* The SiblingTeam of Julianne and Derek Hough love to dance the jive together:
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KChBpxOA1M jive to "Great Balls of Fire"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7nAt4iEOWk jive to "Shake Your Tail Feathers"]].
* Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_c86xDkcxI Argentine tango to Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana"]].
* Nicole Scherzinger and Derek also had a few:
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTEuIXz7MqE Argentine tango to "El Capitalismo Foraneo"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZhZYKSAPL0 tango to "Pretty Woman"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y7hWBZwhew 50's paso doble]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ravvjv3MFwE "Lady in Red" rumba]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkyA4faZGbU "Proud Mary" jive]].
* Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough's beautiful and sensual [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GABO66Dkz1Q rumba]].
** Not to mention the tearjerker [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufI_Bz3tdyE Viennese waltz to "These Arms of Mine"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tg73_g8mg waltz to "Way Over Yonder"]].
* Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas' Emmy-nominated dances:
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPzcEexCX_w jive to Panic at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yQ5GFYYFMA Viennese Waltz]] to Music/JohnWilliams' [[Franchise/HarryPotter "Hedwig's theme"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-nnLIExbd8 waltz to Sia's "My Love"]].
** While not nominated for an Emmy, Chelsea and Mark's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy6XWtcbJdk rumba to "Eyes On Fire"]] still got perfect scores.
* Chelsie Hightower and Derek Hough's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqRe7o_ZaW8 Emmy-nominated paso doble]] (with Mark Ballas on guitar).
* J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff's"
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsCCZ-3G1n0 samba to "Conga"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y31UxNwzX30 quickstep to "Hot Honey Rag"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0xwZ3YmVPI waltz to "What the World Needs Now"]].
* Season 14 Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulRZvpsOz9I first]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp-iB9ETKRo second]] jive. But also:
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHi_va22J-Y foxtrot to "The Show"]].
** The tearjerker [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBui4OZNgHE waltz to Josh Groban's "To Where You Are"]].
** The funky [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK8maoGyABs samba to "I Can't Get Next To You"]].
** The classical [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpaHVGLg630 rumba to "Canon in D Major"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GJ_RsWiLSs "Dirty Boogie" quickstep]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEtkOoWO-p4 all too classic paso doble]].
** The passionate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meVN75PEswc Argentine Tango to "Tanguedia II"]].
* Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd's bonkers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qpt9pCbGok freestyle to Cowboy Troy's "I Play Chicken with the Train"...]] which can be directly credited for their season victory.
** They chose a country freestyle largely due to [[GenreSavvy the success of "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy."]]
* Season 16 Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ydGFE6VZI4 contemporary to David Guetta's "Titanium"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDHbeCesmoQ Argentine tango to "Reflejo de Luna"]].
** Their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GINKaAF3CRI fun, carnivalistic salsa]].
* Season 16 Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYgpH8tsJPc paso doble dance trio with Tristan MacManus]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgaMDduzuC0 Also their Argentine tango]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8weXr3Sq8Pk And their freestyle]].
* Season 14 has Maria Menounos and Derek Hough's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoVl9ASpF-Q "vampiric" paso doble]].
* Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein's jazz dance to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJEqQWgbNV8 Get]] [[Music/DaftPunk Lucky]]".
** Bill Nye's appearance period. Every performance ended with a "Bill" chant. After all this time he hasn't been forgotten.
* Season 17's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVX-ibDDVws Team Foxing Awesome!]]
* Christina Milian and Mark Ballas' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuGR7dvgVcc paso doble to Lady Gaga's "Applause"]].
* Season 17's Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff had a lot of awesome dances under their belt:
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbtOT7j541w jive to "Kiss You"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyK49bPvXCo Viennese waltz to the "Theme from Game of Thrones"]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYX9PR-sHWU Hollywood-themed quickstep]].
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGMYX7ihbiA jazz trio with Witney Carson]].
* Season 17's eventual winners, Amber Riley and Derek Hough:
** Their tango to Kanye West's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTj1spon0_U "Love Lockdown"]]. Also notable for Amber pulling it off on a knee injury.
** Their finals freestyle to Aloe Blacc's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7DC3XZQ2sg "Can You Do This"]].
* Season 18 had a lot of awesome moments:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_y8aUVCCWU Amy Purdy and Derek Hough's freestyle]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWME3cedQy0 "wedding crashed" jive]].
*** Amy's mere presence in the competition is a chain of CMOAs. She's a double leg amputee and yet she made it to second place.
** Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas' contemporary. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-B_FeQGt4 Both of them]] (the second one was when she was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYLi0OnYG8s partnered with Charlie White]]).
** Meryl Davis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy's Argentine tango which many considered [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wPTQnxDpus the dance of the season]].
** Charlie White annd Sharna Burgess' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ekJc8p5z2A paso doble (the only paso doble of the season!)]]. Also hats off to Sharna Burgess for making the paso doble work on a song totally unfit for a paso doble!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ikojCDJOh4 Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy's's "Be Our Guest" quickstep]].
** The fact that Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas and Derek Hough were put together on the same group dance. As Val said "We got like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain in one team."
* Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas partnered again in season 15 for a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0zvzO0_XUg seamlessly infused tango / paso doble fusion]].
* Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NIgOrZemBw Knight Rider / Bhangra dance]].
* Season 19 - The premiere episode was regarded as on of the better premiere episodes in the series' history and there are a couple of that night's routines that stood out:
** RandyCouture was surprisingly light on his feet dancing the foxtrot with his partner Karina Smirnoff.
** [[Series/DuckDynasty Sadie Robertson]] and her fun and youthful cha cha with Mark Ballas.
*** Their beautiful and elegant Viennese waltz inspired by the Creator/{{Pixar}} movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''; perfectly mirroring some scenes from Carl and Ellie's story.
*** Their ''Series/DuckDynasty''-inspired samba (to the tune of 'Hunter' by Pharrell no less!). As Julianne Hough stated, "It is a perfect combination of content and concept."
*** The romantic, yet age-appropriate rumba to "Diamonds" by Rihanna; Mark's showing his thoughtful and caring side in catering to Sadie's beliefs yet still not derailing the integrity of the dance (it's also the 3rd time he choreographed this kind of rumba for a much younger contestant; see Shawn Johnson & Aly Raisman).
*** Their ''Music/{{Thriller}}'' meets ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' Halloween-themed paso doble; props to the make up and costume designer who made Mark and the back-up dancers look like convincing zombies.
*** Their epic Adam & Eve contemporary.
*** Their foxtrot trio: the first ever trio to a ballroom dance in the show while using a female pro instead of a male to complement Sadie. Ballas took a big risk with this routine that got awarded with a perfect score!
*** Their adorable yet technically on point quickstep.
*** Their Argentine tango to an unplugged version of Ariana Grande's song "Problem" which made innovative choreography with a guitar.
*** And in one of the most memorable freestyles in recent memory, their ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''-inspired freestyle.
** [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]] and his partner Peta Murgatroyd's cha cha, with [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] on the driver's seat of a lowrider (bonus points for Peta dressed in a marijuana inspired costume!)
*** He danced a surprisingly good and technically sound salsa and able to keep up with his partner Peta. Mind you, he's 76 years old and the oldest contestant of the season!
*** Then he danced a very good Argentine tango (inspired from ''Film/ScentOfAWoman'') where he even gets to lead Peta instead of her leading him! Eat your heart out, Creator/AlPacino!
*** A surprisingly decent quickstep.
*** Chong injured his calf right before his paso doble dance yet still able to keep up with the choreography. Then late he re-injured his calf before he danced a rumba yet still be able to make it sensual!
*** The fact that Tommy Chong is the oldest celebrity to ever made it to the semi-finals!
*** The beautiful rumba, a beautiful capping off to an amazing contestant this season.
** [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso Ribeiro]] closed the night with an incredible jive that earned four 9's from the judges!
*** Then he one-upped it with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ROkuG2mAo a jazz dance to "It's Not Unusual"]], complete with the long-awaited return of the Carlton Dance to the prolonged screams of joy from the crowd. The result? A perfect 40.
** The unseating of Sabrina and Mark for the title of earliest perfect score by not one, but two routines in week three:
*** [[Series/PrettyLittleLiars Janel Parrish]] and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uus5YDsyvTo Jazz routine to America from West Side Story]].
*** Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Hough's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN5GSbfUlYM Jazz routine to Singin' in the Rain]].
* Season 20 - The 10th year anniversary of the show:
** The wonderfully colorful balloon painted concept of Willow Shields and Mark Ballas' Argentine Tango. A dance supposedly full of passion and maturity... and it was danced beautifully by a 14-year old.
* Special mention should be made to Derek Hough for being the only pro dancer of the show to win a Best Choreography Emmy for his three dances:
** Season 15 - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CYTP6-F6kM with Shawn Johnson dancing the mambo]].
** Season 15 - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOK4-OKDHc0 with Shawn Johnson dancing the quickstep]].
** Season 16 - with guest pro dancer Jamie Goodwin - "Walking on Air" Macy's Stars of Dance. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PizxUk3lG3c It's gravity-defying.]]