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Mastering Music: NOT on the Dance Floor


Don't expect to master the music on the dance floor!
(Sorry--don't shoot the messenger.)

Let's be clear: I don't consider dancing the same as focused listening time. It's hard to have a great relationship with the music without some private time. You can do it with your "significant other" (S.O.) around, but I don't recommend it if they are the jealous type.

If you hear a tune enough on the floor you may remember some elements of the tune, like a few of the breaks and the melody, but I consider that a bonus. Experienced ears can also predict many of the breaks and will hear the section changes, because music isn't random.

While dancing, your focus includes the music, but your partner comes first, then the music and then your own moves and patterns. Don't expect to have enough attention to master the music when you have an attractive partner in front of you, especially if you are newer to the listening relationship game.

If you are also a newer dancer, then you are already multi-tasking up a storm. Critical listening is extremely difficult when your plate is already full with a partner, lights, and a large set of variables on the dance floor. Simply too much going on at once.

Focused listening requires you to repeat sections, and yelling to the DJ to repeat the introduction or the percussion solo isn't workable at most clubs. Live bands like that even less.

If you are new to focused listening, you should spend some quality alone time with just the music and you, along with the rewind/repeat buttons. As you grow your "ears", you can do 60 to 80% of your listening while doing things that don't require your full attention. For most, that includes driving, eating, showering, exercising, and other recurring tasks you do regularly.

Some focused listening requires alone time, with few distractions. You can do those sessions in five and ten minute chunks (quickies) around the rest of your life, with an occasional longer listening.

When driving for to a club for 30 to 60 minutes I've set my iPod to repeat one song the whole time, while sometimes using the reverse button to review a snippet 20 times or more. I may be listening to the vocals, a horn part, one or more percussionists or something else I find interesting.

Sometimes I may be bouncing between instruments and sections and/or counting parts of the tune to clarify the song structure. I've often listened to the same song on the way home, but focusing on different sections. It's amazing what you hear after extended reviews.

The more mature your ears become, the more you hear while multi-tasking, including being on the dance floor. Ultimately that's the pay-off.

You may not tell your S.O. about your music relationships, and we'll just keep that to ourselves. When they dance with you'll they'll quickly realize you have an intimate relationship with the music, and they'll love you for it.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before.
--Mae West

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This article was originally published Nov 2008. I've done some minor revisions before this republish.
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Salsa Dancing Lessons in Newark's NJ Ironbound, Harrison & New Jersey. Call: (201) 282-6344 Classes for all types of Latin dance. Learn how to dance Salsa Mambo on 2 New York Style, styling, cumbia, cha cha, bachata and much more. Class schedule, prices & more information go to: http://SalsaLessonsNewarkNJ.com Aprende a bailar hoy. We also have classes for children and teens, sweet 16, Quinceanera, wedding dance rehearsals and choreography for all occasions. Join the fun and see why the world is going salsa crazy. Call Today: 201 282 6344 http:SalsaLessonsNewarkNJ.com Also, checkout our new website for the latest salsa news http://SalsaDancingForFitness.com Serving: Kearny, North Arlington, Belleville, Jersey City, Bergen County, Hudson County, Union County, Passaic County and the Garden State.
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The global popularity of scooters dates from the post-World War II introductions of the Vespa and the Lambretta. These scooters were intended to provide low-power personal transportation (engines from 50 to 250 cc or 3.1 to 15.3 cu in). The original layout is still widely used in this application. Maxi-scooters, with engines from 250 to 850 cc (15 to 52 cu in) have been developed for Western markets. Scooters are popular for personal transport, partly due to being cheap to buy, easy to operate and convenient to park and store. Licensing requirements for scooters are easier and cheaper than for cars in most parts of the world, and insurance is usually cheaper.
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'Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In' recap: The trials of Joe Giudice

Joe Giudice bemoans the loss of his driver's license and the agony of paying his bills on Sunday's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In'

The Mafia, masturbation and the Giudices' Manahawkin beach house were all hot topics on Sunday night's episode of "Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In" along with the actual news that Joe Giudice will be serving his 41-month federal prison sentence right here in New Jersey, at the Federal Correctional Institute at Fort Dix.

Here are the headlines -- remember, I watch so you don't have to:

A kinder, gentler Teresa? Teresa Giudice's lawyer James Leonard shows Joe Giudice the prison diaries that Teresa has been keeping, documenting every day behind bars at the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Conn. One entry deals with Teresa breaking up a fight between two inmates. "It seems like she's got everybody's respect in there," Leonard tells Joe. "I don't think anyone looks cross-eyed at her." (Wait, the other inmates know the tables are bolted down in prison, right?) He also says Teresa has immersed herself in yoga and meditation. "She's really trying to emerge a more balanced," he says. "Don't get me wrong. She's a firecracker and she still has her fuse. Perhaps that fuse is a little longer."

What rhymes with deplorable? Leonard reminds Joe, a native of Italy who never got his United States citizenship, that he faces the possibility of deportation after serving his sentence. "If they feel that I'm deportable, they could try to deport me," Joe shrugs. Leonard presses him on whether Teresa and the kids would move to Italy with him if he gets thrown out of the country. "Of course she would," he says, adding, "I wouldn't want that, because I don't really know the laws there." That, of course, has not been an impediment to Joe living in New Jersey.

"In order for me to go there, it'd be like an immigrant coming here and not knowing anything here," Joe continues. "I consider myself an American. Besides eating pasta and making sauce, I don't know anything in Italy." Less generous souls might say that's all he's needed to get by in America.

Au revoir, Manahawkin: Leonard also asks Joe for an update on the Manahawkin beach house, which was in foreclosure proceedings when this was taped. Joe claims he's working on mortgage modification and calls it "a pain in the ass to take care of ... another bill." Later, he seems to accept that the house will be taken away: "You pay lawyers, or you keep the Shore house." Spoiler alert: The bank bought back the house at auction for $100.

Bonjour, Fort Dix: When the Gorgas give the Giudices a lift to the Giudice vacation house in Manahawkin, Joe points out a sign for Fort Dix and reveals that he's going to be serving his 41-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute there. He calls his daughter Gia, who's riding with Melissa Gorga in another car, and tells her to look for the sign. "I'm gonna become a military expert," he jokes.

Most revolting/unnecessary/upsetting/fill-in-the-blank exchange of the night: Joe Gorga asks Joe Giudice whether he and Teresa have phone sex, but Joe shrugs, saying, "We just email all nasty things back and forth." Joe Gorga then asks his brother-in-law if he has been masturbating, although he uses a more common colloquialism. I'm afraid I can't reap the rest of the scene because I ran screaming from the room.

Get your stories straight, Giudices: Last week, Gia claimed that the younger girls didn't know that their mother is in prison, but this week she says that everyone except Audriana is aware. ("People think Milania is, like, stupid or whatever, but she knows what's going on.") And Joe said on "Watch What Happens" last week that the kids know Teresa is in prison, but on Sunday's episode he said, "They don't know. They're (bleeping) kids. They think she's working."

Last week, Joe likened the Federal Correctional Institute at Danbury to a "low-budget spa." This week, Leonard reiterates that Teresa is not "in some easy place," and Joe says, "No, of course not." But later Joe says that if Teresa doesn't behave in Danbury, they'll "send her to a real prison."

Wait, what kind of spa asks you to bend over and cough? After Teresa asked Gia to tweet out a message to her fans in May, Teresa got "shaken down," she reveals in a phone call to Joe. "I think they were looking for a cell phone or something ... They're so invading, like, you have to bend down and cough. Yeah, like where are you going to put it, up there?"

Someone needs a reality check, stat: Joe, whose license has been suspended for two years after pleading guilty to possessing a fradulent driver's license, shows off his new electric bike to Leonard. "It's a pain in the ass," he complains about the loss of his driving privileges. "It's almost like you're locked up." Except without the constant threat of sexual assault. But maybe Joe has had unusual experiences with bicycling. (Also, did anyone else get the "Wizard of Oz" Wicked Witch of the West theme going through their head when Joe was biking? De-dum-de-dum-de-dah-dah!)

RELATED: Judge rejects Giudices' foreclosure challenge on mansion

A conversation that need no elaboration: Gia: "I have a headache." Teresa: "Why?" Gia: "Because of Milania." Teresa: "Oh."

Hey Melissa, the Easter Bunny isn't real either: Melissa tells us that she hasn't been able to email with Teresa "because her email chain is full." Melissa also says that Joe Gorga has been approved to visit Teresa in prison, but "I didn't get approved yet." Yet. "It's such a slow process," Gia tells her, clearly humoring her aunt. And in a moment that did soften my stone cold heart, Giancinto Giudice, Teresa's father, tells the Joes that he just can't visit his daughter in prison: "Tell your sister, tell your wife, I will see her when she comes home. I won't go there."

An offer he could refuse: Joe goes to Rino Aprea's restaurant Angelo's of Mulberry Street (so that's why Rino got a shout-out last week) to meet with Angelo Lutz for a primer on doing federal time. Lutz served seven years for bookmaking but said he turned down a plea deal for racketeering, which is commonly associated with Mafia prosecutions. "I had a chance to do what you did," Joe tells him. "I had a chance to be part of that. I knew everybody, but I walked away from that, all right, because I knew a trade. I chose to work hard. I'm still going to jail." Tiniest violin, Joe.

Most disturbing juxtaposition: Joe forks some sweet Italian sausage just before he asks Angelo, "Did anybody ever try to like, any sexual bull ... with you, or no?"

Best quote: "I"ll make it decaf." -- Salon worker to Milania, after she asks for a latter.

Vicki Hyman may be reached at vhyman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @vickihy. Find NJ.com/Entertainment on Facebook. She'll be discussing Sunday's episode on Periscope Monday morning at @njdotcom, and you can also check out her podcast TV Hangover with co-host Erin Medley, in which they discussed Sunday's debut of "Teresa Checks In":

TV HANGOVER, EP. 5: 'Fargo' returns, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' rules and Teresa Giudice is back NJ.com TV critic Vicki Hyman and super fan Erin Medley talk top TV news, discuss returning favorites "Fargo" and gush over "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." Play along to "Name the Show," then get caught up on the latest "Real Housewives of New Jersey" special. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

SHOW RUNDOWN

00:26 -- Happy birthday Vicki!

03:53 -- News of the week

15:27 -- "Fargo" premiere and the benefits of anthologies

22:00 -- Is "Quantico" the next "Secrets and Lies"?

28:08 -- CW does it right with "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Jane the Virgin"

34:45 -- Can you "Name that Show"?

42:28 -- Checking out "Teresa Checks In" on Bravo

46:21 -- Wrap up

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Blac Chyna just one upped her baby daddy Tyga in the birthday department ... entertaining their son King Cairo and his friends for the boy's third birthday with a full-blown fair. The party had all the trappings -- funnel cake stand, taco booth,…

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Hank Azaria: Being a Mets fan is like a New York dirty water hot dog

Plus: Some Jets and Giants talk from "The Simpsons" and "Ray Donovan" star.

We've heard some metaphors for Mets fandom as it compares to life as a Yankees die-hard, but Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons," "Ray Donovan") might have it pegged perfectly.

PLUS: WATCH: 'Simpsons' characters (through Azaria) call Mets moments

Here's what he told For The Win comparing the two before the Mets face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS:

"Living in NY you kind of know this: Yankees fans are uptown, Cadillac, fancy, metro museum, winner. Met fandom is hot dog on the corner, out on the street. It's not a happy thing. You could learn grit and how to tolerate losing."

Mets fans = dirty water dogs. Spoken like a true New Yorker and fan of the Amazins!

"Being a Mets fan is very difficult, no one chooses to do it," he added. "You either born into or it's thrust upon you."

Azaria also said his favorite NFL guest star on "The Simpsons" was Hall of Famer Joe Namath. And was Azaria happy to see Giants Stadium renamed for its sponsor, MetLife?

"It was better than nothing but we all know it's still Giants Stadium," he replied. "I don't think Giants fans are thrilled about going out there to Giants games and certainly not Jets fans. I remember when they use to play at Shea and that was where the Jets should live. It's like they threw us a bone. Jets and Mets is a second-class citizen thing."

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Brigantine mansion on market: Where Frank Sinatra hung his hat (and lost his toupee)

The owner of a Brigantine mansion where Frank Sinatra once stayed is also selling the singer's toupee, which he left in a bathroom drawer

Frank Sinatra fans have the rare opportunity to own a silver hairpiece worn by the Chairman of the Board himself during his 1991 concert series at the Sands in Atlantic City -- but there's a catch. You may have to buy the Brigantine mansion in which it was found.

Former Brigantine politician and restaurateur Anthony Pullella built the contemporary waterfront mansion, designed by noted Jersey Shore architect Robert A. Johnson, in 1988, and rented it out to the casino for Sinatra in July 1991, according to listing agent Gary Paul of Fox and Roach. After the singer left, a maid found the hairpiece in a bathroom drawer, and Sinatra never sent for it.

Pullella, who has put the mansion on the market and is willing to negotiate the toupee as part of the deal, has photos of Sinatra wearing the hairpiece at the house, but Paul says the best way to authenticate the hairpiece would be a DNA test. (Of course, a decent sample of Ol' Blue Eyes' DNA is probably more valuable than the toupee itself.)

RELATED: Star-studded lineup to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday

Pullella, who hasn't named a price for the toupee, is also willing to negotiate the sale of the home's furnishings, which include a white piano bought specifically for Sinatra's stay.

Frank Sinatra performing in Paris during his 1991 Diamond Jubilee world tour. Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

The five-bedroom, eight-bath home itself is on the market for $5.2 million. It has 5,900 square feet, with more than 6,000 square feet of outdoor space and 236 feet of Atlantic oceanfront with views of Atlantic City, according to its Zillow.com listing. Taxes are $29,663.

As his 100th birthday approaches, Frank Sinatra memorabilia continues to command high prices, from his 1934 New Jersey driver's license ($15,757) to his address book dating to the 1970s with listings for John Wayne and Princess Grace ($8,960) to the 1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow sedan he gave to his fourth wife Barbara as a wedding gift in 1976 ($82,500).

Vicki Hyman may be reached at vhyman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @vickihy. Find NJ.com/Entertainment on Facebook.

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Young Dancers Molested by Dance Instructors

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I know a ballroom instructor who had used his position to obtain sex with young girls as young
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Salsa Dancing Lessons in Newark's NJ Ironbound, Harrison & New Jersey. Call: (201) 282-6344 Classes for all types of Latin dance. Learn how to dance Salsa Mambo on 2 New York Style, styling, cumbia, cha cha, bachata and much more. Class schedule, prices & more information go to: http://SalsaLessonsNewarkNJ.com Aprende a bailar hoy. We also have classes for children and teens, sweet 16, Quinceanera, wedding dance rehearsals and choreography for all occasions. Join the fun and see why the world is going salsa crazy. Call Today: 201 282 6344 http:SalsaLessonsNewarkNJ.com Also, checkout our new website for the latest salsa news http://SalsaDancingForFitness.com Serving: Kearny, North Arlington, Belleville, Jersey City, Bergen County, Hudson County, Union County, Passaic County and the Garden State.
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There is some controversy surrounding the origins of the word salsa. Some claim that it was based on a cry shouted by musicians while they were playing their music. Others believe that the term was created by record labels to better market their music, who chose the word "salsa" because of its spicy and hot connotations. Still others believe the term came about because salsa dancing and music is a mixture of different styles, just like salsa or "sauce" in Latin American countries is a mixture of different ingredients.
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Sean Kingston -- Sued For Basketbrawl

Sean Kingston and his bodyguard are being sued by a guy who says he got sucker punched during a pickup basketball at a gym.  Allen Assil says he was hooping at an L.A. Equinox gym back in 2013 when Kingston showed up with his bodyguard, Adrian…

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Lupita Nyong'o makes New York stage debut in powerful 'Eclipsed'

That the play never turns suffocatingly grim is a testament to the warmth and humanity of the actresses.

So what if Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Hudson, Al Pacino, and Bruce Willis are all turning up in new Broadway outings this fall?

The performer that has generated arguably the most anticipatory heat is "12 Years a Slave" Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, who despite her theatrical background -- she trained at the Yale Drama School -- has never before appeared on the New York stage.

Nyong'o personally selected "Eclipsed," a 2009 play by "Walking Dead" actress Danai Gurira, for a production at the Public Theater off-Broadway. The run has already been twice extended (to Nov. 29) and is now sold-out. The chance to bask in the actress' considerable glamour, as well as the opportunity to see if her work in "12 Years a Slave" was merely some kind of one-hit-wonder, are obviously draws for audiences.

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A one-hit wonder she is not -- though Nyong'o groupies might also want to adjust their expectations. "Eclipsed" is a harrowing, glamour-free play about women struggling for freedom in war-torn Liberia. Nyong'o is one of a five-person ensemble, and none of the actresses seek to outshine the others. As starry New York City debuts go, this may be the most self-effacing in recent history.

"Eclipsed," directed by Liesl Tommy, unfolds largely inside a run-down shack on the grounds of a LURD rebel army base in Liberia, circa 2003. There we meet Number 1 (Saycon Sengbloh) and Number 3 (Pascale Armand) -- two of the three wives of the unseen rebel leader -- who are trying to hide an orphaned teenager (Nyong'o) in the room they share. Meanwhile, wife Number 2 (the wonderful Zainab Jah) has joined the brutal rebel fighters, convinced this is the path to great riches and power. (The final character, played by Akosua Busia, is a Liberian woman trying to help broker a peace accord.)

A moment of respite from the darkness of "Eclipsed," as the characters read from a copy of Bill Clinton's autobiography. Pictured left to right: Pascale Armand, Lupita Nyong'o, Saycon Sengbloh. (Joan Marcus)Christopher Kelly | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Gurira's writing contains flashes of sly, gentle humor, but for the most part this is very tough medicine -- a story of how western African women's choices all often lead to the same dead ends. (The Playbill provides a quick history of Liberia, and particularly the Second Civil War -- which proves helpful in following the action.) That the play never turns suffocatingly grim is a testament to the warmth and humanity of the actresses, who are at their finest during the show's quietest moments, braiding one another's hair, or reading aloud from a beaten-up copy of Bill Clinton's autobiography that they stumble upon.

What we're all chasing after, "Eclipsed" suggests, is these transcendent moments of everyday banality -- a respite from the tyranny that, each time we think it's been stomped out, springs back to life in some new corner of our world.

Eclipsed

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Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., New York

Tickets: Sold out, but returns may be available at the box office. A daily lottery is also held for a pair of $10 tickets. Through Nov. 29.

Christopher Kelly may be reached at ckelly@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chriskelly74. Find NJ.com/Entertainment on Facebook.

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7 of the most controversial Halloween costumes in recent years

A great number seem to pay no mind to stepping right over the line from topical to outright tacky when it comes to dressing up

When it comes to Halloween, some costumes are truly "boo"-tiful -- evoking outrage rather than fear or awe.

Though many revelers may be determined to hop onto the hottest trends -- the Caitlyn Jenner-inspired corset ensemble, anyone? -- a great number seem to pay no mind to stepping right over the line from topical to outright tacky when it comes to dressing up.

That Jenner outfit and a Cecil the Lion costume spawned change.org petitions long before Halloween season arrived.

Below find some controversial costume choices that made the news in recent years.

Caitlyn Jenner

It was inevitable that some folks would want to dress up as Caitlyn Jenner for Halloween.

Jenner's transformation created the kind of ripped-from-the-headlines costume that's always popular when the leaves turn brown.

But could it be tasteful, as well as topical?

At left, the "Decathlon Track Star" adult men's costume and at right, the Caitlyn Jenner corset and wig set. (SpiritHalloween.com)

Spirit Halloween was one of the first vendors to attempt to create a Jenner costume.

The $49.99 ensemble includes an ivory corset with matching shorts and a brown wig -- a recreation of the Olympian's famous "Vanity Fair" cover.

Spirit Halloween also offers a costume of Jenner, who was born William Bruce Jenner, as an Olympian.

Many people slammed the Caitlyn costume, arguing it was "transphobic" and harmful to the transgender community. A petition was even launched to halt its sale.

Jenner, however, said she found it humorous.

"I don't think it's offensive at all," Jenner told the "Today" show's Matt Lauer in September. "I know the community does, and they've gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it's great."

Cecil the Lion

Cecil, a beloved male lion from Zimbabwe, was killed by an American recreational big-game hunter.

Dentist Walter Palmer was forced to take a hiatus from his practice in Bloomington, Minn., after facing international backlash for killing Cecil.

Cecil has been memorialized by a host of online retailers, including lingerie website Yandy.com and Costumeish.com.

At left, a "Lion Killer Dentist" costume which costs $139.99 at Costumeish.com. At right, an ensemble available at Yandy.com retailing for $118.95. (Costumeish.com/Yandy.com)

The Yandy.com long-sleeved bodysuit features a furry hood and plunging neckline.

The deluxe option -- a brown velvet catsuit with long sleeves, zip front, attached lion tail and an attached hood, with faux fur trim and lion ears -- costs $149.95.

Costumeish.com is offering a "Lion Killer Dentist Halloween Costume" featuring a severed lion's head, a smock and gloves with fake blood splatter for $139.99.

"We reserve our right to freedom of speech and expression and will not be removing this costume for any reason whatsoever," reads a notice underneath the costume description.

The website is proudly cashing in on the controversy.

"Due to overwhelming demand the price of the costume has been raised to $139.99," the costume description states.

Cecil died at age 13. He was a prized lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

Julianne Hough dressed as Crazy Eyes, an African-American character played by Uzo Aduba on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." (Yahoo TV)

Black face

In 2013, professional dancer and actress Julianne Hough learned a hard lesson about an old adage: Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery.

Hough dressed as Crazy Eyes, an African-American character played by Uzo Aduba that is one of the most popular fictional inmates on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black."

Hough wore an orange jumpsuit, bantu knots in her hair and brown makeup on her face for a Halloween party in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Once photos of Hough in bronze, er, black face appeared online, social media users went on the attack. Hough blamed the controversial makeup and costume blunder on a case of fandom gone wrong.

"I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created," Hough wrote in a series of tweets. "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way."

She continued: "I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."

Aduba, if no one else, accepted Hough's apology.

"I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologized and I feel like we can all move on," Aduba said a few weeks later.

So, about that Ray Rice Halloween costume... http://t.co/RgyPiADi91 pic.twitter.com/ZGqrXg70A7

-- TMZ (@TMZ) October 22, 2014

Janay and Ray Rice

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who played college football at Rutgers University, made headlines last year when TMZ released a video of him delivering a knockout punch to his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay in an Atlantic City elevator.

Rice's contract was terminated by the Ravens on Sept. 8, 2014, following the release of an additional video of the incident. He was also suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

In November 2014, however, it was announced that Rice successfully won a federal court appeal to be reinstated. He has not played a down of NFL football since the incident.

In October 2014, sports commentator Keith Olbermann publicly criticized a white couple, who put on black face and dressed as Ray and Janay Rice months after the incident.

After his tweet, Olbermann's followers began sending pictures of other Ray Rice costumes to the broadcaster. One costume showed a young boy dragging a doll, seemingly intended to portray Janay, by the hair. Other photos surfaced of men dressed in Ray Rice uniforms and shown dragging a blow up doll.

Janay took offense to the costume, while her husband was still facing his own offenses.

"It's sad, that my suffering amuses others," she said in a tweet.

TODAY'S front page of THE SUN pic.twitter.com/0z2LgtwAAT

-- The Sun (@TheSun) November 6, 2013

9/11 Twin Towers

While many of the costumes on this list earned mixed reactions, a pair of British college students drew near universal outrage when they decided 9/11 would make an appropriate base for a Halloween costume.

Many found it hard to decipher what was more offensive -- that Amber Langford and Annie Collinge decided their 2013 Halloween costume should depict the moment of impact when jets slammed into the Twin Towers -- or that they won a prize worth the equivalent of $240 in a club's Halloween costume contest. (Langford's father, an airline pilot, was piloting a plane to the United States on the day of the attacks, according to The Daily Mail).

Photos of Langford and Collinge quickly went viral after they won the contest held by the U.K. nightclub, Rosie's in Chester.

The costumes, labeled "North Tower" and "South Tower," included tiny mock-ups of people plummeting to their deaths. The two also wore hats that appeared to be the American flag emerging from smoking clouds.

The club owners and the women issued apologies after facing backlash.

The Sun newspaper in London ran a photo of the women in costume on its front page on Nov. 6, 2013 with the headline: "Towering Stupidity."

Ebola

Last year, Ebola costumes were branded the most "viral" of the Halloween season.

BrandsOnSale.com is still selling the ensemble -- a hazmat suit, face shield, mask, goggles and gloves -- for $79.99.

This "Sexy Ebola Costume" retails for $59.99. It includes a white costume dress, a face shield, a breathing mask, safety eye goggles and blue latex gloves. (BrandsOnSale.com)

"You are sure to be prepared if any outbreak happens at your Halloween party," reads the item description.

A "sexy" ebola costume is also available on the website for $59.99.

Nazi

In 2005, just two weeks before Holocaust Memorial Day, Prince Harry was photographed at a friend's "colonials and natives"-themed costume party dressed as a Nazi.

British tabloid "The Sun" published, on its front page, a photo of the prince wearing a swastika armband and a desert uniform, similar to those worn by Erwin Rommel's German Afrika Korps.

The costume made international headlines and drew criticism from many politicians and survivors of the concentration camps.

"I'm very sorry if I have caused any offense," the prince said following the furor. "It was a poor choice of costume, and I apologize."

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