How do you conquer your fear of the dance floor? You have a Dancing with the Stars Dance Lesson! Disney & ABC invited me out to LA for this private Dancing with the Stars Dance Lesson. All opinions are my own. Travel and accommodations were covered.
I’m standing up in the middle of the room, facing a full audience, with a choreographed dance that we had just learned about 15 minutes ago. I’m drenched in sweat. I hear the words “And 5, 6, 7, 8!” and stand completely frozen in my spot. No, this is not a dream. This is my Dancing with the Stars Dance Lesson. That’s right, we had a private dance lesson with the familiar faces of Dancing with the Stars – and it was absolutely terrifying. And so much fun. Take a cue from me, here’s exactly what you should NOT do during a Dancing with the Stars Dance Lesson. And oh yes, all incriminating video of me is included.
Take the Dancing with the Stars Dance Troupe for Granted
We see these dancers all of the time on the show. Usually the backup dancers, special performance dancers and subs for injured dancers (like Alan Bersten for Maks during this season), it’s easy to glance over this group of talented individuals. But don’t do what I did. The moment that we met Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Britt Stewart, Hayley Erbert, Artur Adamski and Brandon Armstrong, I knew that we were in good hands. Years of dance experience, features on many amazing movies and shows (such as High School Musical and So You Think You Can Dance) and full of energy, the Dance Troupe is the foundation of the show you know and love. Get to know these dancers, because many of them become the main dancers of the show. And then you can say – I knew them when.
Wear the Wrong Shoes, For Starters
And wrong clothes…and forget a hair tie. I’m a hot mess, literally. I must have blacked out during that whole “dress comfortably” speech – because I was only focused on one thing – wearing my hot orange suede flats. Horrible decision when you’re entering a ballroom class, by the way. Don’t do it.
Believe When They Said That It Would Be “Easy”
Knowing the interviews and schedule we had for the day, I had one thing in mind. Look cute for pictures.” I curled my hair. I put on makeup. I even wore jeans – because I remember them saying “you won’t even break a sweat.” Ok, perfect. A nice easy dance lesson. I was thinking 10 minutes – 15 tops and we’d be heading back to the buses. An hour later, I’m drenched head to toe in sweat. This wasn’t a dance lesson – this was a full-on workout. Between blushing and dancing, I think I burned enough calories to cover my meals this trip.
Think That I Could Sit This One Out
“We’re going to break out into groups and have a little friendly competition.” Um…what?! So much for hiding in the back of the class. Not only are we now dancing with our peers, but also in front of them. How does one overcome social anxiety and depression? When Disney says dance, you dance! Thank goodness we had Britt Stewart leading our group. She was a fantastic and very patient teacher!
A Special Performance You Don’t Want to Miss
So what happens when bloggers take center stage for a Dancing with the Stars dance lesson? You’ll have to check out the video to find out. Yes, your truly is featured in this special choreographed dance video, just for you! I’d like to thank The Academy, my mom and years of ballet class for helping me NOT to fall on my face in this film.
Loved our performance? You won’t want to miss Week 6 of Dancing with the Stars!
While we certainly had a great time, I’m leaving the dancing to the professionals from now on! Catch the Dancing with the Stars Dance Troupe in this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, where Things are spicing up this week!
- Team Dances – Men vs. Women!
- Maksim Chmerkovskiy Returns to the Ballroom!
- Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter joins as guest judge!
- Dances to some of your favorite boy band and girl group songs spanning generations from Jackson 5 to New Kids on the Block, The Chiffons to TLC, Destiny’s Child to ‘NSYNC and more!
“Episode 2406” – The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups throughout history, and the men and women will also compete against each other in team dances, on “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough as a guest judge.
For week six, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2cdE4PL is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday evenings.
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I certainly will be. Who are you hoping to win this season?
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