The New York Post posted an article and video interview yesterday with Maks and Melissa. Melissa talks of how nervous she was before finding out about her new partner on Dancing With The Stars. She was so relieved when it was told she was dancing with Maks for who she wanted. She’s ready for the challenge to “follow” his instructions instead of “lead” like she has done so much of in the past. She wants to learn to be the best dancer and will do whatever it takes and do what he says, but, he’s leery and hopes it will be that way down the line. She also says she’s not allowed to talk during rehearsal….”just a little bit”, Maks remarks. They also laugh a lot. Maks also dishes about how he was one of the first to know he was dancing this season. He couldn’t believe all the rumors before the cast announcement that he wouldn’t. Lots more HERE.
There are a couple of good reads on Martina Navratilova out there about her dancing on Dancing With The Stars. Since I’m a tennis fan and I’ve always been fascinated with the way Martina could out mental her opponents on the tennis court, I’m especially curious and fascinated to know if she’ll bring that same fierceness and wicked determination and intensity to the dance floor? When Martina has taken on something in the past, she goes full bore physically and mentally. I also love it when women who are in their 50’s and 60’s+ are still very much out there physically and mentally keeping up with people half their age and still very much having something to say. What’s more and for those that don’t know, Martina has recently had a bought with Breast Cancer and she broke her arm playing ice hockey. 2010 wasn’t a very good year for her as you can read for all the things that happened to her in a take below from Hello Magazine.
It has certainly been an eventful year for the 53-year-old.
“First, I broke my arm in January playing ice hockey… Then my tooth fell out as I was flying to Europe with my arm in a cast. It was really comical,” she reveals.
“Then I get cancer and it was only February, and I’m like, oh my God, maybe I should stay in my house and not do anything, this is not looking so good. But the arm healed up, the tooth is fine and I’m cancer free. But it’s been a trying year to say the least.”
Martina, who refused to let her diagnosis affect her work schedule over Wimbledon fortnight this year, has also opened up about one of the devastating side-effects of cancer treatment.
“I couldn’t find a pair of jeans one morning and I started crying. I thought what the Hell is the matter with me?… I just didn’t want to get out of bed.
“And then I felt empathetic to people who have depression because now I know what they go through. Only I’m sure it’s much much worse because I did get out of bed, I did play tennis and I was working, but for me, I wasn’t myself. I was flat as a pancake (emotionally); I just didn’t care.”
As for Dancing With The Stars and according to WoKay.com, Martina is “adamant and determined to hit the show with vigor and conviction.” She still considers herself “young and enthusiastic” despite her hardships recently and she knows dancing won’t be easy. Below is more, but, be sure to read the link for the full story. I love what she says on age and having a passion for learning….
Previously she was seen on British reality show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me out of Here’. Navratilova has told in an interview that she has started learning new techniques of the dancing skills which she would be using in the upcoming dancing show.
Many other tennis stars such as Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Todd Woodbridge too have shown their dancing expertise on various British, American and Australian versions of this dancing show. On ABC, the new season will begin airing and the masses have fastened the belts to sail through the waves.
Well, Martina is considered to be the most senior participant on the show. She says that whether you are 55 or 85, the age doesn’t matter, you have to have passion for learning and that she has in plenty.
Martina tells the New York Post that dancing is on her bucket list. Below are some quotes for more of why she decided to dance and facing her fears….
“My strength is that I am an athlete, I am used to doing things over and over and (I have) body control.”
“This is a big fear for me to dance in front of other people,” Navratilova tells The Post. “But I always wanted to learn how to dance. I was just too shy to do it. So I figured just jump in with two feet.”
So, what do you think? Will Martina be a force to be reckoned with physically and mentally on the dance floor as she approached her tennis game? I think so and I can’t wait to see. 🙂
Picture courtesy of Hello Magazine.