Parade has a fun new interview with James Maslow. He discusses Dancing With The Stars and what his first rehearsals have been like, what he thinks of his parter Peta Murgatroyd, what the first week on the show will be like, and much more.
How are practices and rehearsals going?
“So far, so good. The foxtrot is my first dance and it was a little daunting the first few days. Now they’re starting to change things up. It’s not easy, it’s something I’ve never done before, but Peta [Murgatroyd] is a great instructor. I’m lucky to have her and we’re getting it together.”
What is the most challenging part of training so far?
“Just connecting all the dots. We work on the basics: footwork to start, then work on frame and posture, which is very important for the foxtrot, apparently. The second piece is where the head needs to go and where you’re looking. It might seem simple individually, but putting it all together and staying in time and doing it with someone else still while as the man I’m supposed to be leading it—that’s obviously the challenge. But if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be a fun show to watch.”
What can fans expect when you and Peta hit the ballroom next week?
“I think a lot of people will be blown away, as they are with many of the athletes, actors, and musicians who do this show, because you don’t see all of the rehearsal. You see little bits—I’m sure they’ll show us stumbling or falling when you’re learning things, but then you see the final product and it’s pretty amazing. Looking back at some of the iPad videos we’ve been taking so we can critique ourselves and we’re pretty psyched about it. We’re like, ‘I don’t look bad, I look like I know what I’m doing’ and that’s me doing the process and seeing it everyday.”
Can’t wait to see! More at Parade.