The Toledo Blade interviewed their very own Jonathan Bennett about Dancing With The Stars. I didn’t realize he lost his father recently to brain cancer…and he lost his mother too. Below is more and why this is part of Jonathan’s motivation behind doing Dancing With The Stars. Be sure to read the full interview at the link. I’m loving this guy and his energetic and passionate spirit!
Q: Do you have a motivation about being on the show besides your own performance? Is there something driving you?
A: I just lost my father to brain cancer not but three months ago and this was his favorite show on television. And when he was sick in hospice the only show he wanted to watch was Dancing with the Stars because he said this show made him feel good. So I’m doing this performance not just for myself but for my father because I know how badly he loved the show and how thrilled he would be that I’m on it.
I’m also doing this dance for my mother because she passed away a year before that and they both were huge fans of the show.
[Note: Bennett’s father was Dr. David Bennett, a Toledo physician, who died April 28 at the age of 74. His mother was Ruthanne Bennett, who died Nov. 30, 2012, at the age of 67.]
Q: That’s tough to lose both parents within a year.
A: Oh, very, very tough. The biggest reason I wanted to come on the show is to challenge myself but also each dance I do is for my parents. I’m doing every performance for both my parents because I know how much they would love to see my on this.
Q: What’s been the biggest challenge so far?
A: I think the biggest challenge is not memorizing the steps, it’s physically getting my body to move in ways that it’s never moved before . . . like firing muscles and engaging muscles that I didn’t even know I had.
The hardest one is the passé for me, where you bring your knee up really high, because I have bad flexibility in my hamstrings. Pulling my leg up that high that quick is pretty challenging.