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DWTS Cheryl Burke On Why People Should Try Ballroom Dancing, Attends Boxing Match

I started dancing at age of 4 and never stopped. Dancing is a way of life for me – a passion, a mission, and a profession. I’ve pursued it without a second thought for more than two decades, enjoying countless hours on dance floors around the world and on “Dancing with the Stars.” ~Cheryl Burke

Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke has written a new blog for Mountain View about ballroom dancing and why people should try it. Here are a couple of reasons….

Here’s the first reason that comes to mind: I don’t believe there is any recreational activity with more far-reaching psychological, social or physical benefits.

Few pleasurable pursuits can result in the dramatic changes dance instructors see in their students. Trimming down to a healthier weight is one of the most obvious. But there are many others.

For overly serious personalities or people with stressful jobs, dancing adds balance to their lives. It triggers a sense of humor and playfulness. When you watch any beginning dance class, you are likely to see people smiling and laughing.

You can read more reasons why one should try ballroom dancing at Mountain View. She’s very convincing, isn’t she? They have a cute picture of her there too.

Speaking of Cheryl, she was seen with Jenny McCarthy at a boxing match in L.A. this week. As you might remember, Jenny was critical recently with the producers of Dancing With The Stars and their D-lister “talk the walk or walk the talk” cast selection. Anyway, below is Cheryl pictured at the event. You can view more pictures at Zimbio.

January 25, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Judge Len Goodman On “Better Late Than Never”! (Video)

PureDWTS reader @ElmariL sent us “an oldie, but goldie”. Below is Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman dishing on his life and dancing career up to the point he became a judge. Did you know he didn’t start dancing until he was 21? He didn’t have a son until he was 40. He never was asked to do anything on TV until he was 60. He shares pictures, tells stories, and more. Just a mere example of why Len might be “Len. If you’d like to know more, you can order his book “Better Late Than Never: My Story” here.

Fascinating! I get put out by Len’s harshness sometimes, but, I really would not trade him being a judge on Dancing With The Stars for anything, would you? That doesn’t mean we can’t complain though when he’s been over the top, right? LOL!

Thanks Elmari!!! That was fun!! ;)

December 23, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

It Is Hard for Nicole to Learn Ballroom Dancing

I think it’s been really interesting to watch the amazingly talented dancer, Nicole, struggle as she learns to do ballroom dancing. I must admit that some of her pouting, getting down on herself, getting frustrated, or whatever you want to call it has been kind of annoying. It’s kind of hard for me to watch someone who dances so amazing being so hard on herself. Not that I want her to be arrogant about it either, but let’s just say that those moments don’t put Nicole in the best light.

However, last night I finally understood what she’s really going through. Nicole described it really well. It’s not easy for her to learn to dance ballroom the way she does. When she said that I started having flashbacks. I got taken back to when I was 19 years old and understood exactly what she meant.

You see, when I was 19 I went on a mission for my church to Italy. Before going to Italy I went to a missionary training center for 2 months where Italian was fed to us like a firehose. The learning process was much like Dancing with the Stars. Only difference was that we were learning a language and their learning to dance Well, and there were probably a few other differences as well, but you get the point.

I remember those first couple weeks were incredibly intense and REALLY hard. What’s interesting is that I’d had 2 years of Italian in high school (great high school huh?). I’m sure that most of you reading this know how well the high school’s do at teaching language. Yeah, I couldn’t speak much at all thanks to high school language classes. However, I did have a little bit of base vocabulary and pronunciation which the other people in my class didn’t have. Does this sound a bit like Nicole? It does to me.

What’s really interesting is that despite my past language experience I worked my butt off and it was REALLY hard to learn a new language. However, I didn’t realize how much easier it was for me than my classmates until my final week of classes. We had to stay an extra week because of visa issues and so we got a chance to teach Italian to a brand new class of missionaries. When we went into this brand new class of people who knew NO Italian, I realized just how hard it was for them to go from nothing (something that I didn’t have to experience since I knew at least a little something). That’s not to say I didn’t work hard or that it was easy for me. It most certainly wasn’t, but I can easily say it was even harder for other people who are going from nothing.

I couldn’t help but understand what Nicole was saying. She’s working her butt off and ballroom dancing IS really hard for her. The problem is that she just doesn’t realize how much harder it would be for her if she was going from 0 dance training.
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May 11, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.