Terra Jole’s confidence was shaken after her first dance with Sasha Farber last week on Dancing With The Stars, but, she writes of how she is growing. I love her positivity. Here is more in her new blog at People….
Rehearsals have been very stressful because this is the first time Sasha and I are in a hold together. Any little person standing in frame with an average-size person is going to look different. My torso is the same size as an average person’s, but my arms and legs are half the size of theirs!
These physical differences challenge me to make it work as a little person, but they challenge Sasha to get creative. I’m truly looking forward to performing what we have practiced all week tonight. Hopefully it will show that Sasha is a good teacher and I am a good student and that no matter the handicap, you can make it work!
I’m learning that each week your body hurts in different places depending on what dance you’re learning – or trying to learn. The jive mainly made my calves burn, but the quickstep makes my neck feel like I was rear-ended in a car accident. I’m looking forward to other body parts hurting next week. (Ha!)
In the first few weeks of rehearsal, I have discovered that I may not be as confident as I thought I was. But I credit that to being stripped of my comfort zone.
When you’re comfortable, you’re confident. I’m dancing with an average size man, recovering from a cesarean section, and learning how to ballroom dance! None of that screams comfort!
I’m hoping in future weeks I can say it’s comfortable to dance in frame with Sasha. He’s a phenomenal teacher that has so much talent and patience. I know all the other contestants feel as though they have the best teacher/pro dancer, but I truly feel like I’ve won the jackpot by being on this adventure with Sasha. In a few short weeks he’s made me grow not only as a dancer, but as a person. And I can’t wait to continue the journey.
To read more, see People.