Before I was asked to participate in Stepping Out With the Stars, I had never taken a ballroom dance lesson in my life. I had seen it on television (So You Think You Can Dance is one of my favorite guilty pleasures) and I have an undying love for Dirty Dancing, but I'd never learned more than a basic box step.
With visions of Swayze dancing in my head, I went into my first lesson not knowing exactly what to expect. Jason, the choreographer, and Kyle, my dance partner, both instructors at Arthur Murray Sterling Heights, were so incredible to work with. From the very beginning, they were patient when I had trouble picking up a step, laughed with me when I couldn't quite balance in my brand new dancing heels, and encouraged me to have confidence in my ability to pull it off. In the end, I had so much fun, and it was such an honor to dance in support of Turning Point, an organization that has served victims of sexual and domestic abuse for more than 30 years.
The official video from the event has finally been released - when I watched it, I expected to cringe at my performance (you're your own worst critic, right?) but I'm actually pretty proud of myself. It's not bad for a girl who'd never set foot in a ballroom. See me dance above at minute 22:30!
To support Turning Point, please visit turningpointmacomb.org.
Also: A special thank you to ChristaMara Alix and Monica Jadan for making me look so pretty. I went to the event directly from a photoshoot, and after a long day on set, I needed all the help I could get!