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Why I Love Dancing

I’ve been dancing for over twenty years. I’ve danced at many of the major competitions. I love dancing with friends and family and it’s something that has sustained me over the past twenty years.

I’m a competitive dancer. In the past I danced for many years when I was working in a corporate environment and doing a bunch of boring, boring things. But after I realized the value of taking something that might be boring and turning it into a competitive experience — the kind that has its ups and downs — and then making it meaningful — the kind that inspires you to dance every day with the goal of reaching that next level — I’ve really been dancing since the age of sixteen.

One of my favorite moments is when I had the opportunity to do a solo on a famous American musical show. The show had a live audience, and the show was just about to begin when two members of the audience started shouting for a solo I had not practiced. And they couldn’t believe I actually had a really good solo that they wanted to hear. I had to pull my dance out of my ass and get onto the mic, and I told them they had won me a $400 check, and I smiled like a fool. And then I let them keep the money.

For the rest of my career, I’ve danced with many different groups and individuals, and each of them leaves me forever with fond memories and feelings.

For example, in 1995 I was the dance partner of a really famous, world-famous American singer. He was in a group called Celine Dion, and she would perform as a solo artist. She had a famous dance with me that I had worked on for many years, and her dance was so unique, powerful and inspiring. But in order for me to do my own original choreography, and have it to be really strong and to be really distinctive, I really had to work on the dance. That meant a lot going into a concert.

I’ve danced with the late, great Steve Rissler. Steve was a legend in the dance world but I still had to put in a lot of time to learn a lot of his technical stuff. And that’s what got me interested in learning the dance business and to eventually becoming a competitor.

I’ve danced with everyone from the legendary Diana Ross, to the legendary Michael and the late, great Tina Turner, to the legendary Lenny Kravitz, to the legendary David and his late late son, Michael Jordan, to the legendary John Travolta, which was the greatest thing all of rock and roll ever achieved and is still a phenomenal individual. And to people like that and many other people, just to have them be able to dance with you is a truly special thing.

So dancing for me has been very satisfying, but as much fun as it has been to me, it’s also been a lot of work.

My own experience with dance has had some challenges. The first was getting into dance and actually taking the classes. I first started taking dance classes when I was in tenth grade. Because my family, particularly my step-parents, have a lot of dancers in their own family, I knew that I had to try dancing to see if I could. But most of the time when I would start dancing, I would start off in very basic, basic moves in classes. I would take class in what was called the basic ballet class for elementary school students. I would get up there and I would watch as kids did the complicated stuff and it was really difficult for me too because I was just not very good at ballet.

When I got into my first year of high school and I was really just learning the basics of doing complicated choreography, I was very slow to progress. But my dance teacher was really supportive and gave me feedback and really helped me to not only progress, but to become skilled very quickly while still being fast enough to have some fun.

Once I got into college and had a little bit of more practice with dancing and a little more practice and better choreography, it was like “Okay, I’m getting this.”

And at that point it was my own little personal journey that I was taking. I’m the kind of person who is usually like a “I don’t know why I do it” kind of person and just does what I want to do, and I don’t try to understand it much.