I've just finished what probably has been the craziest thing I've done in my career. I took part in the Chinese version of "Dancing With The Stars" called "Wu Lin Da Hui". Big difference though, On the U.S. version you get a couple of months to practice. On the China version I got a day and a half. Let me just say this. I am not a dancer. I've never thought of myself as the most graceful of creatures. A day and a half!!! Oi vay, what had I gotten myself into...
I arrived in Shanghai thinking I was going to do an easy waltz or something since I had no prior dancing experience. Instead I was promptly given the "Paso Doble". Modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the spanish bullfight, it's got tons of kicks, turns, and dips. Watching someone my height performing these things is kind of like watching a Daddy Long Leg spider having an epileptic fit. But I still went for it and practiced my butt off for that measly day and a half.
Turned out to be a twelve hour rush of adrenalin that ripped through my body almost causing me to black out on stage. It was terrifying and fun all wrapped up into one surreal experience. I remembered all my steps and managed to not injure myself or my partner in the process. Since my Mandarin stinks, I literally had no idea what was going on, but Everyone was really cool and I had such a laugh. It was a lot of fun in the end but I think I'm gonna hang up my dancing shoes (they actually let me keep my shoes) for now.
Here's me sharpening my dancing prowess.
On stage with all the other contestants. I stick out like a sore thumb. I'm like a foot taller then almost everyone. The wardrobe ladies back stage were having a little giggle about how they had to scour the city to find size 40 dance shoes.
I have to apologize for the poor quality photos but these were taken with a snap and shot from the audience, and they were like a mile away from us.
This is after the dance and the judges are critiquing me. I'm smiling because I have no idea what they are saying.
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