Shall We Dance?January 31, 2009
On Monday, as I was running errands, the radio station I listen to said they would give away two tickets to see Dancing with the Stars on Tour in Washington DC. All you had to do to win was be caller Number Three.
I figured I would give it a shot. A month or two earlier, I got an email from our local parks & recreation saying that they were doing a bus trip to see the show. The cost was $114 per person. I would have purchased tickets then if it hadn’t been so darned expensive.
I called the radio station. I was Caller Number One. It seemed likely that she would find two more callers before I had the chance to redial, but I tried anyway. I was caller Number Three and I won the tickets!
After the initial elation wore off, I realized that the prospect of driving to/from Washington on a Thursday night (and returning after midnight) wasn’t that appealing. I emails Parks & Rec and asked them if I could pay for the transportation only since I already had tickets. Yes, she said, $35 would get me on the bus for round trip transportation. Whoo hoo!
So on Thursday afternoon, I picked up my mom and we got on the DC-bound bus. The show started shortly after 7:30 and didn’t end until 10:30. It was fabulous!! I’m not an avid viewer of the show, but the dancers are so talented and — let’s face it — attractive that you can’t help but enjoy it. Plus the music was great!
As for who we saw — well, there were most of the regular professional dancers (Derek Hough, Maksim, Fabien, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, Edyta, and some others) and a few celebrities from the last season (Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Marlee Matlin, Toni Braxton, Cody from “Hannah Montana”).
And here are my very random observations/thoughts…
Derek Hough — I was so impressed with him! He can jump so high! And he flung one of his partners around like she was nothing:
Plus, he interacted with the audience more than anyone else there — shaking hands, greeting them, etc. He even pulled one audience member up onstage and danced with her during the grand finale (Abba’s “Dancing Queen”).
Maksim — What a ham! He was always telling us to cheer louder and cheer more. However, I’ve gotta say, the man has absolutely magical hips.
Marlee Matlin — Lovely. There was one group number where the dancers were all up front dancing and when they retreated to the back part of the dance floor, she was left up in front because no one told her to move back. I’m sure it was staged, but it was cute nonetheless. She also had the wonderful role of playing Marilyn Monroe in “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who left there wishing I could dance like them. I’m equally sure that it isn’t as easy as they make it look. 🙂