Dancing with the Stars
I have watched the show Dancing with the Stars for years now and was so thrilled when I was asked to be a judge for a Dancing with the Stars gala for Denver Language School (DLS) on November 17th at the Four Seasons Hotel. This was a fundraiser for DLS a Chinese and Spanish immersion program.They even created a website for the event where viewers could "meet" the dancers and “judges!” The bios were pretty impressive and a bit comical. As a judge, I certainly had my work cut out for me to decide the winner for the Critic’s Choice award. You can visit the website at www.DancingDLS.org.
A few chosen faculty members, teachers and parents were asked to be the "stars" of the event. A professional dance company volunteered their time to be the "professional dancers." The best part was that my queen sister Christina and her husband John Sasha were competitors!
|My Queen Sister Christina Sasha and Her Beautiful Family|
A little different than Dancing with the Stars on TV, we didn’t have you throw up 1 - 10 scores, instead my job was to give a 20 - 30 second comments after each performance. There was a score sheet for each dancer that I captured notes as I watched the performance.
The categories were:
3. Crowd Appeal
5. In Sync/Partnership/Connection
The pressure was on as we had to decide the 3rd place, runner up and winner – all were presented a trophy.
Preparing for this event was so fun. I spent hours watching "Dancing with the Stars" (on line) to get a feel for the kinds of things I might say....things like "You danced with your heart..., great movement/footwork..., you have natural grace, that was deliciously dreamy, so artistic in detail, what an interpretation..." This event was so fun!! I also have to add that our little Mrs. Sasha won first place in several categories! Really, I wasn’t surprised, because I knew my sister was competitive and completely fabulous.