Our good friend Layne Beachley is now sending her thoughts about her involvement in Dancing With the Stars directly to DD for inclusion in our blog. Here’s what she had to say about her near-elimination this week:
In the world of dancing, the Rumba is ‘the dance of love and eroticism’ between a man and a woman. The dance relies on the age-old premise of a lady trying to dominate her chosen gentleman by means of her womanly charms. Incorporating all the elements of teasing and withdrawal, it is considered the most sensual of all the Latin dances. That being said, I do have a tendency to always try and lead or dominate the dance, but my 37 year old hips and rotated pelvis were feeling far from sensual last week.
Confidence and conviction are two very important elements to any dance and I have to admit that it took me a while to feel confident performing the Rumba. Teasing and dominating certainly weren’t issues… more the fact that I had 90 seconds to essentially rub myself up, roll through my hips and remember the routine, all while trying to convince the judges that I was totally into it and knew what I was doing.
Layne dancing the Rumba
Initially I was completely intimidated by the dance but once I embraced the characterisation of it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. But being a natural competitor and a very harsh self-critic, I went from being in character to self-analysing and repeated that process many times throughout the routine. I started and finished strong, fell out of character mid-way and neglected to rely on my partner to reconnect me to the dance. I can be such a stubborn, independent woman! (Guess that’s how I won 7 world titles. ) But dancing is all about the connection between 2 people and learning to trust in it.
Unfortunately the judges clearly identified that and with the delivery of pretty average scores I found myself on the chopping board for the first round of eliminations. Todd did say that he expected me to be atrocious and was surprised that I wasn’t, which was encouraging…. (in a backhanded kind of way).
Standing there at the end of the show next to Spida Everett was heart breaking! I couldn’t believe Dannial and I could be about to be eliminated after only one week! There is still so much more dancing left in me! I was confident that Spida was going to go before me, but the fact that we were there with him made me realise how much harder I need to work on my self-analytical attitude and how much more fun I need to bring to the performance each week.
Surviving Week One has certainly provided me with an opportunity to step it up a gear, embrace the opportunity with a more relaxed attitude and has also made me realise that I do not have the authority to analyse my dancing while I’m performing it. My job is to have fun, be confident and remain grateful for all the lessons that this amazing journey has given me so far. No matter how great I dance, the journey won’t continue without your support and votes so please Double Drummers, take the time to keep me in the show!
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