Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dancing With The Stars for Easter Seals (And Being Thankful)

What makes me super sad: when things I love come to an end. The before, and the during, I love. The after? Not so much.

Being a part of Dancing With The Stars for Easter Seals was one of my most favourite experiences ever. I'm thankful to have been a part of the event this year, thankful for Fred Astaire Dance Studio here in Ottawa, and thankful I had a great dance partner who put together two awesome routines that I had to learn in 16 lessons. (Thankful for his patience, too—ha!)

I'm especially thankfully for my amazing friends and family who donated to Easter Seals by voting for me and coming out to the event. Because of everyone's support, we raised almost $4,000. I am still totally blown away by everyone's generosity, and I can't wait to return the favour to everyone. #mindblown

I thought it would be impossibly hard to perform in front of two and half tables of family and friends, but having them there—and hearing them cheering for me—helped a lot.

I now have a little mirror-ball trophy on my night table, holding up all the books I'm in the middle of reading. We didn't win (congratulations to Lianne and Dan, who were super amazing—like wow—and congrats to all who took part this year… everyone was so damn good, and each routine was so fun to watch) but we did win a little something-somethin'… we won People's Choice for most online votes, and that makes me so happy. Besides the fact that the dancing was so much fun, I'm glad that Easter Seals raised so much money this year. It was for the kids, after all. It was so worthwhile.

What did I learn from this experience? I learned that if you put your mind to it, you can do pretty much anything. Even if you're scared and totally out of your element. And I did it. I may not be the most amazing dancer, but it does take some courage to get out there in front of hundreds of people who are looking at you (and probably judging you… good, or bad) and dance. I know I could not have done it alone.

I danced the rumba. (To Stay, by Rihanna.)
I danced the quickstep. (To Hot Honey Rag, from Chicago, my most favourite musical ever.)

And I loved every single second. It was fun hearing the judges talk about our dances afterwards. It felt a little like the real DWTS, minus Len and Bruno.

I loved how supportive and encouraging everyone was to each other. That's probably my most favourite part. I'm passionate about music and I love to dance, and this experience was a reminder that if you just step outside of your comfort zone, awesome things can happen. If I could go back in time I'd tell 16 year old Lou to not quit dancing. I don't want to stop dancing now, and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

I had the time of my life. (Sorry, I just had to throw a Dirty Dancing reference in there!)

Thanks again, everyone. Love you all!


Jennifer said...

Congratulations, Loukia! I really enjoyed following you on this adventure...you showed so much enthusiasm and had amazing guts to take this on! Looks like you had a blast.

Jonathan Norton said...

Thank you for being such a great partner Loukia - always smiling and dedicated. It was my pleasure to teach you. You are the People's Choice!

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