Diary of a Dan-cer: Confidence Building

Building confidence for the big day!


Dancing is like any other activity…the more you do it, the better you get. Like shooting hoops in the driveway or taking swings in the batting cages, repetition is paramount.

Contrary to popular belief, Practice does not make Perfect…Perfect Practice makes Perfect.

In addition to my regular lessons, I’m putting in a lot of time outside the studio dedicated to sharpening my skills and making sure that I get it right. I have practiced in my kitchen. I have practiced in my living room. I have practiced in my basement. I have even practiced in my office at work.

Fear of embarrassment in front of 1000 people at Moseley’s has proven to be quite a motivator! With all of this time and effort, much like taking swings in the cages, I am seeing some improvement and confidence is building.

After a recent lesson where I left Fred Astaire Dance Studios feeling particularly good, I decided to Google “cool dance lifts”. Word of advice to my fellow Stars and anyone else that might find themselves in my situation in the future….don’t do that. Don’t ever do that.

I think the weeks of building my confidence and inflating my ego by my professional partner have been surprisingly effective to the point where I now think I can perform some of the most challenging dance moves out there. This just in…I can’t.

While I have improved by leaps and bounds since a few weeks ago, I need to keep my expectations realistic. I want to perform an entertaining routine and keep the level of difficulty within reason. Ideally, I want the Pro to make me look good!

Fundraising update: Thank you to all that came out to the Halfway Café for the “Kickback” event last week! It was a great success and we had a lot of fun!

Next up, Sunday, Nov. 18 at noon at Deli After Dark in Dedham Square we will be having a Football Party! Come on down to watch the Patriots take on the upstart Indianapolis Colts!

We will have raffle prizes including Gift Certificates to….the New Balance store, Dedham House of Pizza, The Body Workshop, Halfway Café, Deli After Dark, Fisherman’s Restaurant, The Blue Bunny, Artisan Custom Framing, Grand Slam Baseball & Softball Academy with Coach Mike Nosky, Anita’s Brush of Class interior and exterior painting, Café Fresh Bagel and a cool racing package for two at F1 in Braintree with dinner!

In addition to the fantastic raffle items, we will have some silent auction items too, including autographed Patriots gear from Stevan Ridley, Patrick Chung, Joe Andruzzi, Steve Grogan, Geno Capelletti and other Patriots greats. Lastly, you can get your picture taken with a Patriots Super Bowl Ring…..for a small donation to DEP, of course!

This week’s Shout Out to new sponsors…..Kouzina Estiatorio and Selectman Mike Butler!

Remember Mike on election day!


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