Brandy’s ‘Dancing’ Blog, #9 – The Tale Of Hard Work
First Published: October 25, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Credit: ABC
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Here’s a story… of a boy and a girl working hard this past week in a competition that is only getting harder by the day.
This week has been the most mentally and physically draining week of rehearsals to date! Yes, that’s right. I’m talking about the total package. I’ve cried and laughed and then cried some more. While my body is definitely getting stronger, tackling these two dances has been an exhausting and yet wonderful period of growth for me. Being on “DWTS” continues to amaze me, as I find that I must draw deep within to overcome a new hurdle every day. It has affected all aspects of my life and I’m pleased to say that I know I will come out of this experience a better person.
They say in the face of adversity, a true champion finds her calling. Well, they certainly must have had me in mind when they said that! Every day there are new aches and pains to deal with, but I continue to push through and look for the emotional core of each dance. You want sexy love? Here is the Rumba. You want fun? I give you the Quick-step. You want simmering heat and passion? Here goes the Tango.
The dances are getting more difficult each week as Maks continues to step up his training and demands a higher degree of difficulty with each routine. Although I never let the physicality overwhelm me, I must say, emotionally, it’s hard when you invest so much into one performance. Never mind the fact that this week there are TWO performances!
Our rehearsals seem to be getting longer as we work together to become a stronger team. As you know, I have been a solo artist for most of my career and working with a partner (outside of my family) takes some time to get ‘in sync.’ Even when the two of you have found that rhythm, dancing together is definitely an art form. You must trust one another completely… and without that trust, even the most basic moves can seem stiff and awkward.
With trust comes a lot of responsibility. If you have to jump, you have to know, deep down, that he will catch you. If you have to spin, you have to be certain that his hand will be there to catch you. As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to have a blind trust in someone you’ve known for such a short amount of time. I can only imagine what the celebrity men in this competition have to go through to obtain that comfort level with their female pros.
Thank goodness, Maks is not only a pro, but also a commanding leader. I don’t have to worry much except for hitting my mark on time, remembering the moves and most importantly – feeling and expressing the mood of dance within the music.
But, I admit this is really hard! There’s no better way to say it than that! I am feeling confident going into tonight’s performance, but only time will tell if you, the audience, will appreciate all of our hard work! It is understood that your support over these past weeks has meant everything to Maks and I. When we are in rehearsals, he comes up with amazing routines that are designed with you in mind. As for the competition part, well, it’s still anybody’s game and I’m just very happy that I’ve made it thus far.
I’ve grown as a woman, as a mother and as an artist. I hope that you can tell how amazing my journey has been thus far and I will hopefully continue with you after Tuesday’s show.
So, AH family and fans – be sure to wish us luck tonight and we’ll see you on the dance floor!
Now here are the answers to a few fan questions:
Alvin Vigil: How are your feet coping with all of this dancing?
My feet, my legs, my back….everything is aching and I’m discovering muscles that I never knew existed. But it’s worth it in the end, and I just keep pushing past these little things to put on the best performance that I can each week for you.
Bessan Dabdoub: Do you feel more confident about your dancing skills from the first week till now?
I definitely feel more confident as we go along. I know that no matter what happens, I will be able to incorporate these skills throughout the rest of my career and that gives me more confidence as an overall performer.
Tami Fonseca: Have you & Maks argued like what they show in rehearsals on DWTS?
Maks and I are very passionate people who are very dedicated to what we do and determined to win. So, of course we’re going to have some good moments and some bad moments as any growing relationship. For the most part thought, we spend 80% of the time laughing together and just having a good time.
Whitney Roberts: What do you think you need to do to beat Derek and Jennifer?
Jennifer and Derek are an amazing team. They consistently give terrific performances and are a wonderful dance team. For me, it’s not about beating one team or another. It’s about focusing on myself and Maks and just being the best that we can be!
Brenda Sorto: does she think Ray J should be on DWTS?
Yes, yes and more yes! I’m on him every week as this experience has been so amazing that I’d like to see him ‘give it a whirl.’
MNBonnie @accesshollywood: Who are your favorite sports teams?
LA LAKERS of course… that’s been my team for a long time now!!
shug2010 @accesshollywood: do you think your skills will take you all the way to the [top] two couples? Do you think you’re a great dancer?
Right now, it is still really anyone’s game and the trophy is still up for grabs in my opinion. So far, Maks and I have had some great dances and I’m just happy that my scores to-date are keeping us in the top 5. We started out and some called me the #1 contender and I’m really happy not to have that pressure on us as it gives us definite room to grow instead of the expectations to stay at the top!
I do believe that I have stepped up my game to become a good dancer. I’ll reserve the word “Great” for the pros.
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