I hope you enjoyed our dances last night. It feels great to be able to learn all of the dances. I feel so accomplished!
I thought our quickstep went well. It was one of those fun dances where I just skimmed across the floor. Great song, great everything. I was concentrating on a few pointers Mark gives me, like “Arms up.” The steps are so quick you have to think ahead of what’s coming next.
I honestly was a little surprised at first that Carrie Ann didn’t like it because it was a fun dance and I’m happy the way we danced it. I couldn’t have danced it any better, but if it’s not her favorite dance, we just have work harder if we come back next week. She didn’t really like our samba either, but I was pleased with it. There are going to be dances that maybe suit your style more than others. I really went for it in the samba — I thought I was doing it sharp and the way Mark told me to do it. Also, I was happy we finally we got a traditional song for a Latin dance! It was easy to get into and Mark just told me, “Let’s just have fun out there, smile, look at each other, and connect in the dance,” and I think we did that.
I was so happy for Cristián tonight. He’s getting better and better each week and to see him not let anything stand in his way or slow him down is awesome.
My very good friend Brian Boitano was in the audience last night. I’ve been waiting for Brian to come all season so it’s fun to finally have him here and have him watch me dance live. I love having my friends and family here. My mom’s been in the audience most weeks; she’s only missed a couple of weeks of watching me. It’s great to have her support. She was always at my skating competitions so she’s kind of used to these things! It’s unconditional support. She’s got a good critical eye. Sometimes she’ll give me little comments here and there, which I really appreciate.
Tonight’s the 100th episode of Dancing with the Stars and I’m so thrilled to be part of it! I’m definitely looking forward to everything they have planned!
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