Every year I tell myself I'm not going to watch Dancing with the Stars, and every year I end up watching it, due in most part to having been a ballroom dance instructor myself.
I taught ballroom dancing at the old Dance City, USA in Houston, Texas for quite a few years. Dance City was the largest dance studio in the world with 64,000 square feet of studio space and other amenities. There were over 125 teachers and there has never been a studio as large since 1964.
|Corky and Cloris Leachma|
The studio was owned by George Ballas whose son, Corky, has been on Dancing with the Stars for one or two seasons. I think they dragged him on to dance with Cloris Leachman (what a nightmare for Corky.) Mark Ballas, a regular on the show, is Corky's son.
Corky was just a little guy running around the studio when I was teaching there but was already dancing.
Another reason for watching this season is Jennifer Grey will be dancing . Jennifer starred with the late Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Patrick's mom, Patsy had a large dance studio in Houston at the same time I was dancing. She also was the founder and director of the highly acclaimed Houston Jazz-Ballet Company. Patrick was already a well known dancer and Patsy was revered by all of us dancers. She was, and still is, a great lady. We all mourned the death of Patrick, a great dancer and a lovely man.
While I am not a big fan of the skimpy outfits on Dancing with the Stars that detract from the dancing, I do admire the fine professional dancers on the show (many of whom were trained by Corky)
|Dancing an exhibition quickstep at Dance City, USA to Deep in the Heart of Texas (hence the rhinestone cowboy hat)|
It's a fairly small world sometimes...