Many Dancing With the Stars fans love watching the stars and pros shake it on the dance floor, but think they could never do the same themselves. But forget that! Anyone can dance, as DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy recently proved in a private lesson with Marissa Meleske, a handicapped woman whose family was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Marissa reached out to Val and his Dance With Me USA team about not being able to make it to Val and Maks' Summer Bootcamp because of post-Sandy financial constraints, and Val generously offered her complimentary private lesson. Marissa blogged about her experience learning to dance and, well, let's just say the results brought tears to our eyes — and inspired us to get up and dance!
As Marissa says, "I wanted [Val's] audience to see that even if they’re sitting down for much of the time, they also can dance. They don’t have to sit on the couch or in their wheelchair and wallow in self-pity about how amazing Val is on Dancing With The Stars. They can do it too if they believe in themselves enough."
Here’s an excerpt from the inspiring blog:
My favorite thing about Val has got to be his sense of humor and how he says the most profound things and they just come pouring out of him. He seriously needs to write a book during the days he rests his feet from dancing. He doesn’t BS either. He is the epitome of “say what you mean and mean what you say”. You can tell he means everything, even the compliments. He told me that I inspire him, but in all honesty, I wanted to make this experience just as much about him as it was about me appealing to my clients and showing them you can do anything. I wanted HIS audience to see that even if they’re sitting down for much of the time, they also can dance. They don’t have to sit on the couch or in their wheelchair and wallow in self-pity about how amazing Val is on “Dancing With The Stars”. They can do it too if they believe in themselves enough. I like to think I got that message across by going to the man himself today.
Read the rest of the heartwarming blog post on the official Dance With Me website.
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