Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lighten Up and Dance With the Stars

I'm a firm believer in "lightening up" therapy. And I must say, Helio Castroneves in his bright yellow suit and black and white spats dancing with partner Julianne Hough for a perfect 30 for their quick step this week on "Dancing With the Stars", had me totally de-lighted!

I've just thought he was such fun from the very beginning and I can't help but want to root for him as he gets back on track and heads for the finish line of the Semi-Finals competition.

I did a little research on Helio (whose name in Greek means 'sun') and discovered that he was only two hours away from a big Indy 500 race, when a casual conversation with Apolo Anton Ohno steered him onto a totally different course.

Apparently, as they congratulated each other on their respective 'wins', Helio asked Anton if he'd had fun on Dancing. 'Oh, man, it was a lot of hard work, but it was great.' And then he said, "Why don't you do it?"

This was at 8:30 in the morning on May 28. The race was set to start at noon. Castroneves turned to Ohno and said, "Can I talk to you later? I'm about to race 500 miles."

As it turned out, Castroneves did not repeat his 2001 and 2002 wins. But he did follow through on his conversation with Ohno and immediately said "yes" when the Dancing producers came calling.

It was simply the luck of the draw that he ended up with Julianne as his partner, however. But when Castroneves first saw her, he says, he thought, "Whoa, I got the champion!" And then he thought, "Hold on, that's a lot of pressure. If I don't win, it won't be her fault."

Well, you know I love Marie and her incredible spunk, 48 years old, 8 children, in a divorce, and then the death of her father, last week. So, I was glad she's still in the race. She may not be the best dancer, by any means, but she sure is a great entertainer!

I'm no longer a closet Dancing With the Stars devotee. I just love it that my 90 year old mother-in-law and I have something in common that we love to talk about and besides, high energy and fun dancing music is great to sew by.

Hmm, I'm looking for that perfect piece of race car yellow, and hey...maybe I'll take a look at Marie's fabric line, as well ;)