Mambo for a good cause, 2010 Oxygen Ball

Time really does fly when you’re having fun! After a month of dance training, tomorrow, Saturday, October 9th I will be dancing in the American Lung Association’s, “Dancing with the Local Stars” Oxygen Ball.

I will start by saying that professional dance training is NOT easy, but it’s SO much fun! I have equal number of bruises and laughs to prove it. I’m a big believer in giving back to the community, and being a part of this fundraiser has been an amazing experience. The cause is especially close to my heart because I have asthma and my participation helps show that you can still have fun, stay active, and learn real choreography while helping raise money for a good cause.

I’ve always wanted to secretly be a part of something like “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing With The Stars.” (Not a secret any longer.) But alas, I’m neither a professional dancer nor a star. BUT, lucky for me, the American Lung Association puts on an annual event modeled after “Dancing with the Stars.” (Score!)

I’m dancing a Mambo and there are turns, tricks and lots of hip shaking. My professional dance partner, Darian Chancellor, is amazing and has been super patient with me. Let’s just say some of the tricks did not come naturally. But I’ve worked hard, putting in a lot of hours and I’m happy to say our dance has really come together this week. Saturday will be the real test.

I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to give back to the community, while pursuing a bit of a passion. The journey has also taught me a lot about the wonderful people in my community. A local couture designer, Hayley Mann, of Hayley Lauren Couture, is sponsoring my costume – creating a unique look for my performance. And so many friends, family and colleagues have donated to the cause by voting for me as “Fan Favorite.”

The money I raise will help the American Lung Association continue its Fight for Air. The organization is working hard to make sure the AIR we breathe is clean and healthy today and for generations to come. Additionally, the funds will help the ALA send a group of kids who have asthma to summer camp next year!

It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished when a community comes together, and Tallahassee is such a great example. I’m so lucky to have a chance to give back and make a difference in my community, and I’m doing it in 8 counts and with a big smile!

PS – If you’re so inclined to donate to the cause. Please vote for me as Fan Favorite here: Much appreciated!