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Dancing with the Stars
posted on March 14th, 2014

Hey everyone! 

First of all: Happy Pi Day! Yes, it's 3.14 and I love all the tweets I've been getting about it. (Click here to celebrate by watching the "Pi" episode of Math Bites!)

I've been having so much fun and rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars and it seems I've been too busy to update my blog about it, so here you go! We've had 2 weeks of rehearsal so far. It's been awesome - really hard work but fun. It's a little strange to have cameras with us the whole time, but I'm getting used to it. :) And after all this rehearsing, I am so sore! I actually took an ice bath yesterday, which really helped (not sure I recommend it unless necessary because, um, BRRR!). Apparently athletes do this all the time - more power to 'em, haha.

Me and my awesome partner, Val Chmerkovskiy

I've seriously been such a fan of DWTS since the beginning and I'm so excited to be a part of it this season. (Thank you Tom Bergeron for encouraging/badgering me to do it.) I admit that I was nervous at first, but the thing is, I love dance, I love challenges, and I love sparkly outfits... And I guess I have the dancing gene: My mom was a professional dancer and had me & my sister taking ballet as little girls, but I never really pursued it. My sister did - she was quite the ballerina for awhile! Then back in 2006 I did a movie in Dallas where I had to do a Tango scene. I rehearsed for about a month - it was tough but I totally got the dancing bug, and I always wished I could spend more time getting better at it. After I came back to LA, I remained friends with my teachers back in Dallas, and I kept dancing as an on-again, off-again hobby - but between my two careers and being a mom, there just wasn't ever the time to really focus on dance - until now! And Val is seriously kicking my butt - I'm losing weight AND eating like I did when I was pregnant! BTW, I feel so lucky to have Val as my partner. He can be tough on me sometimes, but I feel myself getting better an I'm really grateful to him. 

So thank you in advance for your support from this very happy actress/author who is finally getting an opportunity to train as a dancer. I want to put on a really entertaining show for you all, week after week. Your support means everything.

Love, Danica

P.S. Don't forget to vote (via phone, FB, ABC.com) Monday nights, starting March 17th at 8|7c on ABC! Go #TeamVanica!

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