In his latest blog with TV Guide, Derek writes about last week’s breakthrough of Marilu and how proud and happy he is for her! His new approach worked perfectly and…I am so glad he “stood his ground” about the song! 😀
Hopefully the song drama won’t affect their performance this week… Cha cha, Salsa or Chalsa…I am sure we’ll love it! Below some excerpts of the blog but, be sure to read it all on TV Guide! Another amazing blog from Derek!
After having that breakthrough, I think it kind of takes the pressure off of us. I know it does for me personally. I feel like a broken record, but I really just wanted her to experience that joy. I think Marilu is no longer scared of disappointing me! All jokes aside, we talked about it. I said I understand and I said, “This is your experience. This is your journey. I’m here to help. I’m here to serve. This is yours. I want you to own it.” I think she gets it now and we’re good. I don’t want her to be scared of me! I am probably the least scary person in the world! […]
I’m going to try to take the same approach this week and let her feel out the dance again. But it’s a harder with the cha-cha because there’s more visible technique with the dance that you can see. This is one of the first dances where her legs will be exposed. So we’re working on refining her legs. From a technical aspect, I want her to work on the spotting, the settling of the weight on the floor, the hip action, the turns and making sure she keeps it small. But as an overall dance, I want to try to find moments where she can enjoy it and focus on the technique of the dance without over-thinking it.