Let’s start by saying GO SNOOKI! She looked absolutely amazing and I could barely recognize her (she has lost some serious weight). She was glowing on the dance floor with high energy the entire time as she danced the Cha Cha Cha with Sasha Farber – there was even a first pump! We love seeing dance change people and that is why this season of Dancing with the stars is so touching. We have the nostalgia of seeing Bill Nye The Science Guy, the resilient beauty of Snooki and of course the most touching story of them all Valarie Harper. Valerie Harper is currently battling terminal cancer, she was so full of energy dancing the Foxtrot with Tristan MacManus. Of course she got a well deserved standing ovation before they even started the music! “It’s good to be alive and it’s better to be dancing!” Valerie said with glee after their dance. Bruno started: “How can you criticize a national treasure? You are an inspiration to the nation! You’ve got nothing to fear. You’re light on your feet. I’m so happy you’re here.” Carrie Ann was brought to tears while you could see the emotions sweep the entire room.
Why is Valerie Harper such an inspiration to all of us? Because she teaches us that a diagnosis does not determine our fate. She teaches us that perspective is reality and we create our own reality. When I think of someone who is terminally ill, I think of hospital beds, medications, and sadness. I do not think about glistening ballroom dresses, leaps into the air, and congo drums. Valerie Harper wants to LIVE… and she showed us that through her performance. Dance heals. Dance inspires. Dance revives!
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