Hope you had a great Halloween! Thanks for your comments again. I'm finding that more and more people are getting educated about dance — not just from me — and I love it.
The Taylor Swift performance last week was fun. I don't know how our outfits translated on-screen, but in reality, we were being laughed at. I love those kinds of costumes though. I did it for Halloween and a few years ago, I went to a friend's birthday party and it was a 17th century theme — all royalty. I loved it. Holy crap! I felt like if I were living in that era, I would've been some type of rebellious wild child — not a prince — but like D'Artagnan, with a bunch of swagger. That's how I see myself! When they told us we'd be wearing those outfits on the show, I was like, "Great!" And then we put it on and we're like, "Aw!" It was such a buzzkill. It was still one of the most fun results show performances we'd ever had. Ballroom is not my forte, but I've always enjoyed doing it.
The performance was pre-taped and I left after I finished. I didn't want to be there and I don't want to sound negative because I love our production. I've received a lot of support from people up high to everyone on set with everything that's been going on this season and the past few seasons. I love everybody and the vibe is fine, but at this point, I don't want to be the cause of anyone's frustration. Life goes on and it's amazing. I want to let Karina to enjoy her time and I want Aaron to enjoy his Dancing with the Stars experience because it's not fair if my presence makes him cringe or makes her cringe or makes him uncomfortable. I wish them all the best.
Since I left, I wound up watching the show on TV for the first time. I know it sounds surprising, but I don't watch much TV. I ended up flipping between that and So You Think You Can Dance, which I've never seen before either. One of my students whom I taught for about 15 years was dancing there and she's doing amazing. Her name is Karen Hauer. She did a cha-cha and it was awesome! I have to congratulate her on her success and hopefully she'll go on. But as I'm watching our show, I was wowed by our production. I know how much work goes into production, but now finally seeing the finished product was impressive. I just want to give a shout-out to our production because they do a great job.
I was surprised Melissa left. She was great. Her last performance was not that great, but she was looking forward to doing the quickstep. Melissa stayed in the apartment above me, and she, Mark, her sister and her friend came down to visit me and Tony, who's staying with me while he's in town, and she was so upset. Her quickstep was going to be to "Bear Necessities" from Jungle Book and her sons were looking forward to that.
I have to give it up to Michael for the dance-off. He did an amazing job. He presented his bigger-than-life personality that kind of took over and camouflaged what he was technically lacking. Like I said in my last blog, it's 50 percent quality and 50 percent presentation. I love Louie. It's a known fact that Louie and I are cool and we're tight and I wanted to help him out as much as possible. I'm sorry if I wasn't there as much last week because he looked very nervous. He messed up a few times, which was unfortunate. Michael, on the other hand, totally sold it. I think Mya needs to focus on the performance factor more now that it's crunch time. Presentation is important and she and Dmitry need to figure out a way to bring out her personality. She's got the technique down. Just let go and have some fun!
I've been pretty busy since I've been back in L.A., but I've spent time doing my new favorite hobby: golfing. Tony got me hooked on golfing. It's great because it's not about power, but finesse. It's the most frustrating game on the freakin' planet because it's the simplest game ever! All you have to do is hit the little immobile ball in front of you and get it from here to there in the least amount of strokes. That's it! The problem is you can't! It's not easy! You look up and you swing it in to the freakin' tree! You look down, your hip moves and now it's going off to the right. But the one shot in every three or four that you get rewarded on makes it all worth it. This was probably my seventh time on the course, but the funny thing is, I'm so competitive and I hate imperfection. It's still the most amazing four hours in gorgeous surroundings. We saw an elk, a bunny. I saw a woodpecker for the first time. It's therapeutic for me.
I've also been working on a bunch of new projects. On Nov. 29, we're running our annual Grand Dance Sport Cup, which is an event by my charity, Dance Team USA. We started running this competition six years ago trying to raise money and give out financial scholarships to kids. We have the best kids all over the U.S. and Canada. In the long-term picture, we're organizing a world Latin amateur championships for November 2010. It will be at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. We're working with USA Dance, which is in charge of everything. I want to put on a freakin' show. I want it televised. I want it advertised. I want people to come. We're doing it in a venue that can hold thousands of people and I want it to be full to capacity. It's going to be an astonishing event. We have the two best couples from each country from all over the world.
The studio business is going great. We're talking about other locations. I'm an ambitious person and I just want more, not in a bad way. If an idea works and people love what we do, I think it's amazing and we should continue. That's the business side of me. Domestically, I deal with a lot of young couples and their careers and when they get to an age of like, "I like my partner." I'm like, "Oh God! No! Please don't do it! It's not going to work." I love my kids. Everybody's my kid and I'm their mentor, father figure, mother figure. I do girls' hairs and guys' hair and girls' makeup. I give them advice. I try to influence them into not making my mistakes. When they do make my mistakes, I try to let them know how I got out of it because you can only lead by example and can only teach based on what you know. I can't teach in theory. You have to have made enough mistakes and enough correct decisions that will make you smart enough, educated enough to then help somebody else.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!