Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos on His Opening-Night Dancing Jitters

Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer

For those of you who voted for couple No. 3, thank  you for helping Lacey and I make it to the next week of Dancing with the Stars. For those of you who voted for other couples, thank you for supporting the show. 

Stepping on to the stage for our premiere dance reminded me of how I felt when I was about to jump out of a plane for the first time (I've done two tandem free-falls from 12,000 ft.). It was a surreal mixture of terror and utter joy. My blood was pumping so hard in my head it was difficult for me to hear the band. 

Deep breath, exhale, smile.

We began our cha-cha in sync and with energy. We had an immediate connection with the audience. All was going well until the beginning of the last third of our routine, when, for whatever reason, I blanked out. 

Yes, I totally forgot ... read more

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