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As Dancing With The Martin Stars Approaches, We Talk To Andrea Levy About What It’s Like Prepping For The Big Day

Local leaders and business owners have been hard at work practicing their routines for Dancing with the Martin Stars.

The 2016 fundraiser for the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, which offers support and education to pregnant women and infants​, takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 24. 

For the event, members of the community are paired with area dance instructors to pull off a "Dancing with the Stars"-inspired routine. But what's it actually like to train for a performance that shows off technique, rhythm and, well, a good sense of humor?

We asked Lotus Loft owner Andrea Levy, a yoga instructor who is getting ready to hit the stage with her dance partner Travis Scott, to share a little insight into what is going through her head as the big day approaches. 

As for any future participants who may be hesitant about taking part in next year's event, rest easy knowing that all it comes down to is proving to yourself that you can succeed at anything you set your mind to.

Take it from former participant Liz McKinley, Stuart Magazine's society editor, who agreed to be part of the 2015 cast after initially shying away from the idea in past years.

In the end, it's all about practice, practice, practice—and knowing you're in it for a good cause. 

View each contestant's page here

 

Andrea Levy

Owner, Lotus Loft

Current participant 

Courtesy Andrea Levy

Age: 42

Hometown: Coral Springs 

Current City of Residence: Palm City

Dance partner: Travis Scott, Fred Astaire Dance Studio

 

1) When I was first approached for Dancing with the Martin Stars, my initial thought was: Um yes, please, I LOVE to dance and how much fun would it be?

2) I decided to participate because: I love fundraising, and it has been a really long time since I have had the opportunity to be in a show on stage. (I put a show on daily at the yoga studio, but this is a much larger scale!)

3) I’m seriously psyching myself out about: Dancing in heels! I am always barefoot!

4) So far, I’m finding my biggest hurdle is: Getting into the top 3 fundraising spots!

5) But I’m really good at: Making my dance partner laugh and moving and shaking my hips!

6) When it’s time for the big show, I hope that: I don't trip on stage and forget to smile!

7) One thing that I didn’t expect to learn was: How much I LOVE partner dancing. 

 

Liz McKinley

Society editor, Stuart Magazine

Past participant 

Age: 54

Hometown: Armonk, New York 

Current City of Residence: Stuart

Dance partner: Kevin Marone, Crystal Ballroom

 

1) When I was first approached for Dancing with the Martin Stars, my initial thought was: I knew what was happening… they were after me for a few years, and I refused. I can dance punk, I’m no ballroom dancer! But then I figured, if the others can get up there and do it, so can I! So I just smiled and was thinking “Here we go!"

2) I seriously psyched myself out about doing the Jitterbug, but in the end, I found it wasn’t so easy, so I had to slow down the tempo of my song just a tad.

3) During practice, my biggest hurdle was: Getting my steps coordinated and in sync. Once I got it, I was a pro! Well, almost...

4) But I was really good at: Being on time for my lessons and disciplining myself to learn… and acting silly for some relief.

5) While I was dancing during the big show, I kept thinking: Oh my gosh, this is it, this is it, this is it...

6) One tip of advice I’d offer any new contestant is: Enjoy the experience and opportunity.

7) I’m glad I ended up participating because: I proved to myself that I could do it, and I raised more than $20,000 for Martin County Healthy Start!

 

(Lead image via Facebook/Dancing with the Martin Stars)