For the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars, professional dancer and choreographer Sharna Burgess is sharing her inside scoop with 'Closer' readers — everything from show highlights and behind the scenes secrets to her experience dancing with Army veteran and double amputee, Noah Galloway! Read her week one blog post below.
Wow, what a week and what a roller coaster it was!
Samba is a tough dance, especially in week two, but I will say I'm glad to get it out of the way! At the start of the week, I was really struggling to find the right choreography for the song and for Noah. I just didn't like anything I was creating and got really frustrated with myself, which of course only works against me.
Noah and Sharna on 'DWTS' week two! (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Country music isn't generally a samba, and we had to slow it down a bit for Noah, so all of my go to's and my usual feel for samba were out the window! But not to worry! There's always a new day and after having the song on repeat and thinking it through, I certainly found my groove with it. I ended up loving the routine, the way the troupe were involved and, most importantly, the way I saw more of Noah's fun and sexy personality coming through. Oh... and those abs... hello!
Everyone was so amazing on the live show that it is really hard to pick a favorite. I was super impressed by Rumer and Val, Riker and Allison, and Derek and Nastia. Not to mention, I absolutely LOVED Artem and Patti. What a woman Patti is, with so much sass and grace oozing from her.
Sharna, Noah and his girlfriend, Jamie. (Photo Credit: Sharna Burgess)
Of all the incredible moments last night, I have to say the one that got me the most was when Noah's beautiful girlfriend, Jamie Boyd, ran up and surprised him! I had absolutely no idea and this is honestly one of the most gorgeous moments I have seen on 'DWTS' yet. I ended up backing away to let them have their moment and their own space. What a precious memory to have. Aren't they the most awesome couple ever?!
Noah reuniting with his girlfriend, Jamie. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@DancingABC)
Next week it's Argentine Tango! Guess what that means... lifts! Yay! I'm already excited about what is developing creatively and I feel like seeing Noah in this character will be an awesome change from the last two weeks. We are using a prosthetic arm for this one, which will mean a lot of trial and error and seeing what can work!
Love you all and I know you are going to be so proud of Noah, just like I am.