A Tribute to Wanya’s Most Memorable Year

One of my favorite weeks on DWTS is Most Memorable Year. I absolutely love this week because we get to know more about the celebrities and the events and moments that changed and shaped their lives. When Wanyá told me he had chosen 1996, the year Boyz II Men sang the National Anthem at the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics, I was so extremely humbled and honored. I can’t lie though, I was extremely nervous and felt a lot of pressure to make this dance as memorable as that moment for him. No one has ever danced to the National Anthem on DWTS and with a song that is as important and meaningful as this one is I really had to make sure that my choreography was just as powerful.

The creative process of this dance was unforgettable. Watching Boyz II Men re-record their rendition was truly magical and then watching how the choreography just fell into place with the lyrics made this week one of my favorites yet. When it came time to perform our waltz Wanyá and I were so ready to show everyone watching all the hard work and dedication we had put into this week. The feeling we both felt throughout our live performance was indescribable. We felt each person in the audience there with us supporting us and cheering us on. I am so grateful I got to share this moment with Wanyá and know that it will be a performance I won’t forget. Our scores for week 3: 8,8,8

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