Switch up week is always one for the books! There are my so many different things that can happen during switch up week. Some of the new pairings have a hard time meshing and connecting with such little time that their dance falls short of expectations, and some new pairings end up having a connection that brings something new out of either the celeb or pro that is exciting and praise worthy. It’s a tough week with a lot of pressure because you don’t want to be the pairing that falls short. There is a lot of pressure on us pros to learn a new celebs learning style and discover their strengths and weaknesses with such little time that it often can cause stress and tension. It’s a very interesting dynamic because you essentially are competing against your own partners now and helping someone else’s partner succeed. Some people love it some people hate it, but at the end of the day its going to happen so we have to make the absolute best out of it! For me, I personally love switch up week!! This week challenges me as a choreographer to find new ways to make a completely different celebrity shine. This switch up week taught me a lot about my abilities as a teacher and as a choreographer.
When I found I had Von as my partner I was so stoked!! I have been very impressed with him all season particularly for his incredible work ethic. He takes this competition so seriously and wants to get better every single week. I learned even more about this during our week together as partners! Von and I had an insane schedule this week as we trained for our jive. We traveled from LA to New York to Dallas back to LA all within 5 days. Traveling at all let alone that much during a week of the competition takes an enormous toll on your body and mind and truly makes it harder to improve. However, Von did not let any of these challenges stop him from pushing forward every day. I did not take it easy on Von with our jive choreography! I wanted to bring out his personality through our dance and also highlight his strengths and his own personal style. Von is one of the sweetest most down to earth guys that have a very goofy and funny personality and I think that the character he was portraying in our jive gave him the opportunity to show who he is. We had so much fun dancing during the live show and I was happy that the judges were able to see that he was going for it! Scores for our jive: 8,7,7,8