Mambo Italiano: Dancing With The Stars -

Mambo Italiano: Dancing With The Stars

My dancing shoes hit the floor Saturday night to raise money for the Independence Center. The Independence Center offers programs and services to adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area with "serious and persistent mental illnesses to live and work in the community, independently and with dignity".

For several months, I practiced my salsa routine with instructor and dance partner, Alex. Alex is one of the instructors at Just Dancin' in Des Peres. And, he can dance!!!
The 'Dancing With The Stars' competition worked just like the real one. Professional dancers paired with amateurs.

The hard work paid off! Alex and I were voted the judges' favorites, winning with a 5, 5, 5, and a 4. But another couple , Dick Schul of Emerson Electric and his partner Angie, won the overall competition...which was decided on the judges' score AND the number of votes purchased by the couple's friends. Kim Tucci of Pasta House fame and his dance partner, Stephanie, were second...followed by Alex and me.

Bottom line: it was a terrific evening! We raised a lot of money for Independence Center, and I finally learned how to salsa.

Take a look at some of the practice video and a few pictures from the competition.

Extra: Vickie talks dance

View photos from the dance floor

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