Friday, September 25, 2009

Dancing With the ..... local chick!

For those of you who know me well, you know that I can be shy and tend to keep to myself. I am uncomfortable in new surroundings and like to take my time assessing things and formulating my opinions. I don't like to be the centre of attention at all. For this very reason, when I got married, I decided to have a private ceremony with 9 people (including me and Ron) and then have a quaint cocktail reception afterwards, instead of having a full blown wedding with 150 guests.  

This leads me to my big question that's been racing through my mind for the past week or so.... WHAT THE H. E. DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS POSSESSED ME TO TAKE PART IN DANCING WITH THE STARS?????? For those of you who don't know I have now been training since the end of April, and on October 16 will showcase a Rumba and a Quickstep in front of approximately 800 - 900 people as I compete in a charity event, based on the popular ABC TV show, to raise money for the Hopespring Cancer Support Centre !!!!! 

When I started this adventure, I was so excited. I attended the gala event last year and was so inspired by all of the dancers. I begged and begged my good friend, Trish to get me in the show. (Trish is responsible for all of the dance training and choreography for the event... God bless her!) I just kept thinking how much fun it looked like, what great shape I could be in by the end of it and how, if I really tried hard, I could just win this thing! And hey, it's for an excellent cause as well. What a perfect combo. So, these are the thoughts that have kept me motivated throughout the past 5 months of training. 

However, it is now less than 3 weeks away. Suddenly the "what the hell was I thinking" factor is coming into full swing!!!!! I am having trouble sleeping at night, my heart starts racing when I think of the the night and last week at our very first full rehearsal, my knees were shaking uncontrollably!!!!!! YIKES! Anyone got any spare Valium kicking around??????

And here's the worst part... way back in May when I was feeling oh so confident about this whole thing, I sold tickets to practically everyone I know to come and see me shake my stuff!!!! Now I have 44 of my closest friends, family and colleagues who will be there to witness my demise! Again... what was I thinking???? 

So I guess all I have left to say is this: to those of you who were kind enough to have faith in me and have purchased tickets, I have trained so hard, I really have learned a ton and I'm really hoping that I can focus enough on that night to give you a great show! I am going to try my best to win this thing for all of you who have supported me. I just ask that if you see my knees shaking from way across the ballroom at Bingeman's you ignore it and just hoot and holler even louder!!!!

Wish me luck! And let's just say, come 11:30pm on October 16th, I'll be happy to accept any free drinks you're offering to buy me!!!!!

PS... for more information on this event, go to and go to their Calendar of Events.


  1. Hi Karmy, Michou again here. I remember when we met for lunch earlier this summer, and you told me all about the dancing training you were doing, what it was for, and how excited you were - and I thought as I got into my car that day "WOW. I can't believe she's actually DOING THAT!". I thought that for a few reasons: (a) I wouldn't have the guts to do it, so I was feeling proud of you, if not slightly jealous too, (b) I know you. I've known you for a hundred years, and never would I have predicted you would do something like this, for all the reasons you mentioned. Again I was thinking "good for her". But what I really thought, deep down, was "I love Karma" because what you reminded me (and are reminding all of us) is that it is amazing how, even pushing our 40's, we CAN grow. We can change. We can evolve! We can conquer things we never thought we would. We will not be defeated by age, or motherhood, circumstance or schedules. You are proving to 900 people (and yourself) that you are a powerful, brave & wonderful person who has the ability to make a difference. So I don't care if your knees are shaking! You are am amazing & beautiful person and I am so proud to call you my friend. Now get out there and shake your stuff girl - trust me, no one will be looking at your knees, just the radiant smile on your face. xo

  2. Karma, I love you so so much. You are going to be the hands-down star of the show no matter what and will absolutely glow out there. You MUST keep in mind that pretty well everyone in the audience will be an awkward white person whose "and a one and a two" shuffle pales so much in comparison to everything you'll be doing. Even if you decide to forget the whole thing and just whistle and snap your fingers while trotting in a little circle, we would all be so so proud of you and would think you're a terrific dancer anyways. I can't wait to see you get out and shake your stuff, and we'll all be cheering for you as you dance your way through an understandingly intimidating experience!!!