Q. Why did you want to do the show?
A. I got married in June of 2012 and 2 months later while on a Harley ride together, I watched helplessly while my husband’s motorcycle crashed into an oncoming vehicle at 65 mph. He was air lifted to the nearest trauma center where doctors amputated his left leg and repaired his shattered left hand. In a matter minutes, I went from newlywed to nurse. For the next 6 months I dedicated myself to my husband and my family. Somewhere along the way, I forgot to put myself on the list. Being a part of Dancing with the Stars will give me the opportunity to concentrate on just me and dedicate myself to something I’ve never done before. They’ve been asking me for several years to do this show and I’ve said “no” because I was afraid to take the chance. Quite frankly, it thrills me and scares me all at the same time. I’m always encouraging my fans to take chances and to follow their hearts. The timing just feels right.
Q. Which dance style do you think is most "you"?
A. I love the tango. It is incredibly romantic and passion-filled. It is one of my favorite dances to watch.
Q. What do you think is your biggest handicap to overcome if you’re going to win?
A. My biggest handicap will be my sensitivity towards being judged and trying to stand still during the eliminations.
Q. Do you have a "dancing" hero (pro dancer or other dancing star)? Are any former DWTS stars an inspiration to you?
A. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Kirstie Alley gave it her all and inspired many women by proving that it’s not age, it’s attitude and that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Q. Is there a particular dance/dance style that you most fear?
A. Viennese waltz. It is one of the hardest dances to learn.