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Lisa Vanderpump: “Dancing Rehearsals Have Taken Over My Life”

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Reality star Lisa Vanderpump of the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules is now starring on Dancing With The Stars. Here is her first blog about her dancing on the hit reality show (her third reality show) on PEOPLE.com.

Hello and welcome to you all!

As you know Dancing with the Stars season 16 starts Monday and I am part of the new cast. I can safely say that the most enjoyable part of the rehearsal process so far – apart from being wrapped around my gorgeous partner Gleb Savchenko for 10 days – is the camaraderie that is shared between everyone on the new season.

Dorothy Hamill is a darling of a woman, whom I have bonded with; boxer Victor Ortiz is hilarious – and basically everybody has so much support for one another. I have seen tears of frustration, outbursts due to nervousness and squeals of laughter as we marvel at this incredible experience we signed up for.

Physically, I have to admit it is challenging. The four to seven hours that I commit to each day are a necessity. I’m learning the routine, stretching and generally trying to morph into the dancer that I never was!

I assumed that I would fit the dancing into my busy schedule but not so – it really all just takes over your life. I have a new found respect for the professional dancers as I struggle to reach just a minuscule amount of the perfection they achieve!

But we’re all in the same boat. I congregate with my competitors in the tearoom, comparing notes and reassuring each other. We are all aware that we’re sailing in uncharted waters with our pros at the helm. I think that it is a unique bonding experience when you are all spending so much time together, trading thoughts and often questioning our sanity.

On the rare occasion when I have had the steps down and all is flowing perfectly, I understand for the first time the incredible feeling it is to dance with somebody – two bodies moving in harmony! I encourage you all to at some point give it a try!

Well I will sign off now, going to soak in a tub before work …

Until next week!
– Lisa

Here’s Lisa and Gleb’s first dance – the foxtrot.





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