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For the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars, professional dancer Tony Dovolani will take In Touch readers along his incredible journey by providing a behind the scenes look at DWTS and reflecting on that week’s performance. This week, he is talking about what it is like to work with his latest partner, Leah Remini and what about her inspires him.
What a tough week!
Last night, we danced contemporary about the most memorable year of Leah's life. It wasn't difficult for Leah to pick a year and it's pretty obvious what the best year of her life was. I think everyone was expecting it. Leah explained how important it was for her to live her life in a certain way because she is setting an example for her daughter - that's the story.
Often we talk about the best year of our lives and we can be very selfish, not Leah. She's doing everything she does because she wants her daughter to have a better life. I hope there’s no backlash and there shouldn’t be - this is a free country! Leah’s not going to live her life based on what she thinks may cause repercussions, she chooses to live her life as an example for her daughter - to show that strength and courage will overcome all.
But contemporary dance is difficult and the routine is important. It has to tell her story and represent something greater than just the dancing; her body needs to say what her mind is thinking. We are halfway through the season and after putting everything into each week, it catches up to you. It's so important for me that Leah does well this week. I want her to look back at this performance and be proud of it.
We also really miss Valerie Harper. Valerie always had a kind word to say and we’d sit and chat for hours about her life and amazing Hollywood stories. She's truly inspirational and that's what DWTS is supposed to be all about. I thought she’d make it through, but there are always surprises.
Still Leah’s family, her husband, daughter and mom have been there making the whole experience a family affair. We took some time out to visit Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to all of the soldiers overseas. This is the type of stuff that Leah does, she’s a hard-core chick, and the most giving, kindest and warmhearted person you could ever come across.