Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in ’95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She’s been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
This week has proved to be the most fun yet! Mark and I will be dancing the jive to a classic rock and roll song from the 1950’s. I’m excited to get my blood flowing with this fast, bubbly song that I know my family (especially my dad) will be rocking out to.
After a tough dance last week and three 7’s for our Rumba, Mark and I had a great heart-to-heart talk on Tuesday that helped me stay in the right frame of mind: Have fun!
I can’t say I was surprised by the judges’ scores or their comments about my moves. Mark had been instructing me about my arms all week and trying to get me to stretch them, straighten them and make them flow. It looks so easy when I watch others do it, but for me, it’s really a challenge. As for my fingers, I have to pretend I’m holding an egg, otherwise, I’m always giving jazz hands. Maybe subconsciously what I really want is to be a Broadway star! (Nope, I’ve never done musical theater in my life. Not even a school play!)
The most challenging part of this week’s dance is the fast footwork and the stamina I need in order to complete the dance. It’s a minute and 20 seconds, but it’s an all out effort every step of the way. I’m in pretty good shape, but I rarely get my heart rate to such a high intensity for this length of time. Our practices are five hours a day, so learning this routine and running it over and over is a cardio challenge.
On Saturday, I hit my point of exhaustion and couldn’t take another step. Literally. I was lightheaded, on the verge of throwing up and had to lay down for a while. (Just to assure you, I am getting my proper nutrition by eating six small meals a day provided by Freshology fitted to my needed caloric intake and drinking a lot of water and sport drinks for electrolytes.) At that point, I knew I needed to cancel my attendance to the Kids’Choice Awards because my body needed to rest.
It was an important lesson for me, listening to my body, knowing when to say ‘no’ and not feeling guilty about it. Of course, I didn’t want to disappoint my kids and immediately called my friend and asked if she would take them so they didn’t miss the show, which she did. A mom is always a mom first!
I think the audience will be excited to watch tonight’s show! It’s theme week and mine may have something to do with Full House! I had a few visitors drop by rehearsal last week to check in on me. You will probably recognize Lori Loughlin and Andrea Barber (a.k.a. Kimmy Gibbler) which fans are always thrilled to know we’re still real life BFFs. Follow us on Instagram or Twitter and watch us banter back and forth @andreabarber @candacecbure @loriloughlin.
My Full House family has been an amazing support through the show and they are rooting me on!
Make sure you tune in because several of them will be making appearances each week so long as you VOTE to keep me in! 1800-VOTE4-07. Thanks in advance for voting your hearts out and for all your encouraging emails and support! I really am having the time of my life!
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