Throughout high school, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was part of my Monday and Tuesday evening routines. I loved the dynamic entertainment proving that anyone can learn to dance on a professional level. I always enjoyed imagining myself knowing how to dance as well as the performers and watching the animated judges firing their comments with bursting enthusiasm after each dance.
Tonight I happened to tune into the current season’s finale. I was thrilled to learn that Alfonso Ribeiro, who portrayed Carlton Banks on the 90’s show Fresh Prince of Bel Air, was in the top three contestants left. I caught his flawless performance, which was a fusion of the Cha Cha and the Argentine Tango to Walk the Moon’s Shut up and Dance. I was giddy in waiting for the announcement, enjoying reliving that anticipation that I would also experience when watching the competition in the teens. I was ecstatic when Ribeiro’s name was announced as the winner. It was moving to watch him receiving the mirror ball trophy, emphasizing how he had waited ten years for the opportunity. Way to go, Ribeiro!