Turning to Dancing With the Stars
Q: I read the following: John O’Hurley regards you with the highest esteem and speaks for the American dance community when he states that it was you, Charlotte, who showed him the true beauty of the dance, who taught him that he actually could dance and that in dancing there is the supreme release of the spirit. What was that experience like for you?
Charlotte: DWTS was a wonderful experience. I was given a stellar partner and John and I had an absolute blast. Initially I am not sure John actually realized how much we were going to have to work. He would give me 2 days a week for 2 hours a day to rehearse, which would have been impossible. I thought, that the only way I would get him to commit more of his time, was if I made him fall in love with dancing, the way I had always been. So that became my “mission”, and I believed that I succeeded in that. We worked really hard and John really committed himself to the process and he trusted me, which is such an important part of dancing. That I was able to communicate the true purpose of dancing to him, was an added benefit and only possible because John recognized what supreme release of the spirit is!
It was fun to be part of the very first shows because there was no expectation attached to the outcome, as no one knew whether it would be a success or not. Therefore the whole experience was very innocent and exciting. We all worked so hard to make it happen and were on such a high because America responded. Of course on a personal note it gave me an opportunity to look into a completely different world and to learn how TV is produced, have an insight into so to speak into “another life” by momentarily doing interviews for TV and press etc. Certainly something very much out of the ordinary for me with regards to the scale. Denmark is a small country compared to the vast publicity machine that drives American entertainment. Q: Would you want to come back if asked?
Charlotte: Would I come back if I was asked? Hmmmm…….. Interesting question – I would definitely consider coming back if asked. They did ask me to come back for the second season, but I declined. I actually wanted to host the show with Tom, but the production was not interested, which is fair enough. I am sure I would be intrigued to go back to see what it is like now……. You made me think now…… Oh well, at the moment I need not worry about it, since it is just hypothetical!
Q: Did the season on DWTS have any effect on your life after it was over?
Charlotte: I think any experience you go through is bound to have an effect on you if you have any sense of perspective in you. On a professional level I got some interesting offers, which I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to do, but more so on a personal level…….. In 8 days I will marry my childhood sweetheart, who saw the first show on the first night of the first season….. His mother was a visiting dance teacher at my Danish dance school. We first met in London in 1985. Anyway to make a long story short, we met up in late summer of 2006 and are getting married on October 26th. So when you ask what effects DWTS had on my life after the show, well I am so grateful to have been on the show because it changed the course of my life…..
Q: I saw that you and John developed 2 instructional DVDs, how did you come up with that idea?
Charlotte: During the long hours of rehearsals, and as John fell more and more in love with dancing, he wanted to share with others that it is possible to learn to dance even if you have always considered yourself having two left feet. And then one day in the studio, we just happened to talk about doing a DVD and 6 months later we did it. I think if you ask John today he still loves to dance…… and I will most certainly be dancing with him again at my wedding!