Although I have never been a huge fan of the show, something about the new season of Dancing with the Stars has piqued my interest.
Tennis champion, Martina Navratilova, has hung up her tennis racquets for the time being and began the grueling process of training for Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Tony Dovolani. The new season is set to air March 19, 2012.
Billie Jean King called Navratilova “…the greatest singles, doubles and mixed-doubles player who’s ever lived,” an extremely bold and flattering statement coming from one of the most highly regarded female tennis players of our time.
But does this tennis pro have the grace of a dancer? It is no doubt that Martina Navratilova is used to intense training and her natural athleticism that she has shown on the court will definitely help her on the dance floor.
Many athletes have been a part of the show in past seasons like star soccer competitor, Hope Solo, Olympic athlete, Maurice Greene, Warren Sapp, NFL super star and many more. It seems as though athletes have an inherent sense of competition, which seems to boost performance levels on the dance floor.
Any advice for Martina would be to make sure that she acts the part. In tennis there is no need to act; however, dancing is a whole different type of performance. If she can do that she will avoid the fate of tennis champ, Monica Seles, who danced with the stars in the show`s sixth season but was cut early in the competition. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she felt that it was her lack of acting experience that caused the lack of votes for her and her partner, “I never missed a step, but I couldn’t act the storyline.”
There’s no telling what will become of Navratilova`s dance career but if she puts as much effort into her samba steps that she does into her lateral movements on the court, she is sure to be successful!