Give Elisabeth a huge hand, Everyone! Even with some health issues with her fur baby these last few days, she worked tirelessly to get this new guest blog to us. She also sent us pictures. This previous posting yesterday was just a teaser for what was to come as below are even more photos. Enjoy as Elisabeth takes us on her and her 12 year old daughter’s “Move” adventure in Hollywood, Florida…and not without a few road blocks along the way. THANK YOU for your wonderful and passionate blog, Elisabeth!!! Heidi and I can’t thank you and all of our Guest Bloggers enough for all you do!xx
On June 26 I saw the Move on Live Tour at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida with my 12 year old daughter. This was the second time we had the opportunity to see Derek perform live in three months. We were fortunate that we, along with my mother, saw him dance in Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular on April 4 before he injured himself. We were also lucky to meet and talk to him and get some pictures with him. At the time I blogged about the incredible feeling of meeting Derek whom my family has watched on Dancing With The Stars since his first guest appearance with Julianne Hough and Apolo Ohno and how he is without a doubt our favorite pro. That blog is called Seeing Derek Hough and New York Spring Spectacular on April 4 (posted April 12) which you can still read in the Guest Blog section. The reason I mention this blog is because I have now reached the conclusion that seeing Derek Hough in person brings me to tears! I’m sure Derek has no idea of this fact and I struggled to figure out why, but concluded that Derek is just so special in every way that he touches something deep within me. In my previous blog I said, “Meeting Derek was different, maybe because when you actually meet him, not just see him on stage, you feel how special he is, how gifted and kind to everyone. There is truly an aura that seems to emanate from him.” Seeing him again just reaffirmed that for me. All around us everyday we see horror, people committing horrendous acts of inhumanity. When I see Derek I see something so pure, so filled with kindness and good, an abundance of love and joy for all that radiates from him. More about that later so keep on reading!
So our seeing the show was not without drama. Last year we missed the show when I tore my retina with a huge hemorrhage and was unable to drive. This year my family was scheduled to be away from the June-July Florida heat and humidity for a month and we could not make any tour dates work at any of our northern destinations. On June 7 I was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer and severe anemia and the doctor told me we couldn’t travel as I needed to be under medical care for at least 6 weeks. Although extremely disappointed, taking a page from Derek’s book of optimism I got tickets from Stub Hub for the show. So on Friday my daughter, the third generation of Derek Hough fans, and I drove the 60 miles to Hollywood and went to the show. Imagine our shock when our tickets were scanned and we were told someone was already in the show with the same tickets. After dealing with the incredibly great security and box office at the Hard Rock and speaking to Stub Hub, we were told the tickets were sold more than once so we had no seats. Stub Hub immediately refunded our money. You can only imagine the feelings we felt, tears filled my daughter’s eyes and mine but the Hard Rock ticket office quickly had me purchase incredible seats (I’ve always heard they hold back house seats) and we were quickly ushered to seats right on the center aisle 11 rows back (one row behind our original seats but right on the aisle.) We were so excited and grateful and sat down just as the show started and what a show it was! I knew it was going to be an amazing experience from reading everyone’s blogs this year and last but until you are actually sitting in the audience (or jumping up screaming, dancing and clapping) you really can’t do justice to the show in writing. It definitely is a must see show. Continue reading