Wow, I think I just passed out. 😯 First, if you go to Ryan Kenner-Photography’s Facebook page, you can see some breathtaking photos of Derek at the 2015 Killick Klassik last night. After you check out that page, you can read a review of the Meet And Greet and see more photos of Derek at Dancebeat.com. Below is a take from the link. Go Derek!
First in the early afternoon, it was the “Meet and Greet” with Derek Hough. For those of you that don’t watch TV he is one of the celebrity ballroom dancers on the now iconic show, “Dancing with the Stars.” We were a little late for the affair as most Floridians or should I say South Beach Floridians are, but it was a good thing. We got to ride in the elevator with Derek’s own personal entourage and looked totally part of the “Elite.” When he first entered the room you could hear the cameras clicking away and I just hope we, the Dance Beat team, are not in half your pictures, LOL.
Derek was a delightful guest and entertainer answering every question for his adoring fans, (mostly women). He managed to answer the questions and elaborate into some very interesting things we did not know about him. He talked about some of his personal challenges and how he prepares before going out on the floor and how he copes with different challenges every week (in our words, he takes it all in stride one step at a time). He said a wonderful thing to the fans many of them dancers, “you create your pain you create your fears, no one does it for you. If you can talk yourself out of it, you will just be fine.” I wish many of our dances will take this very sound advice from this young man, because it is the truth, we create many of the obstacles we see and they don’t need to be there.
He talked about what the show has done for him personally and in his life, some of his explanations were very detailed making him seem real and almost like your best friend. The attendees were treated to some champagne and food before Derek got there and some beautiful views from the 25th floor suit where it was being held. As we looked out we thanked heaven for Florida, we sure love our home state, not one cloud in the sky, just blue all over from the sea to the sky, you could see for miles across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Later in the ballroom, Derek led a high-energy conga line with most of the audience and many of the judges joining in!
More at Dancebeat.com. Thanks to Linz for the fun finds.