After winning last year’s Dancing with the Stars of Cheyenne, I was thrilled to MC this year’s competition.
The event was spectacular from start to finish, complete with fire throwers, acrobats and, of course, dancers! Here’s a front-row look at the excitement.
This memorable evening is a major annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne. I’ve seen first-hand how much this Club does for the kids in our community, from its academic programs to the award-winning art it encourages our boys and girls to create. For me, participating in DWTS 2017 and 2018 and getting to know those involved in this Club has been a privilege.
A girls’ weekend is always more fun with my mom. When she came to visit me in Cheyenne, we stopped off in Denver for a relaxing getaway. After servings of peppermint tea, pastries, and cucumber sandwiches, we felt completely at home.
If you visit Denver, I highly recommend stopping in for tea at the Brown Palace. You will be welcomed by a live pianist, an ornately-decorated ceiling that seems to extend to heaven, and friendly servers who won’t pressure you to finish in a timely manner. After all, taking your time is key to enjoying this outing.
And since my mom and I ordered seconds, we definitely felt like we had moved in.
If you’re really into relaxing, after tea, you can always stop by the spa for a massage or manicure.
My life in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is filled with covering breaking news, motivational stories, politics, and jury trials. Every single day as a reporter and anchor is an adventure, and I love it, but sometimes I want to relax. That’s when I go to Denver. It’s in a whole different state, yet it seems so close. Some might think it’s ironic that I go to a bigger city for relaxation. They could be right. Oh well. Welcome to my world!
My mom recently visited on a few-day Denver getaway.
In this town, I’ve gotten relaxation down to an art form. A favorite oasis is Larimer Square.
That is the oldest and most historic block in Denver.
When you step foot onto Larimer, you feel like you’ve entered an island of twinkling lights, flowers, charming shops, and scrumptious restaurants.
One of those restaurants is Vendome…
where salads taste so delicious they might as well be dessert, duck is so soft and juicy it melts in your mouth,
When I arrived at CBS NewsChannel 5, I learned of the station’s devotion to serving the community. Before long, our manager, Tregg White, asked me to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars of Cheyenne, a competition that raises thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Club. I wasn’t experienced at ballroom dancing, but under the direction of my terrific partner, Ballet Wyoming’s Jonathan Hedger, we won.
In preparation for the competition, Jonathan urged me to take classes with the ballet company. When our event was over, Kathy Vreeland, the Founder/Director of Ballet Wyoming, encouraged me to continue.
She then transitioned her troupe into a new contemporary ballet company, called Reformation Dance, and invited me to perform with them. I was both stunned and excited.
Growing up, I had received wonderful training at the official school of Pacific Northwest Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, so it was great fun to be dancing again—but the thought of performing with the company was daunting. The dancers moved so beautifully and I hadn’t worn pointe shoes in fourteen years! Let me tell you, ballet dancing is not like riding a bike. You don’t just tie on the pointe shoes and suddenly feel all those hard-earned skills come flooding back.
I was filled with doubt; however, Jonathan and the other company members encouraged me. Here is a touching message one of the principal dancers sent me at a moment when I seriously thought the production might be better if I did not make an appearance:
“Hey! I just wanted you to know that I think you are a very strong dancer!! You look great! Believe in yourself, because we all know you can do the dances for the show. I know it is a tough road – it is a challenge for all of us. The great thing is we have each other for support and encouragement. Don’t give up girl – you have this!!”
Now, two months later, opening night of our “Star Tributes” is almost here. The show runs April 13-14 at the Cheyenne Civic Center. I’m in the finale. If you live nearby, we would all love to have you join us. Here are details… http://reformationdance.com/star-tributes-rush-archieves/
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