Dancers who perform in popular restaurant shows are usually a dime a dozen, but for a good dancer, there are ways to be noticed and a lot of experience.
The new show on the Food Network, “Dancing with the Stars,” is a bit different.
A contestant must perform the moves on a variety of dishes, from rice cakes to shrimp cocktail, and he or she has to do it in the privacy of their own restaurant.
The host, Craig Ferguson, asks the contestant to dance for 10 seconds, and then, if he or her does well, the next contestant gets to dance.
If it’s not good enough, the host will call the contestant out.
That’s what happened to an American contestant named Tanya, who did not get the chance to perform on “Dance With the Star” because she had a minor heart condition.
The contestant’s mother, Jennifer, told The Huffington Post that Tanya’s heart condition made it difficult for her to move, which she thought was part of her job.
Tanya went on to be a “Danced with the Star.”
When asked why she didn’t get the opportunity to dance on the show, Tanya said, “I was just too busy.”
Tanya told her story on a podcast she created called “Dancers Are People,” which she created in 2016.
“I feel like people who can’t dance well and do the moves that I do need to be out there,” Tanya explained.
She was also one of the contestants who did well on “The Voice.”
“There’s something really cool about a performer that has a personality and can take a show and turn it into a real show,” she said.
“DANCE WITH THE STAR” is not a show you see on a nightly basis, but Tanya has done a lot to get people to notice her.
She has been featured on “TODAY” and “CBS This Morning,” and she has been a regular on “ABC’s Dancing With the Titans.”
“I would say that maybe if I was doing it for myself I would be able to do more,” she told HuffPost.
“But there’s so much more to dance than just dance.
And the fact that people can see that I’m doing it and can actually relate to it and want to do the things I do, it’s really awesome.”
She said she was inspired by the show when she watched it.
“It really gave me the opportunity and the energy and the confidence to get up and do it,” Tanya said.
She said it’s important for people to see that a dance show is not just about dancing.
“When you’re dancing, you’re in a room with people who love you, who love what you’re doing, and who have seen you do it before,” she explained.
“And they’re not going to just sit there and watch you dance and be like, ‘I’m going to tell you about how awesome you are.’
You have to be proud of who you are.”
If you would like to see more of Tanya Tabor, follow her on Twitter @Tanya_Tabor.