Dancing with the Stars is harder than it looks

Posted at 7:42 AM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 09:42:05-04
Another season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars came to an end Tuesday night. The mirror ball trophy goes to Nyle DiMarco, a deaf model and actor.
From the first round, to the finals, Dancing with the Stars promises to entertain. The show pairs celebrities with professional dancers, each week performing a different type of dance. Judges and America choose the winner.
So, could a beginner like Good Morning Idaho's Jillian Garrigues make it passed the first week on the show? Heirloom Studio tried to help her out, and it's much harder than it looks.
It's no secret the stars and their professional dancing partners put in hours of practice and rehearsal time to get down a two minute routine.
"They're practicing 4 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. It's not that hard to choreograph a routine of that length, but it is hard to take someone who knows nothing and get them to remember that much," said Joel Hunter, the owner and dance instructor at Heirloom Studio.
Jillian tried to learn the lindy hop in a couple of hours. It's not all easy.
"It gets really hard when you have injuries that the person is battling. They may not have any timing, or idea of how music works. And the hardest part is all the insecurities the person battles. If the person is already defeating themselves, there's almost no hope," Hunter said.
But even if you have two left feet, anyone can dance.
"You'll never be able to dance if you don't do it. You'll only be able to dance if you try," Hunter said.
Heirloom Studio is located in downtown Boise at 765 W. Idaho St. Beginning classes are offered every weekend. Call 208-871-6352 or visit, for more information.