Dancing With The Stars 2015 Finalist – Questions


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A big thank you to Dancing With The Stars for another entertaining and beautiful television season of dance. The competition seems to get more fierce and spectacular as we are given the opportunity to vote for our favorite stars and their dancing ability. However, besides their celebrity status, we get caught up in their personality and their story. Does that mean that the dancing is not as important as what captures our heart or inspires us?

DANCING WITH THE STARS - NOAH GALLOWAY AND SHARNA BURGESS - The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of

Noah and Sharna (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Among the three finalist, leading the pack in the inspirational department is Noah Galloway. A double amputee, his partner Sharna Burgess has had to think outside the box when creating choreography.



Rumer and Valentin (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

A lovely and alluring dancer that is inspiring to watch is finalist, Rumor Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. We find out through her story that being born into a celebrity status is not always a plus. Rumer is paired with the Valentin Chemerkovskiy.



Riker and Allison (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Finalist, Riker Lynch is dancing with Allison Holker. An upcoming pop star, Riker had a recurring role in the television hit, Glee. Of all the top 3, he is the most improved contender. His willingness to learn and his sense of fun is inspiring.


Powerful Questions:

What do you need, NOT what do you want?

This question is something that we may apply to our lives and the life choices that we make. What do we need?… better health, better relationships, peace of mind, security…?  This question may also be applied when we vote for our next DWTS winner as trivial as that sounds. Do we need a hero with an inspiring story to represents us or do we need a star that masters the dance to win? I’m sure each contestant wants that shiny mirror ball trophy but what is their individual need? I think their needs are met within the DWTS journey. The competition offers to them the opportunity to keep moving forward, no matter the difficulties, and shine through their performance.

Each finalist brings their own fight on to the dance floor…

The press has not always been kind and even downright mean and bullying to Rumer as she developed into a young woman. Through this, she has had to find her own way and part of that was found through her elegance on the dance floor. Girl power!


Riker brings a young heart-throb vibe to the show but he also represents family. I like how his  family supports each other and celebrates the arts together. This is apparent to us when Riker hits the dance floor.


Noah has overcome his obstacles in a powerful way after serving for us in Iraq. He got himself out of depression after a long rehabilitation and is now a motivational speaker and personal trainer. Watching Noah embrace the dance and life, represents hope to veterans and to all of us.


I look forward to the Dancing With The Stars finale. Who do we need as a winner? As far as I’m concerned, all of them have already won the journey.

A Question for you…

What do you need to be a winner in the dance of life?

I applaud your journey as you strive for a positive lifestyle. You Got The Power!


Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Dance Styles and Exercise Forms – Pictured: Alberici Sister, The Golddiggers, Maria Lauren, Marianna Riccio

When the music starts, my body starts moving whether I am sitting down, laying down or standing up. It’s a natural response. Isn’t it? The human body was made to move so it makes sense that dancing is beneficial for your body, mind and spirit.

It’s no wonder that I am a fan of the television show, “Dancing With The Stars.” The show is not only entertaining but it’s inspirational too. Dancing is a wonderful way to exercise and express pent-up emotions. This aerobic activity is therapeutic for releasing stress and helps to keep your cardiovascular system, muscles, bones and brain healthy, especially as we age.

“Dancing was the only physical activity associated with lower risk of dementia.”New England Journal of Medicine, Published in 2003

A 21-year study of senior citizens was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and funded by the National Institute on Aging. The study wanted to see if regularly practiced physical or cognitive activities (thinking, reasoning, remembering) influenced mental capabilities.

The results in short, for a reduced risk of dementia was as follows:

Reading – 35%, Cross-word puzzles – 47%, Dancing – 76%

Dancing had the greatest risk reduction of the activities studied, cognitive or physical.


Enjoy these dancing and entertainment highlights…


A big thank you to “Dancing With The Stars” for motivating people to dance! Personally, it’s been a joy for me to tune into the competition since it’s first USA airing in 2005.

Congratulations to this years 2014 winner of “Dancing With The Stars,” Alfonso Ribeiro of “Prince of Bel Air” fame and his teacher, the beautiful Witney Carson of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame!

Here’s a clip of them doing the “Carlton Dance!” 🙂


I enjoy doing the many dance styles that were the craze throughout the ages but I’m a singer who loves to dance. This led me into the group, The Golddiggers of  “The Dean Martin Comedy Hour” and Las Vegas, “Showstoppers.”


In 1977, the release of the movie, “Saturday Night Fever” brought disco dancing to the forefront and the moves of John Travolta. Disco, the mirror ball light and the coveted mirror ball trophy of “Dancing With The Stars” still represents the best in dancing today.

This past Halloween, my daughter Marianna Riccio and I had a small dress-up party and got retro leading some disco moves. We break the steps down on this home video from the ground up…


Dance is great aerobic exercise and the best thing about dancing is you don’t even realize your exercising because it’s lots of  fun!

Find freedom in the dance,

Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog


* Want to read more about “Dancing” and “Dancing With The Stars?” Then, check out my past posts: Dance Party! and Up Close: Dancing With The Stars.

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