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Dance, as those who follow this blog know, is a big part of my household. My daughter takes lessons for four types of dance and is now a member of a dance company, in which she will perform her first production in April.

Naturally, Amber and I are fans of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” having become intrigued during Season 11 when Disney Channel star Kyle Massey was a contestant. He finished second overall with pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer at his side, just behind “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey and her dance partner, Derek Hough.

The Disney phenomenon continued, with Disney’s “Fish Hooks” voice Chelsea Kane dancing in Season 12 and finished a credible third place (with pro dancer Mark Ballas) behind Kirstie Alley (Maks Chmerkovskiy) and Heinz Ward (Kym Johnson), respectively.

This season, the show’s 14th, features Disney star Roshon Fegan, who plays Ty Blue in the series “Shake It Up,” which is about none other than youngsters who are regulars on a Chicago dance show. He also appeared in the Disney movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.”

This 20-year-old man has a background in freestyle dancing, and said in interviews on the show that he thought learning such classics as the quick step and the fox-trot would be a breeze. He was wrong, but nevertheless has done an impressive job in his first two dances this season with partner Chelsie Hightower.

On Tuesday (March 27, 2012) evening’s results show, Roshon was tied for second place with telenovela star William Levy and his dance partner, Cheryl Burke, at 49 points apiece. Yet he ended up “in jeopardy” alongside singer Gavin DeGraw, who is partnered with Karina Smirnoff, who won the Mirror Ball Trophy last season with J.R. Martinez, and tennis great Martina Navratilova, who danced with Tony Dovolani.


Well, that was the reaction that Amber and I had upon hearing host Tom Bergeron announce it. We were flabbergasted. The crowd wasn’t too far behind us, exhibiting “boos” all around.

“If he’s eliminated, I don’t think I’m going to be able to watch the rest of the season!” I said to Amber, and she agreed.

Seriously, how could Roshon be in jeopardy when he no doubt has talent and holds his own among stars who have a few years on him? The only thing I can think of is perhaps there is an older audience out there who doesn’t appreciate what he can do and is looking toward some of those stars of yesteryear, including Jack Wagner of “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place” fame, who is also quite impressive, or “The View” fans are building up host Sherri Shepherd.

As the bottom three couples took their spots at the top of the steps overlooking the dance floor, Bergeron prepared to announce which couple out of the three were safe.

“Roshon and Chelsie! Roshon and Chelsie!” Amber said, clasping her hands by her mouth as she awaited the announcement.

Drum roll, please. …

“Roshon and Chelsie! Bergeron declared.

“YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!” Amber and I shouted together, raising our hands in the air. Amber jumped up from the couch and high-fived me.

Whew! That was close!

Now my little dancer and I are hoping that next week’s competition will only solidify Roshon and his ambition to continue on this season, and perhaps take home the trophy or take runner-up, finishing higher than the previous Disney stars who have danced in the competition.