One contestant not to underestimate on “Dancing with the Stars” season 11 is Florence Henderson. As youth and middle-aged comeback celebs take to the dance floor, this contestant holds an impressive record of achievements in entertainment. She’s not a comeback celebrity, either. She’s doing “DWTS” for real in season 11.
Credentials Putting Florence Henderson on the Map
Henderson may be famously known for the warm, bubbly matriarch in the 70’s family hit series, “The Brady Bunch,” but she got an early start on stage. In the 1950’s Henderson performed in Broadway musical theater productions of “Oklahoma!”, “The Sound of Music,” “The South Pacific,” “The Great Waltz” and “Fanny.” Her most renown dance performances to date are from “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.”
Can this Contestant Be the One to Beat in “Dancing with the Stars” Season 11?
Her odds of winning have been predicted against her. TV Squad indicated an odds of 1000 to 1, claiming she will look good in the waltz or foxtrot, but will have challenges in the Samba or Jive. TV.com gave Henderson a 15 to 1 odds in winning the mirror ball trophy.
Maybe she won’t be a favorite to win “DWTS” among the judges or even fans, but she will gain massive support from fans when it comes to keeping her on for the long haul. She’ll add a touch of class and sporadic comedy.
Dance Instructor Thinks Henderson Has “Plenty in Hiding” that Will Come Out on “DWTS”
In an interview I had with Sarah Riddle, a dance instructor at Portland, Oregon’s Viscount Dance Studios, she thinks Henderson’s class and poise will be her strength more than anything. Riddle also believes the “DWTS” contestant may pull off more than people realize.
“She is known for having such poise that stage presence and natural grace will surely be on her side for this competition,” Riddle said. “When it comes to hard work and the dedication required in learning the intricacies of Ballroom dance, I think Ms. Henderson will do well with choreography that highlights her class. Let’s see what happens when the choreography requires more sass. I think she has plenty in hiding!”
Henderson Looks Forward to Dancing the Cha Cha on “DWTS”
The five-foot-three Broadway veteran’s strong foundation in dance makes her a contestant not to be underestimated in any way because of her age. At 76 years-old, Henderson isn’t looking forward to dancing the waltz or foxtrot first thing. She told Theatre Mania she can’t wait to do the Cha Cha.
“DWTS” 11 Contestant Stays Fit and Loves Quality Dance Entertainment
Florence Henderson obviously takes excellent care of herself. She commits to a healthy diet, takes vitamins and does Pilates workouts.
When it comes to dance entertainment, Henderson has excellent taste. She’s always been a fan of “Dancing with the Stars,” but says she likes any movie with Fred Estaire in it. Considering Fred Estaire is an inspirational figure to her, she no doubt will carry out some solid dance steps nostalgic of the great dancer himself.
Henderson’s “Dancing with the Stars” Partner Praises Henderson’s Work Ethic
Henderson is the contestant to be paired with Corky Ballas, father of Mark Ballas on “Dancing with the Stars.” He last danced with contestant, Cloris Leachman.
“It’s about 18 hours of hard work to learn each routine, and it’s amazing to have a pupil so focused,” Ballas said of Henderson on PB Pulse. “She works so hard. She wants to do it. (Previous partner) Cloris Leachman was wacky and quacky. Florence is classy sassy. She’s pushing herself.”
This Lady Wants to Be the Contestant to Win “Dancing with the Stars” in Season 11
Other “DWTS” contestants will see how determined Florence Henderson is to take home the mirror ball trophy. She’s in it to win and be as competitive as the other folks. In fact, Henderson isn’t easily intimidated by anyone. She won’t accept excuses or tolerate anyone cutting her slack in season 11. That’s leaves the judges out. They don’t cut anyone slack on “DWTS.”
“Oh, I’m in it, and I hope to win it! I don’t want to use that ‘Oh, you’re good for an old lady’ excuse,'” she told PB Pulse.
Good luck, Florence. Viewers can’t wait to see you be a star contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and you won’t be underestimated at all.
Sources: BP Pulse
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