RebeccaRooneyB&WOn Sunday, December 6, some of our city’s best and brightest will take the stage with professional dance partners to raise awareness and funds for the Center for Child Protection at Dancing with the Stars Austin!

We wanted to shine a little more light on the special stars dancing with our stellar Go Dance instructors, so we asked them to tell us a little more about themselves and why they’re dancing in this year’s show! First up…

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Rebecca Rooney

w/Go Dance Instructor Jake Greene

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I am a freelance writer and property manager.
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Style of dance for DWTS performance:
A combo of Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, and the Whip-Nae- Nae. Our song is a medley of three songs with a WHIP theme.
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Motivation to participate in DWTS this year:
I’ve been a lifelong advocate for abused children and at-risk youth.  I taught GED prep in Washington, D.C. and now serve on an advisory board for Austin Achieve, a charter school in east Austin. I’m also proud to be a newly appointed board member for the Center for Child Protection.
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Biggest challenge in preparing for the show:
Getting the arms and legs to do what they’re supposed to do with the beat and have it look flawless! Also, I’m trying not to let stage fright get in the way of a successful performance.
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Greatest benefit of preparing for the show:
I would say getting in shape, becoming more flexible and enjoying dancing!
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Favorite thing about dancing with pro partner Jake Greene:
Just about everything! He’s so talented, nice, fun, has a great smile and is a very good teacher. He’s patient with me, someone who doesn’t have much experience in dancing.
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Future dancing dreams:
I’d like to [keep dancing]! Maybe take some group lessons. I’ve enjoyed learning the technique of dancing rather than just moving around, which is what I used to do.

Good luck to Rebecca & Jake! Thanks so much for your hard work and we can’t wait to see you dance for such a good cause on Sunday!