My Dancing With the Stars Experience

By Dawn McCoy of Tranquility Spa

Dawn McCoy and the American Red Cross DWTS Fundraiser. (Photo by Michael Peters)

Ahhh…..  to dance with a star!  It’s like a dream, a lifetime opportunity to be  challenged on yet another level.  I took this undertaking very seriously  and kept myself open to connecting with the vision and mission of the  Red Cross.  Since this experience is an event created for the intention  of raising funds for the American Red Cross, my initial focus went  directly to that.  I was inspired at 2 a.m. one morning with an idea.  I  awoke thinking, “We need more ways of sharing peace, love, happiness  and hope!!  Everyone could benefit from having a reminder or ‘token’ to  extend kindness and love to others!”  This is exactly where the initial  peace stone idea developed from.  My thought was, “It can’t get much  better than this!  I can create a gift or token that could be purchased  by one, but expand to touch the lives of many.”  When purchased, it can  benefit the person receiving the gift, go toward an amazing cause by  supporting the Red Cross, and help increase awareness.  As the old adage  goes… kill two birds with one stone.  My “Pass the Peace” mission was  created.  My sister and I created a poem to accompany each stone and  deliver the message of its purpose to whomever receives it.After creating the campaign, I moved on to finalizing the  music, working out which dances I would be doing and then figuring out  costume designs for the big day. My next step was to meet my dance  partner, Christopher Anthony Flores.  We had an instant connection; I  immediately knew that we would work very well together.  He had a strong  inner peace, mixed with a kind heart and an incredible love for helping  others dually combined with a passion for dancing.  He was incredibly  patient, helped me work through my “seriousness,” and allowed me to  experience many crazy, fun moments on the dance floor.

My journey continued and at times was definitely  challenging.  The dancing was a release and a wonderful way to keep many  things in focus.  As we made progress with technique and our routines,  Chris kept everything in focus.  He would always say, “Dawn as long as  you are having fun, that is the only thing that matters!”  I can’t tell  you how many times I had so much on my plate on so many levels that  “fun” was about the last thing on my mind.  That was the irony, the  lesson and yet another valuable perspective which needed to be brought  to my awareness.  Two weeks before the event it hit me.  We were in the  middle of practice and I realized in every other area of my life I think  and plan my next move.  Dancing for the female is about learning to  feel, trust, and express your love for the art.  As Chris would  repeatedly say, “HAVE FUN!”  I really correlated the symbolism of how  dancing related to real life.  Had I not had this experience to teach  me, I wouldn’t be able to share this new found perspective with others.   So as you learn to dance (live), have fun, learn to trust, and really  feel your next move.  So that’s it… it’s that simple!  You can connect  with someone, make a difference and share it with another.

Just like the song… “Life’s a dance you learn as you go,  sometimes you lead sometimes you follow.  Don’t worry about what you  don’t know, life’s a dance you learn as you go!!”

“Learn to trust and feel another’s heart, in that lies the  art!!”  Allow yourself the flexibility to be open to the next  opportunity, and in the meantime, be mindful and help raise awareness so  that we may truly be able to “Pass the Peace” with others.

In conclusion, Pass the “Peace” is a Campaign designed to  help connect relationships throughout the world. The mission and vision  of Tranquility Spa is to provide a ‘peace’ of Tranquility in the lives  of others.  Based on this parallel, I feel we (together) can have a  greater “ripple” effect on more lives and touch more hearts in the  process.  My request is that each stone be given with an act of kindness  for the intention of bringing us together for Tranquility.  Stones can  be purchased at Tranquility Spa or online through our website for $10.   The proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to provide hope in the  midst of disaster and at the same time serve as a reminder of why we are  all here.

“Pass the Peace”
The purpose of this little stone Is to strengthen you, alone.
With this token to remind, Inner strength and to be kind.
When you share this with another, Peace and Tranquility is what you’ll discover.
Increase the joy; find a way. Create a “ripple,” start today!


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