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Sep 17, 2009

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE "CANADA"


So I know you probably don't watch the Canadian version of this show but wanted to crow about one of our Canadian contestants. This is Tara Jean Popowich from Lethbridge, Alberta. I have never watched the show before but when I found out she was on there from my niece I tuned in. My niece is out of the country right now so I have to watch so I can update her.

I met Tara Jean only once when she came to watch her brother's hockey game one night in a Vancouver suburb. She was teaching dance at the time at a well known, elite dance studio in the downtown Vancouver area.

My niece and her husband billet hockey players for the Cowichan Capitols team every year in their Vancouver Island home and when they come to the Mainland to play I always go and watch mostly just to visit with family who always come with the team.

This particular night Tara Jean and a friend had taken several buses and a rapid transit train to get to this suburb just to watch her brother play hockey. It took them a couple hours to get to the ice rink and they really didn't even know where they had ended up but they found the rink.

Being the local person at the game my niece asked if I could get them back to the train so they could get downtown. It was about 11:00 pm and of course I would give them a ride. I remember thinking how tiny and young these girls were. The fact that they were living on their own in Vancouver at age 18, working on a dream was really amazing to me. I took them the Sky Train station that would get them directly where they wanted to go and I worried and worried that they would get there safely. Forget the fact that it was a Friday night and they were probably heading out to party somewhere once they got back into town. I just think like a mom.

Any way Tara Jean is doing great on the show and the judges love her. I wish her the best.

4 comments:

Mary said...

Isn't it fun to actually know someone on these programs? Keep us informed about how she continues to do.

Florida Sue said...

It's really amazing how small the world seems sometimes. I think that it is great that Tara Jean is on the show, and I wish her all the luck. Congrats on your award Lucy, I am trying to think of a new format for my blog. so I can make things look less squeezed and show all of my awards. My creative juice is dry at the moment.

XOLucy

Blondie's Journal said...

How fabulous that you know Tara Jean. You were a real sweetheart helping her and her friend that night. I wish her the best of luck on the show. Keep us updated!

Speaking of Hockey...I used to go out with a pro hockey player on the Vancouver Canucks (don't know if you are a hockey fan). His name is Darcy Rota and we had a long distance romance back when I was in my early twenties. I hear he is very big with instructing hockey with disabled children. Small world, as Sue daid...

xoxo
Jane

Joanne said...

Canadians Dance - I did not get the memo.

How cool that you know Tara - always cool to know someone that makes their dream come true.

Blondie - I was at a party a couple of years ago with Darcy - he is good friends with my friend (and lawyer) Always neat to see a name from the past.

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