Addicted to Sequins & Schmaltz; Dancing our Way to the TV

Like most addictions, it began innocently enough. Of course, I never meant to get the children involved. No one ever does. But I couldn’t stop myself.

It started one night last fall when a commercial featuring my eight-year-old daughter was to debut on the ABC affiliate in Rhode Island. We flicked on the set and a whirlwind of sequins, polyester, fake tans, and pulsating music steamrolled into our living room and our consciousness. It was our introduction to Dancing With The Stars and, as with truly addictive personalities, we were hooked within the first ten seconds. Quick Step! Tango! Cha Cha! We didn’t care which dance they did – we just wanted them to do more, more, more!

I confess that I’d rolled my eyes when I heard people carry on about how they loved the dancing and were thrilled to find a primetime show they could watch with children. Even starving children in Africa had no doubt seen the footage of Marie Osmond fainting in a skin-tight, electric blue sausage casing. I had watched it and snorted, Give me a break. Where’s Donny when you need him? My generation grew up doing the bump in neighborhood rec rooms while watching the Donny and Marie Show. We turned in circles at school dances while Led Zeppelin blared from the speakers. What do we know about ballroom dancing? But that is the beauty of the show – you don’t need to know anything.

“Wow, look at that,” I remarked as I plunked on the couch and stared at the set. Within minutes, the kids and I were talking about footwork and choreography and why the women’s costumes were the size of candy wrappers.

“She’s beautiful!” my daughter Jenson shrieked about the dancer shimmying across the shiny floor.

Jenson was right. The dancer was beautiful. Even more to the point, the dancing was beautiful. And we ate up the kicks, lifts, and flips as if they were a thick-crust pizza with extra cheese.

While Jenson threw her arms in the air and twirled around the room, my son Mitch practiced a combination of wrestling and Kung Fu moves. My husband Bill was the only one immune to the show’s flamboyant charms. Right after Jenson’s commercial aired, we all cheered then Bill congratulated her and he started to leave.

“Isn’t it time for the kids to go to bed?” he asked.

Glued to the couch as Mitch fought imaginary bad guys and Jenson swirled around me in a whirlwind of pajamas and prepubescent abandon, I mumbled yeah yeah as the next couple took to the dance floor.

Of course Bill was right. It was time for the kids to go to bed. But that wasn’t going to happen until the last dance was finished and a new champion was crowned. Then the addiction would end. At least until next season.

Ericka Tavares
Rhode Island

Bloggers crew

Steve Knowles has spent 25 years in business and practice in the UK, but he also worked in the states and the years haven't dulled his way of seeing an alternative view to everyone else, and every day is a new adventure.

44635

Joel M. Ungar, CPA is a lifelong resident of the Detroit area and a graduate of The University of Michigan. He is a principal with Silberstein Ungar, PLLC, a Top 15 auditor of SEC public reporting companies.

77233

Allan Boress, CPA, with over 25 years as a practitioner and consultant to the accounting profession. Mr. Boress is the author of 12 published books in 6 different languages, including a best-seller, The "I-Hate-Selling" Book.

49626

Larry Perry, CPA, CPA Firm Support Services, LLC, is the author of accounting and auditing manuals, author and presenter of live staff training seminars, and author of webcast and self-study CPE programs. He blogs about small audits, reviews, and compilations.

90785
Sandra Wiley, COO and Shareholder, is ranked by Accounting Today as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting as a result of her prominent role as an industry expert on HR and training as well as influence as a management and planning consultant. She is also a founding member of The CPA Consultant's Alliance. Sandra is a certified Kolbe™ trainer who advises firms on building balanced teams, managing employee conflict and hiring staff.
21541

Maria Calabrese, CIR, Human Resources manager for Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey, Maria's topics revolve around the world of: Mentoring, Performance management, and The "Y Generation," a.k.a. "The whY generation".

56874

William Brighenti is a CPA, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified [Business] Valuation Analyst, operating an accounting, tax, and QuickBooks consulting firm in Hartford, Connecticut, Accountants CPA Hartford.

82039

Ken Garen, CPA, is the co-founder and President of Universal Business Computing Company (www.ubcc.com), a software development firm of high-volume, high-productivity accounting and payroll technology.

25726

Eva Rosenberg, MBA, EA, is the publisher of TaxMama.com, and author of the weekly syndicated Ask TaxMama column. She provides answers to tax questions from taxpayers and tax professionals worldwide.

65440

Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP is the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation responsible for leading the CPA/BPO Partners nationally.

35213
Brian Strahle is the owner of LEVERAGE SALT, LLC where he provides state and local tax technical services to accounting firms, law firms and tax research organizations across the United States. He also writes a weekly column in Tax Analysts State tax Notes entitled, "The SALT Effect." For more info, visit his website: www.leveragestateandlocaltax.com
104241
Scott H. Cytron, ABC, is president of Cytron and Company, known for helping companies and organizations improve their bottom line through a hybrid of strategic public relations, communications, marketing programs and top-notch client service. An accredited consultant, Scott works with companies, organizations and individuals in professional services (accounting, finance, medical, legal, engineering), high-tech and B2B/B2C product/service sales.
26885

Rita Keller is a nationally known CPA firm management consultant, speaker, author, mentor and blogger. She has over 30 years hands-on experience in CPA firm management, marketing, technology and administrative operations.

53802
Stacy Kildal is the mom of two fantastic kids, an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified Enterprise Solutions ProAdvisor, Sleeter Group Certified Consultant, a nationally recognized member of the Intuit Trainer and Writer Network, and co-host of RadioFree QuickBooks.
28802
Michael Alter's blog specializes in providing practical advice to those who seek greater profitability and practice management tactics that enhance deeper client relationships.
33160

Sally Glick, CMO, Principal, Marketer of the Year in 2003 and AAM Hall of Famer in 2007, leads a lively discussion of the constantly expanding roles of marketing and the professional marketers that drive this initiative in accounting firms of all sizes.

102193

The IMA Young Professionals Blog features the insights of IMA’s Young Professionals Committee. Committee members share advice and experiences on careers, continuing education, work/life balance, and other issues affecting young accounting and finance professionals.

34464

FEI Financial Reporting Blog provides highlights from SEC, PCAOB, FASB, IASB, and other regulatory news, including reporting under Sarbanes-Oxley Sect 404. It is written by Edith Orenstein, Director of Technical Policy Analysis at FEI.

113278

Sue Anderson has 30 years of experience in continuing education for accountants. Currently she is the program director for online CPE provider CPE Link.

62366

Jim Fahey is COO of Apple Growth Partners, a regional CPA firm in Ohio. His focus is on the effective and efficient use of technology within the firm by all team members.

40518
Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.
67547

Leita Hart-Fanta, CPA, CGFM, and CGAP is the author of "The Yellow Book Interpreted" and owner of Yellowbook-CPE.com a website devoted to training for governmental auditors.

93647

AccountingWEB is more than just a U.S. team of journalists and financial and technology experts - we have an international side, too! Members of our British team who publish AccountingWEB.co.uk share their ideas, insights, and perspectives from across the pond.

54724