Watch Judges’ Choice Winner Patti Savoy perform a Lindy Hop with Mark Kihara!
What is your Day Job?
My “day” job changes from week to week, month to month, which keeps things very interesting. My last project was developing a “Ten for Tigers” wristband to bring awareness and raise funds for the Woodland Park Zoo’s new Asian Tropical Forest and their effort in saving the shrinking numbers of tigers in the wild (there are less than 3,200 tigers left).
What is your previous dance experience?
Other than dancing at a concert, in the privacy of my own home or with girlfriends out on the town, I don’t have any formal training in dance, except for ballet at a very young age. Oh, and I was also a cheerleader in high school.
When I was broached with the idea, I was scared to death! I thought, “I’ve seen ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and it looks so difficult and challenging!” I am looking at this as an opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone, all while helping a very good cause!
Where are you going to put your Mirror Ball Trophy when you win?
I’m sure I will take it with me wherever I go for several months (like a really cool accessory), then I will probably make it part of my centerpiece for my dining room table.
Joining us for the 4th year in a row, Mark has been enthusiastically dancing Swing since 1998. As an avid social dancer, Mark has traveled and danced Lindy Hop in more than ten countries and was a member of the 2002 1st Place American Lindy Hop Championship team.