Terra and her pro partner, Sasha Farber, performed a Jive in the season 23 premiere. The Little Women: LA star decided participating in DWTS was important both as a challenge to herself and to “hopefully to show other people with disabilities that anything is possible.”
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“What I do I fear is that people have already dismissed us as competitors due to my physical appearance,” Terra concedes. “I’m fearful they won’t take us seriously. If there’s one goal, it’s to change not only fellow competitors opinion but America’s opinion on what ‘different’ people are capable of.”
Terra does admit it’s “a bit of a struggle to keep up with Sasha due to her size. “My legs have been a bit of a speed bump at times. He’s had to alter a few moves, transitions, and dips, but he never seems intimidated by the challenge,” she tells People, but she is viewing their differences as “an advantage,” not a limitation.
“Just modify and keep it moving. That’s the story of my life,” says Terra. “No excuses – ever.”
Terra also faced another limitation – she was still recovering from the birth of her son Grayson when rehearsals began. “Having gone through a cesarean section less than seven weeks ago, jumping into dancing for more than four hours a day has my body in full shock mode. Luckily, the doctor approved this journey, and I’ve never looked back.”
One thing Terra isn’t worried about is the competition itself. “All of the competitors like each other and don’t want to see each other go, but in the end there will only be one winner. And I really see myself as my biggest competition right now. Each week, I want to keep improving. No matter what, this journey is once in a lifetime, and I can’t wait to show America what little people can do.”
Below are some behind-the-scenes pics and video Terra shared of rehearsals and the premiere.
Terra: “Hard to believe we are only 3 days away from the #DWTS premiere! Sasha makes the impossible, possible! Shafe! #TeamXL”
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"terrajole: Still on a high from last nights #dwts ! Looking forward to next weeks dance with @sashafarber1 - more posts tomorrow!!! Stay tuned! #teamxl @dancingabc"
Backstage At The Premiere
"Who's watching? We are on soon! #dwts @dancingabc #teamxl"
Dancing Stars Unite - With Maddie From Dance Moms
"terrajole: Across the hall running into the beautiful @maddieziegler ! Ever since joining the @lifetimetv family I've wanted to meet this force of talent. #dwts #soyouthinkyoucandance @dancingabc"
"In less than 24 we will be doing our first dance!!!! So proud to be paired with @sashafarber1 , and so proud to be able to say I CAN DO THIS! Tune in and vote! #teamxl #dwts @dancingabc"
"terrajole: Loved our interview with #ET ! Looking forward to #dwts TOMORROW @dancingabc @entertainmenttonight #teamxl"
Taking A Bite Out Of The Competition!
"Ready to take a bite out of the mirror ball with @sashafarber1 on #dwts - Who's watching this #season23 ? @dancingabc #teamxl"
"terrajole: We all had a chuckle with @ajcalloway on the red carpet with @extratv #dwts #teamxl @sashafarber1"
"terrajole: So much fun after @goodmorningamerica on the red carpet with @sashafarber1 #teamXL #dwts #planethollywood"
With Calvin Johnson Jr
"terrajole: Officially @megatron is meeting OpTERRAmisprime at the @goodmorningamerica #dwts #teamxl"
The Countdown Begins!
"8 days 8 days 8 days until #teamxl takes the floor @dancingabc #dwts"
"Tune in to @accesshollywood for @sashafarber1 and my interview about @dancingabc #dwts #season23 #littlewomenla"
Officially Team XL!
"sashafarber1: Finally with lots of thinking and going backwards and forwards we finally have a team name and its #TeamXL @terrajole"
Terra shared, "ITS OFFICIAL! WE ARE #teamXL - so excited to share this journey! Write what you think below! #dwts @dancingabc"
With Vanilla Ice!
"Only hours away !!!!!!!! @dancingabc @vanillaiceofficial @dwts @dancingabc"
Dancing Season Begins
"Guess what month it is????SEPTEMBER! Less than 2 weeks away @dancingabc #dwts"
Terra Arrives In NYC
"terrajole: Hello NEW YORK!!!! Love @roitzky @dufftwin"
Partners & Friends
"10 day countdown peeps! Already so much love and support! Thank you thank you thank you!!! @dancingabc #dwts"
"terrajole: Walking on to stage and this is my view @glebsavchenkoofficial TUSH! #thanks #dwts @dancingabc"
This is not a bad thing...
[Main Photo Credit: Instagram]