Professional ballroom hopefuls jive with faith

By Kayla Franson

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 22 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

“We call it a practice marriage because we travel together, we work together, we practice together, we teach together,” she said. “You’re doing everything together. You see your dance partner probably more than most people see their spouse. … Your careers are linked and your lives are linked. You can’t make decisions by yourself at this point in your dance career because it doesn’t involve just you.”

The couple didn’t qualify for the Amateur Latin finals at the recent national DanceSport competition, but Pope remains positive.

“Nobody is going to remember in three years from now even what place I was at nationals this year,” she said. “People are going to forget about it. It’s not something that lasts — all the trophies and the medals and the championships — they don’t stay with you.”

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