Tuesday October 16, 2012
Groovy Sandra ready to sizzle on the dance floor
By ASHREENA PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR: German golfer Sandra Gal may not have set the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) on fire during the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia last week, but she’s hoping to bring some sizzle to the dance floor.
Gal, who carded a one-under 283 to finish joint 30th with Americans Lexi Thompson, Mina Harigae, Gerina Piller and South Korea’s Chella Choi, hopes to one day put on her dancing shoes and compete on the hit US dance show Dancing with the Stars.
“Yes, I would love to one day. Probably on the US version but the German version would be nice too, yeah,” said Gal.
The show, a dance competition in which celebrities are paired up with professional ballroom dancers, is currently in its 15th season – the All-Stars edition, in which 13 returning contestants get a second shot at winning the mirror ball trophy.
Born in Cologne, Germany, the 27-year-old who now resides in Orlando, Florida, tries to catch as many episodes of the show when she’s not busy travelling on the Tour.
“I think it’s a great challenge and it’s a lot of fun. I mean you get to dance with a professional and learn all these moves. I think I’d be good at it,” said the world No. 30.
Sports personalities have proven to be dancing revelations on the show with seven out of 14 previous champions being current or former athletes.
In fact, Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno (speed skating), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating), Shawn Johnson (gymnastics) as well as Indy 500’s Helio Castroneves and the NFL’s Hines Ward, Emmitt Smith and Donald Driver have all won it before.
And many have come close too, with the NFL’s Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp, Jason Taylor and figure skater Evan Lysacek taking second place in seasons two, seven and 10 respectively while boxer Laila Ali finished third in season four.
It’s high time a golfer features on the show and Gal would be the perfect candidate, having studied ballet for 15 years and taking up salsa lessons and swing dancing whilst studying at the University of Florida.
“I love to salsa. I really enjoy it and there’s so much variety to it. You can do so much. And it’s very sexy!” said the advertising graduate.
The six-foot tall Gal has already set her sights on three-time champion Derek Hough to partner her on the show.
“Yeah, I’d like to have Derek as my partner. He’s won a few times and, yeah, he’s really, really good but maybe I’ll be too tall from him though,” said leggy German.
Another pro, Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be a better match height-wise.
“Which one is he again?,” she asked quizzically.
“Oh yeah, the tall one! With the dark hair, right? Oh yeah, sure! I’ll take him too! Because I’ll probably need a taller partner,” she laughed.