As Monique Coleman prepares to shoot High School Musical 3, she's perfecting her moves on the Dancing with the Stars national tour.
Below, she blogs about the experience with People magazine:
Not only am I reunited with my old favorite dances, but I'm back with Louis van Amstel (pictured), my season three partner. He has been a dream to dance with again, especially without the pressure of trying to learn dances in less than a week's time and then go out and compete. The show was stressful, but the tour is relaxed and fun.
This time around, the dancing is for pure pleasure and audience enjoyment â€" and the audiences have been phenomenal!
It's been fun to meet new people, reconnect with the dancers, and have some time to myself on the road. I was on tour with High School Musical last year and that was fun â€" but a lot more hectic. For starters, I shared a bus with Ashley Tisdale. This time, I've got my own tour bus and so after each show I come back and just chill. It's heavenly!
My friend Autumn has been traveling with me and we're having a ball. The past couple of nights we've been catching up on our [TV] viewing. I was traveling a lot last year for HSM so I missed some of my favorite TV shows. I'm catching up with season three of Grey's Anatomy and bawling my eyes out.
I'm friends with Sabrina Bryan and we're having a great time spending time together and catching up. The other night after the Cleveland show we had a little party in her bus. We played Nintendo Wii and hung out and had a blast. I got to meet Wayne Newton and he is such a great guy.
What a legend! That was an honor for sure.