James Van Der Beek announced he is dancing again in a new Instagram share. The former Dawson’s Creek star and contestant on Dancing with the Stars Season 28 showed off his buff bod in a selfie taken in the home he shares with wife Kimberly and their five children. In a raw series of statements in the image’s caption, he revealed that he had returned to dancing not exactly knowing why but just feeling like he had to.
In the pic, James had a serious look on his face as he sat on the light-colored wood floor. He appeared shirtless and wore black pants and dance shoes. It seemed the actor had been quite active prior to taking the pic as his torso, face, and hair were sweaty.
He revealed he was in one of his children’s rooms and pushed their beds to one side so he could work on his technique. In the share, light-colored walls dominated the room. Twin dark wood dressers were seen in the reflection of the mirror with lots of accents atop them, including a globe. One of the children’s beds could be seen to the left of the selfie.
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So… yeah… I’ve been dancing. Have to slide the kids beds to the side of the room, use a mirror I made out of mylar, avoid doing it during nap time, and manage to barrel turn gently so as to not send my air pods flying… but I’m dancing. And loving it. Not sure exactly what project it will be, or when… but I saw myself in the mirror, sweating like John Travolta on some album cover I remember my Mom having back in the 80’s… and felt like it’d be inauthentic to keep pretending none of this was happening. #BeYourself #BeYou #Be
James also shared in the caption that he used a handmade mirror to capture himself dancing and that he was loving the experience. He included his secrets of how he was able to work on his moves and remain quiet at the same time. Most of all, he wanted to be transparent to his followers, who watched with anticipation as the actor performed flawlessly throughout the show’s 28th season with professional partner Emma Slater, only to be eliminated in the semi-finals.
He quipped that he saw himself in the mirror “sweating like John Travolta on some album cover I remember my Mom having back in the ’80s.”
James’ fellow Dancing with the Stars celebs and pros, including Hannah Brown, Peta Murgatroyd, and Alan Bersten, added positive comments to his post.
Fans were thrilled at the news that the multi-talented actor had begun to express himself via dance once again.
“It was movie Staying Alive with John Travolta and songs by Bee Gees,” said one fan of the album they believed the actor referenced in his comments.
“I’m thinking more like Patrick Swayze than John Travolta,” remarked a second follower.
“After the way, your elimination went down, DWTS better invite you back for a performance this new season,” stated a third fan.
“Do you. We all cope and process and find hope and centeredness our own way. I love your authenticity,” applauded the fourth follower.