updated 10/20/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/20/2011 AT 10:30 AM ET
Patrick Swayze’s wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, was by his side throughout his battle with cancer. And she was with him again Wednesday, striking a very familiar pose at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood.
Niemi, 55, unveiled a new wax statue of her late husband, and joined him in balancing on a log over an imaginary lake – recreating the famous scene from Dirty Dancing when Swayze teaches Jennifer Grey’s character the importance of balance in dance.
Two years after his death, Niemi said she was honored to unveil the statue. “It became clear to me that someone had put a lot of love into this, for a man I loved so very much,” she said.
The look in the statue’s eyes, she added, is vintage Swayze – capturing his “confident but mischievous look.”
The pose, too, is appropriate. In it, Niemi says, her husband is saying, “Come and be fearless with me. Go out there on a limb. Just trust. Don’t look down. Take a chance in whatever you do.”