updated 09/16/2013 AT 10:45 AM ET
•originally published 09/16/2013 AT 12:35 PM ET
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a mom, author, entrepreneur and star of MTV’s Jersey Shore and Snooki & JWoww. She’ll be blogging for PEOPLE.com as she competes on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with new pro Sasha Farber.
I am SO excited to be blogging about my Dancing With The Stars journey!
I’d like to start my first blog post by saying how honored I am to be chosen as a dancer. I don’t have any ballroom dancing skills, so this whole experience is going to be very interesting.
I just went through the first whole week of rehearsals with my amazing partner, Sasha Farber. When I first met Sasha, I was so happy because he wasn’t that tall! I was praying I would get a small dancer since I am only 4-ft., 8-in. tall. Even though it’s Sasha’s first season as a DWTS pro, he has been an amazing teacher and I feel like we’ve been besties forever. I couldn’t be happier to be paired up with him.
The dance that we are performing for the first week is the cha cha. It’s a lot of booty shaking and hip thrusting. I have to be honest, practicing the cha cha for four hours a day, seven days a week is EXHAUSTING! My body aches, my legs are sore, my feet are blistered – ballroom dancing is no joke!
I now look at professional dancers in a whole new light. I came into this whole experience expecting it to be a fun walk in the park, but this experience is a true test of your character, stamina and how far you can push yourself.