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Dance champ offers Panetta some tips

WASHINGTON – “Dancing with the Stars” champion J.R. Martinez made a quick visit to the Pentagon today, following up on a request from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to meet the military’s newest celebrity veteran. Defense officials said the meeting was brief, but it gave Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey a chance to thank Martinez for his work promoting the challenges and successes of wounded warriors and returning veterans.

It also gave Panetta a chance to learn some dance moves, at least according to the pictures released by the Pentagon. Of course, that’s not the first dance advice he has given to the military.

Back in September, in a pre-show interview with Stars and Stripes, Martinez offered this piece of advice for his Army brethren looking to impress their dates on the dance floor:

“Just hold her hand beautifully, be graceful when you move, stay on the balls of your feet, and glide. Let her feel safe in that little space that you’re in, and then she’ll fall into your arms.”

You can review all of Martinez’ successes on “Dancing with the Stars” over at the Stars and Stripes weekly recap.


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