'I happened to be judging the solo routines,' says Patrick Johnson, a former ballroom dance champion and a competition judge of last year's competition. He became Stevens and dance partner Larry Saunders' coach soon after. 'I saw her and I thought, she's got a lot of personality. She's not afraid at all. Very flamboyant.'

Chris Clevenger/Special to the Daily News

"I happened to be judging the solo routines," says Patrick Johnson, a former ballroom dance champion and a competition judge of last year's competition. He became Stevens and dance partner Larry Saunders' coach soon after. "I saw her and I thought, she's got a lot of personality. She's not afraid at all. Very flamboyant."

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