I (Sort of) Lived Out My Childhood Dream of Being a Pussycat Doll

Long before the days of Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, a little girl group known as the Pussycat Dolls reigned supreme.

Formed in 2003 by choreographer Robin Antin, PCD quickly became adored by all. Every girl wanted to be them and every guy wanted to be with them. They were unique and exuded confidence in all they did. Their dance moves were flawless and their music was undeniably catchy.

I remember watching their music videos for hours on end with my friends in attempts to learn their dance moves, because I hoped to be a PCD member when I grew up.

Years later, that dream finally came true… sort of.

When my coworker Dahvi invited me to a high-intensity rhythmic cardio dance class hosted by 361 Degrees and Playground LA to honor the non-profit Operation Smile, I wasn't too sure about going. Then she mentioned Robin Antin would be there. I knew I couldn't miss this shindig.

Dahvi and I arrived to Playground LA ready to dance our butts off, though we were a bit intimidated by the crew of professional dancers already warming up on the studio floor.

After slipping into our brand new running shoes provided by 361 Degrees, it was time to get to work.

Following along with the choreographer wasn't as easy as I hoped, and I'm sure I didn't glide along nearly as graceful as I did in my head, but I had a blast moving and grooving on the hardwood floor.

During a brief water break, I noticed Robin chatting with a red-haired woman who looked incredibly familiar. It was then that I realized she was former PCD member Carmit Bachar. I've never internally fangirled harder in my life.

And wouldn't you know the next song we just happened to learn choreography to was one of PCD's greatest hits "Don't Cha." I was shook.

For about three minutes, I felt like a member of PCD as I danced alongside Carmit and Robin to a song that reprised fond memories of my middle school days.

Though I was basically flailing through the choreography (you can catch me in the way back of this clip, wearing a grey shirt and bright green shoes), I felt totally confident that I could make it as a member of a girl group.

I was hoping Carmit and Robin would be so impressed by me and approach me afterwards to chat about starting a new group, but that didn't happen. You win some, you lose some.

I still had an amazing time though and I never felt more confident in my entire life than in those few moments I was dancing like a PCD member.

Give me a few more dance lessons and maybe, just maybe, I'll be in a girl group of my very own one day. I'll need quite a few singing lessons though, so don't hold your breath.


PCD inspired me to embrace what makes me unique, but they're not the only girl group who's empowered me over the years. HERE's how Little Mix influenced my life for the better.