There’s a timer ticking away until the video stops and it’s time for Van Zant and Ballas unleash a foxtrot for their first dance in season 22.The work has been done, and Ballas is confident that Van Zant is about to shine on the dance floor.Van Zant knows it’s all a balancing act and fighting will always come first, but the show has given her a great opportunity to begin exploration on becoming a star both inside and outside the Octagon."This is a great segue, and this is the ultimate trial to see if I can handle doing everything outside of fighting.In 2017, a room identified as her quarters at Monticello, under the south terrace, was discovered in an archeological restoration. The historical question of whether Jefferson was the father of Hemings' children is the subject of the Jefferson–Hemings controversy.Following renewed historic analysis in the late 20th century and a 1998 DNA study that found a match between the Jefferson male line and a descendant of Hemings' last son, Eston Hemings, it was alleged that Jefferson fathered Eston and perhaps all five of her children.There is a "growing historical consensus" among scholars that Jefferson was the father of her five children, Sally Hemings came to Jefferson's home as an infant with her siblings and her mixed-race mother, Betty, as part of his wife Martha's inheritance of slaves from her father, John Wayles.Hemings was the youngest of six children Betty Hemings is thought to have had with Wayles.
Elizabeth ("Betty") and her children, including Sally Hemings, and all their children, were legally slaves, although the fathers were the white masters and the children were majority-white in ancestry."I’m nervous," Van Zant says as she turns to Ballas with the seconds about to run down to zero."You got this," Ballas answers back with a smile on his face and all the confidence in the world that his latest dance partner is about to become a household name with her performances this season."Mark has been a great teacher, and Paige has been a great student as well.Paige is full of great ideas, and Mark has been very receptive to them.Just like preparation for her fights, Van Zant has studied with repetition as she gets ready alongside her partner Mark Ballas to step onto the dance floor for the first time.The lights drop inside the studio in the heart of Hollywood as the audience goes from a roar to a simmering buzz while a video package plays overhead.The biracial children of Betty Hemings by Wayles were three-quarters European in ancestry and very fair-skinned.They had a white maternal grandfather and two white paternal grandparents.I feel like I’ve been able to balance it really well and it was a great first thing for me to try.I would love if this branched out into other things," Van Zant said.