I’m always looking for interesting fundraisers that people could duplicate, and one of the most original in our area is the Dancing With The ARK’s Stars that takes place March 9 in Summerville.
Now in its third year, the event features some of Summerville’s prominent names as celebrities and they are paired with professional dance instructors from Carolina Dancesport Dance Studio.
The pairs have been rehearsing, after all even the partners in “Dancing With the Stars” have months of rehearsals before the show starts. And audience members get to vote on their favorite pairs.
Four couples will dance in each round, with the two couples receiving the most votes competing in a “dance off” to win the mirror ball trophy.
Judy Watts, executive editor of the Summerville Journal Scene, was one of the stars the first year of this competition, and she faithfully learned all her moves and even filmed both her rehearsal for it and the finales.
They are all still on YouTube, which shows you that courage and fun live on forever on the Internet. She said at the time that it was real work to learn the dances, but she had the time of her life.
Ballroom dancing has certainly seen a resurgence since “Dancing With the Stars” premiered. And who doesn’t love Cheryl Burke or bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The show is giving the young and beautiful a reason to master the grand form of flirting that dancing that close becomes. Of course, our parents and grandparents knew that dancing takes style, too, whether is was the jitterbug, the shag or the waltz.
It was cool in the ’50s to be the guy and girl left in the middle of the dance floor: the last couple standing.
And so it’s cool again.
The celebrities from Summerville are: Mildred Blanton, retired real estate professional; Converse Chellis IV, Allstate insurance agent; Camilla Groome, principal at Newington Elementary School; Margie A. Pizarro, attorney, Pizarro Law Firm; Ellen Priest, publisher of Summerville Communications; William Summers, director and vice president of Vision Financial Group, Inc.; George (Jordy) Tupper III, owner of G Tupper 3 Construction; and Richard Waring IV, chief of the Summerville Fire Department.
The celebrities are all posted on the ARK’s website, www.DancingWithTheArkStars.org, and you can vote for them ahead of time if you can’t attend the dinner. Votes are $10 each.
(Sorry, no advance footage of the hoofers, though.)
The ARK is an outreach ministry of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.
It provides respite care and resources for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Because it exists, so many more people have been able to stay in their homes longer.
The festivities start at 7 p.m. at Pinewood Preparatory School’s Eidson Gym, 1114 Orangeburg Road.
General admission tickets for the event are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets are for sale on the website, by calling 832-2357 or at the door.
Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, a silent auction and ballroom dance demonstrations by Carolina Dancesport Dance Studios.
And of course, a lot of fun.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-5557.