8 couples will show some fancy dance moves
A culmination of over two months of practicing their dance moves will be on display Saturday, April 27 when the 9th Annual Dancing With Our Steele County Stars goes on stage.
The Medford High School auditorium will be the site of this popular fundraising event sponsored by the Healthy Seniors of Steele County.
Dance competition begins at 7 p.m. Social hour, sponsored by Hy-Vee, starts at 6 p.m. with guests being able to bid on many tantalizing silent auction items.
A bucket raffle will be hosted with tickets costing $10 each. Prizes include $300 cash, Apple air pods, HP laptop, family fun basket, gift certificates, spring cleaning, etc. A drawing will be held the evening of the dance contest.
Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancers during the evening. Intermission is planned for 8:15 p.m. with cupcakes and refreshments sponsored by Hy-Vee. During intermission, dance contestants mingle with those in attendance for the dance event.
Last year's dancing spectacle drew 550 guests.
Tickets cost $30 and are available from dancers and from Healthy Seniors of Steele County.
New this year is theatre seating. The ticket guests purchase are the seats for the evening. Also, new this year is Livestream for $20 – form your own viewing party and you can even text in your vote.
Last year's event set a record in raising just over $50,000, a combination of cash and in-kind donations.
Eight couples will be on stage, vying for some prestigious awards, says Edna Ringhofer, executive director of Healthy Seniors of Steele County.
Healthy Seniors of Steele County helps seniors in need who are 65 and older, live healthy, safe and independent in their own homes and to prolong the length of spending down into Medical Assistance and to divert nursing home placements.
Contestants for this year's competition are: Shelby Zempel and Scott McCauley; Dana and Bill Miller; Sarah and Greg Schlicker; Elizabeth and Ryan Hedlund; Margaret (Peggy) and Stephen Nelson; Rebecca and Will Moore; Anel Beascochea and Mike Gassett and Kelly and Derreck Lamotte.
A ninth couple had to withdraw from the competition because of a broken toe.
Couples have been practicing since Feb. 10. All contestants receive 10 weeks of free lessons, practice at Kids Korner, VFW and at the Medford High School. Choreographers are Brian and Lynette Dawley, Bessie Peterson and Steve and JoAnn Caron.
Karen and Dave Legault are emcees. They danced in the second annual Dancing with Our Steele County Stars and have been emcees for five years.
Judges for the 2019 Dancing With Our Steele County Stars competition are: Paul Smith, Dave Schlobohm and Jim Qualley.
All contestants for this year's competition will participate in an introductory dance. Some past dance participants will take part in a group number at the end of competition.
Senior Spotlight will focus on Linda Gallea and Harold Olesen.
Dancers Brandi and Ryan Evers were named overall winners of last year's contest. This couple also took first in total fundraising, bringing in $10,198.50. Brandi and Ryan also won the judges award.
Heidi and Paul Heimgartner of Blooming Prairie earned six trophies during last year's night of dancing in the eighth contest. Heidi and Paul placed first in the category of audience choice with 118 votes. Heidi and Paul placed second overall.
In total fundraising, the Heimgartners each earned a trophy for bringing in the third highest total of donations, $6,000.
Heidi Heimgartner is senior pastor at First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie. Paul works as an education specialist in a clinical laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Blooming Prairie dancers have done quite well over the years. Craig and Janie Bishop were winners in past years contests as were Greg and Allyson Skillestad.
More information is available by calling 507-456-6541.
The Steele County dancing show is patterned after the popular national television series that has aired for 13 years.