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My Dancing Like the Stars adventure continues

BANGOR The clock is ticking. We're just a few days from my ballroom dancing debut.

I made mention a month ago about my participation in Dancing Like the Stars; this fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation is set to take place on March 9 at the Gracie Theater on the campus of Husson University.

It has been a whirlwind of preparation. I've been meeting with my partner Kristy Michaud twice a week at the dance studio, along with Chuck and Sue McKay, the proprietors and lead instructors at Back Door Dance Studio in Eddington. They have all been wonderfully patient with me as I have clod-hopped and stomped my way through a vast and varied collection of choreography.

My primary dance is the rumba. While I have demonstrated a surprising amount of proficiency with regards to retaining the steps of the routine, I have found myself struggling mightily with my hip action. My understanding was that hips don't lie; apparently, mine aren't afraid to at least bend the truth a little. Still, when the dance works, it's a remarkable feeling. There's something wonderful about gliding along the floor in sync with a partner, especially in those brief moments where I'm not frantically counting in my head or desperately trying to remember where my feet are supposed to go.

Of course, there's also the Swing Jam, in which each couple spends a section of Brian Setzer's 'Rock This Town' tearing up the dance floor. That part has been pretty easy from a choreography standpoint, although I've been confronted with the reality that my generally sedentary lifestyle has reduced my endurance considerably. So long as I can get myself caught up to the speed of the song, this bit will be pretty solid.

Granted, I'm not alone in this. There are a number of people from the area who are generously donating their time and energy to helping raise money for this excellent cause. And while I didn't make mention of my fellow participants in the previous article (for purely selfish reasons, I freely admit), as we approach the big night, I thought I'd give them a little love. There are eight of us in all, each paired up with dancers from Back Door Dance:

  • Andre Cushing - state senator; ERA Dawson Bradford
  • Andrew Hamilton - Eaton Peabody
  • Dolly Perkins Realty of Maine
  • Dorian Daniels I-95, a Townsquare Media radio station
  • John Osborne Hollywood Casino
  • Melissa Kim WLBZ-2
  • Nichi Farnham community leader

And of course, yours truly.

Each of us has been working with our respective partners over the past weeks; we are waltzing and tangoing and cha-cha-ing and yes, rumbaing. There has also been a good deal of swinging and even a little bit of Gangnam Styling.

Put it all together and you've got a group of dedicated community members doing their best in hopes of putting on a great show and raising as much money as possible for the Komen Foundation. Pay a visit to the foundation's website at komenmaine.org to purchase tickets to the event or to make a donation; the Dancing Like the Stars link is right on the front page. Just click on it and you'll see a list of all eight participants (my name is at the top of the list, in case you're wondering). So come on out and support us as we take a twirl around the dance floor for a good cause. Give what you can every little bit helps.

It would even be OK if you donated to one of the other seven dancers. I won't hold it against you.

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