Dancing for a cause

Some of the dancers and their partners.

Dancing With The Stars has gone Bajan and it is anticipated to be the best event to reach these shores for the year.

On November 10, Dancing With Our Stars, which is the Barbadian version of the United States television show will take over the Plantation Garden Theatre.

President of The American Women’s Club of Barbados, Waveney Clarke, who is hosting the event said one could expect a night of pure bliss and excitement.

Some of the island’s well known personalities, such as: Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, calypsonian, Margaret Bovell, Alex Jordan, and race car driver Paul The Surfer Bourne will join professional dancers to boogie on the dance floor and raise funds for worthy charities.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY via telephone, she said all proceeds from the event would be donated to selected charities and needy organizations or individuals.

The AWC was founded in 1953 and presently has a membership of 70 women. Their mission was to provide donations and funding to individuals, groups and charities in need of assistance in Barbados and Dancing With Our Stars was expected to be the major fund-raising event for the club the year.

The idea for the dance competition, Clarke said, was conceived by members, Teresa Messina and Catherine Winter-Hall and the competition will follow the same format of the American show.

The four competing couples will dance two numbers each, selecting from a classic waltz or tango, and a Latin salsa or cha-cha.

Dance couples will be awarded points by the judges after each of their two dances and these scores will be combined with the votes received from the audience through ballots, she said.

The winner of the first DWOS will go home with their very own Mirror Ball trophy.

The AWC is known for its fund-raising events and earlier this year hosted a very successful Fish Fry evening in St. James. Monetary donations, Christmas hampers and gifts of medical equipment, educational assistance and happiness (Make a Wish Foundation) have been made over the years. It is a registered non-profit, charitable organization and most members were American citizens who were living in Barbados or expatriate Barbadians who lived in the United States and have now returned home. (KC)

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