How many kinds of ballroom dancing are there? Like Baskin & Robbins ice cream, the variety is amazing — and 22 different styles will be on display when Methow Arts presents “Dancing with Your Local Stars,” featuring the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, on March 8 at the Winthrop Barn.
The evening starts with a dancing competition in which six local dancers will pair up with professional ballroom dancers (they’ll have one week to practice). Local dancers are Brooke Bourn, Rayma Hayes, Jenn Tate, Sam Naney, Walt Pearce and Tori Karpenko. The local judges are Deirdre Luvon, Danbert Nobacon and Carolanne Steinebach. The winner will be selected by a combination of judge and audience votes.
The Utah Ballroom Dance Company’s performance will follow. The company features some of the nation’s top ballroom dance athletes who have won awards and accolades performing nationally and internationally, according to a Methow Arts press release.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for ticket holders; the show begins at 7 p.m. Tables for four are available for $100 and must be reserved. Other costs: $10 for reserved student seats; $16 for adult advanced general seating; $19 for adult general seating at the door; $5 for kids’ and students’ general seating.
Tickets are available at Twisp Daily Business, Riverside Printing in Winthrop, at the Methow Arts office in Twisp, and through brownpapertickets.com. Methow Arts provides free tickets to clients of The Cove, Room One and the Methow Valley Senior Center. For more information, call 997-4004 or go to methowarts.org.
The Utah Ballroom Dance Company will perform at seven school districts through the Methow Arts Alliance program, reaching over 5,600 students in Okanogan County and Bridgeport. Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Bournhouse Lodging, Methow Valley Fund, River Run Inn, Community Foundation of North Central Washington, Nectar Skin Bar and the Public School Funding Alliance.