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Gallery: 2016 Dancing For The Stars Wichita Falls

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View all the highlights from the 2016 Dancing for the Stars event, benefiting the Wichita Falls chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and America's Small Business Development Center at Midwestern State University.


 


 

 

Dancing for the Stars Website Open to Public

January 14, 2016
John Ingle
 

The time has arrived for the public to vote for their favorite dancers and purchase tickets to attend this year's Dancing for the Stars Wichita Falls.
 

The dance off, now in its third year, is an entertaining program that has 12 dance partners — a celebrity instructor and celebrity dancer — perform an original dance to a song of their choosing. The purpose is to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita Falls and America's SBDC at Midwestern State University.
 

The event is Feb. 19 at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:45.
 

"We want people to get tickets, and we want people to vote for their favorite dancers," said Vanda Cullar, SBDC director. "They can vote for more than one dance couple. They can voted as often as they want to."
 

Family and friends can participate by going to www.dancingforthestarswf.com, selecting their celebrity dancer and instructor and place a vote in the form of a donation. Each couple is hoping to raise $2,500 before the event.
 

Tickets can also be purchased through the website. The cost is $120 per seat, or $960 for a table of eight.
 

Dancing for the Stars Wichita Falls has grown in popularity, requiring a larger venue. Cullar said the stage on which the dancers perform will be raised, and their will be two large screens in the exhibit hall.
 

At the conclusion of the event, the dancer who raised the most money will be recognized as the overall winner. The judges for this year's competition — Chance Harmon, Dr. Paul Hurst, Reggie Milam and Deanna Watson — will also select the top male and female celebrity dancers.
 

DFTSWF began in 2014, and dancers raised about $89,000. Last year's group shattered the inaugural season's total, raising about $150,000.
 


 

Dancing for the Stars, But Mostly the Kids

December 16, 2015
John Ingle
 

A year ago I was listening to editor Deanna Watson talking with excitement about her experience with dance instructor and partner Chance Harmon as they prepared for Dancing for the Stars Wichita Falls, a local fundraiser that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters and America's SBDC at Midwestern State University.
 

It wasn't unfamiliar at all to see her sidestepping or skipping through the newsroom. Every once in a while you could see her practicing in her office.

I remember thinking at the time, "Uh, uh. Not me. You won't catch me doing that in a million years."
 

Our own Lana Sweeten-Shults was part of the first group to dance to their heart's content in 2013 when the two organizations launched the benefit. Deanna stepped up in 2014 to continue the Times Record News' run at providing a contestant.
 

I don't think it was too long after last year's event that Deanna began recruiting someone in the newsroom to volunteer. It was like roaches scattering when the light is switched on.
 

Dancing is not one of my strong suits. I thought I had moves years ago, but that might have been the adult beverage talking. Regardless, I initially had no intentions of getting in front of what could be the largest crowd to gather around the stage when dance teams square off Feb. 19 at the MPEC.

The more I thought about it, the more I started to come around and give it serious consideration. It couldn't be too hard, right? I have a musical background and I can keep time. I don't have two left feet and I don't have any physical hindrances. Sure. Why not?
 

I will never regret that decision.
 

By the time this column reaches newsprint, I will have had five dance rehearsals with my incredible instructor, Erin Sherry. Thank you for being patient.
 

This has been one of the most challenging things I've done in quite a while, but I can also say that it has been one of the funnest. I find myself, at times, going through our routine in my mind when nothing else is going on. It has been addictive.
 

My biggest obstacle, thus far, has been overcoming my marching band and military training which taught me to step off with my left foot, as I had done since junior high in Vernon.
 

The excitement grows with each practice and we're able to see it all come together. Anxiety and fears aside, this is going to be a blast. You'll have to buy a ticket to see what Erin and I do.
 

When you buy a ticket or tickets, remember what it's for — children.
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been around for more than 100 years, mentoring children from ages 6-18. I've never volunteered to be a Big, but I know some who have and have enjoyed the experience. There is nothing more important to our future and our children's future than helping them learn how to succeed.
 

The BBBS website says the organization and its volunteers " ... help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities."
 

Keep it real, Wichita Falls.

 

Dancing for the Stars Website Open to Public

January 14, 2016
John Ingle
 

The time has arrived for the public to vote for their favorite dancers and purchase tickets to attend this year's Dancing for the Stars Wichita Falls.
 

The dance off, now in its third year, is an entertaining program that has 12 dance partners — a celebrity instructor and celebrity dancer — perform an original dance to a song of their choosing. The purpose is to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita Falls and America's SBDC at Midwestern State University.
 

The event is Feb. 19 at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:45.
 

"We want people to get tickets, and we want people to vote for their favorite dancers," said Vanda Cullar, SBDC director. "They can vote for more than one dance couple. They can voted as often as they want to."
 

Family and friends can participate by going to www.dancingforthestarswf.com, selecting their celebrity dancer and instructor and place a vote in the form of a donation. Each couple is hoping to raise $2,500 before the event.
 

Tickets can also be purchased through the website. The cost is $120 per seat, or $960 for a table of eight.
 

Dancing for the Stars Wichita Falls has grown in popularity, requiring a larger venue. Cullar said the stage on which the dancers perform will be raised, and their will be two large screens in the exhibit hall.
 

At the conclusion of the event, the dancer who raised the most money will be recognized as the overall winner. The judges for this year's competition — Chance Harmon, Dr. Paul Hurst, Reggie Milam and Deanna Watson — will also select the top male and female celebrity dancers.
 

DFTSWF began in 2014, and dancers raised about $89,000. Last year's group shattered the inaugural season's total, raising about $150,000.
 


 

Dancing for the Stars, But Mostly the Kids