Toes a-tappin' for fifth Dancing in the Clover
Dresses are being ironed and moves are being perfected as contestants prepare for the fifth annual Dancing in the Clover dance contest.
The event, similar to the popular show "Dancing with the Stars," features Union County residents dancing different styles of ballroom. The event is a fundraiser for the Union County 4-H Foundation, which provides scholarships for children involved in the 4-H club.
Last year the event raised about $15,000 for the foundation.
Tickets are still available and can be found online or by calling 704-283-3740. The event will be Saturday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club. In addition to the dancing contest, there will be heavy hors douvres and The Entertainers will perform.
This year's judges will again be Sheriff Eddie Cathey, Rep. Craig Horn, Rep. Dean Arp and Bonita Simpson, who owns Bonita's School of Ballet in Monroe.
This year's dancers are Alex and Krissy Simpson; Charlie Griffin and Terri Beeson; Colette Bromfield and Jason Manus; Denise Milliken and Ryan Knight; Jill Malone and Sebastian Wrenn; Jim and Glendora Bention, Sr.; John and Teresa Dodd; Kim Norwood and Bryon Chandler; Lynn Raye and Zenaida Chandler and Pat Kahle and Nickolai Keanov.
Online voting is available until 3 p.m. Saturday, where people can vote for their favorite couples at donate.union4hfoundation.com. There will be additional voting during the event.
Each couple received 10 free lessons. Some contestants are paired with professional dancers.
Terri Beeson, the dance coordinator for the event, said preparation has been great so far.
"We have a wonderful group," she said. She added that they are very competitive.
"I could not be more pleased," she said.
She said this year's contestants have been a great group and have been easy to work with.
Some of the dance styles featured will be the Argentine Tango, the Quickstep, the Jive, the Waltz and more.