Teams add polish to DWOS routines

Published 1:12 am Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Choreographer Janet Cox guides dance duo Shirley Kuhn and Gary Winstead through a rehearsal Tuesday afternoon in Washington. (WDN Photo/Jonathan Clayborne)

Volunteer dance teams are putting the finishing touches on their routines for the Aug. 13 fundraiser Dancing With OUR Stars.

Churches, nonprofits, businesses, health-care entities and other organizations are taking part in the fundraising competition to raise money for Eagle’s Wings, a charitable food pantry in Washington.

Eagle’s Wings is sharing some of the proceeds with participating nonprofits, but the business community teams are dancing solely to generate funds for the food pantry.

Among the businesses taking part in the festivities is Lee Chevrolet.

“We are calling our group ‘The Chevy Cruzers,’” reads an email from Debra Perry, office manager. “We consist of choreographers — Pam Nuckols and Gayle Watson. The Lee Chevrolet employees participating are Lola Bates, Debra Perry, Denise Dixon, Lorie Ramsey, and Lee Drake.”

The Cruzers are nearly ready to go onstage, Perry said in an interview.

“We girls down here are having a lot of fun,” she said. “We only have one guy — that’s Lee Drake. But we’re having a good time with it.”

The car dealership’s routine revs up with the hummable jingle “See the USA in Your Chevrolet” and soon is followed by “Greased Lightning” from the musical “Grease.”

Like its competitors, the group is reaching out for donations on its behalf, noting all of the money goes to Eagle’s Wings.

The team that wins top honors is the one that raises the most money for the pantry.

Also polishing its moves is the group representing the Humane Society of Beaufort County, one of the nonprofits in the field. This team draws from a pool of Washington High School students.

The dancers are Melissa Henley, Alana Jefferson, Gabby Brown, Elizabeth Miller, Lacie Anglim, Riziki Omonde, Rebecca Omonde, Brandon Cutler, Robert Sandy, James Martin and Christian Crompton.

According to Marty Poffenberger, president of the local Humane Society and a Washington veterinarian, this pet-friendly circle will step out to a medley of “The Stray Cat Strut,” “What’s New, Pussycat?” and “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

“It’s sort of a pet-oriented theme for the Humane Society,” Poffenberger pointed out. “The ladies of the Humane Society, they sort of spend their time working with the animals. So it was nice that we had this group of teenagers that would do the dancing for us.”

Puppies are serving as the team’s mascot, she related.

“We’re helping the animals and helping Eagle’s Wings, which both are wonderful causes,” Poffenberger concluded.