Aspiring dancers may still sign up for Saturday’s final dance-off to qualify for Country Dance Cavalcade competition, a primary fundraiser for the Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association.
“(The dancers have) been awesome,” Billie Gordon, TASCA executive director, said. “So far, it has been mostly people who come to regular dances, but we are getting others who aren’t TASCA members, and that’s what we were hoping for. We want this to be a community-wide event.”
Mrs. Gordon said amateur dancers as young as 21 are allowed to compete. So far, the ages of the 50 dancers who already have qualified range from 40s to 70s.
“We can hardly keep up with them,” she said with a laugh.
Once all contestants have qualified, the final competition will occur on April 26 in the TASCA Activity Center ballroom.
Twelve couples will compete in three dance categories: the Two-Step; the Waltz and the East Coast Swing.
First, second and third place winners will be chosen in each dance category and receive prizes of $400, $200 and $100 respectively.
J.B. Smith will be the emcee for the Country Dance Cavalcade. The head judge for the competition is Dr. Laura O’Halloran. Other judges are Vicki Smith, Jose Feliciano and Stepp Sydnor.
The fee to enter the competition is $15 per couple. The final qualifying round will be held Saturday during TASCA’s regularly-scheduled dance. Hoss Huggins and the Ponderosa Band will provide music for the dance.
Several activities are planned for the final Cavalcade competition on April 26 as well as open dancing during the intermission to the sounds of the Caddo Creek Band. Hors d’oeuvres for the event will be sponsored by Atria Senior Living.
Tickets for the Cavalcade competition will be $12.50 per person in advance or $15.00 at the door. For information, call the TASCA Activity Center at 903-871-3217.