Thursday, May 27, 2010

Life's A Dance In Florida!


Get your ticket to ‘Life’s a Dance’ before they’re gone

Fred Astaire Dance Studio owners Victor Luna and Dawn Westberry present a star-studded evening of dance featuring local celebrities and cast members of ABC’s hit television series Dancing with the Stars.

The second annual Life’s a Dance benefiting Covenant Hospice will take center stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theater on Friday, June 4, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. Dance legend Corky Ballas and WEAR TV-3 news anchor Sue Straughn will emcee the event.

Don’t miss this stellar showcase by award-winning professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, two-time champion Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani and Chelsie Hightower. Due to a dance-related injury, Season 7 winner Derek Hough will not perform as scheduled. Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is vying for this year’s title with partner Erin Andrews, will take Hough’s place in the all-star cast.

Performing a variety of dances from the tango to the two-step, studio instructors will partner with local celebrities including former state legislator DeeDee Ritchie; community philanthropist Donna Clark; WEAR TV-3 newcomer Bree Sison; Medical Center Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Lakshmi Gopal; Levin Papantonio star attorney Fred Levin; Gulf Power senior engineer Antonio Terry; Great Southern Restaurant Group general manager Jean Pierre N’Dione; and founding president of Santa Rosa Young Professionals Jayer Williamson. Last year’s stars Roy Jones, Jr., Teri Levin, Malcolm Ballinger, Greg Litton and Dan Brask will reprise their roles for special dance numbers.

Following the show, VIP ticket holders will be invited to an exclusive casting party catered by Jackson’s at downtown hot spot 5eleven Palafox, 511 S. Palafox St., where they will eat, drink and mingle with the stars.

Tickets are still available in all price levels for $35, $50 and $75. A limited number of $150 VIP seats remain. Tickets may be purchased at the Pensacola Saenger Box Office at (850) 595-3880 or online at

Enter a special “You Be The Star!” prize drawing for your chance to win dinner for two at Global Grill before the show begins. Feel like a celebrity when you step out of a limousine by Afleet Limo Services, who will be waiting to take you home at the end of the night. Tickets are one for $5, five for $10 or ten for $40. Purchase tickets online at http://support.covenanthospice.or g/lad/drawing.html, or call Ashley Kahn, development specialist, at (850) 208-7123.

Dancing is a true celebration of life. Proceeds from this event support Covenant Hospice’s mission to add life to days when days no longer can be added to life.

For more information, contact Leah Harrison, development manager, at (850) 208-7122 or by e-mail at leah.harrison@covenanthospice. org.

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