CAMDEN, Maine — Dancing With Local Stars will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St.
Organizers said this would be the ultimate entertainment experience with professional dancing instructors teaming up with local “stars.” Tickets are $20, $10 for children under 12 and seniors over 60.
The dances and musical sounds of Asia, Austria, the British Isles, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and more will be featured throughout the evening.
The event will benefit Camden’s alternative private school, The Community School.
The dancers with the longest commute of the evening will be the Step In Time Cloggers from the Bangor area, who have been performing for five years.
These dancers demonstrate the American Midwest clogging style, a type of dance that originated in Scotland, Ireland and other European countries, but has evolved into what is known in Maine as “hillbilly tapdancing.”
The Step In Time Cloggers are Judy Commeau, a former marine geologist; Monica Cote, an OB-GYN registered nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center; Bunny Gibson, retired postmaster from Hampden; Linda Nichols of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence; Priscilla Slagger, resident services coordinator at the Bangor House; and Liz Ashe.
The evening’s multimedia presentation involves employees from Lonza Rockland Inc., who will lip sync and dance as the characters from the television situation comedy, “The Brady Bunch.”
Dan Bookham, executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, will dance with Alysa Jackson of Swing & Sway Dancing in Rockland. The duo will dance to “Little Sister” in the swing style that dominated American popular music from 1935 to 1945.
Alysa Jackson will join David Quinn from Bank of America in a medley of rumba and the Latin American cha-cha dance styles. Their background music will be “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps,” a popular song by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farres that was a hit in 1947.
Ballroom dance champion and international star Kathryn Clayton of Swing & Sway will pair with Bob Peabody, town manager of Rockport. Clayton and Peabody will perform the 95-year-old foxtrot, which has the basic rhythm of slow-slow-quick-quick yet manages to look both graceful and stylish.
The Law Office of Susan Thiem in Lincolnville is lending its namesake attorney to Swing & Sway Dancing’s Christian Clayton for “Sentimientos.” Though the tango they will dance originated in Argentina and Uruguay, it has many different modern-day styles, including this American-styled ballroom tango.
Dance champion Christian Clayton will dance with Nancy Leonard, owner of Leonard’s Clothing, Jewelry and Accessories in Rockport. Clayton and Leonard will dance the cha-cha, a style of dance that received its name from the sight and sound of dancers’ feet moving through the steps.
Dr. Deborah Peabody, a physician at Lincolnville Health Center, will be Christian’s third dance partner of the evening. The onstage couple will dance the salsa, a style created by the Spanish-speaking people from the Caribbean and their immigrant communities in the United States. Salsa dancing also mixes African and European dance influences.
Kathryn and Christian Clayton will dazzle the crowd in a show-stopping grand finale as the end to the evening’s onstage entertainment.
Sponsors for Dancing With Local Stars are Richard & Barbara Russo, The Village Soup- Herald Gazette, Rockport Automotive LLC and Camden National Bank.
Tickets are available at The Community School and Key Bank in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Leonard’s in Rockport.
In addition, Dancing With Local Stars will feature tap, hip hop, Middle Eastern scarf, belly flamenco fusion, Japanese, modern ballet, jazz and “The Swim,” a dance craze from the 1960s.
For ticket information, visit www.thecommunityschool.org or call 236-3000, ext. 114.