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“Just for Kicks” raises funds for its scholarships and other organizations

By Joni Averill

Many people will recall performances of Back Door Dance Studio’s “Zoot Suit Review,” and now more will enjoy a newer version of that production, which BDDS owners Chuck and Sue McKay of Eddington are bringing to many area communities.

The new ballroom dance show is titled “Just for Kicks,” and a special performance is planned 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Holbrook Middle School in Holden to benefit the Meadowbrook After School Dance Program of BDDS.

Admission is $10 for premium seating or $5 for bleacher seats, and there is no charge for children in kindergarten or who are younger.

This new show offers guests a chance to see many different dances, from ballroom to swing and Latin.

Proceeds from Saturday’s performance will benefit a scholarship fund for the 501(c)3 after-school dance instruction program.

Chuck told me the dancers work to raise the funds “so that all kids, no matter what their family income, can take dance classes and learn to dance.

“We need the scholarships to help pay for tuition for kids whose families can’t afford the lessons,” he said. “We don’t turn anybody down because of economic status.”

At this fundraiser, youngsters in the after-school program will make special guest appearances so you can see for yourself what they have learned in those classes, and the event concludes, appropriately, with a family dance with Chuck serving as the disc jockey.

“Just for Kicks” has been traveling around the state to help nonprofits raise money for their organizations, Chuck told me, and the couple is always happy to take a call from anyone who wants to learn more about how “Just for Kicks” can help with any type of fundraising effort.

“We are always looking for more shows,” Chuck said, adding you are welcome to make inquiries by calling him or Sue at 356-1454 or emailing swingtime34@gmail.com.

In fact, later in the month, after helping raise money to benefit its own scholarship program, BDDS will take “Just for Kicks” on the road to Cherryfield, where it will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the old Cherryfield Academy building.

The trip marks a return appearance for this dance troupe to that community, so those of you who remember enjoying “Zoot Suit Revue” a few years ago might want to check out the new show.

The production will be followed by a dance lesson and yet another family dance, and proceeds from this show will benefit the restoration-elevator portion of a fund established by the board of trustees of Cherryfield Academy to help save that historic facility.

Admission for the performance to benefit Cherryfield Academy is $5 for the show, $10 for the show and the dance. Tickets will be available at the door.

More information about this performance — and other fundraising efforts for CA that include a Chinese auction and Easter craft activities from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23, and a yard sale in May — can be obtained by calling Lori Barbee after 3 p.m. at 546-2075 or emailing lkbarbee1@yahoo.com.

According to information I had in an October 2008 column, Cherryfield Academy was built in 1851 and served as the community’s high school until 1967. Its alumni and friends have joined forces to preserve the building and its history.

The stated mission of the CA board of trustees is to restore the facility so that it can become the educational, cultural and social center of the community.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.com; 990-8288.

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