Dancing with the Texans set for April 14

by MATT MOLINAR/Opinion Editor

Put on your dancing shoes.

The South Plains College Ballroom Dance Team is preparing for a dance show involving the participation of college faculty and staff members.

Dancing with the Texans is a dance competition based on the reality TV show, “Dancing With the Stars.” However, instead of placing celebrities into competition, faculty and and staff members are paired with members of the Ballroom Dance Team in order to win the Mirror Ball trophy.

“Student members of the dance team will take on a faculty member and teach them a choreographed routine,” explains Vanessa Moffett, assistant professor of physical education. “On the night of Dancing with the Texans, the pairs will perform their routines.”

Dancing with the Texans is set for April 14, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Sundown Room of the Student Center on the Levelland campus.

“The show will run until around 9:30 p.m.,” Moffett said. “Seating will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dress is semi-formal. There will also be refreshments that will be served during the event.”

There are a total of eight pairs that will be competing during the evening, with faculty and staff contestants including: Wes Underwood, communications specialist/photographer; Enrique Escamilla, advisor; Tina Lee, associate professor of physical education; Janna Holt-Day, professor of speech; Valorie Duvall, work force development and community programs specialist; Erin Witt, instructor in commercial music; Juan Partida, instructor in cosmetology; and Robin Coler, graduation clerk.

The event will have an intermission that will include all members of the dance team, as well as some faculty and staff competitors returning to the dance floor to perform a dance routine.

According to Moffett, Dancing with the Texans has been an annual event, with this year’s competition being the fourth.

Admission for the event is $10 a person.

“I highly recommend buying your tickets as soon as possible,” Moffett said. “The event tends to sell out fairly quickly. The past three seasons have been sold-out shows. I also highly recommend buying presale tickets, because once the event becomes a fire hazard, they will stop selling tickets at the door and you won’t be able to get inside.”

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