By Joni Harbin
You’re invited to United Way of Gordon County’s 10th and final presentation of Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars presented by Mohawk Industries, Calhoun-Gordon Community Foundation, and Morning Pointe of Calhoun. The record-setting fundraiser will close with an April 16 finale at the Calhoun Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. A dress rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 with tickets sold at a discounted rate. This year’s show will feature a combination of adult and student dance teams as they compete to raise funds for United Way of Gordon County.
“I have had the pleasure of working with the Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) Committee to help execute one show and plan two others since I joined United Way,” said Latour. “The tenth year of Dancing with the Stars is a blend of everything accomplished in the past decade,” she continued. “This may be our last dance, but the future is bright indeed!”
Latour went on to thank the DWTS Planning Committee – Andy Baxter, Kristy Brown, Jennie Coker, Bekah Kirby, Amy Parker, and Michelle Frix Ward – for their hard work over the years. She also thanked all the sponsors, especially Mohawk Industries, which has been the premier sponsor all along and has been joined by two others this year.
“Mohawk has been proud to serve as the title sponsor of Dancing with the Stars since the event’s inception,” said Robert Webb, Senior Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications with Mohawk Industries. “For a decade, the dancers have entertained audiences and raised over a million dollars to support the important work of United Way’s partner agencies. We salute all the individuals who have shared their talents to make this such a successful fundraising event year after year.”
The finale will include several special features, but the dancers will be the stars of the show. The ten teams, listed alphabetically by the female partner’s first name, are Abby Crowe and Ben Bingham; Aubry Dorsey and Isaac Nance; Carly Curtis and Skylar Benham; Carson Glaze and Grant Glaze; Joy Nudd and Garrett Nudd; Kaylen Gaines and Addison Baker; Lily Stephens and Nate Stockman; Megan Wright and Christian Lewis; Raven Pasley and Ian King; and Suzanne Roberts with Tony Pyle.
Lily Stephens and Nathaniel (Nate) Stockman will dance as Couple Seven, the fourth of six student couples in the competition. Both are students at Calhoun High School. Lily is a junior, while Nate is a senior preparing for graduation. Lily is the daughter of Keri Hogan and Ritchie Stephens. Nate is the son of LeAnna and Werner Stockman.
An active student with varied interests, Lily is a drum major for the Calhoun Marching Yellow Jackets and a dance captain for the Musical Theatre Department. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Lily attends Sugar Valley Baptist Church, and is active in its youth group. She is a fan of True Crime, Teenage Angst, and The Bachelor. She loves her dog and is an Auburn fan.
Nate is a senior at Calhoun High School and plans to attend Kennesaw State University. Nate has been performing for more than 14 years, so he is no stranger to the stage. In 2019, he competed with his sister, Kathrynn. He is actively involved in Musical Theatre and as a freshman, was a member of the ensemble that won the One Act Play award. He has been a quartet member for three years.
First and second-place winners will be identified in two categories – Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice – for both the student and adult teams. People’s Choice winners are determined based on their fundraising successes. Judges’ Choice winners are determined based on the scores the contest judges give their dance performances. The adult teams winning in those categories will receive trophies and bragging rights. The student teams winning in those categories will receive trophies, bragging rights, and college scholarships. Each student on the first-place team in each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship and each student on the second-place team will receive a $750 scholarship. A panel of judges will be assembled from field professionals outside Gordon County.
Tickets are now on sale! The DWTS Friday night show, scheduled for April 16th, is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Thursday Night Dress Rehearsal on April 15th. Tickets are $10 at general admission for Thursday night’s show. Please note that tickets will be sold online only. No tickets will be sold at the door.
United Way of Gordon County is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the Gordon County area. The mission of United Way of Gordon County is to Change Lives, Connect Community, and Challenge Donors to LIVE UNITED.