Lakewood Bandstand: A Dancing Competition for Charity
August 23, 2014
Step It Up Studios owner Kristy Higgins is feeling pretty lucky lately. The celebrities she’s teaching to cha-cha, mambo, waltz and more for Lakewood Bandstand, a fundraiser styled after a 1950s sock hop, are getting the steps down just fine. “I got lucky — they are pretty talented,” Higgins says. “It’s not easy to learn these steps.”
Lakewood Bandstand is a pro-am dance competition that will raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis and Lakewood Center for the Arts. The competition takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. The title sponsor is First Republic Bank.
Kristy Higgins and Lakewood Board member Fred Baldwin are chairing the event. Celebrity dancers include Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker, who will dance the quickstep, and LO Fire Chief Ed Wilson, who’ll do a slow waltz.
Other stars include:
- Mark Birge, a partner with AKT Wealth Advisors, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce board member and Rotarian, dancing a spicy mambo;
- Carol Winston, owner of Accessories from the Heart, Rotarian, president of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and chairwoman of the Lake Oswego Business Alliance, dancing the Hustle;
- Samantha Richardson, a Lake Oswego resident, Rotarian, and Lakewood Center Asociate member, dancing the East Coast swing;
- Kelly Giampia, attorney with Hart Wagner and a Lakewood Center board member, dancing the foxtrot;
- Tenley Webb, voice actress and singer, dancing a Viennese waltz;
- Paul and Teri Graham, owners of Graham’s Book and Stationery, dancing a dramatic tango;
- Bob Barman, Lake Oswego School Board vice chairman, dancing a cha-cha; and
- Claire Sarnowski, a 10-year-old representing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, dancing the Lindy Hop.
With the exception of the Grahams — who will dance together — the dancers will be partnering with instructors from Step It Up Studios. Wilson says the experience so far has been fun. “It is fun — for a guy that can’t dance a lick,” the fire chief says. “I’ve never been a dancer, so I was reluctant to do it. But it’s for a good cause, and I thought it was probably time to learn how to dance.” Wilson says he now has a whole new appreciation for the celebrities who star on television’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
All of the dancers will perform onstage to live music provided by Left Coast Jazz. Audience members will vote for their favorite dancers.
“It’s ‘Dancing with the Local Stars’ meets ‘American Bandstand,’” Higgins says.
The event will begin with a reception; and includes a small silent auction along with door prizes
“We have five ‘monster items’ for our silent auction,” Higgins says. “Items donated that were less than $500 in value are being used as door prizes. It promises to be a fun event for all. Hope you can join us.”
Special acknowledgement and thanks: Step It Up Studios professional dancers include owner Kristy Higgins, Drew Dyson, Amy Remsing, Stas Trilsky.
Tickets to the fundraiser are $150 and can be purchased at Lakewood Center for the Arts; Call 503-635-6338.
Pictured in article: Kristy Higgins with Mayor Kent Studebaker; Paul & Teri Graham; Stas Trilsky and Samantha Richardson. Montage: Top Row - Claire Sarnowski and Drew Dyson, Mark Birge with Kristy Higgins, Drew Dyson and Tenley Webb; Bottom Row - Kelly Giampa and Drew Dyson, Ami Remsing with Bob Barman, Carol Winston and Stas Trilsky
Lakewood is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Our tax ID number is 93-0700108 under the name Lakewood Theatre Company dba Lakewood Center for the Arts.