ATLANTA – Some local residents of the North Fulton area will team up with professional dancers for the Stars Dancing to Change Lives fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 to support the nonprofit organization Every Woman Works.
Nine amateur dancers will be partnered with professional dancers for one big dance-off competition. Each duo will perform their own routine, with dances ranging from the tango to the hustle.
One of those amateur dancers, Alpharetta resident Lara Dolan, said she’s been training for about two months.
“My pro is Robert Tolentino,” Dolan said. “I’ve been learning the cha-cha and it’s much, much harder than it looks.”
Dolan added that Every Woman Works is a great program, and she’s looking forward to a fun night and a big turnout.
Roswell Rotarian Bob Hagan, who participated in the dance-off last year, said he’s excited to be a part of the event for a second time. He’ll be dancing the hustle with Cindi Guthrie, the same partner he had last year, whom he says is “absolutely fabulous.”
Training for the competition has been great exercise, a stress reliever and lots of fun, Hagan said. He added that knowing he’s contributing in a small way to the organization makes it all the better.
Every Woman Works, launched in early 2004, works to help women rebuild their lives after suffering from addiction, abuse, re-entry from the penal system or homelessness. Stars Dancing to Change Lives is their major fundraiser, and the organization hopes to raise $200,000 this year.
“It’s such an important organization,” Hagan said. “What it does for these women and for the community – it gives them a second chance at life.”
The event will also consist of open dancing for all following the dance-off. It will take place at the Concourse Athletic Club, 8 Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs, starting at 6 p.m.
For ticket information, to vote or donate, visit www.starsdancingtochangelives.org. To find out more about Every Woman Works and the services it provides, go to www.everywomanworks.org.