Dancing for the cure

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Doug Warner, KSLA evening anchor, and Jeni Davis, alumni dancer with Vicki's School of Dance, practice for the Dancing for the Cure fundraiser for Susan G. Komen. The “Dancing With the Stars” style fundraiser will feature local media competing with professional dancers at the Horseshoe Riverdome this Saturday.

Local media stars to take part in Susan G. Komen fundraiser

Six local celebrities have agreed to shimmy and shake for a party with a purpose.

Television and radio personalities will go head-to-head Saturday, April 4, at Dancing for the Cure, a competition inspired by Dancing with the Stars that will raise funds for the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of Susan G. Komen. Competitors include Charisse Gibson of KSLA 12, Dan Jovic of KTAL 6, Doug Warner of KSLA 12, Ferrari Foxx of KDKS Hot 102 Jamz, Kiersten Holmes of KTBS 3 and Tatum Everett of KTBS 3.

Dancing for the Cure is the first event of its kind for this area and will bring together women and men of all ages and backgrounds for a night of fun and laughter. Its purpose, though, is to raise money and awareness for breast cancer with the ultimate result of finding a cure for a disease that has affected so many lives.

Contestants have been rehearsing at Vicki’s School in Dance in Bossier City since January. Like Dancing with the Stars, each contestant has learned a different style of dance and will perform their routine for a panel of judges, which include professional dancers, basketball players and dance school owners.

The event will feature dance troupes and partner routines. Joining the media starts on the dance floor are alumni dancers from Vicki’s School of Dance. By the end of the night, only one contestant will walk away with the “Pink Mirror Ball” trophy.

Warner, KSLA’s evening anchor, didn’t hesitate to sign up when the opportunity to dance arose.

“I’ve done a lot in my career, but nothing like this,” he said.

Aside from being voted best dancer in high school, Warner has never received any kind of professional dance training. In fact, he said the hardest thing to overcome was simply dancing with someone other than his wife.

Participants for the Dancing for the Cure event from Vicki's School of Dance pose with Doug Warner during practice for the event.
Participants for the Dancing for the Cure event from Vicki’s School of Dance pose with Doug Warner during practice for the event.

Lucky for him, he was paired with Jeni Davis, a veteran dancer who began training at Vicki’s in the 1990s. Together, they will be dancing a samba to a relatively new and very popular song.

“He has done awesome,” Davis said of Warner’s dancing. “What I love most about his dance is that it fits his personality perfectly.”

Routines were choreographed by Melanie Fulghum, instructor/choreographer at Vicki’s, with input from each contestant.

“We wanted the dances to match their personalities and we wanted the media stars to stand out,” she said. “They have all done really well.”

Sara Fulghum, instructor/business director at Vicki’s, said Dancing for the Cure is a great way to get the message about breast cancer out to a younger audience.

“Breast cancer affects so many different ages, not just the older crowd,” she said. “We have young mothers in our studio that have been affected by breast cancer.”

Proceeds from the event will stay local to continue the work and mission set by the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of Susan G. Komen. Warner encouraged the public to get involved in the mission as well, whether it’s attending the event or making a donation.

“We could raise a million dollars and still want to raise more. They depend on us for help,” he said. “If it means wearing a t-shirt, a bracelet or getting out on the dance floor, sign me up. I’ll do it again for the sake of the raising awareness.”

Sara’s hope is that the event will be so successful that media stars will be lined up and eager to participate next year.

“The main thing that we all constantly remind ourselves of through the hard work and long hours is the cause,” she said. “No one has lost sight of the fact that we are raising money for Susan G. Komen and it is all staying local.”

X-Factor contestant Willie Jones and The Voice contestant Dez Duron to serve as hosts for the night. After the competition is over, a live band will take over and guests are invited to take the floor and dance the night away. There will also be food and a cash bar available.

The Dance for the Cure is Saturday, April 4, at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City. Show time is set for 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.komennwla.org.