Photo by John Linden| Local media stars participating in Dancing For The Cure 2016.

It’s a party with a purpose and you’re invited!

Ten local media stars will go head-to-head April 9 in a dancing competition that will raise funds for the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of Susan G. Komen.

Contestants have been rehearsing at Vicki’s School in Dance in Bossier City for weeks. Like Dancing with the Stars, each contestant has learned a different style of dance and will perform their routine for a panel of judges

Dancing-for-the-Cure-logoOnly one winner will walk away with the coveted Pink Mirror Ball Trophy. Last year’s winner was Charisse Gibson of KSLA.

Competitors this year include Domonique Benn, KSLA; Jacob Bradford , KSLA; Aubry Killion, KTBS; Rick Rowe, KTBS; Steve Bender, KTAL; Jacque Jovic, KTAL; Ali Aaron, Cumulus Radio; Brandon Beard, Cumulus Radio; Tiana Kennell. Shreveport Times; and Randy Brown, Bossier Press-Tribune.

Brown said he is humbled and honored to have been asked to be a media “celebrity” this year.

“Though I don’t think of myself as a celebrity by any stretch of the imagination, I am looking forward to taking part in this wonderful event and to be able to do so for such an excellent cause,” he said.

Rumors circulated last November that Brown would be asked to participate. He got the call in December and began rehearsing in January.

Brown said he has no previous dance experience.

“They say that I am doing ok. I am definitely having a great time and I am learning quite a bit too,” Brown said. “Being a drummer has helped me tremendously with rhythms, timing, moving, etc.”

It’s a bittersweet opportunity, too. Brown will be dancing in honor of his mom, a 25 year breast cancer survivor.

“I am so honored and humbled to step completely out of my comfort zone for such a wonderful and worthy cause,” he said.

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.

After the competition portion is over, the real party begins. A band will take over the stage and guests are encouraged to dance the night away. There will be food, music and a cash bar available.

For the second year in a row, the North Louisiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is giving you a chance to dance in the name of the cure! Susan G. Komen hopes to bring together women and men of all ages and backgrounds to hit the dance floor to raise funds to continue our mission of raising breast cancer awareness and to find a cure for the disease that has for too long affected the lives of so many.

Proceeds will stay local to continue the work and mission set by the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of Susan G. Komen.

Dancing for the Cure is Saturday, April 9, at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City. Show time is set for 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.komennwla.org.