Gotta Dance sold out |

Gotta Dance sold out

by Caryn Haller

Tickets are sold out for the inaugural Gotta Dance fundraiser benefiting the Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County.

The Carson Valley version of ³Dancing with the Stars² is 7 p.m. March 22 at Carson Valley Inn.

“I was overwhelmed with the response. I thought about this idea in the

middle of the night, woke up the next morning and wondered where was I going

to get dancers and would anyone come,” said Debbie Posnien, Suicide

Prevention Network executive director. “Most dancers that we asked agreed to

dance because of the cause. Many of the dancers will be dancing in memory of

friends or family. We sold the first 100 to family and friends of dancers

right away.”

The 10 contestants and their instructors have been rehearsing for weeks, and are asking the community to donate dancing dollars prior to the event.

“I have seen the dance routines and I am so impressed. Those who we asked to dance are not dancers at all, well maybe a few as a child,” Posnien said. “All of the couples have practiced and practiced because they have all gotten into doing it not only for the cause, but for the community.”

Although no tickets are available at the door, the community can donate to individual dancers prior to the show by contacting them directly or by calling 783-1510.

During the first round of competition, audience members are encouraged to vote monetarily for the couple they like the most.

The two highest earning couples, and one selected by the judges will move on to the final dance off.

The winner of the dance off is chosen by the judges, and receives the Gotta Dance trophy.

“We are celebrating the generous support of the community, dancers, dance teachers, Dance Workshop, Carson Valley Inn who have sponsored our event, and especially the dance planning committee who has had a huge part in the planning, and the many who are behind the scenes making sure we put on a great show,” Posnien said. “I want to thank the Board of Directors for standing behind my wild idea of the first fundraiser ever for Suicide Prevention. We are a nonprofit with a mission to make a difference in our community and it feels so good to have so many support our efforts. When you trip in life, make it part of your dance.”