Gotta Dance contestants dancing for dollars |

Gotta Dance contestants dancing for dollars

by Caryn Haller
Shannon LitzDave Brady rehearses with Tracey George while Craig and Ann Peters show them the steps of the country 2-step they'll be dancing to 'Country Girl.'

Tickets are selling fast for Suicide Prevention Network’s inaugural fundraiser Gotta Dance.

The Carson Valley version of “Dancing with the Stars” is 7 p.m. March 22 at Carson Valley Inn.

“Tickets are going so fast we know it’s going to be a sold out event,” organizer Debbie Posnien said. “Suicide Prevention Network has never really had a fundraiser, so for our first one I thought what a fun way for the community to get involved.”

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

During the first round at the event audience members are also 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.

“Bring your dancing dollars, so if you see a couple you like you’ll be able to vote for them on the spot,” Posnien said. “We encourage folks to support Suicide Prevention Network. We still have a lot of attempted suicides, and we want to help them by keeping our doors open.”

Former County Commissioner and School Board member Dave Brady is one of the celebrity contestants. He will be dancing a two-step to the song “Country Girl” with his partner Tracey George.

“I’m not a dancer by any means, and that’s what makes it interesting. I’m a little bit fearful already. In talking with Troy (Phillips) he’s had six lessons already,” Brady said. “If I win it’s only because of my partner. The win is in part your ability to dance, and the other part is your ability to raise money.”

Dance Workshop owners Craig and Ann Peters have donated their time and space to choreographing and teaching all the dance routines.

“These are not play dances, these are real complicated dances. It takes a lot of time to get the character of the dance,” Craig said. “There’s definitely a difference between dances. I think when we’re done, everybody is going to look pretty good.”

Tickets for Gotta Dance are $40 and include appetizers and a nohost bar.

To donate to individual dancers prior to the show, contact them directly or call 783-1510.