Dance floors around town are heating up as contestants for â€˜Dancing With The Starsâ€™, Carson City Edition, polish their routines. The event is Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m. at the Carson High School gymnasium.
Local stars expected to compete include Sheriff Ken Furlong, District Attorney Neil Rombardo, City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover, City Supervisor/Adeleâ€™s co-owner Karen Abowd, Miss Carson City Vannesa Macias, Carson Tahoe Health CEO Ed Epperson and nursing managementâ€™s Shelby Hunt, Lake Side Properties owner Kimberly Seifert, Carson High School assistant football coach Kiko Vega, CHS language arts teacher Phillip Brady, Western Nevada College nursing professor Sherry Neil-Urban, and Coldwell Banker agent Garrett Lepire.
The dancers arenâ€™t the only celebrities coming out – Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi is the emcee, and Carson City Mayor Robert â€œBobâ€ Crowell and former mayor Marv Teixeira are the event commentators.
They â€˜starsâ€™ are teamed up with experienced dancers as they vie for the mirror ball trophy.
After weeks of practice, Abowd, whoâ€™s training with dancer Mark Johnson, says she finally feels like the practice is leading to results. â€œAt first it was just learning the steps, but now Iâ€™m actually dancing. I just have to stop looking at my feet,â€ she said. â€œNow itâ€™s also about shoes and costumes and learning what to do with my arms.â€
Sheriff Furlong has had to start training with a new partner, Madeline Ferdman. â€œSheâ€™s killing me,â€ he joked. â€œI have pain in muscles I never knew I had,â€ he said. Furlongâ€™s first dance partner was forced to drop out due to an injury.
General Admission tickets are $10, available at Coldwell Banker, Thurmanâ€™s Ranch House, The Purple Avocado and Yapleâ€™s Ballroom and at WNC in the Joe Dini Library and Student Center, room 105A.
Proceeds from the event benefit the WNC Chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.