Dancin’ For Miracles is one of the friendliest events you could attend, from the hugs as you enter to the hugs as you leave!! Everyone is welcomed and made to feel part of the DFM family. There is plenty of laughter, from the annual induction of the rather apprehensive instructors on the Friday evening, to the weird and wonderful teaching crew (outfitted by Rose) who get us movin’ Saturday and Sunday mornings etc etc. On the serious side over $150,000 have been raised over the years for Cancer and now for hospice through a variety of fund-raising options, no-one leaves without a gift, you can see the impressive selection in the photos. There was a great turn-out this year and everyone came ready to have a good time.
The event started with a dance on the Friday evening with Dan Morrison as DJ playing requests. Each table had their own basket on the stage in which to put their requests. Dan would periodically pick out requests from the baskets. This was a new method that seemed to work well. The instructors’ induction brought tears of laughter, check out the photos as the whole process is very difficult to describe in words!!
DFM is a fund-raiser and the range of prizes that can be won is literally unbelievable. One addition this year was a 50/50 both on Friday and Saturday evenings and it raised $900 for Johnny Kovacs who is battling cancer. Lena Kovacs is the leader of the Country Cruisers who for many years have entertained us at DFM.
Saturday is the day for workshops and you can check out the list of dances taught below. Suffice to say the instructors did a terrific job and there was something for everyone, both level and music. As usual we had our $3 lunch but this year it was particularly poignant as the ladies who have made it for many many years are hanging up their lunch gloves! There was much appreciative applause for all their efforts and hard work.
Jill Baker & Dianne Bishop took over the controls for the Saturday evening dance and did a great job with everyone filling the floor in their ‘Caribbean’ finery except for a fun ‘flash mob’ routine led by Michel Cabana and Rhonda Nadon.
Sunday was review day with more open dance and lunch again. Then time to say goodbye. Valarie with Rose, and all the volunteers, did another terrific job; as soon as the event finishes they start preparing for the following year. The effort that must go into collecting all the gifts, let alone getting them to the Hall and setting them out, plus decorating the Hall, organizing registrations etc etc, is amazing. The event is an enormous undertaking and a labour of love; we are so fortunate they are willing to do this year after year. So don’t forget to block the dates September 9-11 2016 and join us in Wasaga for an event full of fun and fellowship.
***NOTE: $6300 WAS RAISED AT THE EVENT, to go to JOHNNY KOVACS, HOSPICES IN OWEN SOUND, BELLEVILLE, NIAGARA, AND OTTAWA plus to THE DEAF AND BLIND ONTARIO SERVICES in NEWMARKET (in honour of the lunch ladies who are retiring).
(Instructors below in teaching order)
Dances taught (written by instructor unless otherwise noted)
Dan Morrison: See You Again
Linda Baguley: Rock & Roll King, Rachael McEnaney-White
Fred Buckley: My Heart Belongs to You
Amie Andison: Love You Honey by Ozgur Oscar & Muruvvet TAKAC
Rhonda Nadon: Exs & Ohs by Amy Glass
Laura Koetjie: Renegade
Double Trouble: Escape, and Right On The Money
Zandra McCallum: Highway Don’t Care by Vera and Teresa
Michel Cabana: Maroon Sugar
Jennie Johns (zumba)