In addition, the kids I've helped coach in East Palo Alto will be dancing in a special event (listed on the schedule as "Special Junior Rhythm & Smooth Presentations") -- they'll dance American-style waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, and swing. They're scheduled for 3:42pm (again, give or take half an hour). I'm incredibly proud of them, frustrating as they can be at times. (Luckily I remember all too well how cheeky I was around their age and can relate and deal.) Anyway, I'd love for them to get all the support and encouragement they can get, so if you're at all interested in coming, please do!
Spectator tickets are $25 for "adults," $20 for college students, and $12 for anyone under 18 years old.
Also, on Sunday, June 17, a week after the competition, SBDT is hosting a charity ball (with lesson, desserts, and showcase) for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation at Metronome Ballroom in SF. It's appropriate for all skill levels (intro tango class at the beginning) and all proceeds go to a good cause. This one is $25 adults/$15 students, +$5 for the lesson. I'll be out of town, unfortunately, but lots of other ballroom dancers should be there. Details:
the Stanford Ballroom Dance Team invites you to the
Friends Helping Friendsan elegant evening of ballroom dancing, refreshments, & desserts to benefit the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Sunday, June 17th
Metronome Dance Center
(1830 17th St. at De Haro, San Francisco)
7:30pm Beginner Tango Lesson--no partner or experience required!
8:30pm-midnight Social dancing
featuring showcase by 8-time National Senior Smooth Champions
James Kleinrath & Melody Singleton
Attire is semi-formal.
Tickets available at door.
$30 lesson & party
$25 party only
($20/$15 for students with ID)
All proceeds for this event go to the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation's "Friends Helping Friends" fundraising campaign, to support their creation of high-quality entertainment events to raise money for AIDS relief. Your support enables 100% of ticket sales and donations to these charity events go directly to beneficiaries, an over 300% return on sponsor dollars in funds distributed to beneficiaries.
***About the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation***
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds for AIDS service provider agencies through the production of quality entertainment events. Born from the grass-roots efforts of two mothers, Barbara Richmond and the late Peggy Ermet, who lost their only sons to AIDS as a way to honor their sons' memories and to help alleviate the suffering of many of the other sons and daughters living with HIV and AIDS, the Foundation has become one of the leading sources of funding for many local AIDS service providers.
***About James Kleinrath & Melody Singleton***
Jim and Melody have been dancing for about 18 and 10 years, respectively, and started competing together in March 1997. Together they have won many Championships and Top Solo Awards in the Smooth and Standard Divisions. They are 8 time USA Dance National Champions in the Senior Smooth Division and are 6 time finalists in the Senior Standard Division.
Jim has retired from his Redwood City dental practice. He has been president of USA Dance NorCal for 11 years and teaches dancing at Imperial Dance Club in Redwood City. Melody works for Bank of America in Palo Alto.