ANDERSON, Ind. —
Dentist Molly Weiandt wasn’t prepared for how challenging dancing would be for her. She said even though she’s athletic, dancing has been harder than the four half marathons she ran this season.
“I run about 25 miles a week but I still lost weight when I started dancing,” she said.
Learning dance techniques are difficult enough for anyone to learn, she said, but picking up on how to do a dance and learning intense choreography at the same time for the competition is a feat most people don’t have to overcome.
To make sure she’s ready for competition day, Weiandt has been practicing the cha-cha twice a week since early October with professional Darren Cupp, who is participating in the competition for the first time.
Professionals Seth Hale, Diana Miller and Kim Chastain are also entering the competition for the first time this year.
Previous winners returning to the competition include dance professionals Rob Jenkins, Scott Shook, Monica Lung, Ed Godby-Schwab and Yulia Shook.
For the first time, the Anderson Ballet Company will perform two songs while the judges tally their scores and there will be an additional professional dancer judging the competition, DLTS co-chair Nancy Anderson said.
She said they’ve raised more than $160,000 for the Paramount Theatre from the competition over the years, and this year she wants to break the $200,000 mark.
Tickets for the competition are still available, Anderson said. Seat prices range from $20 to $37 and can be purchased online at andersonparamount.org or through the Paramount Theatre box office. Only a handful of tickets for a VIP after party, which cost $15, in the Hardacre Ballroom are left.
Other pairings include John Donohue of Anderson Community Schools and Marie Roach of Indianapolis, who will perform the Argentine tango; Kaylee Dunham of the Madison County Health Department and J.C. Bryant of Indianapolis, performing the samba; Jaime Linscott of Linscott Photography and Cary Pettit of Indianapolis, performing the west coast swing; Dr. William Kopp of St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and Lung of New Palestine, performing the swing, and Becky Chapelle of Anderson University and Hale of Indianapolis will perform the hustle.