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January 18, 2014

Leaders anxious to 'Dance Like the Stars'

Performers prepare to show off moves in Saturday's competition

ANDERSON, Ind. — This year’s “Dancing Like the Stars” (DLTS) competition is just around the corner and there seems to be one universal truth among its contestants: dancing is hard.

Fourteen community leaders and professional dancers will take the stage in the sixth annual competition 6 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theatre.

St. Vincent Mercy Hospital’s Jeff Lawson said his partner, Tracy Martin, had her work cut out for her.

“They would have been better off if they gave her a circus bear to practice with,” Lawson said. “It would have been easier for her.”

The pair will perform the cha-cha, and Lawson said he hopes all of their practicing will pay off. They started rehearsing for an hour once a week in late October until mid-December. That’s when they started rehearsing three times a week.

“I’m on the (performance) side of it and I have no idea what it will look like to the audience,” Lawson said. “I’m just hopeful I don’t embarrass myself, Tracy or my organization.”

Friends told Lawson he’d be surprised how quickly dancing would get him in shape, but it was more than that. Learning the dance steps and coordinating the moves were difficult.

It was especially hard when it came to leading the dance.

Lawson said when they first started rehearsing, Martin naturally took the lead since she is the teacher. The more they progressed and he thought they were dancing well, the more she expected him to step up and take charge.

“I do think (the inexperience) makes it hard for the man who’s supposed to be the structure and the girl is the one making it pretty,” he said. “But I would feel like (being) a female with no experience would be a lot harder.”

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