Dancing with the Graham County Stars returns this Thursday

Staff Reports

SAFFORD – Be sure not to miss the return of the fan-favorite Dancing with the Graham County Stars show, featuring the Utah Ballroom Dance Company this Thursday night at the David M. Player Center for the Arts.

Audiences will be treated to a 9 to 5 Dolly Parton Quickstep, a Shakira Hips Don’t Lie Salsa, a Michael Jackson Thriller Cha Cha and so much more. Add in some incredible costumes, video highlights, a hilarious judging panel and you have a show that you have to see to believe.

Partnered with a professional partner and with just one week to practice, eight Graham County stars will put their best moves on the stage to earn your vote! Only one can win and become the next Dancing with the Graham County Stars Champion and take home the coveted mirrorball trophy.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy David M. Player Center for the Arts: Ryan Rapier raises his trophy after winning the inaugural Dancing With the Graham County Stars.

This year’s lineup includes Makayla Cope, Stephanie Hoopes, Debi Fiori, Tracy Brown, Sean Wenham, Kevin Peck, Darryn Kamae, and Bob Rivera. Click here to see their bios and what nonprofit they will be dancing for.

In addition to seeing your Graham County Stars dance, the professionals teaching the contestants, The Utah Ballroom Dance Company,  will perform excerpts from their award-winning showcase “Hollywood”. The audience will be amazed by breath-taking lifts, hundreds of beautiful costumes, enchanting theatrical storylines and a variety of ballroom dances that will captivate your heart.

The Utah Ballroom Dance Company is the United States National Formation Champions in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing. They have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Latin America receiving numerous accolades for their performances. The company maintains a touring program that typically reaches more than 75 cities across the United States and internationally. With more than 100 performances each year, this professional- level ensemble delights, entertains and uplifts thousands worldwide.

Dancing with the Graham County Stars will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the David M. Player Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $25 VIP seating and can be purchased at www.saffordcenterforthesarts.com. For more information call 928-965-7070 or visit www.saffordcenterforthesarts.com.

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