Dancing with the Stars

Who knew so many dancers were hiding in White Pine County just waiting for a dance partner and a flashy outfit to bring out their moves?

Six local “stars” got the chance to show the audience packed into the White Pine High School gymnasium their best versions of classic dances such as the “Cha-Cha” and the “Waltz” for the community’s second-annual Dancing with the White Pine Stars show.

The three men and women brave enough to step out onto the dance floor spent five days working with a partner from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company to prepare for their big moment.  A projection screen set up above and behind the dance floor introduced each dancer with a short video documenting the dancer’s transition from nervousness to full blown confidence.

Mostly just nervousness though.

“By the time I finished my dance and walked back behind the stage I realized I really wanted to go back out there and do it again because I was so nervous the first time around,” County Assessor Burton Hilton said of his performance.

The panel of three judges, also made up of locals, could tell that Hilton couldn’t quite shake the butterflies free from his stomach during his performance of the the traditional Spanish “Paso Doble” dance and dinged him for it on their scores.

But according to the event’s organizer Jamie Brunson, Hilton and the other two men who shimmied and shook their behinds on the floor had more guts than most.

“I approached 21 different guys in our community and only three said yes,” Brunson said.

But one performer had more than just a dance on his mind by the time he stepped out in front of everyone.

Slade Sanborn brought new meaning to his take on Grease’s “You’re The One That I Want”

Slade Sanborn proposes to his girlfriend after his dance on Friday.

Slade Sanborn proposes to his girlfriend after his dance on Friday.

The six locals who danced in this year’s Dancing with the White Pine Stars line up with their dance partners inside the high school gym. (Garrett Estrada photos)

The six locals who danced in this year’s Dancing with the White Pine Stars line up with their dance partners inside the high school gym.
(Garrett Estrada photos)

when he called his longtime girlfriend out of the audience to propose to her on one knee in front of the crowd. And while two of the three judges called him out for trying to steal the hearts of the crowd, Sanborn didn’t mind after she said yes and later won the audience’s vote for first place.

According to Brunson, the Bristlecone Arts Council sponsored event is not meant to be a fund-raiser but rather just a fun evening that only looks to try and break even. The council doesn’t know yet if it made its money back on the $10,000 production and Brunson said that until arts council knows how the event did financially, they can’t say whether or not it will return for a “season” three next year.

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