Couple planning to show off their Hispanic culture during annual Dances with the Stars

January 15, 2019 GMT

GERING — Seven couples are preparing their dance moves to raise money for the fourth annual Dancing with the Stars fundraiser to support the Soroptimist organization.

One of the couples is Raul and Audrey Garcia of Scottsbluff. Audrey Garcia said she and her husband discussed entering the fundraiser event after they were asked to participate.

“We don’t know how to dance,” she said.

Despite their limited dance experience, the Garcias are prepared to put their best foot forward.

“I am the general manager of Elite Total Fitness and we have an area where we blare the music and go over our routine,” she said. “It’s going to be a salsa merengue. We were going for a bachata but that’s a little too risque.”

Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic and is comprised of sensual, intimate, hip motions. A merengue is a traditional folk dance in the Dominican Republic that is a more lighthearted social dance, which will be intertwined with salsa moves that are intricate and fast-paced.

The couple has been practicing for about a month and Garcia said she is excited to share a bit of the Hispanic culture with the public. While practicing, Garcia said she has to let her husband lead.

“I’m trying not to lead,” she said. “I’m kind of bossy and in dance, it’s really imperative I allow him to lead.”

With the Dancing with the Stars fundraiser two weekends away, Garcia said she hopes people take away that if they can do it, anyone can do it.

Another couple taking the floor is Dakota and Mariah Webb. This is their first time competing in the Soroptimist Dancing with the Stars and will bring a modern dance style to the evening.

After attending last year’s event, Webb said she and her husband were encouraged to participate by her father, Kendall Busch, and his girlfriend, Trisha Garcia.

Although she would not call it dancing, Webb said she convinced her husband to swing dance with her shortly after they started dating in 2015.

In preparation for the evening, the Webbs will increase their rehearsal time to get their routine ready.

“Well, since last night has been our only practice, so far we are at 90 minutes a week,” she said. “Within the next two weeks, we hope to practice every night that Dakota isn’t working in Ogallala.”

During the evening, Webb said they are excited to watch the other couples perform their dances. Once they take the floor, she is hopeful the audience see their journey of love conveyed in their number.

“We hope the audience feels the journey of young love,” she said. “That they reminisce on the early butterflies that slowly transition into a lifelong commitment with your best friend.”

The couples will compete for the Judge’s Choice Award and The People’s Choice Award. The public can vote online for their favorite couple by visiting the GoFundMe at https://bit.ly/2FsdQZm.

The goal is to raise $5,000, which benefits local nonprofit organizations and women and girls in the community. As of Monday, the GoFundMe has raised $50 toward the cause.

Tickets are also still on sale at the Midwest Theater’s box office or online at midwesttheater.com. Ticket prices are $50 each and includes a meal and an entertaining evening of dance.