On Thursday, more than 20 well-known residents will compete on the dance floor through the styles of waltz, cha-cha, samba and shag.
Dancing with the Aiken Stars returns for its third year to raise money for the Child Advocacy Center and the Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County.
Based on the popular ABC television show, “Dancing with the Stars,” 10 teams of dancers will not only compete for the judge’s choice, people’s choice and overall winner trophies but are also vying for the public’s vote to see who can raise the most money for the two nonprofits.
The dancers this year are Beth Barranco and Buzz Rich; Lydia Sudick-Bibeau and Cody Anderson; Aileen Hord Daly and John Tiffany; Lyddie Hansen and Leo Muniz; Lisa Tharp-Bernard and Brad King; Anne Thomasson and Wes Hightower; Aja Vaughn and Ahmed Samaha; Connie Young and David Stinson; Rick McLeod, Cam Scott, Julie Adams and Susie Player; and Heather Pack, Jennifer Brodie, Hillary Redd, Mallory Holley, Breigh Hall, Morgan Purvis, Rakesh Jasani, Jim Anderson, Carl Henson and Chad Matthews.
Voting will take place online at www.aikendancers.info. The cost is $10 per vote or $100 for 11 votes. There is no limit to the amount of times a person can vote. Voting will also take place during the contest at the Convocation Center.
“The vote page is on fire,” said organizer Betty Ryberg.
Connie Young and David Stinson are currently in the lead with 226 votes.
This year’s goal is to top the $100,000 raised by 2011’s Dancing with the Aiken Stars.
This year, unlike last year, there are no satellite viewing locations. But tickets are still available, including tickets for third-row tables for $80 each and arm-chair arena seats for $22.
Tickets are available at 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts, 141 Laurens St. S.W., the USC Aiken Convocation Center box office, the Community Medical Clinic, 244 Greenville St. N.W., or at the Child Advocacy Center, 4231 Trolley Line Road.
The doors of the USC Aiken Convocation Center will open at 6 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Black tie is optional.
ASTV Channel 95 will not broadcast the show live on television Thursday but will air it at a later date. DVDs of the show will also be available for purchase.