By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Amanda Angle is out to prove she can shake it with the best of them.
As a CPA, she’s all business. But she’s stepping out of her comfort zone and onto the dance floor for Dance Like the Stars, a ballroom dance competition that benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi.
“When I was 4 years old, I took a week of dance lessons, and at parents’ night, all of the parents laughed at me,” she said. “This is the one thing in life I want to prove I can do.”
She’s performing a Viennese Waltz routine with Robbie Greenwood, an instructor at The Dance Studio. The studio’s instructors have paired with all of the area celebrity dancers, who are Angle, Lori Pitts Anger, Jenea Britton, Jason Harms, Kara James, Taylor Kitchens, Alyssa Martin, Felicia Pollard, Torrie Robertson, Stephanie West and Judd Wilson.
Children at the Boys & Girls Clubs will perform, as will Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Angle and the other stars have been practicing for hours a day for weeks now to prepare for the show. She may have not been much of a dancer before, but now she has the confidence to put on her dancing shoes.
“I think the most surprising thing is, I feel like I can do it. I always sat at the table when everyone else danced,” she said. “(The instructors) really go above and beyond to help you when you really don’t have a clue.”
The stars are also campaigning to raise the most money.
“Even though we had the tornado this year, people have been willing to give, above and beyond,” Angle said.
She’s already raised $20,000 and hopes to raise more. Last year, Dance Like the Stars raised $246,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs.
Angle hopes folks will turn out for an evening of dancing and doing something for a good cause.
“It’s a cocktail event, so you get to dress up, and it’s a great way to see people in Tupelo,” she said. “It’s a great, fun event.”
CHECK IT OUT
• What: Dance Like the Stars
• When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16
• Where: BancorpSouth Arena
• Cost: $20/general admission
• Info: (662) 841-6504