Shall we dance?

Spencer County FFA worked closely with the dance team, encouraging the community to come out and see how fun and beneficial dancing can be.


 Spencer County FFA in Taylorsville, Ky., proved that it’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll when it held its second annual “Dancing with the Stars” event inside the school gymnasium on April 2, 2010.

The event had a total of 48 dancers. Some of the “stars” included superintendents of schools, the local sheriff, the deputy sheriff, county magistrates and custodians. More than 40 community leaders helped with the event.

The high school dance team worked hard choreographing the dance routines to music that reflected the occupation of each star. For example, the sheriff danced to the theme music from the TV series “Cops.”

“Our students told people to come, sold tickets, promoted the event, and it had a great impact on the community,” FFA advisor Darryl Matherly said. “The simple fact was that these were people who wouldn’t normally be seen publicly dancing.”

Spencer County FFA worked closely with the dance team, encouraging the community to come out and see how fun and beneficial dancing can be. “It’s impressive to see what students come up with: the choreography, creativity, the promoting, even designing the tickets,” Matherly said.

The Dancing with the Stars idea came from FFA chapter president Alex Poole, and 291 members participated in the event by either selling tickets, setting up for the show, helping with announcing or attending the show.

Spencer County FFA shared the profits from the event – not to mention the floor – with the dance team. They sold 911 tickets, bringing in $4,555. The profits were equally divided, allowing the dance team to pay for a competition trip and helping FFA to pay 50 percent of the costs for members to attend FFA camp and other recreational events.

Best of all, the event encouraged more than 900 Spencer County residents to get off the couch, have a blast, watch (or better yet, dance!) and learn about healthy lifestyles.

“One of the great things about the event is that it shows how FFA is no longer just about farming,” Spencer County FFA vice president Joseph Snider said. “It’s about learning and developing leadership skills, it’s about healthy lifestyles and it’s about participating and being effective in the community. The more people who get involved, the better.”

The Spencer County FFA chapter won the 2010 National Chapter Models of Innovation award in the area of Student Development.

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