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GREENFIELD — Organizers of a dance competition to be held in Greenfield this weekend promise a toe-tapping good time for a good cause.

Greenfield-Central High School will play host to “Dancing for Hope,” a charity event sponsored by the Greenfield Rotary Club, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The contest is for dance partners, who may perform in the style of their choosing. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Hancock Hope House, the county’s homeless shelter.

Rotarian Jim Snellenberger, who admits he is a bit of a dancer himself with years of experience in tap and other styles, is spearheading organization for the event. After watching the rehearsal early this week, Snellenberger said the contest will have something for everyone – not only the supporters of the competitors but members of the community looking to enjoy a classy evening out.

“It’s really, really, amazing what is going on,” he said. “It is going to be a fun night for everybody.”

There are two dozen couples registered to compete, and their styles of dance include waltz, samba, two-step and more.

Rotarian Jeannine Gray will serve on the judging panel along with a dance studio owner and two retired professional dancers. Grand prize is $500 for top honors; $400 for second place; $300 for third place, and so on.

After getting a sneak peek of the rehearsal, Gray is looking forward to the contest.

“We have some very talented dancers in Greenfield and the metropolitan Indianapolis area from dance clubs and studios all over central Indiana,” she said. “I am very impressed. It’s going to be Greenfield’s own ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ ”

Gray hopes the fundraising event will draw both dancing enthusiasts and those who are just looking for a fun way to spend the weekend.

“It’s an inexpensive way to entertain yourself on a Saturday evening,” she said. “These are spectacular dancers.”

Hope House, the county’s lone homeless shelter, provides short-term housing to families and individuals and also offers residents life skills training.

Steve Vail, Hope House executive director, said Saturday’s event not only will give Hope House’s budget a boost but will raise awareness of the shelter’s mission.

“We’re excited about this,” he said. “It’s always important to us to have engagement and awareness with the community of what we’re doing.”

Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased at a variety of area locations listed online at www.rotaryclubofgreenfield.org. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

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