Jill Babinec’s Dance for a Cure is a line workshop and dance benefit for breast cancer research. Organized by Jill Babinec and Julie Ellis, the event continues to draw dancers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, New York, Florida, Canada and even farther beyond. This delightful event has been blessed with friendly dancers, internationally known choreographers, over-the-top entertainment, Julie’s delicious lunch and of course Jill’s personal and professional talents.
Special Guest Instructors
Jo Thompson Szymanski
Considered the “Queen of Line Dance”, Jo Thompson Szymanski has made quite an impact on dance floors worldwide. This year, she celebrates 35 years of teaching line and couples dancing! The whole Thompson family started teaching country couples and line dancing in 1980. Jo’s big break to worldwide fame came in the mid 1990’s through hosting her own show Danceline on The Nashville Network. Many of you might remember Jo’s big Texas hair, tight leggings and cowboy boots! She guest hosted TNN’s Club Dance and the Wildhorse Saloon TV shows as well as dance contests all over the world for Country Music Television (CMT). Jo was Miss Texas 1987, placed top ten at Miss America and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Dance. Jo was voted 5 time International Line Dance Instructor of the Year and was one of the first two people (with Max Perry) to be inducted into the Line Dance Hall of Fame at the 1999 UK Crystal Boot Line Dance Awards. She has won many United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) Star Awards, Dancer’s Choice Awards and in 2012 was inducted into the UCWDC Hall of Fame. In addition to line and couples dancing, Jo’s teaching and dancing experience includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Swing, Salsa, Ballroom, Square Dancing, Round Dancing, Clogging, and Latin. .More Information
“I am beyond excited and honored to be a part of Dance For A Cure 2019. I have attended the past few years and it is truly one of my favorite events of the year and I look forward to it each year. So many friendly people and such a great cause all at one fabulous event. I can’t wait to dance and hang out with everyone.”
Derek Steele was introduced to country line dancing in 1994 by his mother Hertha Steele who was a Line Dance Instructor. Derek started by helping his mother carry in the equipment and other items each week into her local classes. Derek continued to help by deejaying her monthly dances and small workshops. Not long after deejaying a few dances, Derek realized that there were way more women than men on the floor and decided to begin learning how to dance himself. More Information
DANCE FOR A CURE JACKET
These jackets are fleece with a drawstring for added fit. 2 zipper pockets on the outside and 2 pockets on the inside. Your name embroidered FREE on the jacket. Choose from Black or Pink. Price of jacket is $45 ($48 for 2xl and up) plus s/h costs.