When the pandemic forced the Dancing with Big Sky Stars 2020 contest to be canceled, the biggest annual fundraising event for Big Sky Senior Services was anchored. But thanks to creative thinking, unbridled enthusiasm and generous sponsors, this year’s dance competition went virtual and proved to be a great success.
In total, 10 teams and their sponsors submitted videos to raise hope and funds for Big Sky Senior Services to help the nonprofit continue to work for local seniors to live well. independent, secure and free from abuse.
From Vinnie and his friends at St. Vincent Healthcare to the sophisticated footwork of the Mission Ridge Shufflers, the competition was intense in the beginner and advanced categories.
This year’s People’s Choice went to the Wow Factor, sponsored by the Billings Clinic, which dazzled the judges with their street dancing under Skypoint.
“Of course we wanted to do our best,” said CeCe Traywick of Wow Factor. “You want to go for gold, not silver or bronze.”
Along with her husband Joey, CeCe helped put together the Wow Factor team, but credits all the credit for the winning entry to Maribel Parman, who choreographed the street dance.
“She honestly did something from scratch,” Traywick said. “She just looked at us, all of different ages, some of us had just met for the first time, and she just had a great mind, great skill and was kind to us. We couldn’t have been able to. do it without Maribel. “
At $ 5 per vote, Wow Factor’s street dance raised over $ 3,400 in the People’s Choice contest.
“I would say to everyone, get involved,” Traywick said. “Who don’t you want to love but the old people. We’re all going to be old people one day, and we’re going to hope people dance for us to keep us in our homes.”
Diversity Dance, sponsored by the Alzeheimer’s Association, won the award for best dance team, with its striking choreography to raise awareness of this devastating disease.
In the final tally, it was the diversity of performances and performers that impressed the judges the most, as almost all age groups and skill levels were represented.
“It just turned out,” said Joey Traywick of Wow Factor. “My wife said it was one of the three best memories of our marriage. So win, win. Collect money for the elderly and I can stay married.”
This year’s virtual dance competition raised $ 25,000 for Big Sky Senior Services. All video entries for Dancing with Big Sky Stars Community Edition, can be viewed at www.bigskyseniorservices.org. Click on the team videos, sit back and enjoy.