A Message From Peter & Paz

Boogie with the Stars 2020

Season 8

Covid Update – October 2020:

As the months tick by we are all continually faced with new circumstances in our lives, and with a Covid second wave looming on the horizon, it is becoming clear to everybody that we must now learn to expect the unexpected.  Obviously, a “Dance” and especially a big dance, is the worst case scenario for spreading the virus, and certainly the last type of social event to be sanctioned by the Government.  With that in mind, we are now considering the possibility of a Virtual BWTS dance competition.  As you might imagine, there are many things to consider when formalizing this type of event, not the least of which posing the question, will it be worthwhile?  With so many variables and unknowns, it makes the challenge quite difficult and frustrating, so for now, everything is on hold, but do stay tuned and we will keep you posted.

 

Covid Update – July 2020:

Just a quick note to let you know we are still actively pursuing BWTS 2020.  Unfortunately we have nothing new to add since the April update, except to say it’s almost a forgone conclusion that the event will not go ahead as planned on Dec 31st.  Even Q1 2021 might be a little optimistic given what we know about progress (or the lack of it) back to some sense of normality.  Best guess right now would be Q2 2021.

Thanks for checking in and we will be sure to keep everyone posted on any developments.

 

Covid Update – April 30th, 2020:

Along with everyone in our new normal, we are still struggling with how to best plan for our Gala Event.  Dec 31st 2020 would at this point normally feel like quite a ways off, but that does not hold true in our Covid world which has shunted us all into a time-warp.  After a recent energy filled and very encouraging conference call, the administrators for BWTS have agreed to the following:

BWTS 2020 will proceed…. but when has yet to be determined.  Decisions on precise details will be made at an appropriate time (whenever that is).  The earliest date will of course be Dec 31st, 2020, but the latest? – well, Covid protocol will in large part determine that, but regardless, it is going to happen.  In the meantime, we are working on ways to support and assist our dance teams in their efforts to both run a successful campaign, and polish their dance routine for the big night of competition.

Stay tuned……

Original Post:

The “Stars” are all lining up, both figuratively and literally – BWTS Season 8 has all the promise of being the best yet!  A New Year, with a New Cast, in a New Venue – you don’t want to miss it!

Our theme this time around is “The Roaring 20’s”.  Yes, it’s been a hundred years since folks enjoyed “Stepping Out” in that wild and raucous era of dance, so as we enter our next 20’s decade, for one memorable evening, we all have an opportunity to relive the fun-filled energy and enthusiasm from those notorious years of the 1920’s.  Hopefully we’ve grabbed your attention and spiked your interest in sharing a milestone evening with us – if “Stepping Out” appeals to your sense of adventure, the opportunity is at your fingertips and just a mouse click away on this website.

“Boogie with the Stars” is part of a fun-filled, biennial New Year’s Eve gala event held in Prince George on even years.  The evening is primarily one of music and dance for everybody, with a first class buffet dinner and great entertainment, together with a fundraiser that has a strong focus on caregiving in Northern BC in coordination with key healthcare organisations and charities in our area.

The evening came about as a result of the two of us wanting to experience an elegant New Years Eve function, where we could share the evening with good company, enjoying good food, good music and good dancing, all taking place under the roof of a prestigious and welcoming venue.  There was simply nowhere that already offered all this, so we decided to set up our own event.  After several years of reflection and planning, we took a deep breath and walked into the Prince George Civic Centre one day in 2010 to put down a deposit and reserve the evening of December 31st, a Friday which seemed perfect, and so BWTS was conceived.  We have since moved on to the fabulous new Show Lounge at the Treasure Cove Casino, an exciting, spacious new venue that will be a real showstopper, taking NYE in Prince George to a whole new level, and the best part, anyone has the opportunity to be a part of this gala experience.

For each event we look to high quality entertainment in order to add colour, flare, energy and elegance to the evening.  The entertainment is carefully chosen to enhance this gala evening, blending visual entertainment with the dance floor and a variety of music, where folks can simply sit and watch, or get involved at their own level of comfort and activity.  We have seen music from Boogie to Big Bands, from out-of-town entertainers such as the Elvis Impersonator to high calibre local bands such as Pink Champagne, as well as the generous participation of Dave Mothus & The Entertainment Group.

www.entertainmentgroup.ca

The Dance Competition segment of the evening is based on the concept of the highly successful TV show, “Dancing with the Stars” where we put a cast of local celebrities and people of notoriety together with local dance instructors for a dance competition like no other in Prince George.  Our Stars have included Politicians, Bankers, Doctors and Educators, as well as prominent members of the Business community and the Media – we wish to sincerely thank all those volunteers for their hard work and diligence.  Besides working hard on their routines with their dance instructors, the Stars also put a significant amount of time and effort into raising money by selling votes and accumulating pledges.  None of this would be possible without our loyal volunteers, and big-hearted sponsors such as Brink Forest Products, Canadian Tire, Wood Wheaton, Concept Design, Van Horlicks, BK Two-Way Radio and others.  Judy Russell and her dance studio http://judyrusselldance.com offer professional help, advice and guidance, for which we are truly appreciative.  And then there are the members of Dance North (http://dancenorth.ca) and all the instructors who help with the organising as well as whipping the Stars into shape – we thank them all for their commitment and generosity.

All proceeds go towards supporting the finances required for the many services and pieces of equipment essential to help those in need of medical help, moral support and social provision in Northern BC.  The financial arrangements are strictly organized and prudently administered by each charity involved.  Funds and support flow in from all walks of life including the media and publishing services, direct sponsorship, the actual “Stars” who have sign up, as well as folks who simply attend this gala event with friends, where everyone gets the opportunity to buy votes for their favourite Dance Team, and then later on, dance themselves on an inviting, spacious dance floor to bring in the New Year with style and cheer!

Support comes in many forms, but it is toward the business community that we look for substantial support to this very worthy cause.  It is well recognized, of course, that the true success of any benefit relies heavily on corporate sponsorship.  By giving to this annual event, corporate philanthropy and generosity is supporting caregiving services that provide assistance and help for needs throughout our northern community.  Sponsorship is acknowledged at our event in several ways, such as being announced verbally during the event as well as being included on all materials that publicise the event, including Media advertising and social media exposure.

If you have an interest in getting involved in our next event, please call Paz or Peter – for any potential sponsors, we will be more than happy to give you a brief overview of the financial structure of “Boogie with the Stars” and how it has helped organise and funnel donations over the years, which by the way, collectively now totals well over the quarter million dollar mark.

Look for much more to be posted on this website in the months to come.

 

Sincerely,

Paz Milburn  snowdropcanada@gmail.com  250-640-0490

Peter Weedon  pitpasspete@gmail.com  250-961-1111

Coordinators / Instructors

Boogie with the Stars (BWTS)

 

 

About this Website

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Also see our Dance North, website http://dancenorth.ca where we offer dance lessons, both group and private for many different dance types.

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