For those unfamiliar, SwingShift and the Stars began 2008 when Judy Harrison, owner of High Impact Productions which produces the event, created an event that would benefit financially and raise awareness of area Non-profits. The event features six charities each season and has to date raised of 1.5 million dollars for area charities. In addition to the fundraising, the event is an excellent vehicle to raise awareness of area charities and the good that they do for the community.
The event itself is styled after ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Local ‘stars’ are paired with area dancers to compete for their assigned charities in four dance-offs that take place on the third Friday of each month from Sept. to Dec. Like ‘Dancing with the Stars’, there is a panel of judges that vote on the six dance teams. The audience also gets to vote for their favorite! The winners of the evening dance-off are awarded cash prizes for their charities for both the judges’ award and the audience choice award. In addition, the audience gets to vote with their donation dollars. Each event features a different style and theme with music being provided by SwingShift, an elite ten-piece band, playing jazz, Latin, Swing-era and dance favorites. The night begins with free dance lessons for guests and ends with a SwingShift performance that allows guests to try-out their new dance moves while the votes are being tabulated.
We are so excited to announce our ‘Star’ and dance instructor! Our star is the lovely Kristen Lowe, evening news anchor for NBC’s 7 & 4 News. Her dance instructor also carries some star power as he is Lite 93 fm morning radio show host, Tim Nixon.
We invite all to attend one or all of the dance events and support the Music House! The event dates this year are Sept. 18th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 20th and Dec. 18th at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City and the doors open at 6:30 pm. There is a link on our website for purchasing tickets or you can contact the Opera House Box Office to purchase them directly. Ticket costs are $30 for VIP seats and $25 for General Admissions (General Tickets already sold out).* This event has become very popular because it is so much fun so be sure to order your tickets early.
If you cannot attend the events and wish to make a donation to the Music House’s event totals you can do this through our website or by sending a check to Music House Museum, PO Box 297, Acme, MI 49610-0297. Please note ‘Swing Shift’ in the check memo. Each donation will be added into the event totals for the month and season totals for the Music House.
You can also find your team’s dance results as well as on-going fund-raising results throughout the season by visiting our website www.swingshiftandthestars.com and they can donate directly to your organization there too!
* Please note that there will be a $2 Wharton Center processing fee and the cost of the tickets are not donations to the charities but are to help offset production expenses.