May 3, 2019

Oxford Seniors Set Dance Event Back on Track

After a four-year hiatus. Dancing With the Stars-Oxford Style! returned to the Oxford Community Arts Center, Thursday night, as community members competed in a ballroom dancing competition.

The event was created in a formal agreement in 2009, between Miami University and the Oxford Seniors to develop programming that was intergenerational. After going dormant for several years, the Oxford Seniors began working with different groups to revive the event.

Thursday’s competition was a joint effort by representatives from the university, Oxford Seniors, the arts center, and many others, said Sabrina Jewell, of the arts center. “This is very much a community collaboration,” Jewell said.

Geneva Mommson and Remy Willocks give a first-place cha-cha performance. Photo by Josiah Collins

The crowd shared many “oohs” and “aahs” during the dances, as there were many lifts and aerials by the six couples in the competition. Each couple also got to show some of their personality with introductory videos before each performance.

The competing couples, ranging from college students to senior citizens, performed with different styles and flair. Paula and Vergil Seger began the show performing the Foxtrot; followed by the swing dancing of Alex Absher and Jamie Stegmayer. Next came Denise and Mike Ritcher, dancing the rumba. Megan Burns and Marcus Meyer then took on the Tango and Debbie and Mike Stump did the Waltz. Geneva Mommson and Remy Willocks closed out the show with a lively cha-cha.

A panel of three judges, aided with plenty of good-natured comments from the audience, rated the dancers’ steps and style.

Geneva and Remy took home first place for their cha-ha, with Debbie and Mike coming in second for the Waltz, and Megan and Marcus taking third with their tango.

Once the show was over people were encouraged to stay and learn how to dance themselves to end the night off with everyone enjoying one another and dancing the night away.