Medical professionals from Upper Chesapeake Health paired with SwingTime Ballroom this year to strut their stuff and Dance for a Cause to benefit Cancer LifeNet. With just over a month of training, they took the floor recently to compete for the title of "Dancing for a Cause Champion," awarded to the couple who raised the most money via votes for the cause.
It was a close race this year, but the winner was Dr. Ramon DeJesus, dancing with SwingTime Ballroom's competitive amateur dancer, Barbara Ziegler. Ziegler, a clinical resource manager at Upper Chesapeake Health, is the co-creator of the Dancing for a Cause event, along with Scott Layfield, the owner of SwingTime Ballroom in Fallston, so it was a sweet victory for the pair. Close on their heels was Dr. Linda Martin dancing with professional Fiodor Zukov; the couple received the coveted "Judges' Choice" award for best dance. Rounding out the competition with outstanding dances were Col. Stephen Cheng and Deborah Cheng, and Dr. Sung Kim and Dr. Ana Silva.
This was the second year that SwingTime Ballroom hosted the event; last year they raised more than $4,000 for the cause.
SwingTime Ballroom offers instruction and open dance parties featuring rhythm, smooth, Latin and standard ballroom dance styles, plus wedding dance choreography and classes, belly dancing, Zumba, toning and more. No partner is ever needed and everyone from first time dancers to dedicated competitors is welcome.
In addition to lessons and coaching, the studio offers a full line of dancewear for ballroom, bellydance, ballet and more, practice apparel, gowns and costumes, shoes and accessories for all styles of dance. Private and group lessons and rentals are available, and there are social dances Friday evenings where everyone is welcome. The space is also home Janette Brown's Studio of Dance and offers ballet, tap and jazz classes for children, teens and adults.