Got her dancin’ shoes on

Ruby Lee Lancaster practices a turn with her partner, Matt Embler, during their salsa number for the Dance Like the Stars event that raises funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Mississippi. (Photo by Lisa Voyles)

Ruby Lee Lancaster practices a turn with her partner, Matt Embler, during their salsa number for the Dance Like the Stars event that raises funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Mississippi. (Photo by Lisa Voyles)

HOUSTON – Anyone who knows Ruby Lancaster is aware of her love of music.
She has sung at many local benefits in various groups and in combination with her two sons, Casey and Caleb. She even spent several of her teenage years playing the piano at McCondy Baptist Church.
But this year, she is going to put on her dancing shoes and perform for charity at the Dance Like the Stars event Aug. 24 at the BancorpSouth Center.
“I’ve always loved to dance and I’ve been a big fan of the Dance Like the Stars program,” Lancaster said. “It looked like fun so, this year, I got up my courage and volunteered to do it.”
This year, the event gained a big boost as Toyota Motor Manufacturing joined as the presenting sponsor for the annual benefit. Juilian Goodwin, Vice-President of Boys and Girls Clubs North Mississippi said the sponsorship is greatly appreciated.
“We are so thankful for the commitment of Toyota to Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi and our entire community,” Goodwin said.
This year’s event is the eighth annual Dance Like the Stars competition in which volunteers agree to train with a professional dancer from The Dance Studio in Tupelo, learn a routine and perform in front of hundeds of audience members.
“I’m trying not to think about that part,” Lancaster laughed. “I’ve been having so much fun working with my partner, Matt (Embler). He’s teaching me a salsa dance and I’m having a great time. We’re dancing to one of my all-time, favorite songs, ‘Copacabana’ by Barry Manilow and Matt even has me doing a little bit of cha-cha. I’m trying to put the thought of the audience out of my mind right now.”
Tickets for dinner and the dance are $50 each while tickets to view the dance only are $20. Tickets may be ordered online at www.bgcnms.org. Any tickets ordered in the name of a specific dancer or any donations made to a specific dancer will be credited to their tally for most money raised.
All donations made for Lancaster will benefit costs incurred at the Houston Boys and Girls club.
Donations for Lancaster may be made at Salon III in Houston or at the Chickasaw Journal office in Houston.
For more information about Lancaster’s participation, call 456-9571 or 456-3771.

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