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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wisconsin-LaCrosse Dancing To Fight Cancer

The Racquet

Mark your calendars. This weekend is your chance to see guys in tights and girls shaking it all for a good cause.

The UW-L dance and football teams have once again teamed up to present the 3rd Annual Rob Wagner Dance Benefit. The entertainment takes place this Saturday, April 18th at 7pm and Sunday, April 19th at 4pm. This year's proceeds are going to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation's Steppin' Out in Pink event.

The show was originally organized to raise money for UW-L student Rob Wagner who was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The first show took place in spring 2007 and was a huge success. The turn out was great and around three thousand dollars was raised for Rob.

Everyone had a lot of fun, and because of the support from students and the community the group was excited to continue the tradition. At last year's show one large organization alone donated eighteen thousand dollars and overall the dance benefit raised twenty three thousand.

The dance and football teams were excited to tackle the challenge again this year and began practicing in early February. Practices have increased throughout the semester especially in the last few weeks before the show. The group currently practices three nights a week to put the finishing touches on the routines.

The dance team choreographs most of the dances but get a little collaboration, input and creativity from the guys.
Practicing for the show is a great change of pace for both teams who have an intense fall semester of games, competitions and rigorous practices.

"Practice is really entertaining, all the guys are hilarious and they're fun to work with," said freshman dance team member Kristen Burke. She went on to add that "working for the show really strengthens the team and its great to know our hard work is going for a good cause."

Despite the time commitment organizing and practicing for the show is fun and fulfilling according to dance team members. Past support from friends and family has helped raise a lot of money for a great cause.

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to see football players strutting their stuff and shaking it to "Single Ladies." The show is interactive, fun, and very entertaining, the guys really get into each of the dances and show what skills they have off the football field. You will be surprised at how well some of them can move.

Senior and dance team captain Molly Koch added that each year the show is unique, "we try really hard to pick songs everyone will know and like." "We also try to add new tricks and lifts to all the routines to keep things interesting for us and the audience."

The entire group puts a lot of time and hard work into the show and hope that it is as successful this year as it has been in the past. The dance team and football team thank you for your support and hope you enjoy the show!

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