• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Woodford couple to compete in Dancing with Lexington Stars

It had been over 20 years since Kurt and Susan Adams took lessons at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, and now they’re taking lessons again to prepare for the ninth annual Dancing with the Lexington Stars on Saturday, May 11. The Woodford County couple credit their Arthur Murray instructor, Chris Stone, for helping them “unlearn” what they’ve been doing wrong on the dance floor for the last 20 years. They started taking lessons with Stone in February. Susan, who has always liked to dance, says she’s both excited and nervous about competing in Dancing with the Lexington Stars. She and her husband of nearly 31 years are among a handful of couples with no professional dancer. “I asked him (Kurt) if he would dance with me, and so it was his choice,” says Susan. “… If he had said no, I would have ended up dancing with a professional. But I was really glad that he said yes.” “Happy wife, happy life …,” says Kurt, when asked to explain his yes. The Woodford County couple chose to dance the East Coast Swing to “Need You Tonight” by INXS. Because the song’s well-known, Susan said she’s confident their Dancing with the Lexington Stars’ audience will “get into the song, while they watch the dancing.” Although Susan acknowledges, “I’m not a star,” she’s had a chiropractic practice in Lexington for 30 years. Kurt’s also a chiropractor. Kurt says he’s “absolutely” nervous about dancing at an event that’ll be watched by a panel of judges, including celebrity judge Anna Trebunskaya, and broadcast on local TV. “I’m getting more confident in the (dance) routine,” he says, “but certainly…” he’ll still be nervous during their dance. “Hopefully,” he adds, “we’ll be able to do it in our sleep.” Susan, a member of Lexington’s Rotary Club for 24 years, says she has served on the organization’s Dancing with the Lexington Stars fundraising committee from the beginning. And she was asked to participate in this year’s charity event, which benefits the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund and, most-notably, Surgery on Sunday. “This is Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year,” explains Susan. “And it’s really important to bring the money in for this event so we have that money to distribute” as charitable donations. Surgery on Sunday, which receives the largest charitable donation from Dancing with the Lexington Stars, provides outpatient essential surgical services at no cost to income-eligible, uninsured and underinsured individuals who don’t qualify for federal or state assistance, according to the nonprofit’s website. Anyone can bid on the fundraiser’s silent auction items, including a private lesson with Trebunskaya, by visitingdancingwiththelexingtonstars.com. They can also vote for their favorite dancer and purchase tickets for Dancing with the Lexington Stars on May 11, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Marriot Griffin Gate Resort & Spa.

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