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UPDATE: Inaugural Marion County Dancing With the Stars to be Held in Fairmont

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Update: 10/3/13

The inaugural Marion County Dancing With the Stars competition will be held Saturday and one Fairmont teen is getting her chance to shine.

After five local celebrity couples work for votes, Sophie Silnicki, 16, will take the stage as the featured dancer.

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce said Silnicki has danced all over the country and is making a name for herself.

"She is a profound ballet dancer that has danced all over the United States and in other countries. she has danced with the New York Ballet, she has performed with the New York City Rockettes, Radio City Rockettes, she dances in Pittsburgh," said Tina Shaw, of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

The sold-out event will be held at Fairmont State University.


We are just days away from the Inaugural Marion County Dancing with the Stars Competition.

Five couples will take the stage this Saturday, October 5 to break it down for the audience and compete for the most votes.

All proceeds from the sold-out event will go toward the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Marion County.

"I think the dancers are going to come out and wow the crowd. I think the music they've chosen, the costumes they are going to be wearing, and the actually choreography of the dances are going to be so much fun that the crowd is actually going to be able to get involved," said Tina Shaw, of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held at Colebank Hall on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.

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Many would say that the ABC show Dancing with the Stars is quite entertaining.

You take a professional athlete, actress, or singer and turn him or her into an elegant dancer.

The show has captured the attention of millions of Americans.

"The Dancing with the Stars on TV just finished and I never missed an episode of it," said Sharon Swearingen, Marion County resident.

Two Marion County organizations are using the idea for fundraising purposes.

"The Chamber of Commerce was discussing doing the Dancing with the Stars at the same time the United Way board was discussing the opportunity," said Tiffany Samuels, United Way executive director.

After several months of planning, the "stars" have been chosen.

"It's an honor to be thought of that way, all joking aside," said Jonathan Rider, Rider Pharmacy. "I think that we all have to make some sacrifices and you have to go through some uncomfortability to help out the community. I am going to be uncomfortable during this whole session of dancing."

The stars have narrowed their dancing experience down to one word.

"Two left feet. I know that's more than one word. But, two left feet," said Christy Miller, East Fairmont Junior High School Principal.

"Mind-blowing," said Chuck Jessup, Times West Virginian.

"Excellent," Swearingen added.

"Pitiful," said Rider.

Everything you need to know about Marion County's Dancing with the Stars can be found on its website.

You can purchase tickets for the event and even vote for your favorite couple in the comfort of your own computer chair.

Votes cost $5 each.

"Just get online and vote," Samuels said. "Come out on October the 5th to see the dances."

Dancers will begin preparing for the big day immediately.

"By doing this, we are showing the community we can pull together and do something great for it." Miller said.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.

You can purchase your tickets and begin voting now.

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