Carolyn Ellis School of Dance’s All That Glitters Dance Troope will be hosting the First Annual All That Glitters Fall Affair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Journey Church’s parking lot on 20th Street (where the old Northside Baptist Church used to be located). Pamela Keith is coordinating the event with assistance from Mary Scarbrough.
Scarbrough said they have been working on this event for three months. She stated that the dancers of the All That Glitters Dance Troope have always danced at the Love Affair Fine Arts Festival each year, but with it not being presented this year, they decided to offer an affair of their own to the community.
“We’re trying to give something back like the Love Affair,” Scarbrough said. “We need something good and positive. We’re hoping to make this an annual event.”
She added, “We wanted to show the citizens how our girls love to dance. They work really hard.”
Mayor Jamie Cater will serve as the master of ceremonies starting at 11:30 a.m. Throughout the day, the public will have a chance to enjoy various activities such as a dunking booth, cake walk, bouncy house, bouncy slide, face painting, bean bag toss, ring toss, gold fish toss, train rides, pony rides, basketball throw, duck pond and more.
In addition, there will be food starting at the price of $0.50 and up. There will be barbecue, Brunswick stew, hot dogs, cotton candy and much more. Scarbrough said Tyron Spearman donated a candy machine and his peanuts. There will also be a country store available with fresh fruits and vegetables. There will be vendors from all over Georgia.
Scarbrough noted that they still have a few 20 X 20 vendor spaces available. Those interested in being a vendor can contact Scarbrough at 326-6172 or Keith at 848-1028.
Admission to the event is free; however, tickets for the games will be sold for $0.25 each. The games will be two to four tickets. Also, Charlie Mizell, a paraplegic, will be doing a wheelchair race (MRS Homecare donated two wheelchairs).
Scarbrough noted that Kevin Ward designed many of the games. She said parents of the dancers and past dancers will be volunteering at the event.
She said there will be an antique car show as well for anyone with an antique car. She stated that three awards will be presented: Mayor’s Choice, Best of Show and Best Original. There will also be a silent auction with donated items from local businesses and citizens.
Performances will be going on all day by the All That Glitters Dance Troope and local artists Austin Kilby, Listen 249, J. Fletcher and Kevin Hutto.
Scarbrough said three stages will be set up — one for the dancers and two for the entertainers. She stated that the troope will be dancing for 30 to 40 minutes all day, and during the time that they’re not dancing, they will be helping out at the event.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the troope’s dancing supplies and trips.
“This is going to be a big event,” Scarbrough said. “We’re hoping it will be a great success. We’re all excited and worked really hard on it. We hope to make money for the girls, but we’re happy to be able to allow the community to see their passion.”
Scarbrough, who has been involved with Carolyn Ellis School of Dance for five years, has a daughter in the fifth grade who is a part of the All That Glitters Dance Troope. She said this is her daughter’s first year on the team.
Carolyn Ellis School of Dance, owned by Carolyn Ellis, has been in business for over 35 years. Scarbrough said Mallory Ward is one of the main instructors, who started out as a dance student. Ginny Stone, who was also a dance student once, now runs the office. The company also has three or four other instructors.
“It’s like a big family,” Scarbrough said.
She stated that Carolyn Ellis School of Dance is a Christian-based company and that Ellis teaches loyalty and respect. There are over 60 dancers that are a part of the All That Glitters Dance Troope, ranging from fifth graders and up. The majority of the dancers are from Tifton and some are from surrounding areas.
“They are very well-behaved young girls,” Scarbrough stated, noting that they are invited every year by the performing arts consultants of Downtown Disney to perform, and they often perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They are also involved in the community.
She noted that some of the dancers compete with Carolyn Ellis School of Dance’s Silver Lining competition group, where they travel many places to compete.
For more information on the fall affair, visit their Facebook page.
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.