Dance Like Everyone’s Watching: Friends’ fancy footwork highlight of fundraiser

By Helaine R. Williams
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

A troupe of Irish dancers stole the show, and the trophy, at the eighth annual Dancing Into Dreamland. The event, hosted by the Friends of Dreamland, was held on Nov. 3 in the ballroom, part of Taborian Hall Museum in Little Rock.

A silent auction kicked off the evening. Board member Ryk St. Vincentand event founder Kerry McCoy made opening remarks before yeilding the mics to KTHV’s Craig O’Neill and Adam “Poolboy” Dunaway of KLAL, “Alice” 107.7.

Sarah and Rick Pinedo, 2016 winners, performed an exhibition tango just before competition began. The O’Donovan School of Irish Dance stole the competition with its fancy footwork. Fan favorites were students from Shuffles and Ballet II, performing a musical-theater routing to “Shoeless Joe.”

Other contestants included Megan Walker and Micah McClung, who danced the Lindy Hop. Five-year-old Nora Robertson and her adult partner, Daniel Felts, performed an East Coast Swing routine. New Creation Dance Co. did a bit of dance-versus-viloin performance art. Ziege Morehart and Devin Conyer, brought the bolero. Kim and Mike Nelson got the crowd engaged with “their own brand of sexy dance” (complete with jungle costumes); Abby Robertson and Daniel Felts chose a little cha-cha.

Judging the contest were David Miller – Swingin’ Down the Lane radio-show host – and recipient of a special award of the night for his long time participation in the contest. Also judging were Anna Kimmel, Arkansas Reparatory Theatre director of education; and restaurateur Amy Kelley Bell of South on Main. Guests texted their votes at the end of the competition segment.

Proceeds will go toward an elevator for the Dreamland Ballroom, the site of big-name concerts for black audiences during the days of Jim Crow segregation. The ballroom was featured in the regional Emmy Award Winning documentary Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.

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Hey Dancers! Win $500 this November!

For the first time ever Dancing into Dreamland 2014 winners were an entire dance group. Shuffles Ballet performed Micheal Jackson's Thriller and certainly thrilled our judges and guests!
For the first time ever Dancing into Dreamland 2014 winners were an entire dance group. Shuffles Ballet performed Micheal Jackson’s Thriller and certainly thrilled our judges and guests!

Just in time for the holidays! Win $500 this November!

The Friends of Dreamland are excited to announce that Graham and Associates has pledged $500 to be presented to the winners of this year’s Dancing into Dreamland on Nov. 6th in the Dreamland Ballroom.

The 6th Annual 2015 Dancing into Dreamland will host a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ style event in which a variety of dancers from all dancing styles compete for judges and audience votes.

Dancer’s application fee is $25.  Proceeds go toward the restoration of the historic Taborian Hall.  The 99 year old building is located at 800 West 9th Street (Arkansas flag and banner building) in downtown Little Rock. Download your application now at and participate in a great event, while helping save part of Little Rock’s cultural history.

Not a dancer? GREAT!!  (You don’t have to get sweaty!)  You get to join in the fun as a spectator and vote for your favorite performance of the night while enjoying food, drinks and taking in the history and ambiance of the Dreamland Ballroom. You’ll find yourself intrigued when you learn all the legends who have graced Dreamland’s stage like Duke Ellington, Ray Charles. Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and many more.

Order your tables or tickets online. General admission tickets are $69. Event sponsorships and box seating are available as well. Visit for more details and to order your tickets securely online.