Athletic director will dance to the tune of a good cause

By Andrea Ray | Sep 03, 2017

Abington — Old Rochester Regional High School Athletic Director Bill Tilden is trading in his sneakers for dancing shoes.

Well, for one night anyway. On September 16, Tilden will be among six other competitors, including two radio personalities, the former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a Plymouth County commissioner and a state representative, to show his ballroom dancing skills in "Dancing with the Dignitaries."

"Dancing with the Dignitaries" is hosted by the Plymouth County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The Coalition is teaming up with Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Plymouth, whose professional dance instructors are working with each contestant.

The money raised at the event will help fund suicide intervention skills training and other programs meant to bring increased awareness to mental health outreach and care.

"I was asked to do it, and I couldn't say no," Tilden said. "It was for such a good cause."

Each competitor will perform a short choregraphed ballroom piece. Tilden's dance is the waltz.

"It's going well," he said of his training. "My partner is wonderful. I pretty much know where my feet are supposed to go. It's just figuring out what to do with my arms. And remembering to smile despite all the thinking I'm doing!"

His competition partner Casey Baird, the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Plymouth, sang Tilden's praises. "He's been great, I have such a good time teaching him. He's naturally a very good dancer!" she said.

At the end of the evening, the competitors will be scored on their performance by a panel of three judges.

"Dancing with the Dignitaries" will be held at Emerald Hall, 30 Central Street, in Abington. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. on the 16th.

To purchase tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3042596. Tickets for children under 18 are available in the tri-town area through Kim Corazzini, at 508-728-3601.

 

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