Diaper Dance – Jake’s Diapers Diaper Drive

Local News Team Learns the Diaper Line Dance

We were proud to join NBC26 & Jake’s Diapers to help with the October Diaper Drive.  Member’s of the News Team and and volunteers braved the bleak, late-October weather to learn the diaper dance to help bring awareness for Jake’s Diapers.  This is wonderful cause.  We are looking forward to helping them more in the future.

While the adults learned how to dance, the children were busy at play in the Kiddiepillar.  This giant inflatable caterpillar was provided by Fun Pros Events.  This was a huge hit with the kids.  Some of the adults thought about trying their luck with the inflatable obstacle course, but settled for enjoying the energetic laughter coming from the children.  However, some brave members of the News Team took their turn at exploring the insides of the Kiddiepillar.  I guess their journalistic ambition was enough to give them the courage needed to take part in the goodnatured fun.

Click here to watch the live feed on FaceBook

Flash Mob Line Dance

Learning the Dance

Jake’s Diapers’ goal is to provide diapers to people who live extreme poverty.   Since they began, Jake’s Diapers has helped thousands babies worldwide and right here in our Fox Cities community.  Please bring donations of either cloth or disposable diapers to the Festival Foods’ parking lot in De Pere, Wisconsin.  Look for the giant Caterpillar Bouncey House.

Learning the Diaper Dance

Ok we admit that this dance will not replace the Wobble or the Cha Cha Slide in popularity.  But the silliness of the dance was supposed to raise the embarrassment level of all who were participating.

Diaper Dance Flash Mob Group

Diaper Dance Selfie


Melinda and Charlie Sokaitis chatting

Melinda encouraging NBC26 News Team’s Charlie Sokaitis

As the dancers took their positions, Melinda guided her willing and eager team through the choreography.  She also included the American Sign Language Gestures that coincide with the steps.

We are proud of the all the participants in the line dance!

Ballroom Dance Competition – Oktoberfest 2016

Ballroom Dance Competition with a Country-Western Twist

Last weekend Fred Astaire of Appleton was pleased to take part in the annual Oktoberfest Ballroom Dance Competition.  This is one of four competitions that Dance Works of Wisconsin produces each year and one of the biggest held in the Midwest.  As this was our first official competition since opening our doors a few weeks ago, we were unable to take part in some of the festivities.  Rest assured that next year we will give the Pewaukee dance studio a run for their money in the line dance competition!

Here is a brief montage of the weekend’s highlights:

The competition ran Thursday afternoon to Saturday evening and mostly consisted of Pro-Am (students dancing with their teachers) competitors.  The dancers were of all levels and from all over Wisconsin.  They competed in Show Dances, International Latin & Ballroom, American Rhythm & Smooth and the ever-popular Country Western divisions.  Each night had an exciting professional competition that featured some of the best professional competitors in the United States.

Timeka at a Ballroom Dance Competition

An Instructor at Oktoberfest

Saturday Evening Gala and Social Dancing

This year’s gala event had a country-western theme.  All attendees came in full cowboy/cowgirl regalia and jumped into the night’s activities with both boot-clad feet.  The evening started with never ending draft beer served from a covered wagon.  Followed by buffet of “Texas” style Bar-B-que complete with succulent smoked meats and corn on the cob.  A country band performed subdued music during the meal but cranked up a little for some good ol’ fashioned social dancing.

No hoe-down would be complete without a visit from the square dance caller, Charles Muecke…a crowd favorite!  A bunch of ballroom dancers attempting to square dance was a sight to be seen.  The professionals and the judges always have the hardest time, and it is hilarious to watch!  The night was fun.  The food was great.  The beer was plentiful.  And we are excited for Holiday Trophy Ball in December.

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