John F. Russell: 2-stepping for skiing |

John F. Russell: 2-stepping for skiing

— I can’t dance.

Doesn’t matter if it’s rock ‘n’ roll, big band or swing – I have a better chance of finding gold at the end of a rainbow than finding the beat on the dance floor.

Lawrence Welk couldn’t help me, and if Arthur Murray saw me, he would have trotted right out of the business.

I have two left feet and very little sense of how to move on a dance floor. I can’t tang or do the cha-cha, and I think the mambo is a drink size at Starbucks

Luckily, the folks at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club can breathe a sigh of relief – I don’t represent the population of Steamboat Springs. They can be thankful there are more than a few people in our valley who actually like to dance.

The club’s executive director, Rick DeVos, says many of the couples who show up for the annual Ski Ball are more comfortable on the dance floor than they are in the La-Z-Boy at home.

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Every year, there are more than a few people who get dressed to the nines, drink fancy cocktails and schmooze with other people in Steamboat Springs who like to dance.

Last year, DeVos said the Ski Ball, which was held at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, sold out a week before the event. This year, the Dec. 6 event is moving to the Sheraton Steamboat Resort’s recently renovated grand ballroom, where DeVos expects another large crowd.

He said early ticket sales have been strong, which proves that people love dancing (or possibly the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) more than they fear our uncertain economy.

DeVos is holding out for another sell out. He’s confident the people of Steamboat will continue to support the Ski Ball and Steamboat’s long skiing tradition.

It’s a good thing for our community.

The money raised from the event, which was close to $100,000 last year, will be used to supplement the cost to operate the organization this year.

It will help pay for coaches and other staff members, who all work to offer the children of this community a unique opportunity to learn and grow through the sport of skiing.

DeVos admits that many of the people who buy tickets may not be in love with dancing. They simply want to support the children of Steamboat Springs by purchasing a ticket or by making a bid on a silent auction item.

“It’s huge,” DeVos said about the Ski Ball. “It’s grown into one of the biggest social events in Steamboat Springs. But in the end, it’s really about supporting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and our children.”

So, if you like to dance, socialize or simply want to help out, the time is here. Tickets are available at the Winter Sports Club’s main office.

Unfortunately, they won’t teach you to dance at the club, but the money from the annual Ski Ball is more about skiing than dancing, anyway.