SEASIDE — The Seaside Elks Lodge at 324 Avenue A will host a “Dance ‘Til You Drop” Marathon Saturday, May 18. Reserve your spot on the dance floor by contacting Rich Small at 503-717-5084 by May 3, which is also the deadline to order dinner tickets.

Dance to music of the ‘70s. Be the last couple standing and win all the prize money. A minimum of 30 couples is needed. With a competition entry fee of $10 per person, the more dancers, the larger the prize will be. Any proceeds beyond the dance entry fee will support Clatsop Special Olympics.

You must register as a couple for the marathon, but dancing will be allowed for non-competitors as well. Spectators can win, too. During the first four hours of the dance marathon, a drawing will be held and whoever names the artist and group/band for each song following each set wins $20 cash.

Tickets are $10 each for dance marathon competition, $5 each for non-competition dancing and $12 each for dinner. Dinner choices are rigatoni Alfredo with baked chicken or rigatoni with pasta sauce and meatballs, both with sides, coffee or tea and dessert. Make checks payable to Seaside Elks Lodge 1748 Dance Marathon. For credit card payments, call the Seaside Elks Lodge at 503-748-6651 after 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Or you can mail payment and registration to Seaside Elks Lodge, 324 Avenue A, Seaside, OR 97138. Because this is a nonprofit charity event, there will be no refunds.

Dinner starts at 5:45 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a competitors’ meeting, required for marathon dancers, and at 8 p.m. the marathon begins. There will be a short break for marathon dance competitors following each dance set.

The marathon rules of dance are as follows. Any dance style or fusion of dances is allowed provided couples alternately raise their feet off the floor and dance together as a couple. Slow dance requires couples to be “in hold” or “embrace” and feet must move and/or raise alternately off the floor. The outside perimeter of the floor is reserved for progressive dancers moving counter clockwise around the floor. Other than breaks, if you must leave the floor for any reason, you will be accompanied by a monitor.

Contact Small at 503-717-5084 or richiesmall@msn.com for more information.

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