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February 10, 2013

Fundraiser relies on dancers, community movers and shakers

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MANKATO —

“The thing I do is teach people how to dance, so for me, I have lots of ways to do it,” he said. “If you’ve never worked with novice dancers before, it’s hard. The most important quality I have is patience. ... You have to make them feel comfortable, and it’s got to be fun.”

The only snag in the process so far, he said, has been scheduling. It’s not easy to work around the schedules of three busy professionals, but they’ve made it work. They’ve also made a lot of money.

“As far as fundraising goes, the stars are through-the-roof fundraisers,” Finocchiaro said.

And that’s good, because the event is, after all, a fundraiser.

Bob Meyer, executive director of the Mankato Red Cross, said they’re hoping to make about $20,000 from the event.

“We’re looking for a signature event,” Meyer said. “I think this is going to be it. It’s created a lot of buzz, and we’re really not doing a lot of advance work yet.”

Some of the buzz is coming from the competitors themselves.

“My biggest competition is Scott Bergs,” Kind said. “Just look at him, look at who he is.”

Replied Bergs, “I’d love to consider John my biggest competition, but to be honest, John hasn’t danced in a long time.”

Bergs also joked those many sedentary years have caused the muscles in his legs to atrophy.

“In all seriousness, I am very competitive by nature, but here my primary goal is to raise awareness of the Red Cross and all the good it does in the community.”

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