Then I was a judge two years ago, and missed last year because of a Cheeseburger gig. I'm back tonight as a judge for what they are billing as the All-Star edition. This has rapidly become THE event in Quincy to attend.
Kris Kutcher, who owns Kristopher's next to Second String Music, tried to bribe me with $3. Angie Asmann of Nu-Fit offered her free Pilates lessons. Casey Schnack-Shild smiled very sweetly and offered free defense counseling in case I blow the stop sign at Sixth and State again. Victoria Kelley promised me a role in her husband's upcoming movie or to let me score the soundtrack.
I am immune to such temptation. I will judge squarely on the merits of movement, enthusiasm and style. Buying me a lemonade wouldn't hurt, however.
Judging with me is Mayor Kyle Moore, who nearly won the first event with partner Lindsey Hess, and Susan Pierson of Media Development. I think we all agree that we are less about perfect movement and more about enthusiasm, imagination and having fun.
The crowd also has a large vote in the competition. It's more about raising money for a great cause and having fun than anything else, but I do have a piece of advice for the dancers.
Don't bring your weak stuff. And don't forget your routine. That only works for people who judge instead of dance.