Elder steps up for charity dance competition

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Wil Elder is dancing for two good causes in the Dancing with the High Point Stars event on Feb. 23.
Elder, president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, will perform a tango with professional dance partner, Gulya Asgarova, to benefit Communities in Schools of High Point.
“And I may also do the dance at my wedding in August,” he said. “I should be Mr. Twinkletoes by then.”
Elder volunteered after an event planner contacted him. Money from the event supports the CIS mission to offer students a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.
“It is for a good cause,” Elder said, “but I did not know how bad a dancer I was until I got into this.”
Elder has been practicing for two months.
“I’m starting to get it now. I did learn not to step on my toes so much,” Elder said.
Elder said he’s been excited to see the other dancers practice. All the local “stars” are paired with professional dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The local dancers will receive awards for most votes, best dance and best costume.
“It’s interesting to see how they have done,” Elder said.
/David Nivens/

Dancing with the High Point Stars

What: A fundraiser for Communities in Schools of High Point
When: 6 p.m., Feb. 23
Where: Showplace, downtown High Point 
Admission: $40 which includes one “vote” along with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. 
Tickets and Voting: Visit www.highpoint.communitiesinschools.org, or call 336.883.6434, ext. 26, or visit the CIS office at 503 Ferndale Blvd.