So last night I dropped by a little cocktail reception honoring this year’s community dancers—for the Boca Ballroom Battle coming up August 16. This is the seventh annual dance showcase starring Boca Raton community leaders and patterned after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.

Last summer, I was one of those dancers, and I think back on training for the event as being trapped in one long primal silent scream. I was scared, clumsy, terrified of making an ass of myself and staring at the ceiling most nights wondering why I had said I’d do it.

But last night, as I went from dancer to dancer to try to calm their nerves, I was completely stunned: Not one of them seemed fazed by the whole thing. Victoria Rixon said she didn’t dance at all but “wanted to see what it was like.” Albert Dabbah was working the room like a pro, and said it was going great. Elizabeth Grace said it was “starting to click” after a measly seven lessons. Denise Zimmerman acted like it was nothing and Paula Pianta was chatting about her upcoming vacation in California. I missed the others, but the general vibe was “I got this” as opposed to “I will never live this down,” which was my general take on it all.

So I am impressed. These people are fearless, confident and more than human, in my opinion. I suspect they are going to blow the roof off the Resort that night.

This year’s event co-chairs are Dr. Anthony N. and Jennifer Dardano and S. Chris and Yvette Palermo. The Occhigrossi family returns for the fourth year as the Presenting Sponsor, joined by Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament Committee as the “Mirror Ball” Sponsor, Boca Raton magazine, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Aerospace Precision Metals, Amy and Mike Kazma, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Ippolita Jewelry from Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Audi Coral Springs/Lighthousepoint, Investments Limited, Margi and Kurtiss Cross, Griffin and Olivia Occhigrossi, and Daszkal Bolton, LLP.

Limited tickets are available starting at $150. All tickets include two cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call 561/ 347-6799 or purchase online at

About the George Snow Scholarship Fund:
The George Snow Scholarship Fund, a Boca Raton-based 501(c)3 Public Charity, provides educational grants to deserving young scholars. These scholarships are four-year commitments and are designed to bridge the gap between other financial aid and what the scholars and their families can afford. In addition, the Scholarship Fund provides support services designed to benefit all Snow Scholars. No other organization of this kind provides so much support to their scholarship recipients.