Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Wick stages a dance-a-thon with DWTS celebs and more!

What can I say? Once you are a Boca Ballroom Battle alumni, you can talk the talk. You’ve done your time on the boards, learned how to rock a spray tan, felt the roar of the crowd, and the agony of defeat.  You have danced like no one is watching even with 800 people watching—and you become a star, just like on TV. At least I was sure that’s what “Dancing With The Stars” pro Jonathan Roberts would think when he met me, after I managed to let him know within the first 15 seconds that I was in Season 8, only in Boca. At the Resort.

He was very nice, this Mr. Handsome, 41, who started dancing at the ripe old age of 19, inspired by Al Pacino doing a tango in “The Scent of A Woman.” Starting tonight and through the first weekend, he will be lead dancer in the Wick’s “Ballroom with a Twist-Mas,” which features entertainers from “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol,” and “So You Think You Can Dance. “ In addition to Handsome, revolving pros from “Dancing With The Stars” include Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer and Gleb Savchenko.

But more about Handsome, who agreed to spin me around the room, perhaps since I was so far beyond a first lesson. I asked him what the most common mistake was that beginning dancers made, and he said it was looking at their feet, where I happened to be looking at exactly that moment. But he also said, staring straight at me, that with enough practice, people could learn rhythm, even if it seemed they had none. As he whirled me around all I could think of was that it was an ordinary Thursday morning and there I was in the lobby of the Wick Theater dancing with the world Champion Ballroom Dancer of 2008. Sigh. You can go see him on stage—but I got to dance with him.

No doubt it was professional courtesy, of course.

Ballroom With A Twist-Mas runs from December 10-December 27, Wednesday-Sunday, with matinees at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. For children under 16, tickets are $45. Adult tickets start at $85 at or call 561/955-2333.

Marie Speed
Marie Speed
Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines. Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.

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