Jim Hemig: Let’s dance | TheUnion.com

Jim Hemig: Let’s dance

Jim Hemig Publisher The Union
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

Want to watch your publisher cut a rug? Well, at least make an attempt to do so?

You have an opportunity to see a preview of my dancing skills at our local Jazzercise studio next Saturday, Aug. 8.

I have teamed up with Lynn Maas and Sandy Neel, owners of Grass Valley Jazzercise, to host a special class at 8:30 a.m. to help raise money for my Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser, supporting the Center for the Arts.

My Dancing with Our Stars professional dance partner, Catie Cleary, will also make an appearance, so you can compare what a pro can do compared to a publisher with two left feet!

I have teamed up with Lynn Maas and Sandy Neel, owners of Grass Valley Jazzercise, to host a special class at 8:30 a.m. to help raise money for my Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser supporting the Center for the Arts.

Everyone is welcome to attend this class, even if you’re not a current Jazzercise member. This will be a great way for folks not familiar with Jazzercise to give it a try in a large group setting with a fun theme — watching me make a fool out of myself. This will be a great workout for people of all abilities because I’ll have help from our team of local, well-known and expert Jazzercise instructors.

There will be no mandatory donation amount. My primary goal is to fill up the studio and have a lot of fun. The fundraising is secondary. Just come out, and if you feel like supporting my Dancing with Our Stars effort, I know the Center for the Arts would appreciate it.

The nonprofit Center for the Arts is a critical organization in our community. The Center hosts more than 150 events a year, bringing first class entertainment to an anticipated 170,000 people this year. And of the folks attending, more than 40 percent come from outside the area.

This makes the Center for the Arts an important factor in our tourism and economic success and worthy of our support. The out-of-area visitors spend money at the Center, local restaurants, hotels, stores and even our gas stations. So you know any money raised during this class is for a good cause.

I’ll confess though, this won’t be my first Jazzercise class.

My wife has taught Jazzercise for years. She was hoping to continue teaching when she moved here.

She was happy to find that Jazzercise in Grass Valley was a thriving organization with passionate instructors and dedicated students. This group, both the instructors and the students, were fun and welcoming to my wife. And quickly she found herself not only teaching classes, but also joining in community activities that Grass Valley Jazzercise supports, such as marching (dancing) in the Fourth of July parade and performing a demonstration at the Nevada County Fair.

To be honest, though, I try to avoid going to Jazzercise. With the previously mentioned two left feet, I look like a baby giraffe trying to keep up with the other students. So I usually hide in the back and try not to knock anybody over with my 6 foot, 4 inch, 200-pound frame. But I won’t be hiding in the back this time. I’ll be on stage showing my moves!

So I hope you’ll come dance with me at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, to support the Center for the Arts. Grass Valley Jazzercise is located upstairs in the Masonic building, above Caroline’s Coffee Roasters, 126 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

To contact Publisher Jim Hemig, email jhemig@theunion.com or call 530-477-4299.

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