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Gores take love of dance to the stage for 'Stars' fundraiser

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

When it comes to social dancing, Ed and Dinah Gore are each other’s favorite partners, but when it comes to Brunswick Community Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars fundraiser, Dinah says she and her professional partner Paul McTaggart are the ones to watch.

“We have fun with it, but I’m pulling for Dinah,” Ed said. “I’m not trying to win; I’m trying to do a good job.”

Dinah made it clear—she’s trying to win, and she has no problem asking Ed to help.

“I’m sure he will vote for me,” she said. “All he has to do is sign the check.”

Votes are unlimited and can be purchased through www.brunswickcollegefoundation.com for $10 each. Tickets to the Aug. 1 event are $75 each.

Ed and Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach have been practicing for the charity event twice a week for several months. The two practice at Arts Alive in Longs, S.C., each with a professional partner.

Ed practices with Carol Counhan and Dinah with McTaggart, who first began competing with each other in New Orleans. The two now teach ballroom dancing throughout the area at Arts Alive, North Myrtle Beach Community Center and Club 2001 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Counhan choreographed a tango, which Ed said “has a little spice, but won’t be risqu.”

“We like that because it’s a nice, smooth dance,” Counhan said. “We’re at the point where we just need to polish it.”

Although Ed says rooting for Dinah to win, he hopes one of “the older folks” is crowned as the dancing champion.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful for the retirees to have one of their own win this thing?” he said.

Dinah and McTaggart have been practicing a quickstep to an instrumental version of “Yes, Sir. That’s My Baby.”

Dinah said although she’s been dancing for all her life and she and Ed frequently dance socially, learning choreographed steps have proven to be somewhat of a challenge.

“As soon as my brain knows what to tell my feet to do, I don’t have a problem,” Dinah said. “But I’m having a ball just preparing for this big event.”

Dinah said she volunteered to dance for two reasons.

“Number one, it’s a very good cause. Anytime you are helping with education, you don’t go wrong,” she said. “Number two, I just love to dance.”

Dinah said she and Ed contribute to charities throughout the county, and this was one more they couldn’t say no to.

“Ed and I have been very blessed over the years, and it’s always a good feeling to give back,” she said.

The two have enjoyed their practices so much they are going to continue sessions with Counhan and McTaggart, but until August, they will be in dancing competition mode.

“We just want to thank everyone who contributes to this wonderful cause,” Dinah said. “Now take your pen in your hand and checkbook out of your pocket. It’s all for the college, but we hope your votes will be for Dinah and Paul,” she said with a smile.

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com