One of the lasting moments of last year’s Dancing with the Coffee County Stars was the lift by Marcus and Kimby Simmons to the song “The Time of my Life,” from the film “Dirty Dancing.” (File photo by John Coffelt)

By John Coffelt, Staff Writer Some of Manchester’s finest, or at least most daring, dancers will compete in the fourth annual Dancing with the Coffee County Stars, 6 p.m., April 7 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. This year’s crop of local talent promises some of the best overall competition of any prior year. Rounding out the lineup is a collection of dancers, most with stage experience, or with some athletic or musical talent. It’s a group MAC Chairman of the Board Brenda Deadman calls “very competitive.” Veteran performers Landon and Rachel Spangler will offer a good performance, likely calling on their experience in Millennium Repertory Company shows like “Music Man” and “How to Succeed in Business without even Trying,” in which Landon offered a notable tap solo. Business owner Steve West, a musician in his own right, will no doubt offer a memorable performance as he brings his Nashville styling into play. Also no stranger to the MAC stage is Douglas Yurcik, who recently performed in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and wowed audiences in last season’s “Wizard of Oz” as the Cowardly Lion. He will dance with his wife, Angie. Coffee County Star Cindy Gray is also a musician, playing the violin with fellow Christian artists. She will dance with her husband Jacob. She will be chi chi-ing to “Summertime” her and Jacob’s favorite dance. Conference Center Director Rebecca French has the home court advantage and will share the parquet floor with Star alumni Taylor Rayfield. Star Emily Howes says that she mostly dances for fun, at weddings with her husband, Gregg, but has taken some classes in her youth. Star Jamie Treadwell is an avid runner and expresses her creativity through visual mediums like painting and drawing. Look for some Dancer Steven McInturff is athletic in his own right, and will be drawing on his wife’s love of dance for some of the routine. Steve West added that “The Arts Center does a wonderful job of providing the opportunity for the people of this area to showcase their talent and future talent.  I love the many musicals and other theatrical presentations.  This where artists discover their own talent.” He says he has  zero dance experience, but loves the latin dances. “I’m not quick enough to dance them, but I’m working on one of them for the  show. My dance partner is one of my fellow TPAC Education friends.  We have worked together as teaching artists for the Disney Musicals In Schools program — working with middle schools and elementary schools in Nashville,” he said. His favorite song in the show will be “Dark of the Moon.” “It was in the middle of one hour of slow waltz tunes on youtube. First we couldn’t even find the name of the song.  Then we couldn’t find it for sale anywhere.  I ended up getting it from a German Company that distributes classic dance tunes that are no longer available on disc or tape,” he said. The eight stars will waltz, and do a country and a freestyle dance. Celebrating 10 years at current location This Dancing with the Coffee County Stars will coincide with the tenth year that the Manchester Arts Center has been in its 128 E. Main St. location following the December 2006 fire at the former location, 909 Hillsboro Blvd. “After the Arts Center burned, we bought this place and moved in 2008,” said Deadman. The event is the center’s premier fundraiser, though fundraiser shows are held throughout the year. “We replaced our roof and two air conditioners and are in the process of replacing the windows in the front,” she said. The next project is to finish an open area to the left of the entryway into the center. The partitions will provide a better rehearsal location other than the main stage and will improve the looks of the interior of the center. The MAC is still accepting birthday sponsors, and tickets are $65 at manchesterartcenter.com, Peoples Bank and Trust, from one of the dancers or pick them up in person on Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the arts center. Purchase tickets or make donations for the action by contacting Deadman at 931-581-0260. “This fundraiser has been very successful for the arts center,” Deadman said. “And it gets better every year.” It’s these fundraisers plus grants that keep the center going. Birthday sponsors include SHE (Southern Home Enterprises), Jerry Bartlett, Millennium Repertory Company, Peoples Bank and Trust Company, the Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Eaton Ace Hardware, Manchester and Coffee County Funeral Homes, Sherrill’s Pest Control, Joy Miller, Black Iris, Howard Development and Old Stone Fort Golf Course.