Tim Adams lights up TV screens as KNDU’s popular weatherman.
But is he light on his feet?
What about Steve Jones? The principal leads Desert Hills Middle School in Kennewick, but can he be a leader on the dance floor?
That soon will be revealed.
Adams, Jones and five other local “celebrities” will face off in a dance competition June 6 in Richland.
Dancing with the Tri-City Stars starts at 7 p.m. at Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St.
The production is based on the popular ABC show Dancing with the Stars, which features actors, singers, athletes and other celebrities paired with dancing pros.
Along with Adams and Jones, the other local celebrities scheduled to take part are radio personality Faith Martin; Jessica Morales, a Hanford site project manager; Kennewick Mayor Steve Young; state Sen. Sharon Brown; and Sharon Grant, founder of Friends of Badger Mountain.
Beth Trost, a longtime local dance instructor, is presenting the event, with help from the Utah Ballroom Dance Co.
The Utah company produces similar dancing competitions around the country. Trost saw one in Hermiston, and “it was great. I was very impressed with how it all comes about,” she said.
Professional dancers from the Utah company will train and perform with the local celebrity contestants — their dances in ballroom styles from samba to swing.
A panel of local judges — singer Mary Lou Gnoza, radio personality and instructor Ed Dailey and Bob Rosselli, a retired Department of Energy and Columbia Basin College Foundation official — will give feedback.
But the audience will pick the winner. Half the event’s net profit will go to a charity designated by the mirror ball trophy holder.
Trost and her husband, Harry Hayter, have been planning the show for about a year. She’s excited that it’s almost here.
“Most people know these (local) celebrities in one way or another, and they will enjoy watching them dance with a professional dance partner, just like the TV show,” Trost said.
The event will make for a fun, lighthearted time, she said.
Tickets are $29. They’re available at www.dancebybethtrost.com, at A-1 Shoes, 201 N. Edison St., Suite 254, and Sheep’s Clothing, 8551 W. Gage Blvd., both in Kennewick, or by mailing a check to Trost at 3729 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick, WA 99337. They’ll also be available at the door if the event isn’t yet sold out.