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‘Dancing with the King’ Returns to Tupelo to Celebrate Elvis

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Dancing with the King kicks off in Tupelo this weekend partnering with the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club to honor the late Elvis Presley.

It all starts on Friday, 7 p.m. at Elvis’ birthplace, 206 Elvis Presley Drive in Tupelo, with a ’50s style rock ‘n’ roll dance party. Following on Saturday at 9 a.m., there are dance workshops for ballroom dancing at the Catholic Church in Shelton Hall. Around 1 p.m. will be an amateur dance competition for Elvis fans, and there will be judges who will select certain performers to compete at the Dancing with the King Gala on Saturday night.

The Gala, starting at 7 p.m. at Shelton Hall will be a dinner and dance party including another competition featuring those who qualified earlier that day as well as professionals. Also performing will be a special guest Elvis tribute artist, a night perfect for all Elvis fans.

Prices to attend the events vary from day to day. A spectator ticket for the weekend to attend the welcome party as well as Saturday night’s Dancing with the King Gala will be $75. There will also be an Elvis Fan Package available that is all-inclusive, including an optional hotel stay for those visiting from out of town, a tour of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, $20 in “downtown dollars” for lunch, a ticket to the Gala and a pass to the Tupelo Automobile Museum valid until the Elvis Festival in June. It also includes an exclusive tour of the city to Elvis landmarks. For those who just want to attend the gala, there is a ticket option available for that as well.

Dancing with the King also is featuring a sponsorship option for an Ole Miss Ballroom Dance Club student to participate the entire weekend for just $200.

“Sponsoring makes it possible for the student to attend the 3 day Dancing with the King event. It will give the student the opportunity to further their dance education and explore Elvis’ legacy through dance,” said Rubye Del Harden, former editor and publisher of The Itawamba County Times.

All are welcome to attend either to dance or simply to watch and listen to an Elvis Presley filled weekend! Contact Jill Palmer at (662) 213-0504 to purchase your tickets or visit the website for more information. Here’s a clip of last year’s winners, Robbie and Tammy.

Margaretta Carter is a HottyToddy.com staff reporter and can be reached at mdcarte1@go.olemiss.edu.

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