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  • Smyrna man competes in Dancing with The Delaware Stars

  • Since Richie Normington, of Smyrna, works as a fraud strategy analyst with Bank of America in Newark, he can keep his feet nice and rested for dancing.
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  • Since Richie Normington, of Smyrna, works as a fraud strategy analyst with Bank of America in Newark, he can keep his feet nice and rested for dancing.
    Normington will show off his fancy footwork as a contestant in the 4th Annual Dancing with The Stars Delaware at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in the Rollins Center on Jan. 26.
    Proceeds will benefit Mom's House in Dover, a non-profit organization offering single parents the opportunity to continue their education by providing childcare services free of charge.
    Normington, paired with Glenenise Parks, of Dover, discussed what guests can expect from their performance, his thoughts on "Gangam Style" and more.
    Q What does supporting Mom's House mean to you?
    A You have the opportunity to earn some charitable funds to give to folks who are definitely in need of some assistance, whether that's everything from receiving proper care and someone to talk to, down to receiving diapers. It's a good opportunity to have someone who might not necessarily have the best outlook on life to have some light shined on them.
    Q Can you give us a glimpse of your dance routine for the competition?
    A We've tried to make a performance that's unique, in which we've been able to incorporate a variety of classical moves intertwined with some contemporary forms of dance.
    Q How did you and Glenenise develop this routine?
    A The two of us decided through this process to kind of grow and learn together, and that's what brought about the type of connection we have for this art form.
    Q What kind of music will you dance to?
    A I'm not going to give you the song, but the dance tune will incorporate rock-n-roll and jazz, as well as funk.
    Q What does Glenenise bring to this collaboration?
    A Glenenise brings everything to this collaboration. She's got flavor, energy, great ability to learn and a great ability to teach.
    Q How do you compliment her?
    A I think I bring a different nuance to the type of dancing you would typically see in a ballroom — like a waltz. You're probably not going to see a waltz from me.
    Q Do you have a background in dance?
    A I began dancing at 3.
    Q What styles do you dabble in?
    Page 2 of 4 - A I'm a ballet, tap, acrobatic-jazz kind of guy. My main thing was tap dancing. I sort of hovered around that because I couldn't play an instrument, so I decided to use my feet as the thing that would make the noise.
    Q Who's a better dancer, you or YouTube sensation Psy?
    A I'm going to say myself. I'm going to say everyone in the competition is a better dancer than Psy. I know "Gangam Style" is pretty dreadful. I hope my many years of dancing experience completely buries the "Gangam Style" Psy.
    How DWTS works
    Dancing with The Stars Delaware will feature eight couples vying for the coveted grand prize: a pair of mirror ball trophies. Each couple will appear before a panel of judges and is allotted two minutes for their dance routine. The competition is based on three categories: fundraising (each pair is tasked with raising funds for Mom's House), dance routine and an audience vote for the best couple. Couples can earn a maximum of 10 points from each category, and the pair with the highest score wins.
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    Since Richie Normington, of Smyrna, works as a fraud strategy analyst with Bank of America in Newark, he can keep his feet nice and rested for dancing.
    Normington will show off his fancy footwork as a contestant in the 4th Annual Dancing with The Stars Delaware at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in the Rollins Center on Jan. 26.
    Proceeds will benefit Mom's House in Dover, a non-profit organization offering single parents the opportunity to continue their education by providing childcare services free of charge.
    Normington, paired with Glenenise Parks, of Dover, discussed what guests can expect from their performance, his thoughts on "Gangam Style" and more.
    Q What does supporting Mom's House mean to you?
    A You have the opportunity to earn some charitable funds to give to folks who are definitely in need of some assistance, whether that's everything from receiving proper care and someone to talk to, down to receiving diapers. It's a good opportunity to have someone who might not necessarily have the best outlook on life to have some light shined on them.
    Q Can you give us a glimpse of your dance routine for the competition?
    A We've tried to make a performance that's unique, in which we've been able to incorporate a variety of classical moves intertwined with some contemporary forms of dance.
    Page 3 of 4 - Q How did you and Glenenise develop this routine?
    A The two of us decided through this process to kind of grow and learn together, and that's what brought about the type of connection we have for this art form.
    Q What kind of music will you dance to?
    A I'm not going to give you the song, but the dance tune will incorporate rock-n-roll and jazz, as well as funk.
    Q What does Glenenise bring to this collaboration?
    A Glenenise brings everything to this collaboration. She's got flavor, energy, great ability to learn and a great ability to teach.
    Q How do you compliment her?
    A I think I bring a different nuance to the type of dancing you would typically see in a ballroom — like a waltz. You're probably not going to see a waltz from me.
    Q Do you have a background in dance?
    A I began dancing at 3.
    Q What styles do you dabble in?
    A I'm a ballet, tap, acrobatic-jazz kind of guy. My main thing was tap dancing. I sort of hovered around that because I couldn't play an instrument, so I decided to use my feet as the thing that would make the noise.
    Q Who's a better dancer, you or YouTube sensation Psy?
    A I'm going to say myself. I'm going to say everyone in the competition is a better dancer than Psy. I know "Gangam Style" is pretty dreadful. I hope my many years of dancing experience completely buries the "Gangam Style" Psy.
    How DWTS works
    Dancing with The Stars Delaware will feature eight couples vying for the coveted grand prize: a pair of mirror ball trophies. Each couple will appear before a panel of judges and is allotted two minutes for their dance routine. The competition is based on three categories: fundraising (each pair is tasked with raising funds for Mom's House), dance routine and an audience vote (voting ballots are $1 each or 25 for $20) for the best couple. Couples can earn a maximum of 10 points from each category, and the pair with the highest score wins.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Dancing with The Delaware Stars
    WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
    Page 4 of 4 - WHERE Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
    COST $40 (if purchased at Mom's House: at 846 South State Street, Dover), $50 door; voting ballots are $1 each or 25 for $20 (ballots can be purchased at Dover Downs)
    INFO dancingdestars.org

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