The Band Perry To Perform At 2nd Annual MADD About Dancing Competition

2010-08-17

One of the hottest up and coming Country bands to perform at benefit at Mohegan Sun October 1st

UNCASVILLE, CT (August 17, 2010) – Mohegan Sun is proud to announce a special performance by The Band Perry during the 2nd annual ‘MADD About Dancing’ competition in the Uncas Ballroom on Friday, October 1st.

The up and coming country sensations will perform a special set during the dancing competition that will feature the chart topping hits “Hip To My Heart” and “If I Die Young.” The performance will highlight an evening filled with Connecticut celebrities dancing in various styles including the Tango, Rumba, Waltz and Swing.
Discovered by Country sensation Garth Brooks’ manager Bob Doyle, The Band Perry was signed in 2009 by Republic Nashville and hasn’t looked back since. The band immediately released their debut single “Hip to My Heart” which peaked at #20 on the Billboard Country Music charts earlier this year. Their second single “If I Die Young” followed and also rose to the Top 40 on the charts. They are currently working on their self-titled debut album which will be released later this year.      
This is the second year Mohegan Sun has teamed up with MADD, WCTY and Arthur Murray Dance Studios to host a night filled with fun, entertainment and competition as attendees raise awareness and funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Doors to the Uncas Ballroom will open at 7:00pm where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy hand-passed hors d’oeuvres and participate in a silent auction featuring Steiner memorabilia, as well as autographed guitars from famed musicians and more before the celebrities take the stage at 8:00pm with their professional dance partners.
The group of celebrities includes: Veronica Ballestrini, local Country artist; Reischea Canidate, on-air personality at ESPN; Brittany Decker, Miss Connecticut 2010; Mike DiMauro, Assistant Sports Editor and Columnist for the New London Day; Mark Dixon, Meteorologist at WFSB; Dave Elder, WCTY Program Director and Afternoon Host; Charles Jaskiewicz Norwich Board of Education member; and Bram Weinstein, on-air personality at ESPN.
For the competition, each celebrity will be paired with a professional dance partner from Arthur Murray Dance Studios and will perform two short routines. Female celebrities will perform the Tango and Rumba, while male celebrities will try their hand at the Waltz and Swing.
Tickets to “MADD About Dancing” are $50.00 per person and benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. They are on sale now and at the following locations: all participating Arthur Murray Dance Studios, the MADD state office in East Haven, the WCTY building in Norwich and at Mohegan Sun’s Box Office.
Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to come early. For more information, visit: mohegansun.com/entertainment/signature-events.html.
About Arthur Murray Dance Studios:
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been teaching the world to dance for over 98 years and has been located in the Connecticut area for over 50 years. During this time, Arthur Murray has been happy to support numerous causes for local charities and organizations. Ballroom dancing’s recent rise in popularity has only further strengthened the notion that Arthur Murray has held all along. Ballroom dancing is one of the healthiest and most positive activities a person can do to enrich their life. We are happy once again to offer our support to the MADD organization in their efforts to keep our loved ones safe. 
About MADD:
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, to support the victims of this violent crime and to prevent underage drinking. MADD Connecticut is committed to clearly and powerfully advocating for victims of alcohol-related crashes. MADD delivers quality services to hundreds of families each year at no cost to them, as well as help victims/survivors through the multitude of emotions and criminal proceedings that take place through court accompaniment and by providing grief counseling and support groups.
MADD’s goal is to eliminate drunk driving and educate Connecticut youth about underage drinking. MADD introduces and follows legislation concerning bills to strengthen drunk driving laws. 
About WCTY:
WCTY, based in Norwich, Connecticut, is the home of continuous Country favorites for listeners in southeastern Connecticut. Hall Communications, a family-owned company that owns and operates 21 radio stations on the East Coast including six stations in Connecticut, has been in operation in eastern Connecticut since 1964.
About Mohegan Sun:
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.