FARMINGTON — Dust off those dancing shoes, dream up a routine and then just dance for fun and potential prizes in the University of Maine at Farmington Rehab Club’s first dance competition.

As a fundraiser to support the organization’s spring Awareness Day, the group is holding the dance competition and is looking for dancers from the community, said Aimee Chase for the Rehab Club.

“Anyone can make up their own dance for a solo dance or enter as a dance pair,” Chase said Wednesday. There are a few solo acts already, and it can be anything from modern dance to ballroom.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in Lincoln Auditorium of Roberts Learning Center on campus. To plan for the event, competitors are asked to sign up by Jan. 8 by e-mailing he [email protected]

While dancers will need to provide their own music, the group will provide CD players. There is no charge to participate, she said. The group is hoping for at least a dozen acts.

“Just come and have fun,” she said. “It can be anything they want it to be.”

  The group will charge a small fee for people to come and watch but are considering letting the audience be the judges, she said.

The Rehab Club, consisting of rehabilitation students, some psychology and special education students at UMF, sponsor an annual Awareness Day on campus. The educational day includes a variety of activities and speakers which, requires some fundraising by the club. This year’s theme is Diverse Ability, which follows last year’s Why Be Normal.

The group also raises funds to help some students attend a rehabilitation conference in Washington, D.C., in the fall.

For more information about the dance competition, e-mail Chase at [email protected]

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