For $45, today's Groupon gets you two all-day (9 a.m. to 12 a.m.) tickets to the Columbia Star Ball ballroom-dance competition at the Red Lion Hotel on the River (a $90 value) on Hayden Island Drive. Choose between two dates:
- Saturday, May 7
- Sunday, May 8
One of the largest ballroom-dance competitions in the state, Columbia Star Ball features amateur and professional rug-cutters alike competing in contests of fancy footwork and graceful gambols. With today's deal, spectators will view the action from riser seating, watching practitioners of Latin, rhythm, and standard ballroom dances strut their stuff through morning, afternoon, and evening competition blocks. The dancing goes down in the Red Lion Hotel on the River's stately ballroom, whose 18,000 square feet of space ensures plenty of room for dips, lifts, and shimmies of all stripes.
- Organizers Mark Tabor and Tiffanie Rhodes went out of their way to host a friendly, welcoming event that incorporated many unique touches. – Elizabeth Knoll, American Dancer