Putting on the Ritz
Text and Photo by Lilly Fuentes-Joy
The glitz and glamour of Dancing with the Stars came to the Capitol in its own version, “Dancing with the Capitol Stars,” with journalists and politicians competing for the coveted Disco Ball trophy. The glittering event was held at the Crest Theatre – a perfect site, with its magnificently refurbished interior.
The Sacramento Press Club event, which was held to raise money for the journalism student scholarship fund, included ceremonies honoring L.A. Times columnist George Skelton who, among other thing, thanked his wife for reading all his articles.
With Fedora in hand, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg sang a spoof of Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” warbling that, “I deal with you guys Capitol Weekly, NPR and the Times....”
The competing dancers trained for two months with professional dancers on the tango, fox trot and waltz. The winner of the dance contest was Karen Skelton – George’s daughter and a nationally known communications strategist – who performed a flawless waltz.