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Linda Stamper Boyne: The boots make the dancer for Vail Valley fundraiser

Linda Stamper Boyne
Vail, CO, Colorado

Everyone should have a team. Like a pit crew. Or a posse. Or an entourage.

Since I committed to dance in the Star Dancing Gala fundraiser for The Youth Foundation, I’ve discovered I have a support team. Team Boyne.

Not unlike Dara Torres’s team that helped propel her to Olympic medals at age 41, my team is doing the same, minus the massages, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, etc. Though I wouldn’t say no if anyone in those fields wants to step up!

My team is more about moral support, guidance, encouragement, fashion advice, music selection, dance evaluation.

They are ready with the encouraging word: “We know you can bring home the crown, take the trophy, triumph over adversity and endure the trials of the training. You will win the title. So get out there and two-step your boots off!”

I’m not sure they realize it’s not a competition, but a friendly fundraiser.

My team consulted and approved my choice of music for my country two-step dance, to be performed at the Star Dancing Gala Aug. 18 at the Vail Valley Jet Center. (Buy tickets at I brought several songs to the table. Their merits were discussed, tracks were analyzed, lyrics and rhythm were examined.

“It needs to be something distinctly country, but it still needs to be you. Something with personality and edge. And you need to be able to work your signature move into it. Have you found your signature move yet?”

I don’t know. Have I? I suppose tripping over my own feet or running into inanimate objects could be worked into our routine. Maybe not.

With a hot country tune selected and choreography under way by the most patient and, apparently, steel-toed member of Team Boyne, my dance partner, Mark, the rest of the team turned to costuming. First let me note that I love that I get to wear a “costume.” Makes me feel like I’m 6 again!When it came to costume selection, I brought in the West Coast consultant to shop for me in Los Angeles. I made the trip out after she had done recon on Melrose Avenue. We kept the Vail Valley in the loop via texting photos and phone calls. We shopped. We tried on. We texted.

We searched high and low until we found the right dress, and there was immediate consensus. It’s a short, red, multi-layered frock with fringe to fly while I spin.

And then the cowboy boots were discovered immediately after the purchase of the dress, right across the street. It was the perfect ensemble, completely meant to be.

I need to elaborate on this point a little, the kismet of the costuming, if you will. I believe my boots to be magic boots. I swear they make me a better dancer.

Even Mark noticed. He commented about 20 minutes into practice after their purchase, “You’re really strong today.” And a little later, “You’re awesome.”

Was it me or the boots? I’d like to take credit, but I think the boots had more to do with it. They gave me a new strut, a true country feel. The team has labeled me Sassy Boots Boyne, and we’ve discussed a series of children’s books about the Magic Boots.

My team has moved on to hair and makeup now. Ample amounts of glitter have been recommended more than once, and the idea of ’80s-style country singer hair has been debated.

My team is even willing to go get spray tans with me before the big event as a sign of solidarity. That’s dedication, people.

This experience has taught me that if you surround yourself with great people, you become better than you could be on your own. A nice life lesson.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see the results of my team’s efforts and all of the other dedicated dancers at the Star Dancing Gala, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Vail Valley Jet Center.

And best of all, the proceeds of the evening go to fund The Youth Foundation’s After-School Literacy Program. Go to to learn more, make a donation and buy your tickets.

Linda Stamper Boyne of Edwards writes weekly for the Vail Daily. She can be contacted through

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