Voting open for Dancing with the Pagosa Stars

Posted Photo courtesy Stewart Bellina
The lovely lady stars of Dancing with the Pagosa Stars pose with their dance coaches. Left to right are Connor Elliott, Lisa Miranda, George Yeager, Cindy Houston, Fran Lohr, Paul Thompson and Tammy Searle.

By Dee McPeek

Special to The PREVIEW

Four enthusiastic female stars have been paired with their coaches and have started preparing for their performance at Dancing with the Pagosa Stars on July 14 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Stars earn points through ticket sales and votes. Each vote costs $1 and fans can vote as many times as they like. The dancer raising the most money for at-risk preschoolers at Seeds of Learning will win the Mirror Ball Trophy and a year of bragging rights.

To support one or more of these special ladies with your votes, go to Each $1 vote moves your favorite star closer to winning this competitive event.

Fran Lohr is retired from an oil company, but as a young mom she taught preschool as well as math and science in middle school.

She noted that “experience taught me the importance of giving children the love of learning at an early age.”

Lohr is playing the “age card” for your votes, as she is the oldest of the stars competing.

“Please vote for me so I can encourage my senior friends to get out of their comfort zone and have a great time, while raising lots of money for a great cause — Seeds of Learning,” she said.

Cindy Houston is the owner of a popular local pilates studio.

She explained, “Gavin, my youngest of four children, went to Seeds of Learning for two years; it was a remarkable experience. I believe each of our young residents ought to experience the magic of Seeds. I deeply thank you, Pagosa, in advance for helping the kids with your vote!”

Lisa Miranda has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 30 years and is the owner and stylist of her own Pagosa salon.

She shared, “When I married my husband, Lee, he was a single father of four boys and I know it was a struggle for him to find affordable day care and early childhood education. So, after learning that Seeds lost government funding, it made me want to help. Vote for me and help me support the children of our community.”

Tammy Searle has three sons and one grandson. She and her husband co-founded the nonprofit Justice Ministries and she has worked in children’s ministry for the past 20 years.

Searle noted, “Seeds is a great early childhood program that offers a much needed service in our community.”

Searle hopes you will vote for her as a great way to support the children at Seeds of Learning.

Remember to vote at An average of 80 percent of families at Seeds cannot afford to pay full tuition. Every $22 in votes added to a dancer’s tally means one at-risk child can stay at Seeds for one more day. That small child’s future is directly affected by your generous help.