Worlds 2016 Special Activities

Dancin’ with the Stars

On Friday evening, January 8, 2016, Worlds will offer a unique opportunity to see several music industry stars, and other celebrities too, perform in a “Dancin’ with the Stars” styled competition. Each one of the stars will team up with one of our Worlds professionals, put together a brief dance routine, and be judged at our Friday night show by a celebrity panel of guest judges.

Here’s the list of Dancers confirmed so far:

  • Daryl Worley - #1 country recording artist of the song, "Have You Forgotten"
  • Irelene Mandrell - Sister of Barbara and from the 1980's hit television show
  • Dean Sams -  Member of the group - Lonestar
  • Amy Dalley -  Curb Recording artist and singer of "Men Don't Change"
  • Janelle Arthur -  Top 5 on American Idol - 2014
  • Chris Strandburg -  Top 5 on ABC's Bachelorette show this year
  • Eric Stuart -  Original Poke-Man character and big in the Comicon World

We plan to also add a few more stars to this lineup prior to Worlds 2016. Our celebrity judges so far include:

  • Nancy Jones -  Wife of the late George Jones
  • Lulu Roman -  Cast member from the television show, "Hee Haw"
  • Jaime Dudney -  star of the soap opera “As the World Turns” and daughter of Barbara Mandrell

The show is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm. Proceeds will benefit Music City Animal Rescue. Of course all Worlds event pass holders can attend the show for no additional charge. Anyone coming just to see the Friday show can purchase a show ticket at the Worlds Registration desk for $25. We will pair this special show with our Showtime/Cabaret division and our Showcase Masters competition. There will be an opportunity for attendees to “meet and greet” the celebrities following the show. So prepare to be thoroughly entertained Friday at Worlds.

Pre-Worlds Warm-Up parties

This year Worlds is partnering with nearby dance clubs Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville Tennessee and with the Electric Cowboy in Clarksville, Tennessee. These dance clubs will help us generate awareness and interest in Worlds 2016, but they’ll also host the preliminaries and finals of a special line dance competition. The top dancers will win cash and other prizes including a full week pass to Worlds 2016. Dancers will compete to the song “Me and Johnny Cash”. Winners will also be invited to perform the dance at Worlds in the Saturday night show at which time the song will be performed live by Cingle recording artist Rainey Qualley. The date to learn the dance in Clarksville is December 2nd. The dates for and Knoxville TBD. Click below to follow the progress, times and dates for the parties.

 Cotton Eyed Joe Web Page

Electric Cowboy, Clarksville Web Page

Saturday Night Show

Once again Worlds will present our Variety Show on Saturday night that will be one of the highlights of the week. This year, our very special guests will be lead singers JP Pennington, Les Taylor and Sonny LeMaire from the country music band Exile! Our guests will be performing 3 or 4 acoustic songs during our show. The group Exile has been recording for many, many years and has numerous #1 country hit songs. Click on the link below for more information about our special guests.

 Special Guests: Exile

But wait, there’s more. We’ll also feature another great performer, Cingle recording artist Rainey Qualley, singing her hit “Me and Johnny Cash”. Rainey will be joined by a host of line dancers that will perform the popular line dance that accompanies this recording. Please click on the link below to learn more about Rainey and to hear her hit single:

 Special Guest: Rainey Qualley

Of course, we’ll have other special performances, our Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the annual Champions Showcase during the show…followed by an amazing Classic Masters competition. Don’t miss Saturday!


On Tuesday evening, we’ll hold the 5th annual World Country and Line DanceSport Federation Games (WCLDSF). Authorized by the International Olympic Committee, and subject to their rules and procedures, international teams, couples and line dancers will go for the gold!

Parade of Countries & States

On Wednesday evening we’ll have one of the most colorful and festive activities of the entire event. Join us in the Tennessee Ballroom for the annual parade of competitors. They’ll march in grouped by countries and by states (US). You’ll really appreciate the flavor of our international brotherhood during the parade. The spectacle is truly one of the highlights of the week.

Post-Event Party

On Sunday evening, the last day of Worlds, we will have a post-event party at the Nashville Palace for anyone staying over on Sunday night. There will not be any cover charge for Worlds customers that night (leave your wristbands on) and we intend to have one of our Worlds deejays working the sound system that night. The party starts at 8:00 pm and runs until midnight. The Nashville Palace is within walking distance of the Opryland Hotel, but we are attempting to have Opryland commit to provide transportation to the Palace. Click the link below to learn more about the Nashville Palace including their dinner menu and pricing:

Nashville Palace

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