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“Ballroom With a Twist” offers party-goers a chance to dance with the stars during daytime and evening events


MESCALERO, N.M. (Dec. 11, 2012) – Fans of “Dancing With the Stars” are sure to love the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino’s “Ballroom with a Twist” New Year’s Eve Ball featuring celebrity guests from the television dance competition, “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Offering both daytime and evening celebrations Monday, Dec. 31, each party includes a grand buffet, countdown and champagne toast with tickets starting at $75. Or, for those who’ve already made New Year’s Eve plans, the Inn of the Mountain Gods and Ski Apache also offer a variety of options for entertainment, dining and recreation throughout December and January including Tony Orlando’s All American Christmas Show, the Dummy Gelunde and a chance to win big.


This New Year’s Eve, Inn of the Mountain Gods provides two chances to attend its “Ballroom with a Twist” party with show times from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. – midnight, Monday, Dec. 31. Both events feature exciting performances by dancing and singing sensations from hit TV shows, “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Tickets are on sale now at www.InnOfTheMountainGods.com.


“American Idol” alumni include top finishers Gina Glocksen and Von Smith. Glocksen appeared on seasons five and six and is known for her rock ‘n’ roll style and top-10 finish. She now leads a rock band of her own “GGB,” in addition to touring with the “Ballroom With a Twist” cast. Von Smith entered stardom as a singing sensation on YouTube, which lead to an appearance on “The View.” He appeared on season eight of “American Idol” and was also hand selected to open for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball.”


“Dancing With the Stars” (“DWTS”) performers Dimitry Chaplin and Ashly Costa also take the stage during this exciting New Year’s Eve performance. Chaplin is a Russian dancer and Emmy Award-nominated choreographer who first entered the American public eye on “So You Think You Can Dance” as a top 10 finalist. He then appeared as the professional dancing partner on “DWTS” seasons eight, nine and 12. Costa was featured on the first three seasons of “DWTS” and returned for season 10 to pair with Buzz Aldrin. In addition to “Ballroom With a Twist,” Costa is also touring with the “West Coast Dance Explosion.”


Other “So You Think You Can Dance” performers include Jonathan “Legacy” Perez, Jonathan Platero and Randi Strong. Legacy was seen on season six and has since been featured in several films and television shows including “CSI: NY,” “Justin Beiber: Never Say Never,” “Step Up 3D,” and “Stomp the Yard.” Platero, from season five, is known as both a dancer and acrobat for his performances in “High School Musical” and “Glee,” while Strong made the top 10 during season five with her ability to excel at nearly all genres of dance.


In addition to a star-studded New Year’s Eve, the Inn of the Mountain Gods also offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy the holiday season and start of a new year. On Dec. 13, Tony Orlando serenades audiences with Christmas classics as well as his own hits during the “Great American Christmas Show.” Ski Apache kicks off its 51st season on Sierra Blanca Dec. 14 followed by the renowned Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade, Dec. 22. Or, enjoy the Christmas food without the Christmas mess at the Big Game Sports Bar, Gathering of Nations Buffett, Smokey B’s and Wendell’s, all serving special holiday menus Dec. 23-25.


For the month of January, after earning just 75 points, Apache Spirit Club members have the opportunity to spin the “Winter Wonder Wheel” for cash prizes ranging from $10-$500, up to three times daily. And hailing from the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” Grammy Award-nominated comedian Ron White is guaranteed to entertain audiences with his iconic Texas humor Jan. 12. Johnny Rivers brings his rock ‘n’ roll hits “Poor Side of Town,” “Summer Rain,” and “Secret Agent Man” to the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage Jan. 18, and Jan. 18-20 offers Apache Spirit Club players the opportunity to participate in the “Frozen Fortunes” VIP slot tournament. Registration begins at 3 p.m. Jan 18. in the hotel lobby. Ski Apache also participates in “Learn a Snow Sport January,” an effort to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to try something new this ski season. For more information on lift tickets and promotions visit www.SkiApache.com.


For tickets or more information on events, dining and promotions at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, Casino Apache Travel Center or Ski Apache, please visit www.InnOfTheMountainGods.com or call 800-545-9011.


About Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

Inn of the Mountain Gods is the best all-season resort destination in the Southwest, situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, New Mexico. Set in the cool, tall pines just outside of Ruidoso where visitors enjoy clean mountain air, breathtaking scenery, exciting entertainment and the best casino action in the southwest.  From the clean, comforting design of 273 luxury rooms and suites, numerous dining options, and 38,000 square feet of action packed gaming, to a championship golf course named one of the top courses in the country, world-renown hunting lodge and the country’s southernmost ski area, Ski Apache, offering the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world and New Mexico’s only passenger Gondola, the Inn of the Mountain Gods has it all.