Cherie Kidd, Ms. Senior Washington, poses with 2016 Ms. Senior America Peggy Lee Brennan Haberer in Atlantic City, N.J. (Cherie Kidd)

Cherie Kidd, Ms. Senior Washington, poses with 2016 Ms. Senior America Peggy Lee Brennan Haberer in Atlantic City, N.J. (Cherie Kidd)

Port Angeles deputy mayor keeps dance going after Ms. Senior America pageant

PORT ANGELES — Curtains fell on the Ms. Senior America Superstar Theater two weeks ago, but Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd continues to shake the frills and fringe across Port Angeles.

Kidd will hold the title of Ms. Senior Washington until March, when a new contestant is crowned, she said.

In the remainder of her reign, she’ll represent Port Angeles and Ms. Senior America across senior centers and community groups in Western Washington, she said.

Kidd’s angle? Health and wellness.

Her MO? Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

Kidd didn’t advance beyond the preliminary talent portion of the pageant Oct. 18, but that hasn’t kept her dance costume out of commission.

Videos of the 2017 Ms. Senior America talents have yet to be released. However, Port Angeles Business Association members can experience something of the sort at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when Kidd re-creates her three-minute contemporary dance number to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” at Joshua’s Restaurant and Lounge, 113 S. DelGuzzi Drive.

“I’m all jewels and fringe. I move, and it moves,” Kidd said of her costume. “I make people smile, and it’s all goodwill.”

She’s also performed the routine for the Soroptimist International of Port Angeles Noon Club, Port Angeles Noon Kiwanis Club and Crestwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, she said.

Kidd said she’s been in communication with senior centers in Port Angeles, Gig Harbor, Edmonds, Port Orchard and Bellevue about scheduling performances and talks. Upcoming holiday events will likely offer Kidd some entertainment opportunities, she said.

“I can entertain any group, any age, anytime,” she said. “All I need is my little CD player.”

When the music stops, Kidd will speak on health and wellness.

She wants to dispel myths about “retirement age” and encourage seniors to volunteer, achieve and pour into activities that promote longevity and happiness.

Kidd said she spent six months rehearsing her dance number prior to the pageant Oct. 16-19, retiring a pair of dancing shoes in the process.

“I have more blisters on my feet than toes now,” she said, laughing.

Kidd also spent five days per week in the gym for preparation, she said.

“The good news is I found the fountain of youth,” she quipped. “The bad news: It’s the gym.”

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Reporter Sarah Sharp can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at [email protected] dailynews.com.

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