Brittany Slaughter from Black Pelican dancing to the very end.

Ten hours of dancing and two of the contestants were still on their feet. That was the final tally of the Carpe DM Dance Marathon on Saturday. As time ended for the all day affair, dancers from two local restaurants, Black Pelican and Goombays had their mojo moving to the very end.

Held at Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head, the event attracted widespread community support to help fund G.E.M. Adult Day Services. G.E.M. Services provides a range of day care of adults suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s in Dare County. The organization charges nothing or a nominal fee for its services that include care management, memory screenings and respite care for family caregivers.

The day began at 11 in the morning with doo-wop music from The Riff Tides and what looked like 15 or 20 dancers on the floor. Dancers seemed to include all ages, from three or four to senior citizens. At the end of the day though it was Brittany Slaughter from Black Pelican and Kim Dorsey representing Goombays who were still dancing.

It wasn’t just dancing all day long. There was some hoop dancing from Bliss Fit and a great lunch spread put out for dancers and sponsors by Kelly’s.

It looks as though as a fundraiser the event was successful. Final figures have not been finalized yet, but according to G.E.M. Executive Director Gail Sonnesso the generosity of the Outer Banks community exceeded her expectations.