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Ring in the new year with dining, dancing at masquerade ball

by: VERN UYETAKE Pictured from left, Dirk Brennan, Scarlett Strong, Robert Bowen, Michelle Ordes, Kristy Higgins, Patrick Warner, Susan Olsen, Stas Trilisky and Drew Dyson will be among those attending the masquerade ball.

There's no need to go to downtown Portland to bring in the new year in style. The Step it Up Ballroom Society in Lake Oswego is offering the ultimate New Year's celebration.

The studio is hosting a New Year's Eve masquerade ball on Saturday. This black tie affair promises to be a fun-filled night.

Step it Up proprietor Kristy Higgins designed the event after a progressive dinner, where each course is served at a different location. The theme fits, as she likes to use neighboring businesses as her vendors.

The New Orleans-styled event will begin at Lucky Me, where participants will pick up their masquerade masks to complete their formal ensembles.

The next stop will be World Class Wines, where revelers can enjoy a flight of wines.

The party will continue at Step it Up with a group dance lesson, which is open for all ability levels.

Scratch will then provide a four-course dinner at the studio. Scratch is owned and operated by chef Patrick Lee Warner, who uses seasonal and local ingredients. A vegetarian option will be available.

Finally, partygoers will dance the night away to the music of the Left Coast Jazz band, capping the evening with a champagne toast at midnight.

'Come learn a new skill and have a good time,' said Higgins. 'It's fun for all of us to mix and mingle.'

The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends sometime after midnight. Cost is $140 per person.

For more information, call 503-744-0105 or visit www.stepitupballroomsociety.com.

The studio is located at 101 A Ave. in Lake Oswego.