Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County has announced its new lineup for Dancing For the Stars.

This year’s team couples include Clint and Mia Nelson, Sheriff Matt and Denys Coates, Dr. Ed and Cristi Dittfurth, Chef Michael and Daniela Garrett, Jim Ed and Kari Haile and Abel and Cayla Limas.

“I am so excited to introduce this year’s dancers,” said BBBS Regional Executive Director Sarah Weaver. “These couples all have a passion for this and that makes it fun.”

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Tarleton ballrooms. Tickets are $135 and can be purchased by calling 254-485-9391 or from any of the dancers.

Tickets include dinner and open bar, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

“We are doing something a little different with our theme this year,” Weaver said. “Since the event is taking place as the holidays are beginning, we are going with a Christmas theme. We think it will be fun and we hope businesses will attend the event as their Christmas parties.”

Mia Nelson spoke to the E-T about her thoughts on the competition.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to help raise money for the BBBS program and to give back to a community that has supported and loved on us throughout the last two years,” she said. “We are going to just have fun with the dance and enjoy the experience!”

Not everyone, however, is as confident.

Facing a public dance-off, Sheriff Coates’ usual tough guy demeanor appears to be fading.

“I’m nervous,” he said. “I’m a two-stepper and that’s about it. I’m going to have to rely on Denys to work with me on the side.”