If Edward Van Ornum's father were given an option between attending a party or cutting off his hand, he'd probably ask, "Which hand?"
Growing up, Van Ornum, of Newport Beach, found that he similarly had little social life. He'd go to school, followed by work and then return home. The pattern would be repeated the next day.
Deciding he didn't want to become a hermit, he picked up dance. In the more than three decades since, he's mastered the waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, samba and hustle, and eventually became a teacher, at studios in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
Come Saturday, the 55-year-old will take the stage with Debbie Stocker of Shinoda Design Center, whom he has known for more than 10 years. The duo will perform a 2 1/2-minute routine comprising Argentine and international tango at the Golden West College Foundation's 17th annual "Dancing for the Stars" fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.