Dance with the Stars re­turns Satur­day

Record Observer - - News - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­tynews.com

WORTON — Lo­cal dig­ni­taries will take the stage and dance the night away for a good rea­son. Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s Coun­ties is host­ing its sev­enth an­nual “Dance with the Stars” fundraiser at 6 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 4, the Kent County Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Worton.

At­ten­dees will find them­selves trans­ported to Le Moulin Rouge, the fa­mous Paris night­club, while they watch stars and ex­perts dance the poka, jive, swing, two-step and more.

Based off the dance show “Danc­ing with the Star,” 10 lo­cal stars have been paired with trained dancers who will chore­o­graph a dance rou­tine. The stars and ex­perts will give their best per­for­mance Feb. 4, com­pet­ing to win the cov­eted Peo­ple’s Choice mir­ror-ball tro­phy.

In the days lead­ing up to the event, sup­port­ers may vote for their fa­vorite team by do­nat­ing to Hori­zons’. One vote is $1. Tick­ets for the event are priced at $80 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $150 for prime ta­ble seats next to the dance floor.

“Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is a pro­gram for un­der­priv­i­leged ele­men­tary and mid­dle school chil­dren to re­duce the aca­demic achieve­ment gap be­tween im­pov­er­ished and mid­dle class school chil­dren that tends to oc­cur over the sum­mer,” Bob Parks, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Hori­zons’, said in an email Tues­day. “These chil­dren are cho­sen by their teach­ers to par­tic­i­pate. Hori­zons of­fers these chil­dren a six week sum­mer pro­gram of tar­geted aca­demic sup­port in read­ing and math, Red Cross cer­ti­fied swim les­sons, field trips and en­rich­ment in sports theater art and mu­sic.”

The money raised from votes ben­e­fits Hori­zons work within Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties.

“We have a great group of com­peti­tors this year, and they are work­ing hard on their dances and on their fundrais­ing for Hori­zons. They will put on a great show. The event com­mit­tee is also hard at work creat­ing a fab­u­lous Moulin Rouge at­mos­phere in the com­mu­nity cen­ter,” Chair­women KayMacIn­tosh said in an email Tues­day. “As with our past ‘Dance with the Stars’ events, this will be a real show­case for com­mu­nity spirit and gen­eros­ity. We hope those un­able to at­tend Feb. 4 will sup­port their fa­vorite dance pairs by vot­ing on­line.” This year’s stars and ex­perts in­clude: Sheila Bair, pres­i­dent of Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, danc­ing with Dar­ryl Cal­loway, a for­mer pro­fes­sional ball­room com­peti­tor who teaches at Sudlersville Mid­dle School.

David Bow­man, vice pres­i­dent at Peo­ples Bank, danc­ing with Aun­dra Weis­sert, fit­ness in­struc­tor and an as­so­ci­ate direc­tor of ad­mis­sions at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

Eric Fitch, co-owner and fit­ness trainer at Phys­i­cally Fitch per­sonal train­ing gym, danc­ing with Natalie Lane, a Zumba fit­ness and line-danc­ing in­struc­tor.

Kris­ten Owen, as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent and in­vest­ment ad­viser rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Ch­e­sa­peake Bank and Trust and pres­i­dent of the Down­town Chestertown As­so­ci­a­tion, danc­ing with Mark Pagano, cer­ti­fied fit­ness spe­cial­ist and owner and mas­ter in­struc­tor at Phoenix Per­sonal Fit­ness & Mar­tial Arts, Inc.

Jamie Kirk­patrick, a col­lege coun­selor and es­say­ist, danc­ing with Jen­nifer Tosten, owner and prin­ci­pal teacher at Jen­nifer’s School of Dance.

Bryan Matthews, vice pres­i­dent at KRM De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and for­mer direc­tor of ath­let­ics at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, danc­ing with ball­room in­struc­tor and for­mer in­ter­na­tional ball­room com­peti­tor Lucia Cal­loway, who teaches sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art and math at Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School.

John Schratwieser, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the arts non­prof­its Mary­land Cit­i­zens for the Ar ts and Ar tists in Res­i­dence/Chestertown, danc­ing with ac­tress and Ever­grain Baker y pastr y chef Melissa McG­lynn.

Pat Parkhurst, art teacher at Kent School, danc­ing with salsa in­struc­tor and com­peti­tor Diego Guz­man.

Morey “Moe” Weimer, English teacher at Gun­ston School, danc­ing with Zumba fit­ness in­struc­tor Jen­nifer Tu­nis.

And Ge­nie Woot­ton, at­tor­ney with Rasin Woot­ton & Hurd, danc­ing with dance en­thu­si­ast and builder Tom Allen.

Em­cees for the evening are Jim and Diane Land­skroener, and judges for the dance com­pe­ti­tion’s Judges Tro­phy will be Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino, Queen Anne’s County High School dance teacher Amber Wright and Chestertown “Den­tist to the Stars” Neil W. Bray­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hori­zonsken­tqueenannes.org, or call the Hori­zons of­fice at 410-778-9903 to re­quest an in­vi­ta­tion be mailed.

PHOTO BY LEANN SCHENKE

Lucia Cal­loway, left, and Bryan Matthews re­hearse Mon­day evening at KRM De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

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