Dance with the Stars returns Saturday
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.
Lucia Calloway, left, and Bryan Matthews rehearse Monday evening at KRM Development Corporation.