‘Monsters’ host, Dyer staffer compete in dance contest
There won’t be any “Dancing With the Stars” this spring on ABC. But you can take in a local dance contest and help a good cause.
The eighth annual Dance, Dream & Inspire ballroom dance, which benefits local children in foster care, will be staged Saturday, Feb. 1.
Show time is 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando, 6050 Universal Blvd. in Orlando. A reception begins at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets cost $175 each for the reception and show.
Additional individual tickets can be purchased for $35, and they are balcony seats for the show only. Doors for those ticket-holders open at 7:30 p.m.
The event is hosted by Embrace Families, which oversees foster care and adoption in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Former WFTV-Channel 9 anchor Jorge Estevez won the contest in 2013.
The local personalities competing this year are:
■ Heather Fagan, deputy chief of staff for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
■ Stacia Wake, community relations manager with the corporate citizenship team at Walt Disney World Resorts
■ Ryan Holmes, host of “Monsters in the Morning” at Real Radio 104.1
■ Samuel Aycoth, senior director of sales and distribution for GWHP (an affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of FL)
■ Melissa Mott, director of behavioral health operations for Sunshine Health
■ Karlene Cole-Palmer, executive director at Embrace Families in Seminole County
Each contestant joins forces with a ballroom dance instructor and learns a choreographed routine reflecting the theme “Dancing through the Decades.”
Three judges will pick the best duo on skill, technique and flair. The competitors also can ask supporters to vote for them online to win “Most Popular Couple.”
Jorge Estevez, right, and Brooke O’Donnell dance the salsa during the final round of the Dance, Dream & Inspire contest at Hard Rock Cafe Orlando in 2013.