‘Mon­sters’ host, Dyer staffer com­pete in dance con­test

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS - By Hal Boedeker Email me at [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com. Want more TV and movie news? Go to or­lan­dosen­tinel.com/tvguy.

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.

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