Voting Begins for the 12 Cabarrus "Dancing for the Arts" StarsAug 01, 2016 03:33PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
8 of the 12 stars competing in this year's "Dancing for the Arts" competition. Photo courtesy of the Cabarrus Arts Council.
The Cabarrus Arts Council announces the 12 stars who will be Dancing for the Arts in November.
Dancing for the Arts reinvents the popular Dancing with the Stars television program. The stars hone their dance skills behind-the-scenes with the instructors before coming together for a dance competition at the Davis Theatre. To win the grand prize, a dancer must raise the most money for the arts council.
Voting begins Monday, Aug. 1, at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or by calling 704-920-2753. Votes are $1 each, and you may vote as many times and for as many dancers as you want. My advice is to vote early and often!
The Dancing for the Arts Grand Finale Gala for this year’s competition is Saturday, Nov. 12. The gala evening is filled with a cocktail buffet, Dancing for the Arts performances and awards and an after-party where the audience and stars can dance until midnight. All tickets are $125 and will go on sale Monday, Aug. 1, at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and 704-920-2753. Last year’s event sold out, so if you want to come, don’t wait too long to buy your tickets.
Here’s a little more about this year’s dance pairs. Visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org for more biographical information and to see how your favorites are doing.
· Bill Dusch, a partner in Technologies Edge, has run 83 marathons in 45 states and on five continents. His dance partner Jane Jacobs, a competitive shag dancer and teacher who was in the movie Shag.
· Brian Floyd, a mortgage loan officer and former Army officer coached Concord High School football and track for seven years. His dance partner Ashlyn Sumner is a former professional dancer who is dance teacher at A.L. Brown High School and a teaching artist and choreographer at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
· LeVannah Forrest, owner Le’Forrest Salon in Concord and part owner of Salon Se7en in Indian Trail, has studied dance extensively and performed many times. Her dance partner Jason Stein is a metalsmith and sculptor who began competitive dancing when he was in high school. Jason is back for his second year as a Dancing for the Arts instructor/partner.
· Brian King, is a certified financial planner, is a member of the Concord City Council. His dance partner Katy Kluttz is a children’s ministry coordinator and one of Positively Ballroom’s primary instructors. She and husband Andy performed as professional dancers at last year’s Dancing for the Arts.
· Brigitte Miller, a gynecologic oncologist at CHS-NorthEast, immigrated to the United States from Germany. Her partner Ryan Knight, a professional dancer and educator with more than 25 years of experience, owns Positively Ballroom and is the producer of the Dancing for the Arts show for the second year.
· Whit Moose, co-owner of Moose Pharmacy, is pharmacist manager at the Mount Pleasant location. His partner Holly Cagle owns Dance Fever Charlotte and is captain of the National Shag Team. Holly and her partner, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett, won the grand prize in last year’s Dancing for the Arts.
· Anne Niblock, a retired physical education teacher and homemaker, has been dancing since the day she learned to walk. Her partner Ryan Knight, a professional dancer and educator with more than 25 years of experience, owns Positively Ballroom and is the producer of the Dancing for the Arts show for the second year.
· Perla Nunes, Duke University Medical Center’s clinical trials project leader in Kannapolis, speaks fluent native Spanish and Portuguese. Her partner Andy Kluttz, a maintenance technician at a hospice and handyman, is an assistant instructor at Positively Ballroom. He and his wife Katy performed as professional dancers at last year’s Dancing for the Arts.
· Porter Peterson is a pediatrician and avid runner. Her partner Jason Cagle, a corporate and investment banker, has been a competitive shag dancer for 25 years. Porter and Jason share a high school experience: she was drum major at Concord High School while he held the same position at Northwest Cabarrus High School.
· Garrett Price owns Carolina Portrait Designs where he is a photographer and videographer. His partner Edie Barnhardt, who started dancing and keeping rhythm when she was in her crib, has studied dance extensively and taught it in the Durham County Schools and at Appalachian State University.
· Ann Schrader is a registered nurse who co-owns a race team with her husband Ken. Her partner Ryan Knight, a professional dancer and educator with more than 25 years of experience, owns Positively Ballroom and is the producer of the Dancing for the Arts show for the second year.
· Dean Wike is owner and stylist at It’s All About You Salon. His partner Glenna Wilson, owner of Dance Dreams Studio, travels nationally as a teacher for Showstopper and SHOCK dance workshops along with choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance and Broadway stars.
Keep up with Dancing for the Arts at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org beginning Aug. 1 and on the Cabarrus Arts Council Facebook page. For more information, call the arts council at 704-920-2787.
Content courtesy of the Cabarrus Arts Council July 28th News Release.