Dancing for the Stars: Celebs get 90 seconds to sway the judges

Dance champion Rohan Hemani and Doreen Beatrice

Dance champion Rohan Hemani and Doreen Beatrice from the 2017 event

Saturday, April 14, 6 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom

Dancing for the Stars is back for another swing around the dance floor, and going strong in its 12th year.

This time, seven local celebrities paired with dance pros will try to sway the audience with their 90-second swing dancing routines.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards program for students in grades 9-12.

Stars and their partners:

  • Dr. Marcia Bowling, an obstetrician/gynecologist in The Christ Hospital Network; paired with Jozsef Parragh.
  • Ryan Messer, regional business director at Johnson & Johnson and a Cincinnati Public Schools board member; paired with Maria Wheeler.
  • Dr. Renu Kotwal, who practices psychiatry and neurology in The Christ Hospital Network; paired with Josh Tilford.
  • Pam Kravetz, artist, arts educator, and project manager for ArtWorks; paired with Alyenendrov “Lenny” Tsorokean.
  • Rhonda Whitaker, director of government and community relations for Duke Energy Kentucky and chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; paired with Jeremy Mainous.
  • John Williams, attorney and president of the Cincinnati Bar Association; paired with Doreen Beatrice.
  • Steve Valerius, president-Individual Division, Ameritas Life Insurance; paired with Leigh Bradshaw.

Even a celebrity with no hint of a swing to his or her step can be a winner. Besides the dance champion, the celeb with friends/families/fans who go online and kick in the most extra money will be named fundraising champ.

The evening will begin with a silent auction and wine and cheese reception with the stars and pros, followed by open dancing, dinner by the bite and cash bar, the celebrity competition, and more open dancing. Chris O’Brien and Janeen Coyle of WGRR-FM will return as hosts, and DJ “Rockin’ Ron” Schumacher of WGRR-FM will provide the dance music.

The event committee includes co-chairs Dr. Alison Holzapfel and Jamie Humes; Sue Gilkey; Jim Howland; Ginger Loftin; Rosemary Schlachter; Phil Schworer; and Tracey Skale.

Tickets start at $150.
513-977-4188 or CincinnatiArts.org

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