Has it really been 10 years? The decade mark for local fundraising phenomena Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars is slated to wow, excite and showcase some of the most prominent people in business to date. In addition to celebrating ten amazing years and nearly a million dollars raised. Stars are revealed as they now embark on five months of training, twerking or fine-tuning their dance skills.
The dynamic lineup of local stars includes a greatly loved pediatrician, Napa Valley trailblazer turned Virginia’s award-winning winemaker, a top W&M VP, dentist if things get really out of hand, restauranteur with the longest waitlist around (currently seating in April if you want to get in) and more. Twelve brave business people accepted the challenge to train with a professional dancer and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges come March 2, 2019.
Production is already underway to showcase some of the sexiest salsas, fantastic foxtrots and more. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center, sponsored by Abbitt Realty.
The evening of entertainment is Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 7 p.m. in a brand new location to commemorate the decade anniversary. The CrossWalk Church in Norge will rock like it hasn’t in a very long time.
“2019 is a total celebration! There’s excitement around this like you couldn’t believe” said Joe Hertzler, event chair. “The new venue allows us to do even more with the production. Stars, pro and volunteers are taking a fresh stab at the show. Including alumni routines with some of the favorite faces from the past. To which, I’m continuously impressed by the tireless dedication of the volunteers, professional dancers and Stars that come together to make this event one of the highlights of the year.”
In ten years DWTWS has raised over $800,00 for two worthy local charities and boasts 104 star alumni. Historically the show had been held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall at William & Mary.
“2019 Stars Revealed”
Henry Broaddus, William & Mary
John Daly, William & Mary Athletics (ret)
Amanda Deverich, LMFT, Williamsburg Counseling
John Gonzales, A Chef’s Kitchen
Stacy Sparkman Hall, DDS, Williamsburg Center for Dental Health
Jacquelyn Liebler, Revolution Golf
Matthew Meyer, Williamsburg Winery
Lydia Scrofani, Williamsburg Sharks Soccer Club
Detric Smith, Results Performance Training
Taylor Taus, Moe’s Restaurant
Dan Via, MD, Sentara
Libbey York, Club Pilates
Professional dancers join from studios from as far as Virginia Beach they include 7 Cities Ballroom, VA Regional Ballet, Country Bootleggers, Institute for Dance, ArtInspired, A Step Above, Eastern VA School for the Performing Arts, William & Mary, as well several independent instructors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula helps kids grades K-8 achieve their highest potential during their formative years by providing positive, caring mentor relationships. www.bbbsgw.org. Literacy for Life teaches adults the literacy skills required for self-sufficiency, better health and meaningful participation in society. www.literacyforlife.org
For additional information contact Lisa Foster, Big Brothers Big Sisters, at 757-253-0676 or Joan Peterson, Literacy for Life, at (757) 221-3325. (www.facebook.com/williamsburgstars or www.WillliamsburgStars.com)
Pictured back row L-R: Dr. Dan Via, Matthew Meyer, Henry Broaddus, Detric Smith, Libbey York, Jacquelyn Liebler, John Gonzales. Front row L-R Dr. Stacey Sparkman Hall, Amanda Deverich, Taylor Tausz, Lydia Scrofani Not in photo, John Daly. Professional photography by Helen’s Place.