“Dancing With Our Stars,” which features local Escondido community members, will return April 1 to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Tickets are now on sale and event sponsorships are available.
In an evening of “glitz and glamor” ten prominent community and business leaders tango, salsa, samba, cha cha and waltz their way across the dance floor to compete in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 2nd Annual “Dancing With Our Stars” Fundraiser on Saturday April 1.
Community stars including the San Diego Opera’s Priti Gandhi, Escondido Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek and Palomar Health Foundation President Jean Larsen will be paired with professional dance instructors from across San Diego County.
Celebrity Judges include Elizabeth Alvarez, KUSI Morning News Anchor, Rita Brandin, Sr. V.P. Newland Communities, Tommy Sablan, KYXY Radio Personality, and Kevin Svetich, who won the Judges Award from “Dancing With Our Stars 2016.”
Dance couples will compete in the Center’s 1,500-seat concert hall, emulating the format of the popular reality show, “Dancing with the Stars.” Emcee will be Dallas McLaughlin, the Emmy-nominated writer of the Aquabats! Super Show! and host of KPBS’s Film Indiego.
VIP tickets can be purchased for $175, and include premium seating, a VIP dinner reception with hosted beer and wine and early bidding for premium silent auction items.
General admission tickets, which range in price from $27-$55, can be purchased online at www.artcenter.org/events or by calling 800-988-4253. Tickets include a post-show party with D.J. and dancing under the stars.
Proceeds benefit the Center’s education and outreach programs, which serve over 75,000 people each year, including Center Stage performances for youth and Art Discovery field trips (art, drama, dance and music) for K-12 students. Proceeds also benefit free community events such as Second Saturdays (galleries and museums open for free activities), 4th of July festival, Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival.
This year’s sponsors include BMW/Mini of Escondido, Newland Communities, and Skaja, Daniels, Lister, & Permito LLC. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information is available at www.artcenter.org/event/dancing-with-our-stars/ or by calling 760-839-4124.
Featured dancers and instructor partners will include:
Leon Brooks, San Diego County Planning Commissioner
Kimberly Callahan, Fred Astaire Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo
Joseph Collins, Marketing Specialist, Wawanesa Insurance
Allysia Junious, PGK Dance Project
Dr. Christy Fortney, Owner, Hidden Valley Orthodontics
Jose Jaimes, Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts
Priti Gandhi, Opera Singer, San Diego Opera
Dan Gibbons, Mary Murphy Champion Ballroom Academy
Miles Himmel, Producer, KFMB Radio
Danae Gill, Fred Astaire Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo
Rorie Johnston, CEO and President, Escondido Chamber of Commerce
Dominique Dawson, Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Jean Larsen, President and Chief Philanthropic Officer, Palomar Health Foundation
Joe Callahan, Fred Astaire Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo
Jay Petrek, Assistant City Manager, City of Escondido
Rubi Jaimes, Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts
Rosa Ruiz, Realtor, RE/MAX UNITED
Juan Galindo, Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Erik Skaja, Capt. Escondido Police Department
Jahnine Lopez, Tierra Caliente Academy of ArtS