By day, they work as school counselors, firemen, bank employees and editors. But on the night of March 5, 11 Williamsburg area residents will pour on the glitter and sequins to be transformed into ballroom-dancing superstars.
For the second year, local leaders are training to twirl and whirl for “Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars,” a fundraiser benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center. The event, which pairs novices with professional dance instructors, is at 7 p.m. March 5 at Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary.
“Last year’s ‘Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars’ was even more fun than anyone dreamed possible and a great way to raise money for Literacy for Life and Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Joan Peterson, executive director for Literacy for Life, in a press release.
This year’s participants, who will each complete at least 18 practice sessions, include community volunteer Betsy Anderson; Bank of America Marketing Manager Victor Branch; retired Methodist minister Carlton Casey; Middle Peninsula Insurance and Financial Services agent Ken Johnston; WJCC School Board member Denise Koch; Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily Managing Editor Kim Lenz; TowneBank Assistant to the President Caitlin Massie; retired chemical engineer and real estate developer Sterling Nichols; Williamsburg Land Conservancy Executive Director Caren Schumacher; Matoaka Elementary School counselor Jennifer Dey Smith; and James City Fire Department Captain Robert Washington.
Their professional partners are associated with 7 Cities Ballroom in Williamsburg, Art Inspired Studio and Country Bootleggers in Yorktown, Dance Masters in Richmond and Cindy Black, of Shagn4U of Hampton Roads.
Just like on ABC’s hit TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” the performers will tackle an assigned ballroom dance, such as the hustle, the waltz or the jitterbug, and perform it for a panel of judges. The judges are Aaron Brooks, a retired quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and local real estate developer; Anne Conner, president of TowneBank; state Sen. Tommy Norment; and Rebecca Rushforth, a ballroom dance instructor at William and Mary.
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches students in grades K-8 with positive, caring mentors. Learn more about BBBS here. Literacy for Life, formerly known at the Rita Welsh Center, teaches adults the literacy skills needed to be self-efficient and better participate in society. Learn more here.
For additional information about the event, visit its Facebook page.
Tickets went on sale on Jan. 28 and can be purchased at the Phi Beta Kappa box office, by phone at (757) 221-2674 or online at https://wm.tix.com. Tickets are $35 or $60, depending on seats, and cost $115 to attend a VIP event prior to the show.