Calgary stars take to the dance floor for a good cause
December 10, 2016

Bill Brooks: Calgary stars take to the dance floor for a good cause

Cal 1210 Dance 3 The 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre was the most successful to date.  The SRO dance competition and dinner raised funds for both the Calgary Dance Academy and CUPS. Pictured, from left, are event founder Dawn Litzenberger with CUPS' Dean Schroeder and Prob Lashar.

Cal 1210 Dance 3 The 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre was the most successful to date. The SRO dance competition and dinner raised funds for both the Calgary Dance Academy and CUPS. Pictured, from left, are event founder Dawn Litzenberger with CUPS’ Dean Schroeder and Prob Lashar. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

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It’s not as easy as it looks. And ‘it’ would be competing in a dance competition-without having had years of formal training.  The annual Dancing With Calgary Stars features well-known Calgarians being partnered with young dance competition students for an evening of fun and philanthropy. Brain-child of Calgary Dance Academy’s Dawn Litzenberger, Dancing With Calgary Stars has seen the likes of yours truly (Bill “Terror Tango” Brooks) and Alfred “Bull Fighter” Balm, to name but a few, take to the stage with our learned dance partners to dazzle guests with our dance routines perfected after hours and hours of rehearsal. Dazzle and perfected may be a bit of a stretch. And I can tell you from personal experience, it really is not as easy as it looks on television.

This year, the 5th annual, held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre, raised funds to support young Calgary dancers vying for a position on the podium at the 2017 Canadian Ballroom Dance finals as well as to help vulnerable families and children in our city by supporting CUPS programming. A perfect pairing if there ever was one.

Calgary stars and their fabulous young dance partners taking to the stage this night included: Chad “Ready to Rumba” Robinson; Counc. Andre “Jumpin’ Jive” Chabot; Counc. Sean “Samba Man” Chu; Kathy “El Toro” Hays; Irene “Waltzing Wonder” Besse; Pat “Rumba Queen” Moore; and Michelle “Cha Cha Cutie” Cameron. Audience participation determined the winner and the decision was unanimous-all the competitors were winners this night.

Guests in attendance cheering on their favourite star included: Laureen Harper and Ann McCaig; Patti and Larry O’Connor; CUPS’ Carlene Donnellly, Dean Schroeder and Prab Lashar; Calgary Public Library Foundation vice-president Brent Buechler and his wife Vicki; Pat “Rumba Queen” Moore’s husband Sherrold and their daughter Anstice’s Cynthia Moore; Rocky View Development Council board member Nancy Calvin; Sen. (Ret.) Dan Hays; Michelle “Cha Cha Cutie” Cameron’s family comprised of husband Allan Coulter, daughter Grace Coulter and mom Jacqueline Cameron; Calgary Stampede Foundation vice-president and previous dance competitor Sarah Hayes; past dance competitor Alfred Balm and his wife Phyllis Balm; YWCA Calgary’s Deanna Holt; outstanding philanthropists Don and Ruth Taylor; Counc. Sean Chu’s cheering section-daughters Sienna and Jasmine Chu; CUPS board chair Michael Lang;  and others pictured at right.

Cal 1210 Dance 1 The 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre was the most successful to date and raised funds for both CUPS and the Calgary Dance Academy. Pictured are Laureen Harper (left) and dancing star Kathy Hays.

The 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre was the most successful to date and raised funds for both CUPS and the Calgary Dance Academy. Pictured are Laureen Harper (left) and dancing star Kathy Hays. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 2 Pictured, from left, at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Patti and Larry O'Connor with well known Calgarian and dancing star this night Irene Besse.

Pictured, from left, at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Patti and Larry O’Connor with well known Calgarian and dancing star this night Irene Besse. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 4 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Rocky View Development Council member Nancy Calvin with Anstice's Cynthia Moore. Moore's mom Pat was one of the dancing stars this night.

 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Rocky View Development Council member Nancy Calvin with Anstice’s Cynthia Moore. Moore’s mom Pat was one of the dancing stars this night. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance5 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are the Coulter family. From left Allan Coulter, daughter Grace Coulter, Olympian Michelle Cameron Coulter and her mom Jacqueline Cameron. Michelle was one of the dancing stars this night.

 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are the Coulter family. From left Allan Coulter, daughter Grace Coulter, Olympian Michelle Cameron Coulter and her mom Jacqueline Cameron. Michelle was one of the dancing stars this night. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 6 The 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre was the most successful to date raising funds for both the Calgary Dance Academy and CUPS. Pictured are CUPS' Dean Schroeder and Carlene Donnelly.

The 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars gala held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre was the most successful to date raising funds for both the Calgary Dance Academy and CUPS. Pictured are CUPS’ Dean Schroeder and Carlene Donnelly. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 7 Vicki and Brent Buechler were among those in attendance at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre.

 Vicki and Brent Buechler were among those in attendance at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 8 Pictured, from left, at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Calgary Stampede Foundation vice-president Sarah Hayes with legendary philanthropists Don and Ruth Taylor. Hayes was one of the dancing stars at last years' competition.

 Pictured, from left, at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Calgary Stampede Foundation vice-president Sarah Hayes with legendary philanthropists Don and Ruth Taylor. Hayes was one of the dancing stars at last years’ competition. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 10 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are dancers Denis Lvov and Iveta Milciute. The talented duo have placed first in numerous categories in many a dance competition.

 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are dancers Denis Lvov and Iveta Milciute. The talented duo have placed first in numerous categories in many a dance competition. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 9 Doing her best paso doble pose for the lens at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Kathy Hays and Fred Balm. Hays performed the 'bull fighter' dance this night while Balm performed the number in the competition's first year.

 Doing her best paso doble pose for the lens at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Kathy Hays and Fred Balm. Hays performed the ‘bull fighter’ dance this night while Balm performed the number in the competition’s first year. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 11 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Olesya Dmitrieva with dancing star CUPS' board vice-chair Chad Robinson.

 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are Olesya Dmitrieva with dancing star CUPS’ board vice-chair Chad Robinson. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 12 Andre Chabot is not only a dedicated Councillor , but a heck of a dancer as well- evidenced by his performance at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre. Joining Chabot is his dance partner Shawni Northrup.

 Andre Chabot is not only a dedicated Councillor , but a heck of a dancer as well- evidenced by his performance at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre. Joining Chabot is his dance partner Shawni Northrup. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 13 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are the Calgary 'stars' with their professionally trained dance partners. The evening was not only a ton of fun but philanthropic as well with proceeds raised benefitting the Calgary Dance Academy and CUPS.

 Pictured at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre are the Calgary ‘stars’ with their professionally trained dance partners. The evening was not only a ton of fun but philanthropic as well with proceeds raised benefitting the Calgary Dance Academy and CUPS. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 

Cal 1210 Dance 14 Sean Chu is not only a dedicated Councillor but an impressive dancer as well evidenced by his performance at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre. Joining Chu are his daughters Sienna (left) and Jasmine.

 Sean Chu is not only a dedicated Councillor but an impressive dancer as well evidenced by his performance at the 5th annual Dancing With the Calgary Stars dinner and dance competition held Nov 30 at the BMO Centre. Joining Chu are his daughters Sienna (left) and Jasmine. BILL BROOKS / BILL BROOKS

 


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