Dancing for the Stars, Cincinnati Arts Association's (CAA) annual fundraiser, has sold-out two weeks before the event, scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Music Hall Ballroom. The popular evening of dance and friendly competition, now in its sixth year, benefits CAA's Overture Awards – the nation's largest locally-run high school arts scholarship competition.
Inspired by the hit ABC-TV show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing for the Stars will feature eight Cincinnati celebrities paired with some of the area's finest professional dancers in a competition program, at which the audience will vote for their favorite celebrity dancer. The competitive dance for the evening will be the Cha Cha, and each dance pair will have 90 seconds to woo the crowd and the judges.
Emceed by Chris O'Brien ("Married With Microphones," 103.5 WGRR-FM) and Tanya O'Rourke (WCPO-TV anchor and Dancing for the Stars 2010 alum), Dancing for the Stars will feature a silent auction; showcase performance by the 2012 Overture Award winner in dance, Danielle Betscher; the swinging sounds of Sound Body Jazz Orchestra; DJ "Rockin Ron" from 103.5 WGRR-FM; pre-event reception and wine tasting; open dancing before and after the competition; lite bites provided by some of Cincinnati's finest restaurants and caterers; and a cash bar.
The celebrity dancers at this year's event include: Janeen Coyle (On-Air Personality, 103.5 WGRR-FM), Chief James Craig (Police Chief, Cincinnati Police Department), Peter Hiltz (Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC), Candace Klein (Attorney, Ulmer & Berne, LLP; CEO, Bad Girl Ventures), Dr. Michael Leadbetter, MD (Cosmetic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Group), Joe Rigotti (Creative Director / Event Planner, Accent on Cincinnati;), Moe Rouse (Community Volunteer), and Regina Russo (Director of Marketing and Communications, Cincinnati Art Museum).
The judges for the centerpiece dancing competition include Terry Foster (Dancing for the Stars 2010 alum), Sarah Hairston (Cincinnati Ballet), and Eleanor Lachman (local ballroom dance pro), and special guest celebrity judge, Drew Lachey (champion of ABC-TV's second season of Dancing with the Stars).