On Friday, October 4, 2018, the annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars (DWESS) Aurora Newmarket was held at the Royal Venetia Mansion in Aurora. It was a truly fantastic evening and entertaining show for all in attendance!
Special congratulations go to our “star” Michael Flaherty from Feherty Property Management Inc. and his partner from Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio for being crowned the Grand Champions of DWESS 2018 and for our winners of the People’s Choice Award for 2018, Shannon Clark and her partner Patrick Derry. A BIG congrats to all of our “star” dancers — Brad Jones, Maria Ciarlandini, Sandra Ferri, Sheryl Thomas, Tony Van Bynen, & Bruce Herridge. You are all champions in our eyes!
Finally, a heartfelt thank you to all the dance professionals from Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio — Anastasia, Kelly and Patrick — for their patience, creativity and talented choreography which was on full display with every dance step during every routine. Your dedication and support of Easter Seals Ontario is so very much applauded and appreciated!
We thank all our dancers, our Emcee Steve Hinder, judges, sponsors, volunteers and attendees for making this year’s Aurora/Newmarket’s Dancing with Easter Seals Stars such a huge success and look forward to seeing you again next year!
Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.
Royal Venetian Mansion
400 Industrial Parkway, Aurora ON
Join Easter Seals and celebrate the annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars Aurora/Newmarket. The evening will sparkle with glitter and gold to help bring awareness and support for children with physical disabilities.
Some of the most-recognized local “stars” have been paired with professional dancers from fabulous ARTISTICA BALLROOM DANCE STUDIO will compete to be crowned Best Dance Couple. True to the element of competition, celebrity judges, along with guests, assist in determining which dance team will be the winner for annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars. Listed below are your favourite local stars and professional dancers.
Tickets for the Aurora/Newmarket Dancing with Easter Seals Stars are $160 each (all alcohol included) or $1,200 for a table of eight, which includes 8 voting cards, wine at the table and dinner. Tickets can be purchased at 705-797-2675 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or purchase tickets online.
To complete the evening, the dance floor will be opened to guests.
Vote for your favourite dancer
Click on the image of your favourite “star” dancer to vote for them online and help them get to the finale! Every $20 donated count as one vote. A charitable donation receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or more.
Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio
Artistica Ballroom Dance Studio opened a year ago to teach Ballroom and Latin dance styles, such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing, to name a few. Artistica instructors offer a personalized approach of all levels to keep classes creative & memorable! They not only teach individuals and couples – but they also do wedding choreography for first dances.
Anastasia Trutneva Anastasia started dancing at age 5. In high school, she specialized in ballet and contemporary at Claude Watson School for the Arts, while competing in international ballroom championships at the Junior and Youth levels.
As an adult she has competed globally, representing Canada in 16 World Championships, 6 World Cups and 2 World Dancesport Olympic Games.
In 2010, 2012 & 2014 Anastasia performed in “Dance Temptation” – a stage show at Fallsview Casino – and toured North America in “Dancing Pros Live” with Alec Mazo & Edyta Slivinska from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Kelly Stacey started dancing at age 5 and grew up dancing tap, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz. Teaching was a natural progression for Kelly, and by the time she was 18 she was teaching childrens’ classes at CANDANCE Academy. She went on to teach musical theatre, jazz and hip hop and choreographed competitive solos for her students.
In 2013 Kelly was chosen to perform in the opening dance routine for a Phoenix Suns basketball game working with noted choreographer Weezy from The Solar Squad in Arizona. Soon after, she turned her talents toward ballroom dancing and has never looked back. Recently, Kelly competed with her students in the Pro-Am Competitions in Montreal, La Classique Du Quebec 2015/2016.
Patrick Derry began dancing at age 13 and has had a competitive dance career in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop & break dancing. He has won numerous overall and choreography awards and performed and taught dance in many styles across North America.
He has performed in “Carnival” – the choreographers’ ball in L.A. – and danced on stage with such musical stars as Alessia, Shawn Desmond, Down With Webster and Marianas Trench. Patrick has also been asked to dance for world famous choreographers Mia Michaels, Blake McGrath, Travis Wall and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Recently he won 8th Top Teacher Award at La Classique Du Quebec 2016.
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