The Ohio River Valley American Red Cross invites the community to meet the new cast of Dancing With Our Stars 2018 at the “DWOS Kickoff” scheduled between 5 and 7 p.m., Nov. 3, at the SOMC Friends Community Center on 18th Street.
The new line up of nine couples is filled with an array of Star dancers from throughout the community. The evening begins
with light hors d’oeuvres provided by the Fork and Finger Café, Portsmouth Brewing Co., Market Street Café, Port City Café & Pub, Fuzion Grill and Hot Heads along with a cash bar. Music will be provided throughout the evening by DJ Frankie Frank.
Dancing With our Stars is getting a new look as it hits Broadway in 2018. Dancers will select their favorite Broadway musical and choreograph a dance of their choice to one of the musical’s songs.
“To get everyone in the mood, we are inviting Kick off guests to enter our “Dress to Impress” Contest by dressing as their favorite character from a Broadway Musical,” said Debbie Smith, community executive. “Character dress is optional but the contest winner receives two seats for the 2018 show in March. This is a great opportunity to be guaranteed a seat for the big show, which has been presented to Ohio River Valley a sold out crowd for the past five years.”
In addition the dancers will be competing for the most fans in attendance at the Kick off with the winner receiving 500 bonus votes towards the coveted mirror ball trophy.
The highlight of the evening is the opportunity to meet the dancers of the 2018 Dancing With our Stars. Four “pro” dancers are returning and the group includes two husband and wife teams, including Scott Artis, a fire fighter with the Portsmouth Fire Department with his wife Melissa; and Alisha Schmidt, Fashion Retailer and Trainer for LulaRoe with her husband Brandon.
Reece Brown, Energy Advisor for Stand Energy Corp. is dancing with Autumn Dowdy who returns for her sixth season with the show; while Brian Stephenson, Director of Occupational Therapy at Compass Community Health, is looking forward to dancing with veteran “pro” dancer Dianne Coriell Rice who returns for her fifth year. Sean Frazier, General Manager for the Portsmouth Bob Evans, is dancing with Kellie Bell; and Sean King, Program Director at Pulse FM 98.3 in Portsmouth,has teamed up with Toni Dengel who was a Star Dancer in the 2017 Dancing With our Stars. Scott Isaac, Director of Programming for the Juvenile Court for the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile/Probate Division, is dancing with Heather Cate who is also a returning “pro” dancer from the 2014 season.
Jennifer Rapp, bartender and Assistant Party/Event Coordinator at Ohio’s oldest Brewery, The Portsmouth Brewing Company, will hit the floor with her partner Cody Colley. Cindy Burge, Owner/Photographer at 1OAK Photography & Design in Ironton who is dancing with David Markins. Rounding out the ten teams is Andrea Ryan, Nurse Practitioner at Shawnee Family Practice.
Star dancers will spend the next four and a half months learning new dances and raising funds to support the local American Red Cross in their quest to win the coveted mirror ball trophy which is awarded to
the Star dancer raising the most money.
Serving on this year’s committee are Vicky Hatcher, Event Coordinator; Mel Porter, Leanne Johnson, Kevin Hoops, Jennifer Schackart, Trina Bender, Rita Prose, Mary Arnzen, Rick Morgan, Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler,
Amanda Lewis, Mikeal Mullins, Debbie Kielmar, Kellie Richardson, Autumn Dowdy, Estel Ottney and Toni Dengle.
Kick off tickets are $10 per person and are available at the Red Cross office at 1801 Robinson Avenue;
Neal Hatcher Real Estate, 902 8th Street or from any of the dancers or committee members. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.
Sponsorships are currently being sought for the event scheduled for March 24, 2018. Dancing With Our Stars emulates the popular reality show,“Dancing with the Stars.”on ABC Television and features nine community members, known as “Star dancers”, who compete both on and off the dance floor.
Now in its sixth season, Dancing with Our Stars is known for its sell out crowd and generating funds to support the Red Cross programs in the community. A limited number of sponsorships are still available by contacting the Red Cross office at 740.354.3293 or any of the dancers.
All proceeds from Dancing With our Stars and the money raised by our Star Dancers support local disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the home fire campaign that installs free smoke alarms and international programs.
For more information about the American Red Cross contact us at 740-354-3293, visit us at 1801 Robinson Ave., Portsmouth, or like us on Facebook — Ohio River Valley American Red Cross.