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WMU version of 'Dancing with the Stars' is Friday at Miller

by Thom Myers

Oct. 30, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU President John Dunn at Dancing with WMU Stars.
President John Dunn at 2009 Dancing with the WMU Stars
KALAMZOO--Western Michigan University's scholarship fundraiser Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars--Latin Style is Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. on the stage of Miller Auditorium.

The event will feature local celebrities performing Latin ballroom dances as they vie for the top prize of the evening, which also includes live music, dance instruction and entertainment. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Cost of the event is $75, of which $50 is tax-deductible. To make a reservation or for more information, contact the Department of Dance at (269) 387-5830.

Celebrity dancers

Kalamazoo mayor and 2008 winner Bobby Hopewell will serve as a judge. Other judges are Kathryn Williams, WMU faculty member and musical theatre choreographer, and D. Terry Williams, WMU professor and chair emeritus of theatre.

Terry and Sharon Williams, and dance faculty member Sharon Garber will provide a special dance performance for the evening.

Each celebrity dancer has been paired with a WMU dance student or faculty member as a competition partner. Choreographer Tony Calucci has created a unique ballroom routine for each couple. Calucci has served as a coach for the "Dancing with the Stars" TV show and was a member of the WMU Department of Dance faculty.

Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars is presented by Department of Dance and Partners in Dance, with a goal of raising $15,000 for dance scholarships.

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