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Popular Annual Dancing For The Arts Competition To Be Held Sept. 26 At Saugatuck Center For The Arts

     Ready to show us their ‘moves,’ the 2015 Dancing for the Arts performers will take the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) stage Saturday, Sept. 26, in this year’s competition.  
        This event premiered five years ago at Coral Gables with Sandy and Dan Shanahan winning the People’s Choice award while Angelina and Rick Bauer won the Judges’ Choice Award.  
        Angelina and Rick have danced every year since and will dance again this year in addition to being the MCs  of the ceremony. Other awesome returning dancers are realtor, Jim Sellman; Zing owner, Jim Petzing; and Saugatuck Public Schools (SPS) Middle-High School teacher, Christina Lewis. Returning SPS parents are Sara Harris, Angela Carrion, Dan Pannozzo, Tracey Myers and Teresa O”Brien.  
        Joining the parents are brave and talented teachers Casey Loker and husband, Dave; Tara Kortman and husband, Kaleb; Anthony Grech and his wife, Julie; along with kindergarten teacher, Betsy Webbert.  
        Scott Kierzek, community recreation director, and his wife, Jen, complete the list of school employees who are dancing.   
        Completing our stellar cast of local dancers are six newcomers to Dancing for the Arts: Sarah Goy, Douglas Elementary School (DES) parent; Sean & Jenni Steele, Saugatuck Middle School parents;  Sandy Collins, an involved grandma; Matthew Fowler, a SCA employee; SPS Board of Education member and parent, Gordon Stannis; and community minded citizens, Scott Sarris and Ash Middleton.
        These brave volunteers became sparkling stars under the excellent tutelage of Kristin Soeters, Robin Satterthwaite, Justine Kolev, Tom Zemon, Greg Gale, Kurt Stamm  and Andre Mathews.  
        Throughout the evening people may ‘vote’ (with dollars or checks) for their favorite dancers, $1 per vote. So $10 buys 10 votes, $100 buys 100 votes.  
        Following a 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. social hour of hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar, the competition will begin.  
        Dancing for the Arts is a fundraiser that started in 2010. All the money raised goes for elementary and middle school art programs, elementary music programs, the elementary sunshine fund (a fund is for children who experience a catastrophic event like cancer, a home fire, etc.), a scholarship fund for DES students who would like to take dance, music, or some other kind of lessons, summer camps, etc.   
        The entire event came about through the brainstorming of DES art teacher, Jody Northuis, who was trying raise money to enrich and fund her art program.
        Space is limited so purchase your tickets soon! Tickets are $35 for regular seating and $45 for preferred seating. Ticket cost is tax deductible. Checks should be made out to: Douglas Elementary School/D.F.T.A.   
       Tickets are available at DES, Shoreline Realtors or SPS Central office (next to the elementary school).

Popular Annual Dancing For The Arts Competition To Be Held Sept. 26 At Saugatuck Center For The Arts

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