The stars are out in Williamsburg as a new lineup of contestants for the annual Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars was announced on Monday.
“Last year we celebrated our 10th anniversary, it was big, but I dare say 2020 will be our biggest year yet. We’re improving show structure, really engaging with our stars and putting them out there,” said Joe Hertzler, event chairman.
Each year, a group of 12 contestants from around the Historic Triangle sign up to train for five months and compete in a dancing competition to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center, sponsored by Abbitt Realty.
Since the competition started in 2010, the event has raised more than $900,000, according to a news release from Howell Creative Group.
The “stars” are volunteers that come from various industries throughout the area including dentistry, health and real estate.
Here they are:
- Yuri Adams, City of Williamsburg Economic Development
- James Burden, DDS, James Burden DDS & Associates
- Elise Campana, Campana Waltz Realty
- Amy Eveland, James Burden DDS & Associates
- Chris Haywood, WISC
- Chris Jones, Local Scoop Magazine
- Scott Kucinski, Sotherly Hotels
- Kate Langbehn, LWell
- Sammy Lee, Singer/songwriter, Iota Creative Collective
- Jennifer Metcalf, Inside-Out Transformation
- Natalie Miller Moore, Moore Than Words
- Felix Vlad, Shorin Ryu Martial Arts, Zumba Fitness
- Sheri Wall, Pamisage
Some of the dances will include salsa, foxtrot and more.
“Stars and pros are already working to offer the audience surprises and our production team is queuing up to make the next show the very best ever,” Hertzler said. “Our volunteers work nearly year-round; if we make it a million dollars, we can say with certainty every cent is absolutely earned through relentless commitment to these two charities.”
The show will feature Williamsburg’s own “most interesting man in the world,” who is responsible for some of the area’s fine dining and teaches fitness, owns a towing business and has a black belt in martial arts.
There will be also another feature for the “most interesting man,” which will have a staple of the Virginia music scene who is coming from Nashville to join the event.
The show will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 29, 2020 at CrossWalk Church in Norge.
For more infmration on tickets or to vote for a “Fan Favorite,” visit Williamsburg Stars online.