Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The show must go on: Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars goes virtual in 2021

(Courtesy Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars)
(Courtesy Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars)

Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars will return in 2021 with a new format.

The 12th annual charity event, in which area residents team up with professional dancers, will be held virtually in 2021, according to a news release.

The move to a virtual format is a safety measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is still in the planning stages, said Committee Chairman Joe Hertzler.

“In years past, we have been limited to around 700 people, but this year we can open up the show to viewers around the world,” Hertzler said. “While we expect most viewers will be from Williamsburg, we’re excited about the opportunity to have a larger audience.”

The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life. Donors have given more than $1 million for charities over the past decade.

The event will feature more than 20 “stars” from the Greater Williamsburg area split into multiple dance teams. The winning team will be declared the virtual champion.

Donations will be solicited by each team, and winners will be determined by donations received and dollars raised.

The event will be hosted by Ann Connor, president of public finance and community investment of Towne Bank.

The event is scheduled for March 6, 2021. More details will be announced in the coming months.

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