April 10, 2015 – Drexel Hill What do you get when you take six community leaders, pair them with six professional ballroom dancers, and give them one week to practice? “Dancing with the Upper Darby Stars!”
Just like the TV show, the couples compete for first place, receive commentary from local judges, and dance their hearts out in full costume! The winner is selected by a combination of judge and audience votes.
“Dancing with the Upper Darby Stars” comes to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on April 25, featuring local community leaders as dancers including the Mayor of Upper Darby Township, Thomas Micozzie and the President of the Upper Darby School Board, Judy Gentile. Joe Lunardi, NCAA Analyst on ESPN will participate as one of the judges.
The professional dancers hail from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company featuring some of nation’s top ballroom dance athletes who have performed nationally and internationally receiving numerous accolades and awards such as the coveted U.S. National Formation Championships.
The ticket sales support the mission of Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to bring affordable, family-friendly entertainment to the region. As Mayor Micozzie gears up for his unprecedented role as dancer he said, “I am anticipating a fun night with good community support. By doing this I believe it shows even high level public officials can roll up their sleeves and have some good-hearted fun for a good cause. I think it also will show children of all ages that you can step into an experience you may not feel comfortable with, and by being dedicated to a cause, you can succeed.”
Ballroom dance is taking our nation by storm and re-igniting a passion for this electrifying style of dance. The local community leaders include: Thomas Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township; Judith Gentile, President of the Upper Darby School Board, Barbara Bosha, Founder and Principle of Bosha Design; Robert Celluci, Nationwide Insurance; Kevin Dietzler, Computer Programmer and Show Director of Upper Darby Summer Stage; and Catherine Dierkes, Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The judges are Joe Lundardi, NCAA Analyst on ESPN and the voice of the St. Joe’s Hawks, Maureen Ingelsby of Keller Williams Main Line Realty, and SAP Executive Matt Iacoviello.
The second half of the evening showcases an array of professional dance combos by the professionals from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company including both Latin and traditional styles of ballroom dance. Audiences are treated to breath-taking lifts, hundreds of beautiful costumes, captivating theatrical story lines and a variety of classical and exotic ballroom dances that will keep audience members on the edge of their seats!
Tickets for the April 25th performance are $18 – $24 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the Box Office at 610.622.1189. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, conveniently located minutes from Center City, the Main Line and the Blue Route. Parking is free.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
For Immediate Release
Lauren Stevenson Yacina
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