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Dancing with the Stars lights up the Strings stage for CASA

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —- A firefighter, a school principal, a Realtor and other prominent community members took their turn in the spotlight Saturday, March 10 during Dancing with the Stars, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA’s annual fundraiser at Strings Music Pavilion.

Eight amateurs were paired with local choreographers from Routt and Moffatt counties and practiced for months before performing their dances for a sold-out crowd.

"The atmosphere at the event was electrifying, but at the same time, it felt like everyone at the event, whether it was event staff, participants, volunteers or spectators, shared a special bond that what we were all doing there that night was bigger than the show or even the event itself,” said Alan Hallman, executive director of Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA. “It was a pretty special evening.”

With thrilling moves and flashy costumes, each team presented unexpected surprises and were judged by six past dancing stars.

Star Wendy Wade and choreographer Penny Hamilton performed a Jane Fonda-esque, aerobics-inspired dance and were named grand champions for raising the most money for CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates. The judge's choice winner was the team of star Tony Counts and choreographer Andrea Kortas, and the People’s Choice award, based on audience applause, was the team of star Tyson Waneka and choreographer Haley Orton.

"We are all so proud to support such an important cause, and the success of the event shows Steamboat’s generosity and enthusiasm in supporting CASA," said event chairperson Alisa Bonelli.

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Dancing with the Stars 2018 teams: 

  • Star Jim Boyne and choreographer Traci Hiatt
  • Star Tony Counts and choreographer Andrea Kortas
  • Star Jeff Snook and choreographer Rachel Radetsky
  • Stars Carole and Jerry Buelter and choreographer Ben Spiegel
  • Star Nikki Knoebel and choreographer Chad McGown
  • Star Wendy Wade and choreographer Penny Hamilton
  • Star Chuck Cerasoli and choreographer Deb Curd-Kinnecome
  • Star Janne Siegel and choreographer Bill McCoy
  • Star Tyson Waneka and choreographer Hayley Orton