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Dancing away with $65,000
The University of Mary Washington’s inaugural “Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars” raised more than $65,000 and will become an annual event, UMW spokeswoman Marty Morrison announced Tuesday.
Money raised from the Aug. 17 event will be used to endow a UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theater or dance.
The competition, modeled after ABC–TV’s program, featured nine leaders from the region in a dance competition held at Dodd Auditorium. They were paired with dancers from Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio in Spotsylvania County.
A new slate of competitors will be sought for next year’s competition, Morrison said.
Caressa Cameron Jackson, Miss America in 2010 and a Spotsylvania resident, was scheduled to be the 10th participant but had to cancel because of two deaths in her family last week.
Below are the awards handed out at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition.
- Ellen Killough, former president and chief executive officer of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and now CEO of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, earned the “Best in Show” award for her Mambo, performed with Michael Scott, co-owner of Strictly Ballroom. She also received recognition for the “most amazing move.”
- Mary Katherine Greenlaw, mayor of the city of Fredericksburg, danced a quickstep with Scott and received the “People’s Choice” award, given at a champagne reception following the performances. Greenlaw also received honors for “fanciest footwork.”
- Melanie Kay–Wyatt, principal of Walker–Grant Middle School, was named “most spirited” for the salsa.
- William B. Young, CEO for Virginia Partners Bank, received the “Best Costume” award for his performance of the Hustle.
- Rick Hurley, president of UMW, was honored for “best posture” in his performance of the Rumba.
- J. Martin Bass, retired attorney and judge, was named “most entertaining” for his performance of the cha–cha.
- Fred M. Rankin III, president and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare, was voted “most rhythmical” for the Swing.
- Susan G. Spears, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, was honored for the “most flair” for the samba.
- Richmond McDaniel, senior vice president for C.B. Richard Ellis, was voted “most dramatic” for the Tango.
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