Dancing With The Chenango Celebrities For Charity

By: Tyler Murphy

Dancing with the Chenango Celebrities for charity The six local celebrities competing in this year’s dance event are: Joel Coon ( Achieve), Brianna Curley (NBT Bank), Bridget Dexter (Norwich YMCA), Dave Emerson (Blueox retiree), Dave Kirsch (Norwich City Schools retiree), and Melissa Stagnaro (UHS). They will be paired with dancers Brooke Brown, Camille Gordon, David Gouldin, Lexi Race, Aidan Sullivan, and Andrew VanAllen. (Submitted photo)

NORWICH – Catholic Charities of Chenango County and the Perkins School of the Arts have announced the cast for the 2019 Dancing with the Chenango Celebrities slated for Friday, October 4 at the Council of the Arts at 7 p.m.

The six “stars” competing in this year’s dance event are: Joel Coon ( Achieve), Brianna Curley (NBT Bank), Bridget Dexter (Norwich YMCA), Dave Emerson (Blueox retiree), Dave Kirsch (Norwich City Schools retiree), and Melissa Stagnaro (UHS).

The six celebrities will be paired up with six Perkins School of the Arts dancers. The student dancers are: Brooke Brown, Camille Gordon, David Gouldin, Lexi Race, Aidan Sullivan, and Andrew VanAllen.

Studio owner and dance teacher Amber Perkins said her students had worked with the local celebrities creating their own routines, selecting music and practicing.

“The students have been volunteering their time for last three weeks,” said Perkins. Some of the students are local but others travel from Oneonta or Pennsylvania to participate. The dancers find time to volunteer while most of them attend classes and work jobs. In addition to the students, staff and teachers of the dance school also volunteer their time to prepare for the performance and do background stage work during the show.

“Everyone has made a real commitment, they choreographed the dances themselves, they do lighting, plot, and scheduled their own times to do rehearsals,” she said. “It has been a very rewarding educational process for these kids.”

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