Dancing stars, audience win CIS fundraiser
Melissa Calabrese, Rosalyn Pauling and Bernita Sims and their Fred Astaire Dance partners were the official winners of Saturday night’s “Dancing with the High Point Stars.”
Intermission dancers — spectators who spontaneously took to the dance floor — joined the official winners as crowd favorites, especially Calvin Biesecker.
Calvin, age 9 and son of contestant CeCe Biesecker and her husband, Michael, stopped the impromptu dancing and amazed spectators with his urban style that included break dancing, hip-hop and plenty of solid technique. For a while, his mother tried to keep up with Calvin, but she eventually left the floor to the protege.
Calabrese, who won Best Performance from the judges, played a risque teacher who danced a polished cha-cha with her student, who eventually got a passing grade.
Pauling, who received the most votes from spectators, roused her large cheering section as she executed a salsa with plenty of fancy footwork.
Sims won the Best Costume for her dress and shoes, both sparkling with sequins, and fishnet stockings.
Approximately 400 people attended the fundraiser for Communities in Schools, which coordinates community efforts to keep kids in school who are at risk of dropping out.
In its third year, “Dancing with the High Point Stars” is the major fundraiser for CIS, and proceeds go to the group’s general operating fund.
Last year, the fundraiser netted approximately, $45,000, and this year’s goal was $50,000.
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