Local celebs to emulate ‘Dancing with the Stars’

The Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich dancers will soon be “Dancing with the Stars” of local businesses to raise money and awareness for Stamford’s Curtain Call Theater.

A local rendition of the popular reality show Dancing with the Stars will be held May 18 and will feature the owner and dancers from the studio tearing up the dance floor with other local personalities and dance instructors.

The event will start with a reception at 6:30 p.m., with performances from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Stamford. Funds raised will be donated to Curtain Call, the long-running nonprofit community theater located on the grounds of Sterling Farms Municipal Golf Course with year-round performances and auditions open to all, as well as acting workshops for children, teens and adults.

The Grande Ballroom’s owner and president Christine Georgopulo will be dancing with John J. Hickey of Richard’s of Greenwich, the well-known Greenwich Avenue clothing store.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend Saturday night than dancing with a fantastic partner while raising money for local arts programs that encourage people of all ages to develop their interests in performing,” Ms. Georgopulo said. “The Grande Ballroom dancers can’t wait to showcase our latest moves and help the theatrical community of Stamford.”

The benefit will operate similarly to an episode of television’s much-watched Dancing with the Stars program. Anyone can vote for their favorite couple beginning now at curtaincallinc.com/dancing.asp#vote.

A vote costs $10 and voting is open until the end of the show, when a “Viewer’s Choice” winner — the team that raised the most money — will be announced.

Tickets and sponsorships are available, which include choices of tickets only, tickets with cocktail hour, and tickets with dinner, along with various levels of ad sponsorship.

Curtain Call’s Dancing with the Stars is its only annual special event fund-raiser to help underwrite operation costs.

For more information visit curtaincallinc.com/dancing.asp.

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