Back by popular demand, Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom 45th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Princeton Hyatt and will benefit Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The event includes Young Audiences’ version of a “Dancing With The Stars” Competition, performances by students working with YA teaching artists, and a chance to win a luxury South African Photo Safari!

Dazzle is modeled after the reality television program “Dancing with the Stars” and features local community leaders as the “Stars.” Each volunteer dancer teams up with a professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Princeton where they take lessons for 3 months to prepare for their Dazzle debut and compete for votes to win the coveted YA Disco Ball Trophy.

This year’s Stars are Jeannine Cimino (Berkshire Bank, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Leader) Carol Golden (Attorney & Community Activist), Tom Sullivan (Princeton Partners, CEO), and Jeffrey M. Vega (President & CEO, Princeton Area Community Foundation).

“I work hard to set a good example for my children by making it a priority to give back to my community and support causes that I care deeply about. I feel very lucky that I was able to take dance lessons throughout my childhood and I am looking forward to putting my dance shoes back on to support Young Audiences so ALL children can experience the arts,” said Jeannine Cimino.

Carol Golden shared, “I decided to participate in YA’s Dazzle Mad Hot Ballroom because I wanted to do something completely outside my comfort zone while still contributing to my community in a meaningful way. I’m nervous and excited to start my dancing career!”

Tom Sullivan expressed, “I love Young Audiences because they open eyes, bring joy, and inspire thousands of students to embrace the arts and each other. Isn’t that what we all need?”

“At the Community Foundation, we are working to ensure that ALL KIDS THRIVE, and through my work, I’ve had the chance to see how YA partners with schools to make arts education accessible to all students. The arts play a vital role in enriching young lives, which is why I proudly will dance for the arts at Dazzle,” said Jeffrey Vega.

To purchase event tickets, safari raffle tickets, and vote for your favorite dancer visit www.DazzleYA.org. Individual tickets start at $250 and are inclusive of cocktails and dinner. Safari raffle tickets are $100 each and only 300 tickets are available. Those who can’t attend can still vote for their favorite dancer at $10 per vote to help them earn the coveted YA Disco Ball Trophy.

Past Dazzle VIP dancers include:

2013 – Chris Dagget, Sue Evans, John McConaughy, and Denise Wood Darder*

2014 – Barbara Coe*, Jill Jachera, Chris Long, and Bobby Mascia

2015 – Katie Hughes Redmond, Tamera Matteo, Jeff Perlman*, and Bryce Thompson

2016 – Carol Cronheim, Dan Fatton, Stacy Mattia*, and Michele Minter

2017 – Joanne Canady-Brown, Lew Gantwerk, D.A. Graham, Mark Murphy, and Michele Siekerka*

(* Denotes Dazzle Disco Ball Trophy Winner.)

Dazzle: Mad Hot Ballroom receives additional support from generous corporate sponsors, including Berkshire Bank, M&T Bank, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Princeton Partners, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton, PSE&G, Drinker Biddle, Mathematica Policy Research, Merrill Lynch, New Jersey Manufacturers, NJBIA, , NJM Insurance Group, NRG Energy, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and UBS Financial Services.

For corporate sponsorship opportunities, to receive an invitation, or to vote for your favorite dancer, please contact Denyce Mylson at dmylson@yanjep.org or 609-243-9000 x202.

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