Dancing with the Stars

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Pendleton’s own version of “Dancing with the Stars” will be here soon to help raise money for local charities and non-profit organizations.    The event will be on Saturday, May 30, at 7 p.m., at the Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion Ave.

Among the local “stars” that will be dancing for a worthy cause is Pendleton’s very own Police Chief, Stuart Roberts.  Other local celebs include: dance and fitness teacher and coach Debbie Kishpaugh, Pat Beard of Travel Pendleton, former Pendleton chamber executive Leslie Carnes, artist/musician Peter Walters and Tammie Parker of Blue Mountain Community College.

The Utah Ballroom Dance Company will be providing the professional dancers to work our local stars. Dances will include the foxtrot, waltz and salsa.  The audience will cast votes by making donations to the charity of the dancer, which are:

  • Roberts  - Guardian Care Center, which works to address child abuse
  • Kishpaugh - Rhythmic Mode, the high school dance team she coaches
  • Beard - Pendleton Cattle Barons Scholarship Fund
  • Carnes -  Lost & Found Youth Outreach
  • Walters -  Oregon East Symphony
  • Parker - the BMCC Foundation

Attendees will get to watch the professional dance company showcase ballroom dance pieces from their full program. The audience will be treated to breath-taking lifts, beautiful costumes, enchanting theatrical story lines and a variety of ballroom dancing styles.

The Utah Ballroom Dance Company is the United States National Formation champions in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing. They have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America — receiving numerous accolades for their performances.

The company maintains a touring program that typically reaches more than 75 cities across the United States and internationally. With more than 100 performances each year, this professional-level ensemble delights, entertains and uplifts thousands worldwide.

In addition to raising money for each dancer’s cause, the event will provide assistance to the CAPECO Food Bank. Tickets purchased in advance are $30 for adults and $15 for youths. Tickets bought at the door are an additional $5 each. Tickets can be purchased at Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, MaySon’s, Elite Guns & Bows, DG Gifts, Pendleton Book Co. or www.brownpapertickets.com.  For more information about the event, contact Fred Bradbury at fbradbury@yahoo.com or 541-377-7474.