Dancers dazzle to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/22/22

Seven dancers from different organizations glided across the stage to raise funds for the Boys & Girls clubhouses and help the youth with after-school programs.

Fort Lupton's Kelley Jackson …

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Dancers dazzle to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs

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Seven dancers from different organizations glided across the stage to raise funds for the Boys & Girls clubhouses and help the youth with after-school programs.

Fort Lupton's Kelley Jackson and her dance partner Todd Teter took home the best performance honors.  Dr. Deirdre Pilch and Keegan Wild were  the 2022 champions.

"This was so much fun and it's a lot of work dancing. It was just a pleasure to be able to do this for the Boys & Girls club," Jackson said.

"It was an excellent opportunity to support and raise funds for Boys & Girls Club, and it was fun," Teter said.

"Our dancers have received their training and come to us to continue their love and passion for dance and performance. Todd is an outstanding part of our company and family, " said Wendy Sosa, Colorado Dance Collective, Executive Director and Ballet Company Director.

"His energy is limitless, and his joy for dance shows every time he walks through the studio doors. We are incredibly proud of Todd and our other members who participated in this event."

"Girls Club is a significant partner for Weld District 6, and we couldn't do all the work we do without their partnerships. It was my pleasure to chip in and be a part of it," Pilch said.

The Dancing with Weld County Stars 3rd annual dance competition was held at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown on July 20. A sold-out show, the event raised almost $85,000 for several Boys & Girls Clubhouses across Weld County.

"Three years ago, our first year, there were 60 people in the audience. We thought that was a good start, but to see it flourish and sell out already in three years has been a thrill and we're honored to have so much support, " said Terry Adams, Boys & Girls Club Chief Executive Officer.

The seven stars represent the various clubhouse across Weld County, and throughout a six-week campaign, the communities of Weld voted a dollar per star.

Last year's Best Performance winner Nick Kenny, Chief Executive Officer Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, hosted the event.

Meet the stars

Best performance winner  Jackson is the Executive Director of Aims Community Foundation and represented the Fort Lupton Club House. Jackson "Lindy Hopped" with partner Todd Teter from Colorado Dance Collective out of Greeley, Colorado.

Dr. Pilch, superintendent of Weld School District 6, represented the Pawl Clubhouse. Pilch performed swing dancing with partner Keegan Wild with "Country Kickup" from Greeley.

Elizabeth Faris of North Behavioral Health Data Services represented the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. Faris partnered with Debra Endres, owner of  "Okay..Lets Dance with Debra" from  Loveland, Colorado. They danced a country number with line dancing, country swing, and polka. 

"Faris's husband was her original dancing partner but he contracted COVID. Faris worked too hard to not be in the competition, so I led her," said Endres.

Representing the Galeton Clubhouse was Lea Faulkner with Lea Live Podcast. Faulkner learned several dances from Greeley's "Country Kickup." With dancing partner Alec Helm, she performed a combination of different dance styles including salsa, country swing with some aerial moves.

"I'm excited to do this for the club and our commitment to the club. This dancing is a lot harder than you think. It was challenging- but fun," Faulkner said.

Trent Johnson, Creative Visionary Officer, represented the Monfort Clubhouse with Greeley Hats Works. Johnson and his dance partner Lauren Craig with "Just for Kix" out of Windsor performed an eclectic summertime dance. Johnson joked about this skill as a dancer.

"My instructor, I really helped her shine and did not want to overshadow her," said Johnson humorously.

"Even if I don't win tonight, the cool thing is the kids get to win because of all the donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County," he said.

Paul Noffsinger, a magician, historian and storyteller, represented the Madison Clubhouse and performed a Hip Hop Freestyle with partner Sofia Mejia from Colorado Dance Collective.

Competitor Ryan Roth, representing the Art & Martie Barker Clubhouse, danced to some 1980's disco with partner Ayn Blanton with Colorado Dance Collective.

I am thrilled to be here, and  I can't tell you how important the Boys and Girls Clubs especially during COVID. I saw that up close and personal with the "Be Great Boxes program," which I think they mentioned tonight on how important that is for these kids in Weld County," Roth said.

"To know that there are people looking out for them, people that love them and believe in them," Roth said. "And someday maybe one of these kids will be up on stage."

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