WILLIAMSBURG — The eleventh year for Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars shines in the darkness as the show must go on, with some adaptations, of course!
This year we are shaking things up and making moves in the virtual world. We have over 40 Stars across six dance teams ready to prove that the virtual stage is theirs to own. The teams are already at work with their choreographers to create stunning, movie-themed dances.
Unlike past years, where we gather in person, our 2021 Dancing With the Williamsburg Stars Live Event will be virtual. Join our host, Ann Connor of Towne Bank as she presents each teams’ professionally recorded and edited dance. A viewing experience like never before! The videos will be shown and judged during the event with fun guest appearances along the way. The winning team will have the honor of being the first “virtual” champion on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Committee lead, Joe Hertzler of Hertzler & George, said “In years past, we have been limited to around 700 people but this year we can open up the show to viewers around the world. While we expect most viewers will be from Williamsburg, we’re excited about the opportunity to have a larger audience.”
We have pulled together some of the most accomplished people in town, offered them dance lessons, boosted their “can do” attitude and added a sequined…mask! (2020, who knew?) They have been partnered with professionals Alan Hedgpeth from A Step Above, Lisa Carducci of I Dance, Dede Anderson of Country Bootleggers, Adelle Carpenter from Virginia Regional Ballet, and Martin Smith of Dancesport in Virginia Beach. Production is already underway with dance teams selected, music, and dance pros ready to rumble with virtual lessons and socially distanced tapping.
They are dancing to support two great local charities. Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring, consistent volunteers (Bigs) and at-risk youth (Littles). Learn more at bigbrobigsis.com Literacy for Life teaches adults the literacy skills required for self-sufficiency, better health and meaningful participation in society, learn more at LiteracyforLife.org.
Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars has raised more than $1,000,000 for the two charities over the course of the last ten years — and over 115 dancers have competed in the show in past years.
This year, our Star roster includes:
Whitley Thompson, Team Captain
Sharon Dunn, Michelle Hacker, Penny Conklin, Christine Weschler, Antonia Hertzler
O’Neil Jones, Team Captain
Kathryn (Katie) Boucher, Carla King, Nastassia Tone Morgan, Jackie Mierle
Dr. Matt Eppright, Team Captain
Dr. Peter Wendell, Dr. Patti Eppright, Dr. Matt Eppright, Jessica Chapman, Alison Crocker, Courtney Compton, Brooke Turner, Koryn Hawkins, Erica Drolet, Marci Martinez, Julie Pierce, Lisa Wood
Jade L. Ranger, Team Captain
Henry Ranger, Corina Rosso, Nicole Randolph
Patti Winchester, Team Captain
Dr. Ray Henley, Katie Coons, Kayla Jones, Lisa Matykowski, Robin Robert, Christina Thomas,Karlee Smith, Erica Bradley, Breanne Mcdonald, Brandi Graves, Alexis Packett, Alyssa Stevens, Macy Heath, Patti Winchester
“Stars and pros are already working to offer the audience surprises and our production team is queuing up to make the 2021 show the very best ever,” Hertzler said. “Our volunteers work nearly year-round to pull this production off each year and it’s worth it; Over the last 12 years, we’ve raised over $1,000,000.”
The virtual show will premiere on Saturday, March 6th at 7PM. This year’s venue is set for anyplace you have access to the internet and a screen. Tickets will go on sale in early January. For more information or to sign up for ticket announcements go to williamsburgstars.com. We cannot wait to ‘see’ you there.