The dance competition, modeled after the popular TV show, raises money for the
Each dance team, made up of a community member and a professional dancer, performs uniquely choreographed dances to wow the crowd and raise money for the
Last year's dance competition brought in around
Most of the "celebrity" dancers have little or no dance background, but are dedicated to their performances despite stage fright or worries about getting the moves just right, said
"All the dancers this year are really into it and excited," she said. "There are going to be some great performances."
Though the dance competition is the main event of the evening, the audience also will be treated to food from
Guest judges will be
Before making their debut for the judges, the local celebrity dancers go through an extensive rehearsal process, Smith said.
Last year's event drew around 800 people, and Smith hopes to top that number this year.
Here's a look at who the dancing "stars" will be:
The dance: Foxtrot
Gdowski has a passion for community service. As a real estate agent, she donates 5 percent of her commission to a charity of the homebuyer's choice.
Gdowski and her husband, Adams 12 school district superintendent
Knowing the Dancing with the Broomfield Stars event raises money for many of the charities and nonprofits near and dear to her clients' hearts, she decided it was time to learn the foxtrot.
Because the event is on
Gdowski said she is nervous about getting the steps right, but said the opportunity to raise money for worthwhile community organizations is worth a few missteps.
"It's so important to give back, and it helps me find the courage to perform," she said.
Her partner is Smith, an instructor at Booth's Dance Denver.
He fell in love with ballroom dance when he was 12, and then learned Latin dance.
As an instructor, he feels that he is able to learn more about the world of dance while also opening up that world to his students, he stated in a bio for the event.
Teaching dance allows him to "provide each student with a priceless gift" by watching his dancers grow as dancers and as people, he stated.
The dance: Lyrical, salsa, mambo
Hermann, a pediatrician, said participating in community festivals and events is a big priority for her family. In the past, she has been part of an annual
When a "mystery nominator" threw Hermann's hat in the ring to dance, she said the invitation made perfect sense.
"In the past, I've donated to specific groups, but this (event) helps me feel I am giving in many ways. The fact that (the Foundation) gives grants to so many places in the area, it allows us all to give in a bigger way," she said.
Her instructor is Grijalva, who has been active in sports throughout his life.
After college, he started salsa dancing -- and that's when he fell in love with his dance instructor, Nahetzin. Under her training, they competed in several ballroom dance competitions.
Both George and Nahetzin are performing in this year's event.
The dance: Variety (ballet, hip hop and jazz)
Fouchey moved to
Being part of Dancing with the Broomfield Stars is "a dream come true," she told her family and her friends at FRIENDS.
Fouchey's partner is
Productions, a dance-theatre company.
The two will perform to the theme song from the '80s fantasy movie "The Neverending Story,"
"She's so excited," he said.
The dance: Hip hop/cha-cha
Higgins, a longtime
"I'm the first to start dancing at a wedding," he said, but his Dancing With the Broomfield Stars routine is a little different than a typical wedding dance.
His partner, dancer Strashnikova of Booth's Dance Denver, is a helpful and firm dance instructor, he said.
The couple's aerobic "hip hop cha-cha" dance blends ballroom dance with more modern elements, he said.
Though the dance is a lot more work than he anticipated, he is inspired by the Foundation's continued support of the community where he and his family live.
"I want this to be a positive experience for the Foundation, and my primary goal is to help with that," he said.
He wants to impress his three young daughters, too.
"I want them to see this and think it's cool," he said.
Strashnikova began her dance training at 6, when she lived in
The dance: Hustle and nightclub
Blanchard has a special connection to the
Blanchard's deep love of
Dancing is the next item on his volunteer to-do list. He agreed to dance for Dancing with the Broomfield Stars "to the delight of (my) family and friends...," he stated in his Dancing with the
Instructor Scotten of Booth's Dance Denver grew up dancing in
She has professionally choreographed musical theatre productions and been involved in a variety of dance and performance projects.
The dance: Mix of styles (swing, hip hop, disco)
Gilmore is a born-and-raised
He might not be an active dancer, but is an active person who loves to play sports, he said in his bio.
He has been a volunteer coach for several sports over the past 20 years. He is an assistant varsity baseball coach at
His dance partner, instructor McGill, has studied ballet at the
Dance isn't her only passion. She also is a certified Pilates instructor at
The dance: Rumba/hip hop/jive medley
Conly might not be known for his dance moves, but he is well-known as the director of the
Conly loves watching children learn every day at the center, and loves raising his own two kids, daughter, Lily and son, River.
He'll perform his dance for his kids, Bal Swan families and other audience members with his dance instructor, Grijalva.
Grijalva became hooked on ballroom dancing when she was young. She competed professionally while in college, then met her husband, George, while dancing.
The couple now owns the
The dance: Hustle-jive
Johnson, a nurse who works for
A longtime resident of
Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and had a double masecotmy in 2013.
Staying active has been a key to her recovery, she said.
"My message to any woman is that if you are faced with a challenge of your health, embrace it, and make yourself stronger than before," she said.
Johnson said her dance partner and instructor, Merz, has made the dance training fun.
Merz was once a collegiate track athlete training for the Olympics, he has now been teaching ballroom dancing since 2005.
Merz said his high-energy sports background helped him develop a unique style of teaching that is "powered by my sports and musical background," he wrote in his bio.
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