Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars is a premier annual benefit event established in 2009.
The event itself mirrors the ABC Dancing with the Stars show (including the female “stars” wearing actual dresses from the show). The event begins with a fabulous dinner and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Once the dance competition begins there are two celebrity judges and two professional judges who score and provide both humorous and evaluative comments to the dancers after each dance. There are two intermissions to allow the spectators an opportunity to get out of their seats, stretch and make their final bids on the silent auction items. Following the dance competition, there is a dance exhibition involving the previous year’s winners and professional dancers. Once the exhibition is completed there is a short live auction and then the announcement of the winners. The night concludes with open dancing to the music selection of a DJ.
Steppenstone Youth Treatment Services
All the proceeds from donations, ticket sales, sponsorships, advertisements, silent and live auctions go to benefit SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services in Limestone, Tennessee. SteppenStone provides the adolescent services of Counseling and Consultation Services, Inc., which is a Tennessee 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. SteppenStone is a continuum of treatment programs provided within a safe, caring, environment, for boys 13-17 years old who have experienced significant trauma, abuse, and/or neglect and have developed emotional and behavioral issues. Services include year-round residential treatment, foster care, adoption, and a fully accredited school. The primary goal of SteppenStone is to help these young men heal and develop skills to become successful, healthy adults. SteppenStone has been taking care of adolescent boys since 2003.
About The Dancers
Each year five men and five women who are local “Stars” from the Northeast Tennessee communities are the featured dancers. The dancers spend numerous hours practicing their dance selections and then perform these selections on the night of the event with Mike and Kim Adler who are two time World Champions in the Couples Division of The United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC).