Dancers are putting the finishing touches on their best moves in preparation for the sold-out Dancing for the Arts — Take IV, which will be held Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall.
Ten local celebrities have been paired with professional dancers for the event, which raises money for the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust and local youth organizations.
The celebrity dancers are: Heather Holmes, VP of marketing at RAEDI; Jenna Bowman, executive director of Rochester Downtown Alliance; Shannon Knoepke, vice president/general manager of Townsquare Media; Leslie McClellan, president of Rochester Community & Technical College; Pamela Trachsel, real estate agent with RE/Max Results of Rochester;
Dr. Bassem Elhassan, orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic; Jay Furst, managing editor of the Post-Bulletin; Johnny Mango, owner of Johnny Mango Catering; Bob Nuss, CEO of Nuss Truck & Equipment; Mitch Stevenson, partner and VP of marketing and sales at S & K Custom Furniture, and a section leader at Trader Joe’s.
They are paired with professional dancers Gary Dahl, Jimmy Dillon, James Geroux, Matthew Holcomb, John Vitek, April Dahl, Danika Dahl, Katy Joblonski, Christine Miller and Julie Sobolewski.
Voting is $10 per vote, available online as well as at the event. Two trophies will be presented by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede: one for the most money raised, and another for the judges’ choice. The judges are John Wade of Clements Chevrolet Cadillac Subaru, Lisa Clarke of Mayo Clinic, and Brad Jones of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Dancing to live music by Hooker & Booker follows the competition.
Tickets, $85, are all sold, but contact Bari Amadio, 424-0811, to see if any ticket-holders have cancelled.
For more information, go to www.rochestermnarts.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner seating, with dessert at 6:30 p.m. and the dance competition at 7 p.m.