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10th Annual Dancing w/ the Stars event brings back familiar faces and introduces some new

Emcees Cathy Holman and Sloan Dickey will return for their second year
Dancing with the Stars of Casper emcees Cathy Holman from My Country 95.5 & Sloan Dickey with Denver7 News.

You will be all in when you come to the 10th Annual Dancing with the Stars of Casper- On Broadway benefitting Mercer Family Resource Center on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 6:00pm at the Casper Events Center. The evening includes a plated meal, a friendly dance competition featuring community leaders, and spirited bidding on a variety of silent and live auction packages.

This year our “Stars of Casper” will perform professionally choreographed routines with a Broadway theme, hoping to win votes for the People’s Choice Award! The arena stage will be exploding with ensembles and MFRC encourages residents not to just “standby” by being a silent observer, but to applaud the cast by visiting https://one.bidpal.net/dancing2020/welcome on opening night. 

Introducing the Cast: 

Dance Couple #1

Tassma Powers (Attorney with McMurry Companies)
Aaron Wood (Wyoming Dance Arts)

Tassma likes to bust a move to “anything Hamilton. I am constantly trying to sneak into my daughter’s TikToks.” She is “Hoping to help Mercer FRC raise funds for its mission and programs.” This is Aaron’s third year dancing for Mercer Family Resource Center because “I believe in Mercer FRC, its mission, and the wonderful staff. Mercer FRC is an incredible foundation and I’m happy to help any way I can.”

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Dance Couple #2

Michael Houck (The Michael Houck Real Estate Team/Real Estate Leaders)
Beth Jozwik (YMCA and wyOMing Yoga and Massage)

Michael was inspired to take the limelight for Mercer FRC. “Anything I could do to help such a great organization, you can’t say no to that.” He needs votes “because I may very well go down in history as the worst dancer ever to perform for this function.” Beth is excited to dance for Mercer because “I am always looking for ways that I can help to serve my community and this is a fantastic way to do that!” She may not be a Broadway expert but said “Me First and the Gimme Gimmes rendition are my favorite ways to listen to Broadway music.”

Dance Couple #3

Dirk Andrews (NCEA President)
Joy Gallup (Jump Craze Trampoline Park)

Dirk is ready to upstage at DWTS because “it is for a great cause, and I never mind making a fool of myself. I enjoy busting a move to Ease on Down the Road from The Wiz, but I’ll be honest it’s more of a repetitive movement I do over and over again.” Joy told Mercer, “I was tricked! I love this event and I love that I can dance while supporting Mercer FRC.”

Dance Couple #4

Renée Penton-Jones (General Manager with Ramkota Hotel)
James Stress (Carfire Production and Actors Equity Association)

Renée is “looking forward to the opportunity to share this moment with my son – my dance coach. I am going to work with my son (coach) to make this the most memorable performance ever.” James is dancing for Mercer FRC because “I have always wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much during my formative years.”

Dance Couples #5

Brian Helling (Helling Insurance-Allstate Insurance)
Elizabeth Norcross (Lifetime Health and Fitness Center)

Brian is ready to take lead to dance for Mercer FRC! This is Elizabeth’s sixth year as a professional dancing for Mercer FRC. “Doing something this fun for a worthwhile cause has kept me coming back year after year.” She is “always dancing and choreographing…In fact, I was probably dancing when I got the text to join in this year’s event.”  

Dance Couple #6

Cory Poulos (Occasions by Cory & Occasions Entertainment Group)
Amandie Campbell (Rising Star Tumbling and Dance Studio)

Cory decided to take center stage for Mercer because, “The center does such great work in the community that if my company and I can be a small part of helping them to raise funds, I was in. Also, I like a good challenge, but I think that this will definitely be more of a challenge for my partner. If people choose to vote for me for any reason, including comedic appeal, I appreciate it.” Amandie is excited to be “involved in the bigger picture, helping others! This is a wonderful organization and I am excited to be involved in this event that helps so many in our community. Broadway is my jam!! I am a Broadway baby.”   

Introducing the Critics:

Dr. Cindy Works (UW Family Medicine Residency Program)
Dr. Works danced as a star in Dancing with the Stars 2013! 

Melissa Mazzei (Rising Start Tumbling and Dance Studio)
Melissa was inspired to join our judges panel because “my participation in the event last year as a performer was nothing short of life-changing. Dancing with the Stars of Casper will forever hold the most incredible place in my heart.” 

Dr. Matt Swan (Director of Anesthesia, Summit Medical Center)
Dr. Swan has “supported numerous local charities in our community over the last 11 years. I was initially to be part of the dancing side, but time restriction relegated me to judge others.”  

Jen Dyer (Self Help Center)
Jen said “Mercer Family Resource Center is near and dear to my heart. As a former employee of Mercer FRC, I know firsthand the amazing services they provide for families and the community as a whole. So, when I was asked to be a judge for DWTS, how could I say no? Although no one asked me to be a performer…and by my own assessment I think I am an amazing dancer (although my friends may disagree), Mercer was correct in keeping me out of the spotlight of the stage.” 

Kristi Racines (Wyoming State Auditor)
Kristi was inspired to join the judge’s panel “to avoid being asked to be one of the dancers.” However, she was a “die-hard clogger as a child.” 

Christopher Dragon (Conductor CO Symphony, Music Dir. WY Symphony) Christopher said he “heard from so many people about how much fun this event is and I’m wanting to engage further with our Casper community. As a conductor my work is all about representing music through movement so I am interested to see how their choreography relates to their song choice. Oh, and I am always a fan of jazz hands.”  

Mercer Family Resource Center provides education, counseling, and prevention services that build stronger and healthier youth and families in our community. In our vision to build a unified community with strong families and healthy youth, the non-profit agency provides family and parenting education, adult and youth intervention, and community connections that are proactive, impactful, and accessible to anyone in the community!

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