Dancing With The Celebrities

In a few short weeks, local celebrities will try to swing, tango, and salsa to the top for a good cause.

And the secret to success this year seems to be just that…a secret. Each contestant feels the element of surprise will help them win it all.

General Manager at BP, Kevin Harris, and his partner Ann Garvey of Celebrity Dance Studio, are hard at work perfecting their salsa.

“He’s got lots of talent. I’m very excited,” said Ann Garvey of Celebrity Dance Studio in Downers Grove about her partner. “He’s willing to do things and tries all sorts of things. We’re keeping it kind of secret of what we’re doing.”

The pair would only show me their warm up, so as not to give away their music, but Harris did hint we can expect a fast paced performance.

“Just focusing on the steps right now,” said Harris when asked how his nerves are about performing live in a few weeks. “For the quick, quick ones, I have to get my counts up.”

Liz Spencer, Executive Director for NCTV17, also kept a lot under wraps. She and her partner, Josh Torres, will try to wow the judges with their tango.

“I feel good, I’m a little panicked,” said Spencer. “But, I’m more confident than I was. We’re going to make it, we’re going to show well. It’s just a panic, but I’ve got Josh. As long as he keeps counting and whispering to me, I’m good.”

Being a part of Dancing with the Celebrities has been a long time coming for Spencer and she is hoping her dancing will set an example for her employees.

“They’ve asked me every year, which is flattering,” said Spencer. “And I thought this year I’m finally at a point where I’m open to instruction and I want everybody on my staff to push themselves out of their comfort zones. We can’t be comfortable to grow.”

District 203 Superintendent, Dan Bridges, is employing some fancy footwork in his jitterbug routine.

“I think he’s doing fantastic,” explained Susan Cole, Bridges partner. “I’m very confident with what he’s done so far. I think with the polish that he’s going to look fantastic when he’s out there.”

Cole is having Bridges channel his athletic past to help them dance away with the win.

“I grew up a football player. So you rehearse and you practice and you scheme football plays, so she’s approached it that way,” said Bridges. “Here’s the play, here’s what I need you to do, practice the footsteps and we’re starting to put a little bit of speed to it. It’s coming together.”

This is the fourth year the Community Career Center has paired the celebs with local professionals for this fundraiser. The center works to help job-seekers find employment.

There are only a handful of tickets left for the main event. For more information visit communitycareercenter.org.

Next week we’ll take you inside the rehearsals of the remaining five couples. NCTV17 will also be broadcasting the competition live on September 12.


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