September 12, 2014

Dancing with the Celebrities

The annual competition is right around the corner and some teams are feeling the pressure.

“We are very stressed out,” said Dance Instructor at The Dance Hub, Rodolfo Blanquicett. “We are,” added partner, Rosemarie Breske Garvey of Minuteman Press. “We are so stressed out but I really think its going to be awesome, the night of the performance we are going to kill it,” said Blanquicett.“Yes we will turn it on that night and it will be great,” Garvey Said.

Rodolfo and Rosemarie Breske Garvey of Minuteman Press have the steps down, and are working on perfecting their routine.

The event has also reignited her love of dance, and hopes her experience gives her a leg up on the competition.

“I had always been a big fan ever since they started the event and I used to dance when I was younger. I did the whole show choir thing did the dance lesson thing, so its been really great to be here and to practice again,” said Garvey.

Over at The Dance Spot town clerk, Barry Greenberg is thankful his partner, Susan Cole, is encouraging despite his lack of dancing experience.

“My partner has a lot of patience, which I require, trust me,” said Greenberg.

“I think they (rehearsals) are really going well, he came in and he said I’ll do anything,”

Cole feels they will have their salsa routine perfected by the night of the event.

“Shock, awe, hotness – he’s going to be so hot, watch out,” said Cole.
On the other side of town, PR guru Lisa Gangi and her partner from Arthur Murray Naperville, James Dutton, are feeling rather confident in their skill.

“We’re going to take this thing by storm, everyone’s going to be like ‘bam’ like a wrecking ball, she’s doing good I am really excited,” said Dutton.

And they aren’t the only ones, last year’s auction winner, Lara Mehrabian of Mason Sabika saw her mom compete last year and wanted to give it a shot.

“I’m feeling confident, you know I started from the bottom and now I’m here, we’ve got a few more practices to go but i think we are on a good streak,” said Mehrabian.

“Yeah, we’ve got the moves down, now we just need to rinse and repeat and we will be ready for game day,” said Dance Instructor at Celebrity Dance Studio, Michael Blanc.

Also at Celebrity Dance Studio, Councilman Bob Fiesler and his partner, Taylor Lovestead are getting into the groove.

“I’m feeling pretty confident, I’ve started out not doing this dance at all, to feeling like I could do it tonight if need be,” said Fiesler.

And over at My Dance Hub, Oliver Sabugul of BMO Harris and Jaana Lillamagi are playing to their strengths.

“We are really emphasizing Oliver’s height and taking advantage of that in the routine. It’ll be a big surprise and it’s going really well it’s going to be a good thing,” said Owner of My Dance Hub, Jaana Lillamagi.

At the end of the day these local celebrities are looking forward to a great night benefitting an organization that does so much for this community.

“He brings so much fun and that’s really what this event is all about, raising money and having fun with it. I mean at the end of the day we still want to win,” said Taylor Lovestead.

“What they do for the community is really amazing, it’s a highly valuable resource for everyone in Naperville and beyond. So the fact that they do this fundraiser once a year, and it’s not only to raise money for the center and bringing awareness for the needs of the community it’s also an amazingly fun event for those who come out and spectate,” said Lisa Gangi.

Also dancing this year Rick Lochner of RPC Leadership Associates and his partner, Kelly Dutton of Arthur Murray Naperville, Will County Board Member, Suzanne Hart with Tom Sterba of Sterba Dance Spot, and Somali Tomczak of AGL Resources with Josh Torres from Give Dance.

The nine new local celebrities aren’t the only ones taking to the dance floor

In honor of the 5 year of the Community Career Center’s Dancing with the Celebrities, previous winners of the mirror ball are coming back for another shot in the spotlight.

Leah Rippe, Dolly McCarthy, Chief Puknitis, and Doug Kriger have been in rehearsals perfecting a group dance for the September 17 event.

“All proceeds go to the Community Career Center programs and its just a fun evening for a great cause,” said Executive Director of the Community Career Center, Kim White.

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