Gearing Up for Dancing With the Celebrities in Naperville- Part One

From the rumba, to the merengue, and everything in between, this year’s Dancing with the Celebrities competition is approaching, keeping contestants on their toes.

“Way harder than I thought it was going to be! I thought it was going to be a little difficult, but it’s basically opposite of how I do every single thing,” said contestant Casey McCormick.

But after a little practice, Casey McCormick of Casey McCormick Interiors, and her partner, don’t see that as a problem, as they plan to take the stage, calm, cool and collected.

“We plan to just plan to get out there, be very classic this year. I thought the simple approach was good and we’ve put a lot of the romanticism into the story of this dance and it’s an upbeat piece of music, but no surprises, just good dancing,” added Josh Torres, Casey’s Professional dance partner.

Other dancers, however, won’t make that same promise.

“We are the grand finale, we are last, yes, so, we have a little surprise, so get ready,” said Dr. Bob Weil and his Dance Instructor, Susan Cole.

Dr. Bob Weil, a sports podiatrist, is heading into the competition with partner Susan Cole, as they spin out to a merengue.

“ I’ve always been somebody who likes to dance, and so yes, I’m coming in with a lot of vibes,” added Dr. Weil.

Instead of vibes, Chad Pedigo, the President of the Naperville Jaycees, and his partner, will bring a lot of styles of dance to the floor.

“  I think people will be shocked at how many different dances we do in such a short amount of time, because he has not taken any extra lessons than what were given to everyone else, so I think that’s the main thing that will surprise people,” said Taylor Lovested, Chad Pedigo’s Professional Dance Partner.

While the eyes are on the prize, the whole night goes to benefit the Community Career Center and their efforts to bring awareness to unemployment issues in our area.

“Oh we’re going home with the trophy, it’s decided already. There’s some steep competition out there, honestly, some great competitors this year, and we’ve heard some great things, at the end of the night we’re all going to come out and do our best and we know it’s for a great cause, so it should be a lot of fun,” said Pedigo.

Judges for this year’s event include Mayor Steve Chirico and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s CEO, Nicki Anderson.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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