Dancers bring down the house

Sold-out Dancing with the Local Stars
By Beth A. Birmingham | May 12, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Jennifer Ross-Boshes of Beauty Mark Spa and Christian Clayton of Swing & Sway Dancing perform a foxtrot to "Fever" during the annual Dancing with the Local Stars May 9.

Camden — Wayfinder Schools held its sixth annual Dancing with the Local Stars fundraiser at the Camden Opera House May 9.

The sold-out event matched local celebrities with professional dancers from Swing & Sway and Kinetic Energy Alive, and featured several specialty production numbers by other local dance schools.

Dancers took the stage by storm, twirling their way around the floor and showing the audience how to waltz, tango, salsa, samba, cha cha, hip hop, and hustle and swing.

Local celebrities who participated in the event are Rafi Baeza, creative arts director at  Farnsworth Art Museum; Mimi Bornstein, founder and choral director of Midcoast Community Chorus; Allie Bowen, customer service manager at Camden Hannaford; Staci Coomer, executive director of Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce; Kerry Hadley, manager of the Camden Opera House; Justin Hills, paramedic for Northeast Mobile Health Services and Camden Police Officer; Robin Jordan, children's book buyer for The Reading Corner; Jennifer Ross-Boshes, owner and lead esthetician of Beauty Mark Spa; Amanda Strong, group fitness and Zumba instructor at PenBay YMCA and a Swing & Sway member; and Colin Page, local artist.

Star dancing troupes included Swing & Sway Dancing, Kinetic Energy Alive Productions, Nathifa Shakri, Atlantic Ballet Company, Rockport Dance Conservatory, Studio Red, Shana Bloomstein and Korinn's Dance.

Formerly The Community School, Wayfinder Schools provide opportunities and mentor young people who may be at risk of not completing their high school education.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email

Hip-hopping his 6-foot, 7-inch frame around the dance floor at the Camden Opera House is Justin Hills, partnered with Kea Tesseyman of Kinetic Energy Alive. The pair was among several dance productions presented during Dancing with the Local Stars May 9. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Local artist Colin Page mixes it up with Jessica Libby of Swing & Sway Dancing in their performance of a West Coast swing to "Treasure" at the Camden Opera House May 9. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Giving the sold-out audience a sneak preview to the night's dancing prowess are the female participants of Dancing with the Local Stars. From left are Jennifer Ross-Boshes, Robin Jordan, Amanda Strong, Mimi Bornstein and Kerry Hadley. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Shaking things up at the Camden Opera House are the male participants in Dancing with the Local Stars May 9. From left, are Allie Bowen, Rafi Baeza, Justin Hills and Colin Page. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The sold-out audience at the Camden Opera House enjoy performances by local celebrities and professional dance companies May 9 during the sixth annual Dancing with the Local Stars. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Kerry Hadley, manager of Camden Opera House, struts her stuff during a cha cha performance at Dancing with the Local Stars May 9. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Members of the Rockport Dance Conservatory tap their way through "Chattanooga Choo Choo" as part of the Dancing with the Local Stars benefit May 9. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Master of Ceremonies Gordon Page introduces the next act at Dancing with the Local Stars May 9 at the Camden Opera House. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Studio Red performs a jazz number to "Station" during the Dancing with the Local Stars fundraiser May 9. Dancers are, from left, August Knause, Mariah Watkinson, Preston Henderson and Lyla Brooks. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Shana Bloomstein performs a modern/post-modern dance to "Are My Hands Clean?" at Dancing with the Local Stars May 9 in Camden. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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