Dancers bring down the houseSold-out Dancing with the Local Stars
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 Thomaston 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 running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.