‘Big Reveal’: Sneak peek at 2015 lineup for ‘DWOS’ | TheUnion.com

‘Big Reveal’: Sneak peek at 2015 lineup for ‘DWOS’

A newspaper publisher, a sheriff’s captain, a city police officer and a recent congressional candidate are among the 11 illustrious local celebrities competing in this year’s “Dancing With Our Stars.”

The annual event, a fundraiser for the Center for the Arts modeled after the wildly popular ABC TV show “Dancing With the Stars,” will be Aug. 22 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

“We had the dancer/pro introduction meeting Sunday evening where all the cats were let out of the bag,” said Pamela Roberts, Center for the Arts marketing manager. “However, we won’t have the full press release and photos out until later this week.”

Nonetheless, sources close to the event (i.e. the aforementioned newspaper publisher) gave The Union a sneak peek at the lineup, which promises to be one of the most-talked-about social events of the year.

Leah DeLira of Center for the Arts assisted Monday with preliminary identifications on the players; details will be updated later this week. At the event, the following six male “stars” and five female “stars” and their professional dance partners will perform two choreographed dances each before a panel of local judges and a wildly cheering (usually) sold-out audience.

Prizes are based on judges’ votes combined with public votes — the latter in the form of monetary contributions done in advance via online voting or at the event itself.

Awards typically go to the audience favorite, the judges’ favorite, best overall and the best fundraiser couple.

In alphabetical order, the tentative lineup of local stars and their pro partners are:

Rod Baggett, choir director at Nevada Union High School, and Jamie Hogan, a dance teacher at Golden Empire Grange, Grass Valley.

Tina Basich, former pro snowboarder and owner of My Favorite Things, and Nick Katzman, ballet and jazz teacher, Center Stage Dance Studio.

— Buzz Crouch, co-owner of the New Moon Cafe in Nevada City, and Marni Marshall, co-founder of The Movement Alliance Dance Theatre Co.

Heidi Hall, a former Democratic congressional candidate, and Phillip Storey, a teacher at Fletcher’s Dance Hall, Nevada City.

— Jim Hemig, The Union publisher, and Catie Cleary, a Zumba instructor and dancer with Bow Tie Beauties Burlesque.

Victoria LaFont, a nutritional guru in Nevada City, and Belle Star, a former DWOS star turned dance professional.

— Colin Nelson, 12-year Grass Valley Police Department veteran, and Kate Haight, a local actress, singer and dancer.

Janet Peake, Grass Valley accountant, and Danny McCammon, a local actor, singer and dancer.

Jeff Pettitt, Nevada County Sheriff’s captain, and Stacey Malisewski, a performer with Movement Alliance and Bow Tie Beauties.

— Debbie Plass, vice president, operations, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and Jeremy Acmoody, a teacher at Center Stage Dance Studio.

Dan Taliaferro, a KNCO-Newstalk 830 Radio exec, and Natina Pistone, co-founder, Earth Rhythms Dance & Drum Troupe.

For photos and biographical details on the local stars and their pro partners, as well as ticket information and how to vote for your favorite couple, check back at TheUnion.com or visit Center for the Arts website.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email kbrenner@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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