Dancing With The Stars at the Raven
THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2014 WINNERS:
The 2014 Dance Teams:
STAR: Joe Gellura
PRO: Susan Conway Lombard
STAR: Jodi Shubin
PRO: Nate Anderson
STAR: Tony Geraldi
PRO: Justina Crisp
STAR: Tejpal Sekhon
PRO: Kristen Nowakowski
STAR: Jackie Crook
PRO: Kyle Redd
STAR: Lisa Wittke Schaffner
PRO: Jesús Cruz
STAR: Linda Chavez
PRO: Raymond Byun
STAR: Skylaer Palacios
PRO: Zach Crawford
Judging, Voting, and Trophys:
Each dollar you donate is a vote for your favorite team. $1 = 1 Vote,$10 = 10 Votes, $100 = 100 Votes. No limit to the number of your votes.
On Saturday night, we tally judges scores from both Friday and Saturday’s performances, and total the audience dollar votes. We’ll award the "Judges’ Choice" award, the "Popular Vote" award (highest vote-getter from the audience), and the "Grand Prize Winner -Mirror Ball," the most coveted prize in all of Sonoma County! In addition, new to our show this year, we have the "Most Creative" award which will be decided upon by our judges. The grand winners are determined by adding the judges’ scores to your audience votes. The names of our winners which will be inscribed on our perpetual Mirror Ball Trophy on display in our lobby all year long.
Meet the Judges:
JUDGE: Lauralie Mayhew
Lauralie Mayhew has been enjoying her passion for Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dancing for over 20 years. She has toured the globe performing and competing all over the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She spent 3 years as a Feature Ballroom Dancer and Guest Entertainer on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has been part of their production team helping install their Ballroom/Latin shows, choreographing featured numbers, and has had the pleasure to work on a few of these shows alongside Louie van Amstel from ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Lauralie currently coaches a performance team, “L-Stars” who share their love of dance by performing throughout Sonoma County. The L-Stars are currently welcoming new members.
JUDGE: Emily McAuliffe
Because Emily McAuliffe was born and raised in Glen Ellen, her heart and life are deeply rooted in our local community. She has been teaching Sonoma County residents to dance for over 28 years and opened her own studio, California Ballroom, formerly Emily's Dance Center, in 198 and now located at Snoopy's Home Ice in Santa Rosa.
JUDGE: Stephen Nordquist
Stephen Nordquist teaches dance in Santa Rosa's Vets Building. One of Santa Rosa's most cherished traditions, Nordquist's Dance has been teaching teens for more than 30 years. Stephen and his wife, Shirley, took over from Bob and Shirley Burkart, who began teaching Sonoma County teens to dance in the late 1950s.
SCORER and TIE BREAKING JUDGE: David Cooper
ALTERNATE JUDGE: Kelly Casanova
Kelly Casanova is a two-time US Open Swing Dance Champion, winning first place in both the Classic Swing Division and the Open Jack & Jill Division. Kelly has been teaching West Coast Swing locally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981, but has also spent much of her career traveling throughout the United States competing, teaching, and judging at major national conventions.
Kelly was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2006, and was inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2004. This National Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award for Swing dancers from around the country representing the various styles of Swing. Through dancing, competing, teaching, judging and/or promoting, Hall of Fame inductees have shown distinction in exemplifying the highest standards of leadership, ethical conduct, and local and national service, resulting in a body of work with a far reaching and significant impact on Swing dancing. Beyond mere enjoyment and participation, they have given of themselves. Over the years Kelly has consistently donated her services to a wide variety of charitable organizations and is extremely pleased to support the Raven's fundraising efforts.
Event Producer/Director and Emcee:
Producer and Director: Vera Harvey
Vera Harvey is retired (happily) for the second time! At age 7, her sister taught her the BOP to “Bumble Boogie” by Bee Bumble & The Stingers! Although she didn’t know it then, her life from that moment would never be without dance. Next, dad taught her fox trot and waltz. Tango, Salsa, Rhumba, and Cha Cha she learned as she assisted at San Diego State. Clogging got her on stage with "Oklahoma" in San Diego and she was a member of the Redwood Country Cloggers performing for Danielle Steele, George Lucas and others around the North Bay. Clogging, however, is very hard on knees and feet and as she looked for a different dance to quench her dance hunger, she found West Coast Swing. This led to choreographing, teaching, and more performing. Currently a member of L’s Stars, she's back on stage and loving it! If you are not a dancer, she encourages you to try a dance class. Remember, life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Emcee: Ted Williams
Ted Williams has a familiar face and voice, having played roles in movies, TV and on stage for over 30 years. He also has hosted many radio shows in California and beyond. Ted started his career as a touring stage actor. A part as a DJ led him to radio stations around San Jose, Ventura and LA. It was a natural fit for Ted’s low voice and crazy personality. Ted then became a TV news anchor and did acting parts in many commercials. In 1988, Ted helped develop a new radio format called K-LOVE that went on the air in Santa Rosa. He continued radio, TV and film parts, appearing in “Hart to Hart”, “Nowhere to Run”,” A Walk in the Clouds” and many more.