Celebrity Dance Challenge

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    Gift Ideas:

    For a great gift idea, why not order tickets to the Minnesota Ballet’s “Celebrity Dance Challenge” on February 9, 2017? Another great gift idea – tickets to the Minnesota Ballet’s production of Firebird, March 24-25 at the DECC’s Symphony Hall.
    Call the Minnesota Ballet office for details: (218)529-3742

    Firebird Coming in March!

    Friday, March 24, at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, March 25, at 7p.m.
    DECC Symphony Hall

    Experience the magic, monsters and mayhem in this Russian fairy tale favorite. Get ready for Cyclops, the monster with one eye topped with a unibrow, abetted by cohorts Fishface and Goblin. Prince Igor imperiled and his brothers turned to stone. Maidens imprisioned. The Firebird, a superhero in a tutu, to the rescue. But there’s one more feat of derring-do—destroy the soul of the evil sorcerer Kostchei. Tickets on sale now. Call the Ballet office at (218)529-3642 or on ticketmaster.com

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  • Celebrity Dance Challenge

    Date: February 9, 2017

    Time: 7:30 pm.

    Price: $15 - $35


    Thursday, February 9, 2017: 7:30 p.m.
    Fregeau Auditorium, Marshall School

    Watch Northland celebrities in their new roles—ballroom dancers
    paired with Minnesota Ballet professionals and transformed by
    weeks of rehearsals. Root for your favorite couple and delight in the
    costumes, the emcee’s and judges’ comments, and the dance
    styles from steamy tango to high-flying swing. While audience votes
    are counted, enjoy the Ballet’s lively dance sampler.
    Tickets & information: 218-529-3742, online reservations: minnesotaballet.org

    Presenting Sponsor:


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    Celebrity Dance Challenge Event

    Ticket price:
    Reserved seats (Row A – H) (only available at Ballet office 529-3742 and as on-line order)
    Adults $35 Child/Student $20

    General seating
    Adults $25 Child/Student $15 (Row J-X)

    Note: When using the Paypal system, please use the “add a note to seller” and give us how many tickets and what category. Please indicate which ticket type, e.g. reserved or general seating, student or adult.



    2017 Celebrity Lineup

    Amber Burns
    Fine Arts Chair, Marshall School; Area Choreographer






    Carrie Gallagher
    School Nurse, Superior Public Schools






    Taylor Holt
    Reporter, WDIO-TV





    Jason Manning
    Co-Host, KQDS Morning Show








    Andrew Marks
    President, Communications Workers of America Local 7214






    Darlene Marshall
    Special Events Coordinator, Greater Downtown Council





    Gabe Mayfield
    Youth Specialist- Activities Coordinator, Life House of Duluth

    Jeff Nelson
    Hospitalist, Essentia Health







    Rebecca Petersen
    Executive Director, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra







    Camille Quarles
    Nonprofit & Small Business Consultant







    Michael Raimondi
    Morning Anchor/ Producer, KBJR-TV







    Mitchell Wolfe
    Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch









    Winners in the 10th Annual Celebrity Dance Challenge (last year’s performance)

    February 11, 2016
    Fregeau Auditorium, Marshall School

    Thank you to all who made the fundraiser such fun in the Ballet’s 50th anniversary season!

    People’s Choice & Judges’ Choice
    Highest Level of Difficulty

    Bret AmundsonMN Ballet CDC 2016 0934
    Director, Choral Activities & Director, General Education, College of St. Scholastica
    Contemporary Tango, with partner Alex Loch
    Choreographed by Alex Loch








    MN Ballet CDC 2016 0339Jennifer Austin – Best Use of Rhythm
    Morning Anchor/Reporter, KBJR
    Cheer Jive with partner Nikolaus Wourms
    Choreographed by Nikolaus Wourms






    Alex Capanini & Nathan Westerberg – Most EntertainingMN Ballet CDC 2016 0196
    Alex: Hairstylist, A Touch of Plasch
    Nathan: Supervisor, Environmental Services, Essentia Health
    Twist/60s Groove with partner Marta Kelly
    Choreographed by Marta Kelly







    MN Ballet CDC 2016 0070Jim Carter – Most Elegant

    Owner, SOS Leak Repair
    with partner Alana Gergerich
    Choreographed by Mariusz Olszewski

    Rumba, performed by Jim Carter &Alana Gergerich

    Judges’ Award for Best Choreography

    Mariusz Olszewski












    David Drew – Most RomanticMN Ballet CDC 2016 0383
    Operations Manager, Townsquare Media/Afternoon Host, B105
    Lyrical Jazz with partner Catherine Wootten
    Choreographed by Amber Burns









    MN Ballet CDC 2016 1144Daniel Fanning – Most Senuous
    Director, Communications and Government Relations, UWS
    Rumba Mix with partner Suzie Baer
    Choreographed by Darren Franco











    Herb Fineday – Best AuthenticityMN Ballet CDC 2016 0822
    Patrol Officer, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Tribal Dancer
    Traditional Tribal & Hip Hop Grass with partner Emily Reed
    Choreographed by Herb Fineday & Amber Burns








    MN Ballet CDC 2016 0634Chelsea Grandmaison – Most Creative
    Client Services Manager, Wheeler Associates
    West Coast Swing/Cha Cha with partner Spencer Loufek
    Choreographed by Spencer Loufek








    Daniel Hartman – Most InterpretativeMN Ballet CDC 2016 0740
    Director, Glensheen Historic Estate
    Swing with partner Brigid Duffin
    Choreographed by Nikolaus Wourms









    MN Ballet CDC 2016 0505


    Carrie Kelley – Most Enthusiastic
    Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed
    Swing with partner Andrew Erickson
    Choreographed by Robert Gardner










    Carolyn Phelps – Most DramaticMN Ballet CDC 2016 1159
    Director, Outpatient Therapy, Human Development Center
    Host, “Speak Your Mind,” WDSE Public Television
    Musical Theater Jazz with partner Jefferson Page
    Choreographed by Robert Gardner








    MN Ballet CDC 2016 1055Baihly Warfield – Best Stage Presence
    Reporter, WDIO-TV
    Nitty Gritty Cha Cha Cha with partner Michael Agudelo
    Choreographed by Robert Gardner





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