Cast Announced for Dancing with the Salem Stars
“Dancing with the Salem Stars” will take place on March 19, an event inspired by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” that doubles as a fundraiser for the Historic Elsinore Theatre, with six local stars participating.
Each of these six stars has no formal background in dance, and each will be paired with a professional dancer from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, based in Corvallis. These individual pairs will then be assigned a dance style and given one week to learn their routine. The six stars were announced by StatesmanJournal on Jan. 21.
A winner will be selected with the help of the audience and three celebrity judges. These judges will include Kelli Swanson Jaecks [the winner of “Salem Stars”], Kathy Keleman [the past president of the Assistance League of Salem-Keizer], and a currently undetermined third.
Tom Hewitt, a past entertainer and retired teacher, will be hosting the event once again.
Katy Ogdahl is the first Salem star. She is a teacher as Sumpter Elementary School, where she teaches fifth grade and effective learning. Ogdahl also plays roller derby as a part of the Cherry City Derby Girls. For “Salem Stars”, she will be performing the quickstep.
David Fox owns Fox Blue Printing and volunteers as a planning commissioner for Salem. Fox appreciates the irony of being assigned to dance a foxtrot. He is also in the band City of Pieces, and among his hobbies include cooking paella, and painting abstract acrylics. Previously, he has run in the Boston Marathon. Fox appreciates the irony of being assigned to dance a foxtrot.
Nick Williams, a father of two, is also the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s public affairs director. He also serves on the boards for the Rotary Club of Salem, the Oregon Symphony Association of Salem, and Downtown. He will be performing swing.
Chane Griggs is the regional director for the Oregon Community Foundation, and will be dancing the waltz. She also volunteers as a planning commissioner for Salem and also serves on the board for the downtown Rotary.
Rick Day is the president of Advantage Precast and is part of the board on several local charities. He has been a “shark” twice during the local competitions Salem Sharks and Share Tank. Day has claimed that he is more difficult on the other side of the judge’s table, and it took some effort to get him to join the competition. He will be dancing the pasodoble, a dance modeled after the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight, interpreting the movement, sound, and drama into a routine.
Carlee Wright identifies herself as a casual dancer and will be dancing the mambo. She works as a Statesman Journal entertainment reporter, and is also the co-organizer of TEDxSalem, a “trashion” designer, and director of Upcycle Oregon. Wright is also one of the founder of the Cherry City Derby Girls.
The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event will cost between $30 to $50, depending on seat location, and can be bought at the Historic Elsinore Theatre ticket office or TicketsWest locations for an additional fee. TicketsWest can be contacted through phone at (800) 992-8499, or their website. More information can be found by calling (503) 375-3574 or the Elsinore Theatre website.
Photo of the interior of the Historic Elsinore Theatre, where the event will take place. Credit to Travel Salem on Flickr.