After raising more than $50,000 for its scholarship fund, the Jewish Community Center is back with a second installment of its "Dancing with the Stars" event—with JCC members joining professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Schools of Dance in Green Brook and Highland Park.
Eight couples—each a JCC member matched with a professional dancer will compete for the Saturday Night Fever-worthy "JCC Mirror Ball Trophy." The night includes a buffet dinner, dessert, an open bar—and open dancing for inspired guests after the contest.
This year's competing dancers and their professional partners are Stacey Glassman and Jonathan Daneshpour; Gary Shiman and Christina Garced; Ellen Teller and Karol Kalinowski; Mike Melango with Kristie Kuo; Lisa Nierenberg and Leo Mora; Ken Kaus with Jazmin Novoa; Randy Berkow and Rosa Paredes; and Josh Leibner with Maira Pineda.
Kalinowski will also join with his JCC guest from last year's contest, Marsha Chazin, for a spotlight dance. The couple won last year's Mirror Ball Trophy.
Also, professionals Leo Mora and Christina Garced will also perform a “spotlight” dance together.
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center's Dancing With The Stars, Season 2 is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and is open to the public. The all-inclusive admission fee is $100 per person.
The JCC is publishing an ad journal to accompany the event, and donations in support of the individual dancers can be made—anyone interested in placing an ad should contact Carol Goldstein at 908-725-6994,ext. 215; or send email to CGoldstein@ssbjcc.org.
To register for the Dancing with the Stars, call the JCC at 908-725-6994, ext. 201, or register online at www.ssbjcc.org/adult/dancing. Guests should register and ads should be placed by Nov. 1.
The JCC Scholarship Fund provides assistance to families with financial limitations so they can attend the JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach. In addition, the Fund provides assistance to seniors in our community living on a limited income by providing a nutritional lunch and an opportunity to exercise and socialize. The JCC also awards scholarship assistance for membership to individuals with disabilities and special needs.
This article was edited to highlight the JCC volunteer dancers.