We celebrated the 5th Annual Dancing with the Stars Ulster Style at Diamond Mills in April. The performances showcased all the contestants’ hard work and some great choreography from our local dance instructors. This year’s judging panel was made up of former DWTS contestants: Head Judge, Holly Snow; Nadine Ferraro, Greg Helsmoortel, Terry Hlavaty, Lauren Sheeley, Elisa Tinti, and Alan Roberts. Click on the contestants name to see their wining videos on YouTube!
And the winners are:
Best Musicality: Kathy & Willie Bonelli led off the night with a fun East Coast Swing routine to Jail House Rock. Instructor: Ron Fields
Most Joyful: Sue Books & Paul Edlund followed with their take on a New Orleans Jazz funeral with a Lindy Hop/Swing routine to Lavender Coffin. Instructor: Linda Freeman, Got2Lindy Dance Studios
Best Moves: Savanah & Luke Burbach engaged the audience with their lively Charleston. Instructor: Andrea Pastorella
Most Creative: Mary Anne & Gilles Malkine performed a 60’s inspired East Coast Swing routine to Dancing in the Streets. Instructor: Lourdes Cruz
Most Entertaining: Paula & Robert Mitchell reprised their James Bond inspired Tango routine. Instructor: Andrea Boughton
Most Inspirational: Local DJ Dave Leonard teamed up with instructor Pam Marshall to do a challenging West Coast Swing to Salt-N-Pepa’s Shoop.
Most Memorable: Miriam “Mo” and John Gibbons wowed the crowd with their Waltz/Hustle medley. Instructor Thomas Reisman