If you didn't get a ticket for Dancing with the Wenatchee Stars last Friday night, you missed a whale of a show. The place was sold out and Matt Cadman, the executive director of the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee said the waiting list was as long as his arm. It was a real treat.
Six brave local souls — Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins, interior designer Adele Wolford, attorney Chuck Zimmerman, video producer Jeff Ostenson, realtor Laura Mounter and Economic Development Council executive Jennifer Korfiatis — put themselves out there to learn a ballroom dance with a professional partner from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company.
Korfiatis, not surprisingly, won the competition dancing the mambo. The athleticism of the former collegiate swimmer and triathlete was apparent. The runner up was Zimmerman, who surprised everyone with his nimble moves and shimmy, doing a swing dance that had him leaping over his partner.
Wolford danced the tango, Robbins did the foxtrot, Ostenson brought us back to the 70s with the hustle, and Laura Mounter danced the country two step.
Three local characters served as judges and they were mercilessly funny — Alex Haley, the marketing manager at Pybus, Community Foundation executive Beth Stipe, and Eastmont High School principal Lance Noell. If Noell wants to give up his day job, he has a future in comedy. His commentary was worth the price of admission.
It takes a lot of courage to get out there in front of the community and dance with professionals, but it was for a good cause — raising funds for the PAC. They've paved the way for a tradition that will keep this valley buzzing for years to come.