This special event is a such an unbelievable joy to photograph each year. Dancing with the Arc Stars is an annual event held by Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana. Ten dancers from Arc are paired with Fort Wayne community members for a dance competition/fundraiser. It is such a journey for the dancers. They practice for ten weeks and are trained by professional dance instructors, who all donate their time to train the dancers.
Each dance is then judged by a panel of three judges. Jack Hammer, Trina Neeley and Curtis Smith all gave their thoughts on each dance, bringing loads of laughter with their commentary. The audience voted with their pledges over their phones, to determine the winner of each category. Funds raised at this annual event help support the recreation programs at Easter Seals Arc.
This years event was held at the Grand Wayne Center, downtown Fort Wayne. The night began with dinner and cocktails followed by performances from each pair. While the votes were tallied, guests and dancers alike socialized and enjoyed open dancing.
Then came the awards. The couples are awarded on footwork, musicality and things of the like. The Mirror Ball then goes to the pair who raised the most money for the night. It is an absolute joy to watch each person. The emotions are high and the love is big. It fills my heart to capture this event each year.
Kuddos to Sheri Ward and Allison Diefenbach for being the spearheads of the event this year! It couldn’t have happened without your organization and skills!
Enjoy these highlights of the 9th annual Dancing with the Arc Stars.
Corey and Jodi received second place for Best Footwork.
Rob and Nitaya received first place for Most Elegant.
Josh and Susie received second place for Most Rhythmical.
Mark and Lauren received second place for Best Dressed.Shane and Lindsey (brother and sister) received second place for Most Elegant. Michael and DeDe received first place for Best Footwork. Chris and Chelsie received first place for Crowd Favorite. Peter and Holly received first place for Best Dressed. Damian and Dena received second place for Crowd Favorite and also took home the Mirror Ball for Top Fundraiser.
Reggie and Lisa received first place for Most Rhythmical.