Campus 'Stars' dance with Ballroom's Best in fundraiser

Published: March 14, 2014 | Read Time: 1 minutes

SUU’s Ballroom Dance Company is set to host its annual “Dancing with the Stars” on March 18 at 7:30 p.m., matching our trained ballroom students with local "celebrities" in fast-footed partnerships to raise money for the Company and, if all goes well, showcase the hidden talent among faculty, staff and students whose surefootedness may otherwise go unknown.

Performing popular dances such as the Lindy Hop, Tango, Foxtrot, Hustle, Samba, Viennese Waltz, Salsa and Quickstep, this year’s “stars” from campus include University Journal editor Whitney Baum, SUU Police Chief Rick Brown, Multicultural Center Counselor Tina Calamity, Biology Professor Bill Heyborne and English Instructor Toanui Tawa, as well SUU students Spencer Magleby and Jamie Wysong. Local community members Cynthia Boss, Madi Day and Taylor Page will also be showcasing their newfound ballroom prowess. Partnering Ballroom Dance Company members include Chandler Hall, Tom Hanratty, Tim Jenkins, Brian Kunzler, Yoli Lara, Dustin Liechty, Andy Nufer, Beth Snarr, Jordan Spidle and Ryann Woodbury.

The judges who are expected to judge the competition are Kay Andersen, Chair of SUU Theatre Arts and Dance, Jimmy Lea, SUU Ballroom Dance alumnus and Georgia Beth Thompson, director of the Center for Women and Families.

The SUU Ballroom Dance Company consists of three performing ensembles with more than seventy participating students. The Ballroom Dance Company puts on several annual campus and community events including fall showcase, spring showcase and “Dancing with the Stars.” The Company has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America.

Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 435-865-8375, from an SUU Ballroom Dance Company member, or at the door of the event. For more information, please visit

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