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Dancing with the Tri-City Stars planned April 15 in Richland

Six Tri-City celebrities will compete for Dancing with the Tri-City Stars on April 15 in Richland.
Six Tri-City celebrities will compete for Dancing with the Tri-City Stars on April 15 in Richland.

Will the weather anchor be light on his feet?

With the choir director’s musical skills extend to the dance floor?

What about Miss Tri-Cities? Will she wow the crowd?

Find out April 15 at the second annual Dancing with the Tri-City Stars at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland.

In the vein of the TV smash Dancing with the Stars, local celebrities will face off for a coveted mirror ball trophy and bragging rights — plus money for a charity of their choice.

“(The celebs) are willing to put themselves out there on the line,” said Beth Trost-Hayter, who’s presenting the show. “They’re great sports to be a part of this.”

The celebrities are Kennewick School Board member Brian Brooks; artist Chris Blevins; Miss Tri-Cities Stefanie Maier; KEPR weather anchor Mike McCabe; Debbie Robertson, co-owner of the Robertson Nissan dealership in Pasco; and Justin Raffa, artistic director of Mid-Columbia Mastersingers.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and includes performances by the six locals paired with members of the Utah Ballroom Dance Co.

Kennewick Mayor Steve Young, musician Mary Lou Gnoza, and author, speaker and entrepreneur Roland Thompson will serve as judges, giving their takes on the performances.

Members of the audience will vote on the winner.

They’ll also be treated to a showcase performance by the professional dance company.

“I always think of it like you’re getting two big shows for the price of one,” Trost-Hayter said.

She owns Dance by Beth Trost, teaching dance and playing host to dance events throughout the Tri-Cities.

She brought the Utah Ballroom Dance Co. to town last year for the first Dancing with the Tri-City Stars, after seeing a similar production in Hermiston.

It was a success, Trost-Hayter said, with radio personality Faith Martin walking away as the winner.

The judges’ nonscripted, off-the-cuff comments are a highlight, along with watching the pros and amateurs have fun on the dance floor, Trost-Hayter said.

“The audience will just be treated to a great time,” she said. “It’s really professionally done. It’s first class.”

Tickets are $30. They’re available at www.dancebybethtrost.com, at A-1 Shoes in Kennewick, Cinder’s Closet in Richland and at the door.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529, @SaraTCHerald

IF YOU GO

What: Dancing with the Tri-City Stars.

When: 7 p.m. April 15.

Where: Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St., Richland.

Cost: Tickets are $30. They’re available at www.dancebybethtrost.com, at A-1 Shoes in Kennewick and Cinder’s Closet in Richland and at the door.

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