Originally Published: April 16, 2018 6:03 a.m.
Updated as of Monday, April 16, 2018 11:21 AM
Elena Sanwick and Daniel Garcia showed their moves, entertained the audience and danced for the stars, taking the judge’s choice award at Saturday’s Dancing for the Stars.
Among nine other pairings, Sanwick said it was an honor to have been chosen by the judges as they faced stiff competition. Prior to Dancing for the Stars, she had never danced before either, she said.
“It took a lot of hard work,” Sanwick said. “What made it was an amazing teacher.”
In the same vein, Garcia called Sanwick an amazing student. He and his grandmother helped teach her and everything they told her to do, she’d go home and do it, he said.
2018 Dancing For The Stars
Sanwick and Garcia performed a Latin-style dance called the Bachata, which Garcia said is what he usually teachers and performs along with Salsa.
Sanwick is a Realtor at BloomTree Realty and has served as a grant panel member for the Arizona Community Foundation, member of Prescott Area Women Who Care and board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona.
Capturing the hearts of the audience to take home the People’s Choice Award was Michelle Fain, partnered with Leo Gallegos. She also took home the Best “Friendraiser” Award for raising the most votes overall at $55,770 as of Saturday, April 14. It felt amazing and shocking to have done so, she said.
Fain is a coach at Captain CrossFit and is a personal trainer at Sirius Health and Wellness. Her husband, Brad Fain, CEO of Fain Signature Group, won the male people’s choice award at last year’s inaugural Dancing for the Stars.
Held at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center and broadcast live on television, The Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona’s second annual Dancing for the Stars surpassed all expectations, said Chair of the Board and Prescott Police Chief Debora Black.
The dancers raised more than $200,000. Everyone from the sponsors to whoever bought tickets or votes for a favorite dancer made an investment in the future of kids in the community, Black said.
With the club’s youth development professionals creating an environment focused on fun with a purpose, encouraging academic success, instilling good character and citizenship and helping kids understand and make healthy choices, national data shows the difference between a child who is enrolled in a Boys & Girls Club as opposed to one who is not, she said. Those who are enrolled have better academic performance, believe they’ll graduate high school, are twice as likely to pursue STEM careers, more likely to abstain from alcohol and marijuana use, have high levels of volunteerism and believe they can make a difference, Black said.
“Boys and Girls Clubs are places where kids dream about their future as an entrepreneur, an engineer, an all-star athlete, a dancer, a doctor, a teacher or even a police officer,” she said. “Not only do they dream it, at Boys and Girls Clubs, they explore what the future looks like and take steps to create it.”