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Dancers revealed for 2018 Dancing for the Stars

Takes both student and teacher to make a good production, says partner

All the celebrity dancers and their partners for the 2018 Dancing for the Stars

• Kiona Bell with Patrick Wilcox

• Jason Campbell with Carie Hughes

• Michelle Fain with Leo Gallegos

• Corey Mendoza with Dawn Wilson

• Jamie Johnson with Ron Howard

• Greg Mengarelli with Kelly Robertson

• Elena Sanwick with Daniel Garcia

• Steve Pearce with Sara Muchnij

• Donna Werking with Zach Leonard

• Sam Shapiro with Mary Heller

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona recently announced the celebrity dancers for next year’s Dancing for the Stars, one of whom is local dentist Dr. Jason Campbell.

Campbell is partnered with Carie Hughes, who is back for a second year and said she is looking forward to dancing with a new partner and bringing out his qualities and talents to the stage. Similarly, Campbell said he’s sure Hughes will have some great things to bring to the table. He’s excited to be with her and knows just how great a job she and her partner did last year, he said.

Not only that, but Campbell said he loves the programs the Boys & Girls Club puts on and it was hard to say no to coming on as a celebrity dancer as he has five kids of his own that use those programs, he said.

“If I can be an example to my own family and to anybody else, I think that’s good,” Campbell said. “I’ve always participated in the programs and supported the programs over the years.”

A fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona, the inaugural Dancing for the Stars was held in April 2017 and included Joe Baynes, Marnie Uhl, Sheila Polk and Brad Fain. It was sold out.

There’s also Elena Sanwick, partnered with Daniel Garcia who said he was referred to by another dancer who was a part of the first event and couldn’t do it this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun, Garcia said. He’s never done anything quite like it and he’ll probably get practice started as soon as possible, he said. He and Sanwick will be doing some sort of Latin dance, Garcia said.

“I do either Salsa or Bachata,” he said. “Those are … what I teach and what I do.”

Uhl encouraged the dancers to have fun, be fearless, trust in their partners and enjoy every moment they can. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask their friends to vote for them either because it’s all about raising money for the kids, she said.

Supporting the Boys & Girls Club, helping any kids with their future and being a part of the community really are the main things, Hughes said. She’s happy to share her dancing with everybody as it’s a gift from God, she said.

Being on stage and dancing at an event like Dancing for the Stars is both exciting and nerve wracking, Hughes said. At the same time, you want to do well, but show off your dance partner, she said.

“It shows what kind of teacher that you are with a student,” Hughes said. “It takes both of you to make a good production.”

Dancing for the Stars will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, and tickets are expected to go on sale in November.