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‘Dancing for the Arts’ fundraiser returns this March

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Rehearsals and preparation are underway for Piedmont Arts' ‘Dancing for the Arts’ fundraiser.

Eight teams will take to the Martinsville High School stage on Saturday, March 9 at 4 p.m. to dance their way to win.

The fundraiser returns with a fresh slate of contestants dancing in support of the arts in Martinsville-Henry County.

The teams will be competing to win the most votes, the highest score from the judges, and a set of mirror ball trophies handcrafted by local artist Terry Mitchell.

There will be three awards at the end of the night: the Judges’ Award, the Impact Award, and the Grand Prize.

The teams competing are:

  • Jewell Drewery and Ouss Sahar will dance the rumba, coached by Jane Leizer

  • Bonnie Favero and Damian Wainwright will dance the tango, coached by Jane Leizer

  • Claudia Graham and Spencer Koger will dance the waltz, coached by Janeka Hairston

  • Anna Hatchett and Louis Campbell will dance the foxtrot, coached by Stacey Davis

  • Jennie Rabon and Bobby LaPrade will dance the cha-cha, coached by Stacey Davis

  • Tekela Redd and Pres Garrett will dance the quickstep, coached by Catherine Rodenbough

  • Jamie Turner and Justin Kline will dance the salsa, coached by Janeka Hairston

  • Anna Wheeler and Jacob Frith will swing dance, coached by Catherine Rodenbough


Teams will also perform a round of freestyle dancing in a genre of their choosing.

2022’s Grand Prize winners Joyce Staples and Josh Bires-Grodensky return for the Give it Up Dance, choreographed by Marlana Lackey.


Piedmont Arts says votes raise money to support the museum's programming.

Tickets are on sale now at the museum, 215 Starling Avenue in Martinsville, or online here.

Voting is open until intermission during the event.

50% of each team's final score is tallied from votes, and 50% is tallied from scores awarded by the judges during the contest.

Each $1 donation equals 1 vote.

You can double your votes by applying your total donation towards a new Piedmont Arts membership or for the renewal of a current one.

A $40 minimum is required for this option.

Tickets are $30 for reserved seating, $20 for general admission, and $5 for K-12 students.

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