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Monday December 21, 2015

Piedmont Arts kicked off its third biennial Dancing for the Arts fundraiser on December 10 with a special announcement event revealing the eight couples who will be vying for the mirror ball trophy during the competition on April 16, 2016.

Fashioned after the popular ABC show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing for the Arts pairs eight teams of two “local starts” with a professional dance coach. Teams rack up points prior to the competition by raising money for Piedmont Arts, an art museum that provides visual arts, performing arts and educational outreach programs in Martinsville-Henry County. The evening of the event, dancers are judged for their dancing prowess. Combined money raised and judges scores determine the winner.

This year’s dancers are:

• Paula Janey, Collinsville, VA, nurse practitioner, and Posey Gilbert, Martinsville, retired

• Ashley Diaz, Martinsville, third grade teacher with Martinsville City Public Schools, and Jim Woods, Martinsville, Branch Manager of the Martinsville Library

• Samantha Mahoney, Martinsville, former pharmaceutical sales rep, and Joshua Eanes, Bassett, teacher at Bassett High School

• Lisa Lyle, Martinsville, Director of Marketing and Recruiting for Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and Brad Parker, Martinsville, Owner Agent of Parker Insurance Agency

• Missy Harold Lannom, Martinsville, Reading Specialist for Henry County Public Schools, and Jerry Martin, Axton, Horse Trainer and Retired U.S. Air Force

• Lindsey Bryant, Figsboro, College Readiness and Leadership Instructor for MHC After 3, and William Baptist, Axton, Rooster Walk Coordinator

• Tooba Kazmi, Physician/Hospitalist Medical Director, and Daniel Heiss, Martinsville, Owner of Daily Grind Coffee House & Cafe 

• India Brown, Martinsville, Facilitator-HEY Collaborative for United Way, and Mark Hinchcliff, Martinsville, Minister, First Presbyterian Church

“Dancing for the Arts is a wonderful event that brings together a cross-section of the Martinsville-Henry County community,” said Executive Director Kathy Rogers. “We appreciate so much all the hard work our dancers and coaches put into this event and can’t wait to see how far they come between now and April 16.”

Voting for Dancing for the Arts teams is now open. Each $1 donation equals 1 vote. Votes can be cast at Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Ave., Martinsville, VA or online at PiedmontArts.org.

Tickets to the Dancing for the Arts competition on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Martinsville High School Auditorium will go on sale at Piedmont Arts and PiedmontArts.org on March 16, 2016. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP seating is $25.

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