Front Row (left to right): Beth Shestak, Michele Maholtz, Amy Trammell, Karren Walter, Terry Greene, Kitty Wagner, Samantha Brackett, Joan Busch and Ginger Atwood. Back Row (left to right) Scot Wilke, Barry Trammell, Tim Girard, Tony Donadio, Wesley Davis, Marcelino Pardo Tom Isola and Robert Scott. Absent: Dr. Alan Durkin, Kaylan Keathley and Bryan Casanova.

If you’re a fan of ABC TV’s Dancing with the Stars or simply a fan of dancing, the Healthy Start Coalition is busy putting the pieces together for the 6th Annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars. Coming off an exceptional last season event, “Dancing” will take place on the evening of Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach.  Healthy Start once more welcomes Riverside Theatre as their community partner.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Healthy Start Coalition and Riverside Theatre’s programs and services.

Until that time, ten local star dancers along with their professional dance instructors will be practicing and honing their dance skills until the star jeweled evening competition arrives.

At a “Meet & Greet” reception held on Sunday, November 10 at the Waxlax Theatre in Riverside Theatre, star dancers, their instructors, Indian River County Healthy Start and Riverside Theatre representatives, as well as committee members,  friends and families gathered to hear the anticipated pairing of partners announcement. Co-Chairmen of the event, Cheryl Gerstner and Laura Guttridge, announced this year’s star dancers and their dance instructors:


Star Dancer-Ginger Atwood with Professional Instructor-Robert Scott
Star Dancer-Samantha Brackett with Professional Instructor Marcelino Pardo
Star Dancer-Joan Busch with Professional Instructor-Tom Isola
Star Dancer-Dr. Michele Maholtz with Professional Instructor Barry Trammell
Star Dancer-Kitty Wagner with Professional Instructor-Bryan Casanova


Star Dancer-Wesley Davis with Professional Instructor-Terry Greene
Star Dancer-Tony Donadio with Professional Instructor-Karren Walter
Star Dancer-Dr. Alan Durkin with Professional Instructor Beth Shestak
Star Dancer-Timothy Girard with Professional Instructor-Amy Trammell
Star Dancer-Scot Wilke with Professional Instructor-Kaylan Keathley

The star dancers and instructors will train for 20 hours over several months and gather community votes in advance of the evening, on the official website,, then later at the dance competition itself. Each $1 raised will equate to a vote for the dancer.  Additionally, dancers are expected to raise a minimum $3,500 each to support the two benefiting non-profits. All dancers will be judged on 50% money raised and 50% based on their dancing skills. Dance styles may include Tango, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, and Salsa as well as some new twists like Hip Hop not seen in previous years. Audiences will be treated to a Broadway-style produced show as well as the enjoyment of a pre-show Red Carpet event, cocktail party complete with an open bar, hors d’ouevres and a silent auction.

Tickets for the May 10th event are priced at $200 for exclusive seating, $150 for premium seating, $100 for general seating while a specially priced VIP package is available that will include premium box seats and a private cocktail party in Riverside’s exclusive Founder’s Lounge. Tickets will be on sale beginning on Monday, November 18, 2013.  You may purchase a ticket by visiting the Riverside Theatre Box Office in person, 3250 River Park Drive in Vero Beach, or call the Riverside Theatre Box Office directly at 772-231-6990. Visa or MasterCard only. There is limited handicapped availability. Please inquire at Box Office.

Interested in more information? Interested in sponsorship opportunities?  While more event information unfolds over the months ahead, potential sponsors of the event may contact the Healthy Start Coalition at 772-563-9118. To vote for your favorite dance candidate or to make a donation in their name, visit The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to provide an integrated system of individual community driven health education services united to assure all women access to prenatal care and all infants access to services that promote normal growth and development.