The 7th annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars, to be held May 9 at Riverside Theatre, will showcase fresh new faces, talents and attitudes not only on stage but from the new four-person judge’s dais. Taking some new dance steps themselves, the committee has assigned the three judges seats to all new people, and together, they total more years of dancing experiences than you can count on your hands and toes!
Taking the ABC’s Len Goodman’s seat is actually an old dance friend of Goodman. Peter Pover, who resides just south of Vero Beach, is Past President of USA Dance, the National Governing Body of DanceSport in the USA as recognized by the World DanceSport Federation and the United States Olympic Committee. Pover has been an active administrator in the sport since 1964 and a former Eastern United States amateur ballroom champion, former President of the World DanceSport Federation and ah, so very important, Pover has judged numerous world dancing championships…so we can expect to hear some serious critiquing from his end of the table!
Bringing some off-the-hip humor to the Riverside stage, and matched by a long list of dancing, singing, acting and directing expertise is Vero’s own Jennifer Patty. A member of Actor’s Equity, Ms. Patty is a veteran songstress, dancer and storyteller with over 30 years of experience performing for audiences all across the country. Jennifer made her home in New York City for almost 15 years, owning a 24-track digital recording studio and living-out-of-her-trunk, appearing Off-Broadway and regionally in many shows including Anything Goes, Pajama Game, Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma! Brought to Vero Beach in 1998, for Riverside Theatre’s production of The 1940’s Radio Hour, Jennifer served as the Administrator of The Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Edward’s School from 2001-2010, directing over 50 productions. Jennifer currently owns Vero Home Audio, a custom audio video design and installation firm with her husband, Greg Roux, and, as a performer, travels with her one-woman show Doin’ The Divas.
New this year….two females to one male judge… and the two female judges together will spice up the night for sure! A hearty welcome to well-known, Vero Beach High School award-winning drama teacher of 28 years, well-seasoned actress, choreographer, director, and mentor to many hopeful thespians, “Miss” Dee Rose-Imbro! Dee landed in Vero Beach in 1983 as a professional performer, and has remained in the area for 32 years. Bitten by the “theatre bug” at the tender age of 4, she received her degree in Theatre/Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University. Once in Vero Beach, Dee professionally performed, choreographed and directed becoming the first recipient of the Riverside Theatre C. Carroll Otto award. What Dee impresses upon her students is… no matter what level of performance they are, if it doesn’t come from the heart, it doesn’t mean a thing. Dee knows how to judge that in her students and will be on her toes judging the same way at this year’s Dancing event.
The fourth chair at the judge’s dais is for Vero Beach’s version of Price Waterhouse…and that is local CPA, Ross Cotherman of Rehmann. With 30 years of accounting experience and in charge of Rehmann’s auditing services for the State of Florida, Cotherman is also a major supporter of local non-profit organizations. He is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County and to that end was named the Unsung Hero for his work with them, as voted by the National Philanthropy Day. Ross is thrilled to be tabulating the votes for the event this year, especially since he doesn’t have to dance across the stage to give the final results!
Audiences will enjoy a Broadway-style show produced by Riverside Theatre, a pre-show Red Carpet event and a Silent Auction…a cocktail party catered by Adrienne Drew, open bars…plus….Emcees of the evening… Geoff Moore and Hamp Elliott of The Breeze 93.7 FM
Jan Mason Cilento with Instructor Robert Scott, Eric Flowers with Instructor Beth Shestak, Karen L. Franke with Instructor Joe Tessier, Thomas Lowther with Instructor Amy Trammell, Lee Olsen with Instructor Shari Tessier, Susie B. O’Toole-Evans, MD with Instructor Joe Wynes, Deborah Polackwich with Instructor with Barry Trammell, Jackie Savell with Oleg Dimitrov, Bobby Sexton with Instructor Marianella Tobar and Andy White with Instructor Karren Walter.
Visit www.Dancingwithverostars.com or call 772-563-9118 for more information. The mission of the IRC Healthy Start Coalition is to provide health education services to assure all women access to prenatal care and all infant’s access to services that promote normal growth and development. Event proceeds will benefit Healthy Start Coalition and Riverside Theatre’s programs and services.