The 8th annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars, to be held May 14 at Riverside Theatre, will showcase fresh new faces, talents and attitudes not only on stage but from the four-person judge’s dais.
Always keeping a mixture of entertainment, experience and professionalism streaming from the Judges panel, some old faces, sprinkled with some new ones, will be sitting at the helm of decision-making this year.
Our first new welcome is to “Judge Judy” Cornell. Judy Aisha Cornell is a performer whose career has found its balance between Belly Dance and Theatre. Some of her Belly Dance credits include Disney’s Epic Theatre/Hollywood Studios & The Moroccan Pavilion/Epcot (Orlando), Regent Cruise Line (India, Egypt, Oman, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Bermuda), Busch Gardens (Tampa), Camden House (Beverly Hills), Moulin Rouge (Budapest), The Orpheum Theatre (Vancouver) and 1001 Nights Persian Night Club (Toronto). Along with her continued work as a dancer, Judy is also the owner and creator of www.ProfessionalBellyDancers.com the first and only site that connects legitimate, professional level Belly Dance Artists with audiences and casting professionals worldwide. Judy’s theatre credits include Riverside Theatre’s Productions of The Producers, A Funny Thing…Forum and 42nd Street. Judy is truly married to the theatre. Allen D. Cornell is not only the Producing Artistic Director/CEO of Riverside Theatre, he is also Judy’s husband or as she puts it, the love of her life. They are the proud parents of five cats and one dog. Each pet has formally achieved child status and naps on the bed are a favorite family activity.
New this year to the Judges panel, but not in the least new to Vero Beach is Vero Beach native Chris Foster. Chris began his love affair with the performing arts as a gospel singer at age of seven. He majored in voice and dance at Brevard College in North Carolina and began his career in theme parks and has performed lead roles on various cruise lines including the Norwegian Cruise Line SS Norway, The Crown Monarch and The Crown Jewel. His talent received the attention of casting directors casting him in both principle and featured roles in productions in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Europe and Asia. Scouted by top modeling agencies in USA and Europe, he has appeared in television commercials, billboard advertising and print media for such prestigious clients as Levi’s, Coca Cola, Miller Genuine Draft and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger among others. Mr. Foster has also choreographed world tours for celebrity artists. In 2003 he established FW Productions as the culmination of his years in performing and promotional venues and has created a company with fresh and innovative entertainment concepts featuring world-class performers and cutting-edge style.
Finishing up the trio of Judges is the return of well-known, Vero Beach High School award-winning drama teacher of 29 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. Her acting credits and other achievements include Mama Rose in Gypsy at Riverside Theatre, and at Indian State College she performed as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. Dee established the Annual VB High School Summer Drama Camp held each summer at Vero Beach High School and served as a District Chair on the Florida State Thespian Theatre board for 8 years. 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.
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, who happily returns to oversee and authorize the voting tabulations. With over 30 years of accounting experience, Ross is in charge of Rehmann’s auditing services for the State of Florida, as well as 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.
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… Hamp Elliott and Geoff Moore of 93.7-WGYL-FM Today’s Best Music.
This year’s dancers and their instructors include: Shelley Adelle with Instructor Laconte Turner; Dana Baker with Instructor Robert Scott; Nicki Maslin with Instructor George Go; Cindy O’Dare with Instructor Joe Wynes; Denise Pieczynski with Instructor Craig Galvin; Bob Brunjes with Instructor Beth Shestak; Jay Ganzi with Instructor Shari Tessier; Marc McCain with Instructor Anya Christina and Steve Rennick with Instructor Karren Walter and Paul Tripaldi with instructor Marianella Tobar.
For tickets 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.