The University of Mary Washington’s second annual Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars, held on Saturday, Oct. 11, grossed more than $75,000 to endow a UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theatre or dance.
The evening featured 10 leaders from the Fredericksburg community performing ballroom dances with professional dancers from Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio of Fredericksburg. A panel of judges provided comments and presented the top awards.
Terrie Crawley, a local dentist and member of the UMW Board of Visitors, earned the 2014 “Best-in-Show” as well as “Best Posture” for her rumba.
Florence Ridderhof, who danced a tango, received the People’s Choice Award, presented at a champagne reception following the show. Ridderhof also received honors for the “Most Dramatic” performance.
Other winners announced by the judges were:
- Lisa Crittenden, executive director of Loisann’s Hope House, “Most Amazing Moves” for the jive
- Janel Donohue, president of Rappahannock United Way, “Fanciest Footwork” for the cha cha
- Debby Girvan, president of Flair Communication, “Most Graceful” for the foxtrot
- John Fick president and CEO of J.F. Fick Inc., “Most Flair” for the hustle
- Regis Keddie II, senior vice president of investments at Davenport and Co., “Most Entertaining” for the swing
- John Moss Jr., attorney with Rinehart, Butler, Hodge, Moss & Bryant, PLC, “Best Rhythm” for the peabody
- John Wack, president of Eastern Sports Management and owner of the Fredericksburg Field House, “Best Costume” for the Viennese waltz
- Joe Wilson, owner of Perma Treat Pest Control and a member of the UMW Board of Visitors, “Most Engaging” for the Texas two step
Darrell Green, Hall of Famer and former Washington Redskin, hosted the evening. Judges included Rosendo Fumero, a professional ballroom dancer and a former U.S. champion in the American Style Smooth open division; Susan Spears, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Melanie Kay-Wyant, principal at Walker Grant Middle School. Both Spears and Kay-Wyant competed in last year’s event.