If anything it was a “lights, camera, action” moment if ever there was one as a slew of celebrity amateur dancers paired up with the pros for a “Dancing With the Stars” kind of night, Connecticut style.
Contestants represented a “who’s who” of tv personalities including Univision’s Ana Alfaro, Fox Ct’s Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante, and WFSB’s Olessa Stepanova and Matt McFarland. But their camera savvy wasn’t enough when it came to the waltz, the cha-cha and the samba…it was pageant queen Emily Audibert, Miss Connecticut 2012 who, with partner Joe Monnin from Arthur Murray in New Britain who walked off with that treasured mirror ball. Doing an “encore” performance was last year’s winner, Aetna vice president Floyd Green who showed the sold-out crowd he hadn’t forgotten a thing when it came to the dance floor.
Judges for the evening were professional dancer David Rosinski, backed up by Shelly Sindland and Java, a trio that gave the pair the only perfect score of the evening, “10s” all across. Emcee for the evening was WFSB ‘s Scot Haney.
The real stars of the show however were CRIS volunteers/clients Rosie Morline and Diane Duhaime, who, despite being legally blind, danced for the second year in a row, with Monnin and Frankie DelAguila, also from Arthur Murray New Britain.
“We are so excited to dance again,” said Duhaime, who with Morline, continued dance lessons after their premier performance at the fundraising gala last year.
The evening was also about some awards. ESPN was presented the CRIS Radio Business of the Year and William Webb with the CRIS Radio Educator of the Year award.