“Dancing With The Stars” CRIS Style

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cris12 (2)It was a hot night with some sassy dancing at the Bond Ballroom Saturday as CRIS Radio held its annual “Night to Remember, Dining and Dancing in the Dark” fundraiser.

The spotlight was on several well-known Hartford-area people who have spent the past several months taking dance lessons donated by the Arthur Murray studio near Westfarms in preparation for the contest and the chance to win Hartford’s version of the coveted “mirror” ball of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.

And the dancers did not disappoint.

cris99Winners were the not-so-amateur amateurs, Miss CT Kaitlyn Tarpey who danced with Arthur Murray pro Moises Guerrero and Broadway actor/director Billy Johnstone who danced with studio pro Sally Nasatka, marking the first time in the history of the event that there have been two teams with perfect scores.

But it was the real amateurs, Bushnell’s Paul Marte, Hartford Public Access television’s Jose Vega, WFSB reporter Courtney Zieller and NBC Ct’s Todd Piro, who stole the show.

While all landed solid scores from judges FoxCt/WTIC Joe Furey, ballroom dancer/instructor Heather Leyden and Java, Piro got an extra nod for going above and beyond. He waxed his chest for the competition.

“I did it for you,” he told judges dancing in a costume that included an “unbuttoned-down-to-cris11 (2)there” shirt, making man-scaping a must.

cris98Emceed by Scot Haney, the WFSB weather guy had just learned a few days before the competition that his longtime ex, Marte, would be dancing to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

“All I can say,” joked Haney after watching a dapper, dressed- as-a-groom Marte perform with dressed-as-a- bride Lacey Escobales,  “he never danced like that when we were together.”

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