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“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.”

CRIS Gala “Dancing In the Dark” And In The Spotlight

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cris14It was anything but “Dancing in the Dark” at CRIS Radio’s annual gala Saturday at The Hartford Club.

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.

cris11Proceeds from the night benefit the non-profit that provides reading services and programming for the vision impaired.

cris20Judges 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.

cris10The 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.