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Dancing with the Stars – Kincardine style

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The Kincardine lineup for the 2021 Dancing with the Stars competition has been announced, and a quick look at the local celebrities putting on their dancing shoes indicates that this year’s event promises to be an exciting one.

The dance competition, scheduled for Oct. 29, is a major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kincardine and District, a not-for-profit organization that has seen many of its events postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic. It made its very successful debut in 2019, only to be cancelled in 2020, due to health protocols.

“The pandemic made many of our regular fundraising opportunities impossible,” said Yolanda Ritsema, executive director of Big Brother Big Sisters of Kincardine & District. “Dancing with the Stars is not only going to be a great event, but a much needed opportunity to raise funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Kincardine to continue our work in the community.”

The competition teams up experienced dancers with local community celebrities, and challenges the pair to learn and perform two dance routines. Because of COVID, the teams have had to learn dance techniques and routines in just a few months.

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“Our dancers are bravely putting themselves out there for a good cause,” said Linda Johnson, Dancing with the Stars team captain. “They’re going to be learning a completely new skill from scratch, training to compete on October 29. This is no small feat and we’re incredibly proud of them and all the hard work our dance pairs are putting in to make this an exciting evening.”

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This five teams competing this year are Sally Ballard and Barry Neilson; Alana Rosen and Murray Needham; Karen Malisani and John Binnendyk; Karen Yun and Herb Runstedler; and Jaki Duggan and Benjamin Hearn.

John Low will serve as master of ceremonies and the dancers will be judged by Mike Renchek, Carole Weber and Courtney Nelson.

The event will be both virtual and in person, with dancers competing and being judged live at the Kincardine Pavilion.

Tickets will be available soon and people are asked to watch the BBBS Kincardine social media pages and website for details.

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