Bill Ackerman and Heather Brouillard win the mirror ball
trophy, Karri Barrett and Bill Kelley win fan
RUTLAND - On Saturday night over 800 people filed into The
Paramount Theatre for the third annual Dancing with the Rutland
Stars performance; a sold out show.
The night was full of cheering, whistles, hoots and hollers,
both for Kids on the Move and for the local celebrities.
No one received more noise (or text votes) than local celebrity
Karri Barrett a mixologist at Roots Restaurant. Barrett and her
instructor, Bill Kelley of Pyramid Fitness and Wellness, danced
through the decades with moves iconic to each era. While it was
clear that many in the audience knew Barrett well, those that
didn't got some background of her story in the introductory video
shown on the big screen, which included short interview and
practice clips. Barrett told the audience both in practice clip and
after her performance Saturday night that the hardest part was
keeping up with the energetic routine, but in the end she
Each of the six couples that took the stage performed a
different dance style. In addition to Barrett and Kelley, Jim
Sabataso and instructor Ana DiTursi, danced a cha-cha routine, Dave
Correll and instructor Ilene Blackman, an elegant waltz, Adam King
and Tracy Tedesco a country swing, Steve Costello and Katye Robare
Munger did a tap dance routine, and Bill Ackerman with partner
Heather Brouillard closed out the night with a mambo.
Earlier that week, during the Red Sox game also at the Paramount
Theatre, a few of the celebrity dancers placed their bets on King
and Tedesco taking the mirror ball trophy. Indeed, their
performance was impressive. With what seemed like a dozen or more
flips and lifts, fast spins and fancy footwork, the routine ended
with Tedesco flipping King!
But in the end, it was Ackerman and Brouillard who won the
judges vote for the top prize with their performance of the iconic
classic "Time of my Life" from the movie "Dirty Dancing." The
audience went crazy at the first note, Brouillard alone on stage
with only the spotlight. The two performed the dance beautifully
and even incorporated dancing down the aisle to get the audience
involved. At the end of their performance, one judge commented that
while watching them dance, she felt the "princess moment" the same
as watching Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze dance - it was
magical, romantic and fantastical.
The enthusiastic audience certainly enjoyed the show, thanks to
the dedicated dancers paying tribute to the Rutland Area Visiting
Nurse Association & Hospice's Kids on the Move and Pediatric
Hi-Tech rehabilitation programs.
Photos by Ghislaine Robin
Tracy Tedesco flips Adam King at dress rehearsal prior to
Saturday's Dancing with the Rutland Stars