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The ever-popular Dancing with the Rutland Stars to pack the Paramount

Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. - RUTLAND - Dancing with the Rutland Stars, an exciting dance competition modeled after the successful TV show pairing professional dancers with local celebrities, will preform to a sold out crowd at the Paramount Theatre, Saturday. Tickets sold fast with less than 30 available seat (of 838 total), four days before the curtain opened. 
The Rutland stars and pros have trained long and hard perfecting their dance moves to ensure that the competition will be hot between the transformed dancing superstars, complete with glitter and sequins outfits.

The 2013 performance is the third such competition held in Rutland.

This year's participants include: Jim Sabataso, editor of the Rutland Reader and special sections editor at the Rutland Herald, paired with Ana DiTursi, private ballet and dance instructor; Bill Ackerman, of Green Mountain Marketing and Advertising  paired with Heather Brouillard, teacher at Miss Lorraine's School of Dance and an attorney; Dave Correll, director of sales at the Best Western Plus Inn & Suites paired with Ilene Blackman, dance instructor; Adam King, commercial account executive at Kinney Pike Insurance paired with Tracy Tedesco, of Peak Performance Studio and All Star Cheer & Fitness; Steve Costello, vice president for generation and energy innovation at Green Mountain Power paired with Katye Robare Munger, teacher at the Center for Dance Education; and Karri Barrett, a talented local musician and mixologist at Roots the Restaurant paired with William Kelley, Ph.D., owner and practitioner at Pyramid Wellness and Fitness.

The professional partners will choreograph the routines for the couples to perform for a panel of three judges and an enthusiastic audience. This year's judges are Burlington-based Swing Dance instructor, David Allan; Chief Meterologist Kerrin Jeromin from Fox 44 and ABC 22 news and Emily Owens, a life-long competitive dancer and current sophomore at UVM.

Dancing with the Rutland Stars benefits Kids on the Move, pediatric rehabilitation program and the Pediatric Hi-Tech program of the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.

This is a one-time opportunity to your favorite dancers while supporting the only pediatric rehabilitation program in the area.

Ticket are $20 and available at The Paramount Theatre. For more info visit or

Photo by Vyto Starinskas courtesy of Dancing with the Rutland Stars
Past Dancing with the Rutland Stars competitors brought theatrics to their dance routine in 2011. Gayle Lang, from All About Dance Grand Performance, worked with Tom Donahue, Executive Vice President of the Rutland Chamber of Commerce - one of the audience's favorites!