5 Reasons to Attend Dancing With The Carolina Stars

January 31, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

The Carolina Theatre’s annual Dancing With The Carolina Stars fundraiser takes place on May 21. The evening will kick off with a reception featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres by Chef Paris, local celebrities, and professional dance partners competing to raise funds for the theater, a live auction, and a special after-hours party. There are so many reasons to attend and enjoy this evening of community, entertainment, glitz, and glamour!

Support the Theater and Your Community 

Attending Dancing With The Carolina Stars is an amazing way to be engaged and support the Carolina Theatre, a pillar within the community! By purchasing a ticket, you are raising funds to support our nonprofit theater’s mission to present live events, film, and educational programs that enrich and celebrate Durham. This includes free and low-cost community-based programming like our Free Retro Family Days, Family Saturday Series, and Sensory Friendly Film Series. 


Mingle With The Stars 

Our local celebrities are beloved community leaders who come from a variety of backgrounds business, art, media, and nonprofit organizations yet they all have come together to compete in Dancing With The Carolina Stars. When you vote for your favorite star, you are not only encouraging someone who positively impacts Durham through their line of work, but you are also supporting the arts. After you witness our local celebrities dazzle on stage, you will have the unique opportunity to mingle with them after the competition is over. 


Enjoy Amazing Entertainment 

Although our “stars” are amateur dancers, you are still in for a delightful night of entertainment thanks to the amazing local professional dancers they are paired with who choreograph each number. From ballroom to tap, each performance is different, showcasing the local celebrities’ talents and skills. The performances every year amaze the audience and have them on their feet cheering and dancing along with the stars! 


Access Exclusive Auction Items 

Attending the fundraiser gives you access to bid on exclusively curated packages and items in our live auction, including highly coveted live event tickets, artwork, and one-of-a-kind dining and vacation packages. There is something for everyone at an amazing value that is too good to pass up, especially when it benefits the theater. 



The party doesn’t stop once the Dancing With The Carolina Stars competition and live auction ends. Enjoy a special after-hours party with live music, libations, dancing, and the opportunity to mingle with the stars!