Clay Aiken Joins Carolina Theatre of Durham Fundraiser

April 26, 2022 by Sandy Lerebours

Dancing With The Carolina Stars

NC Native to Host Dancing With The Carolina Stars Fundraiser  

DURHAM, NC — April 26, 2022 — North Carolina singer, Clay Aiken will host the Carolina Theatre of Durham’s fundraiser, Dancing With The Carolina Stars on Monday, May 16 at 7 pm.  

Aiken found fame in 2003 as a singer on “American Idol.” He has since used his platform to bring attention to the needs of children with disabilities, founding the National Inclusion Project which assists youth programs in making their environments and activities welcoming and accessible for children with disabilities. Aiken also served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for education and child protection for ten years. 

Dancing With The Carolina Stars will feature local celebrities paired with professional dancers in a dance competition to raise funds for the theater. Guests will vote for their favorite duo to win. In addition to the dance competition, the fundraiser will also host live and silent auctions, and a cocktail reception with gourmet appetizers and a specialty cocktail catered by Chef Paris.  Dancing With The Carolina Stars is presented by Adam Dickinson Realty Group. 

Dancing With The Carolina Stars will feature Jennings Brody, owner of Parker and Otis, Nadira Hurley, owner of Vert and Vogue, Chef Ricky Moore, James Beard Nominee and owner of The Saltbox Seafood Joint, Nicole Thompson, President and CEO of Downtown Durham, and Senator Mike Woodard, state senator for District 22, which serves Durham. 

The stars will be partnered with professional dancers which include ShaLeigh Commerford of ShaLeigh Dance Works, Willie Hinton of the Carolina Ballet, Kristi Johnson of North Carolina Central University and The Triangle Dance Project, Nicole Oxendine of Empower Dance Studio, and professional ballroom dancer, David Therrell. 

Dancing With The Carolina Stars will also feature a welcome from Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal, plus a dance-off between Wool E. Bull and former Beaver Queen, Pain Fonda. 

Funds raised from Dancing With The Carolina Stars will support the theater’s live events, film, and educational programs. The Carolina Theatre’s programs focus on bringing vibrant, thought-provoking artists to downtown Durham that contribute to the region’s cultural and economic vitality.  

Tickets for the Dancing With The Carolina Stars fundraiser are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre box office, the venue’s website — — and through Tickets include a cocktail reception catered by Chef Paris, complete with a specialty cocktail and gourmet concessions. 

The Carolina Theatre has implemented multiple safety measures including upgrading its air filtration systems to purify indoor air quality, adding enhanced cleaning methods and touchless payment options, and increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations around the building. Masks are recommended to be worn in the theater, but are no longer required.  




About The Carolina Theatre of Durham: 

Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which manages the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is dedicated to presenting vibrant, thought-provoking film and live performances that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and the Triangle Region. More information at 


Contact: Jordan Hewitt Beard 

Senior Director of Marketing, Carolina Theatre of Durham 

(919) 560-3040 |