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Dancing With The Carolina Stars
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Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance.
Join us on Monday, May 16 for Dancing With The Carolina Stars—a fun night celebrating the Carolina Theatre and the Triangle’s best and brightest. The event will be a truly memorable evening for you and your guests. Dancing With The Carolina Stars will be hosted by Clay Aiken.
The event will include:
- Dance performances from the Triangle’s A-list stars
- Live auction of one-of-a-kind items and experiences
- Online silent auction
- Chef Paris Mishoe of Teer Farm will be catering our fabulous cocktail hour with his magnificent hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails. Drinks and popcorn at concessions are also included.
Dancing With The Carolina Stars is brought to you by
Silent Auction and Raffle Now Open!
Enter for your chance to win two premium tickets to a live Carolina Theatre performance of your choice, dinner at Mateo Bar de Tapas, and a one night stay at The Durham Hotel (a $500 value)! A winner will be drawn and announced at Dancing With the Carolina Stars. Winner does not need to be present to win.
Find trips, experiences, local goods, jewelry, and more! Bidding for the silent auction closes on Monday, May 16 at 9 pm. Winners do not need to be present to win, however, auction items must be picked up the week of May 16.
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Meet The Stars
Clay Aiken is an entertainer and lifelong children's advocate. Clay Aiken will be the host of Dancing With The Carolina Stars.
Mayor Elaine O'Neal
Mayor O'Neal was a judge for 24 years and was the first woman in Durham County to be named Chief District Court Judge. Mayor O'Neal will provide a welcome to guests.
Jennings Brody is the owner of several eclectic retailers, including Parker and Otis, Chet Miller, and Tiny. Jennings is paired with David Therrell.
Nadira Hurley is the founder of Vert and Vogue, offering mindfully made goods from today’s top independent apparel designers. Nadira is paired with Willie Hinton.
Chef Ricky Moore is a James Beard Foundation nominee and owner of the Saltbox Seafood Joint restaurants. Ricky is paired with Kristi Johnson.
Nicole Thompson is the CEO and President of Downtown Durham Inc., which enriches Durham's distinctive culture. Nicole is paired with ShaLeigh Comerford.
Senator Mike Woodard
Mike Woodard serves as the State Senator for District 22: Durham, Granville, and Person counties. Senator Mike Woodard is paired with Nicole Oxendine.
ShaLeigh Comerford is a choreographer, performer, and the artistic director of ShaLeigh Dance Works. ShaLeigh is paired with Nicole Thompson.
Willie Hinton toured nationally and internationally with The Rebecca Kelly Dance Company, Jubilations Dance Company, and more. Willie is paired with Nadira Hurley.
Kristi Johnson is the Director of the dance program at North Carolina Central University and the founder of The Triangle Dance Project. Kristi is paired with Ricky Moore.
Nicole Oxendine is the founder of Empower Dance Studio, which provides accessible dance instruction for students. Nicole is paired with Senator Mike Woodard.
David Therrell has been a ballroom dance instructor for 30 years. David is paired with Jennings Brody.
What's more Durham than the Beaver Queen? Pain Fonda will make a special appearance at Dancing With The Carolina Stars!
Wool E. Bull
Everyone's favorite Durham Bulls mascot, Wool E. Bull will make a special appearance at Dancing With The Carolina Stars!
Adam Dickinson is a real estate agent who has served more than 500 happy clients. Adam will be a judge at the fundraiser.
Kim Lan Grout
Kim Lan Grout is the Chief Advancement Officer with Jewish for Good and founder of the Redefining Disabled Project. Kim will be a judge at the fundraiser.
Jack Reitz is a teacher and board member at Mettlesome, a Durham-based comedy collective. Jack will be a judge at the fundraiser.
Britt Spruill is a stand-up comedian and co-producer of Eyes Up Here Comedy. Britt will be a judge at the fundraiser.
Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of Dancing With The Carolina Stars fundraiser:
If you have any questions about Dancing With The Carolina Stars, please contact Development Coordinator, Cheyanne Murdock at (919) 560-3040 ext.247.