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Dancing for Special Stars

Fundraising Events

“Dancing for Special Stars” is a dance contest patterned after the hit television program “Dancing with the Stars.” This event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics North Dakota (SOND) held in Grand Forks in April and Minot in October and will feature area celebrities paired with local dance instructors.  Each couple performs a dance of their choice. The dance team with most votes (from donations, audience votes from tickets received with admission ticket-30 points, judges’ scores) wins the competition.  Audience members can also buy additional points at the event for $1 per point to go to their favorite dance couple(s).

This event was held on April 11th at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. - Ten couples competed for the coveted mirror ball trophy.

Celebrity dancers and their dance instructor partners included:

  • Anubha Bansal & Armando Mendoza
  • Nick Flom & Nicque Robinson-Dela Cruz
  • Rob Ford & Hailey Jutz
  • Chris Greenberg & Alicia Bullinger
  • Senta Grzadzielewski & Dylan Smith
  • Sonia Kraft & Robert Simon
  • Mitch Price & Klaudia Price
  • Sonia Roberton & Andy Sullivan
  • Scott Schultz & Sami Larson
  • Tony Telken & Deb Fontain

The winners of the 8th Annual Dancing for Special Stars were:

  • 1st Place - Mitch Price & Klaudia Price
  • 2nd Place - Anubha Bansal & Armando Mendoza

Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this a successful event!

To see photos from this event, click here to view the Flickr album.


This event was sponsored in part byRed River Endodontics, AE2S, Bremer Bank, Choice Financial Group, Dahlstrom Motors, Edgewood Management Group, ICON Architectural Group, Lunseth Plumbing and Heating Company, McFarlane Inc., Quotable Kids Speech & Language Clinic, The Lighting Gallery, Inc., True North Equipment, and Zimney Foster P.C., AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Alerus Financial, BeMobile Verizon, Bob & Kathy Mau, Brady, Martz & Associates PC, Britton Transport, Camrud Maddock Olson & Larson Ltd, Coldwell Banker’s Forks Real Estate-Paula Monette, Construction Engineers, Cook and Swenson Endodontics, DeAnna Carlson Zink & Wayne Zink, Evelyn Mau, Greenberg Realty, Ground Round, HARI OM, LLC, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 7126, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Lithia Ford Lincoln, Lithia Toyota, Mark & Linda Hildahl, Mowbray and Son Inc., Opp Construction, Plains Chiropractic & Acupuncture PC, Priority Title, Simplot, United Valley Bank, Vaaler Insurance Inc., Valley Oral and Facial Surgery, and Wintrust Mortgage.