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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).


Minot Event:

The 6th Annual Dancing for Special Stars (Minot) will be held October 19th at the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the Minot State University campus.  

Our couples for 2021 are:

  • Dan Anderson & Katy Allers
  • Jon Lakoduk & Breanna Benjamain
  • Charlsie Burud & Kayla Morgan
  • Jonah Lantto & Kaelyn Woiton
  • Nico Youngren & Sheree McCrea
  • Kirk Mason & Brenda Tarkinton
  • Courtenay Brekhus & DeAndre' Ford
  • Myles Barcomb & Tara Czemeres
  • SrA Jacob Colvard & McKenna Gagne

To donate or register for this event, please click here.

Grand Forks Event:

The 11th Annual Dancing for Special Stars (Grand Forks) was held at HOPE Church in Grand Forks. The teams were for 2020 were:

  • Brooks Binstock & Heather Binstock
  • Josh Brown & Jennifer Pasley
  • Shanna Field & Franklin Wickstrom
  • Tracy Kennedy & Andy Sullivan
  • Rory Manke & Sami Larson
  • Ryan Paulson & Sue Moe
  • Sadie Ripley & Jack Jeno
2020's Winners were: Sadie Ripley and Jack Jeno
Minot 2019 winners are Debbie Hansen and David Gerding

A Big Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors! 

Special Olympics North Dakota is proudly sponsored by these program partners