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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 2019 winners are Debbie Hansen and David Gerding

Minot Event:

The 5th Annual Dancing for Special Stars (Minot) was held October 15th at the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at MSU in Minot. 

This year's Teams include:

  • Rick Beall & Macy Christianson
  • Dan Conn & Brittany Knickerbocker
  • Ashley Deschamp & Reginald Lassiter
  • Dr. Abby Harris & Jeremy Holcomb
  • Josh Kitzman & Rachel Maxfield
  • Kelly Morelli & Matt Morelli
  • Marty Murray & Regan Slind
  • Dani Reichenberger & Matt Farfield
  • Alan Walter & Aubrey Gayzur
  • Debby Hansen & David Gerding
  • Cameron Stone & Breanna Benjamin

Grand Forks Event:

The 10th Annual Dancing for Special Stars (Grand Forks) was held on April 9th at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. - The teams are: 

  • Blake Christianson- Alexandra Wald 
  • Stephen Dusold- Sami Larson
  • Jared Gowan- Leigha Wallin 
  • Paul Hensrud- Alicia Bullinger 
  • Kathryn Korsmo- Andy Sullivan 
  • Bill Macki- Brooke Meyer
  • Tom McDonald- Laura Caldwell 
  • Lizz Sandberg- Jack Jeno 
  • Mark Yahna- Tiffany Sonterre 
  • Joe Deck- Paige Deck 
  • Jeff Tellmann- Sadie Gardner 
2019's Winners were: Kathryn Korsmo & Andy Sullivan

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