DC Celebrities Take to the Dance Floor for Local Charities on October 25th at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner

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Former NFL Star John Booty and America’s Miss DC winners join more than a dozen local stars ready to get down for a good cause.

This is the most challenging and altogether nerve racking thing I’ve ever done, but I’m in it to win it. - former NFL star John Booty.

Local celebrities are hoping to win your vote as they compete in the inaugural DC’s Dancing Stars Gala on Saturday, October 25th at the Ritz Carlton - Tysons Corner.

The Dancing with the Stars style competition, presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Fairfax and supported by the Washington Redskins Alumni, will feature local celebrities performing a professionally choreographed ballroom dance for a panel of celebrity judges and attendees. The dancing stars will be competing for the honor of being crowned DC’s Inaugural Dancing Champion.

“This is the most challenging and altogether nerve racking thing I’ve ever done, but I’m in it to win it,” said former NFL star John Booty.

Washington Redskins legends Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis will serve as hosts for the evening, while Gary Clark of the Washington Redskins, Jonathan Roberts of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and Chris Bukowski of ABC’s The Bachelorette will be guest celebrity judges. The event is scheduled to include performances by America's Miss DC winners Antoinette Cordova and Sarah Hillware; WUSA9 television personalities Mike Hydeck and Andrea Roane; former NFL star John Booty of ABC Sportstalk; Rina Shah of PBS; Paul Wharton of The CW and Holden Kushner of 106.7 The Fan. For a complete list of participating celebrities please visit http://www.dcsdancingstars.com/site/TR/Events/General?pg=informational&fr_id=1040&type=fr_informational&sid=1000.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the response for the inaugural DC’s Dancing Stars Gala,” Fred Astaire Dance Studio owner Jim David said, “It’s going to be a fantastic evening supporting a lot of terrific charities in DC.”

Proceeds will be divided among several local charities, including the Washington Humane Society, Girls Health Ed, LLS, T.A.P.S., Hope for Henry Foundation and the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.

For tickets, sponsorship information or to vote for a celebrity dancer, visit http://www.dcdancingstars.com.

About Fred Astaire Dance Studios®
Co-founded in 1947 by the legendary Fred Astaire, our studios set the standard of excellence in dance instruction. Fred Astaire Dance Studios has Ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Our unique method of instruction will allow you to learn dances from the Foxtrot to Salsa faster and more easily than you could anywhere else. Our mission is to enrich the lives of anyone and everyone who is associated with our company and to become your community.

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